Yokohama city is a gorgeous city close to Tokyo in Japan. Equally, you can move from Tokyo to Yokohama by train. With over three million inhabitants, Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan. It is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture. Yokohama is popular for having one of the largest Chinatowns. If you are planning a family trip or tour there, don’t forget to follow these 10 Amazing Things You Need to Do in Yokohama.
1. Engulf yourself in the Sankeien Gardencity
Sankeien is a Japanese style garden in southern Yokohama. This garden was opened to the public in 1904. You can find several tea houses where you can relax while contemplating nature in Sankeien Garden.
2. Enjoy the romantic Yokohama Landmark Tower and Minato Mirai
Minato Mirai meaning “harbor of future” is a seaside area in central Yokohama. It has one of Japan’s tallest buildings from 1993 to 2014 “The Landmark Tower”. Yokohama attractions in Minato Mirai are worth visiting. You can great shopping centres, hotels, amazing amusement parks, and hot spring baths. In fact, you won’t lack what to do in Yokohama since there are so many places you need to see apart from Minato Mirai and equally great things to do.
3. Pay a visit to Yokohama Chinatown
This is the largest Chinatown in Japan and is located in central Yokohama. Here you will find a great number of Chinese shops and restaurants. Equally, you can attend various Chinese festivals like the Chinese New Year which takes place around February. Today, this town has highly evolved and has become the residence of many Chinese traders.
However, the main attraction in Yokohama Chinatown is the different food served in its restaurants. Some of the favorites are steamed buns, ramen noodles and a wide array of other Chinese dishes.
4. Visit the well kept zoo: Zoorasia
Zoorasia is the newest, largest and best kept zoo in Japan. It operates under the theme “Symbiosis of life” and “Harmony with nature”. They keep animals in this zoo in such a way that they mimic their natural habitat more than in any other Japanese zoo. Among the zoo’s highlights are the elephants, polar bears, black bears, okapi and proboscis monkeys. Besides this, you will find recreation areas for kids in the zoo as well as a few restaurants and cafes to relax.
5. Full your stomach up in the Ramen Museum
The Shinyokohama Raumen Museum is an amazing museum about ramen, a popular Japanese noodle dish. You can see nine ramen restaurants here and each features a ramen dish from different Japan’s regions.
The museum displays the history of ramen noodles in Japan. It equally exhibits a variety of soups, toppings, and bowls used across Japan.
6. Discover the history of Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama
Another funny and amazing thing you need to do in Yokohama is to pay a visit to the Cup Noodle Museum. It’s found in Yokohama’s Minato Mirai District and was opened by the Nissin Food company. Basically, it displays the history of instant ramen noodles using a combination of whimsical and hands on workshops.
Things you can do in this museum is to create your own original noodle by mixing a variety of soup flavors and toppings. Besides this, you can equally make your own instant noodles from scratch, package and take them home. But making your own noodles is not free of charge. It costs between 400-500 yen and requires advanced reservations.
This museum equally has the Cupnoodles Park for children and Noodle Bazaar, a food court.
7. You need to see the Yamashita Park in Yokohama
Yamashita is a public park is a park which is about a hundred meters wide and stretches about 750 meters along the waterfront. Strolling through Yamashita Park, it is hard to miss the massive ocean liner in the water beside the promenade. The ship is called the Hikawa Maru, which was first put into service in 1930 along with the Yokohama-Vancouver/Seattle line. After 30 years at sea, Hikawa Maru retired. Today it now serves as a museum. Near the Hikawa Maru is the Yokohama Marine Tower (closed for renovations through march 2022). This tower has a 360-degree view located, 100 meters above ground level.
8. Have a walk in Osanbashi Pier
Osanbashi Pier is located between Minato Mirai and Yamashita Park. It’s a nice spot attraction in Yokohama as it has amazing attractions. The pier was originally built in 1894, but after some time, it was reconstructed in 2002. as a passenger terminal. It has boarding facilities, shops, restaurants and small spots for events an exhibitions.
9. Go to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise.
It is one of the most visited amusement parks in Japan and houses quite an amazing aquarium. Admission to the park is free of charge and visitors are free to enter the park and use the parking area, for example, you have a picnic with your family, shop at the stores or dine at the restaurants. A fee is only required for the attractions of Aqua Resorts and the rides of Pleasure Land.
Aqua Resorts consists of the Aqua Museum, Dolphin Fantasy and Fureai Lagoon. Whereas Pleasure Land is the section of the park with amusement rides for all ages. Some tourist attractions here include the blue fall, the surf Coaster, and the Merry go-around.
10. Drink Beer in the Kirin Beer Factory, Yokohama
Kirin Beer Factory is one of the Japanese leading beer factories. You may not know but it’s possible for tourists to pay a visit to the Kirin Beer Factory and participate in free brewery tours.
Brewery tours generally last about 80 minutes. Tours are usually conducted in Japanese, but an English guide may also be available. Hopefully, for you who love beer, the last twenty minutes of the tour consist of a free tasting, where you are given a couple of beers and some snacks.