Best Things to do in Yokohama


Yokohama is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is Japan’s second-largest city with 3.7 million inhabitants.

Yokohama is located 40 kilometers south of Tokyo. It is easily accessible by train from the capital.

Developed in the second half of the 19th century for international exchanges, Yokohama has many tourist and cultural assets. Yokohama is, in fact, one of the best things to visit in Japan!

Visit Yokohama, Japan’s 2nd largest city

The city offers an incredible range of tourist and gastronomic attractions. In this post we compiled a complete guide to make the most of your visit – you will love it!

Key Takeaways from a Visit to Yokohama:

Minato Mirai 21: This futuristic waterfront area is a must-visit, offering a mix of shopping, entertainment, and cultural facilities.
Yokohama Chinatown: One of the largest Chinatowns in the world, it’s a great place to explore a maze of colorful streets filled with shops, restaurants, and street food vendors.
Sankeien Garden: A traditional Japanese garden that features historic buildings from across Japan.
Cup Noodles Museum: Celebrating the invention of instant noodles by Momofuku Ando, this interactive museum offers a creative look at the history of Cup Noodles.
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse: A renovated historical building that now serves as a shopping and cultural complex. It hosts various events throughout the year and is a popular spot for dining, shopping, and entertainment.

A Sneak Peek of Yokohama:

Yokohama in Japan

China Town in Yokohama was founded in 1860 by the first immigrants from China. Today it is considered the largest Chinatown in the world with more than 600 stores and thousands of visitors a day!

Its colorful architecture makes it a very pleasant place to visit, especially at night! In this district, you can also taste typical and traditional culinary specialties.

Four magnificent main gates provide access to this lively, colorful, and popular area of the city which is full of shops, restaurants, and Chinese stalls, and is home to a few temples (Masobyo and Kanteibyo).

Best Things to do in Yokohama

Come with an empty stomach! You won’t regret it… The food in this part of town is excellent! If you like steamed dumplings (well who doesn’t?!), you will find many of all kinds at the many stalls along the lively streets of Yokohama China Town!

Go there by night to enjoy Chinatown to the fullest!

Best places to stay in Yokohama

Developed in the late 1980s, Minato Mirai is Yokohama’s business district. It is also home to many shopping malls.

Its symbol: the Landmark tower. For a panoramic view, climb to the 69th floor for an impressive observatory (Sky Garden). Tickets can be purchased directly inside the building.

Another great thing to do in Minato Mirai is to take the new urban cable car which connects Sakuragicho station and the red brick warehouses (one-way cost: 1000 yen). This is a fun way to discover the beautiful skyline in Yokohama.

Best Things to do in Yokohama

After your visit of the Landmark Tower, you can go on a boat trip to admire the beautiful Yokohama Bay.

If the weather is good, this is one of the best activities in Yokohama.

By the way, you can also take a ferry to go from Tokyo (Asakusa) to Yokohama (Odaiba). This is another fun way to discover Japan from a different (more info here)

Best places to stay in Yokohama

The Hikawa Maru is a ship museum located in Yokohama Port.

This big boat is designated as an “Important National Cultural Property”. Nicknamed “the Queen of the Pacific” for her wealthy clientele, the Hikawa Maru was first a cruise ship then became a hospital ship for a time, and then a cargo ship.

You can visit the inside and outside of the boat. From the first-class dining room to the smoking room, passing through the engine room and the wheelhouse, the visit to the Hikawa Maru is truly complete.

The visit easily takes more than an hour as you enjoy discovering each room and imagining scenes of life that could have taken place there.

Best Things to do in Yokohama

Take your time to stroll around the docks of Yokohama. The seafront promenade is very pleasant.

You will quickly notice the huge red brick warehouses. They were previously used for port activity. This part of town reminded us of Otaru in Hokkaido with Western-style buildings.

There are many events happening in this part of town. The Oktoberfest (German beer festival) or the Christmas Market for example!

Apparently, it is also possible to visit the interior of the warehouses, unfortunately, it was closed due to renovation when we visited.

Best places to stay in Yokohama

A day of sightseeing in Yokohama wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the legendary Cup Noodle Museum. Sounds weird, that there is a museum for cup noodles, but indeed this is one of the best things to do in Yokohama.

You can of course learn about the origins of Japanese cup noodles and even make your own cup with your favorite ingredients to take home.

Inside the building, there is a workshop called “My Chicken Noodle” where for 500 yen you can create your perfect noodles.

Starting with customizing the packaging, then going through a series of steps to choose what to add to the noodles, and taking them home to enjoy by simply adding hot water.

It is a fun museum to visit with children, but also if you go as a couple or with friends. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city, a must-see for most visitors in Yokohama! And we loved it too.

Best places to stay in Yokohama

On the opposite side but still by the docks, we recommend a visit to the Gundam Factory. Ready to be amazed?

This is the largest moving robot in the world according to Guinness World Records! This is part of the crazy Japan! The Japan that seizes to impress.

Even if you don’t like Anime, we highly recommend to visit this place. Gundam for those who don’t know are fighting robots from a famous Japanese anime.

And they have a whole museum dedicated to it. However, the star of the show is when this huge robot starts to move! The show gets even better at night with all the lights!

You are still not sure? Then watch the video above.

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Who doesn’t like Ramen?! In Yokohama there is even a museum dedicated to Ramen!

Surely one of Yokohama’s flagship activities.

Don’t expect a real museum though: the only “informative” part of the ramen museum is on the ground floor and is very small. You will find a bit of history, some anecdotes, and the different ramen specialties that exist according to the regions of Japan.

The most interesting part of the Yokohama Ramen Museum is in the basement: a human-scale reproduction of a typical 1950s neighborhood.

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The particularity: 9 ramen restaurants, each specializing in a recipe!

The atmosphere is really cool!

The ramen museum is quite popular. So there is the line to enter the museum, then the line to eat (sadly…).

Count 310 yen to enter the ramen museum, and around 800 yen for a bowl of ramen. Open every day from 11 a.m. (10:30 a.m. on Sunday) to 10 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on Saturday).


Perched on a hill, the old district of Yamate offers a breathtaking view of the bay and its port. It is one of the best places to see in Yokohama.

At the time of international trade in the city, it is here that foreigners took up residence.

Yamate Museum : 山手資料館

It is therefore not surprising to come across Christian churches, a Western cemetery and houses in the colonial style of the time (late 19th – early 20th century) in Yamate-Hon-Dori Street.

Moreover, the latter have been preserved, some transformed into museums, and can now be visited.

into the evening

Motomachi, at the foot of Yamate Hill, is an upscale shopping district.

Composed of five streets of Japanese and Western shops, this street is one of the best spots for shopping in Yokohama.

Best places to stay in Yokohama

Sankei-en is a large and stunning typical Japanese garden facing Tokyo Bay, in the south of Yokohama.

Its history is rather unusual since it was created by a businessman from Yokohama, Sankei Hara (hence the name), who made his fortune in silk.

Started around 1902 for a partial opening to the public in 1906, the construction of the garden was completed almost twenty years later. The Japanese government recognized it as “scenic beauty” in 2007.

The Sankei-en is first organized around a large pond. Seventeen historic buildings, brought from all over Japan, line the garden. Several tea houses are also present in the park.

The centerpiece, a three-story pagoda, was built for Kyoto’s Tômyô-ji temple in 1457 before being repatriated in 1914.

Make sure to check out Sankei-en, as this is one of the best things to see in Yokohama.

Best Things to do in Yokohama

In the evening, head to Noge district, in the heart of Yokohama.

This is where everything happens at night!

At Noge you will find many Izakayas, small Japanese bistros, and many restaurants, bars and clubs, where locals and tourists mingle to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the district.

Day trip from Yokohama

Kamakura is a charming coastal city located 50 kilometers south of Tokyo.

Kamakura is one of the most popular day trips from Tokyo or Yokohama. You can visit Kamakura in a day together with the island of Enoshima.

Kamakura is best known for its large seated Buddha statue, but it includes many other interesting places to visit.

The city hopes to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in particular thanks to its Big Buddha at the Kotoku-in temple or the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu sanctuary. Kamakura is full of discoveries!

You can an organized day trip or personalized trip from Yokohama here

Best places to stay in Yokohama

Yamashita is a stunning park along Yokohama Bay.

With its panoramic view of the harbor and the Minato Mirai 21 district, it serves as a great place to picnic on the lawns and enjoy the seasonal blooms.

Families and groups of friends meet there especially on weekends, in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere. Those wishing to walk can continue along the waterfront where many benches face Yokohama Bay.


Cosmo World is an amusement park right in the center of Minato Mirai. You can’t really miss it with its giant Ferris wheel (112.5 meters).

Cosmo World is one of the best places to roam at night in Yokohama. The Giant wheel is the main attraction, however there are a couple of joy rides not to be missed as well!

There are also many restaurants. Everything is done to have a memorable time as a family!

Entry is free, but you have to pay for each ride.

In Yokohama, we recommend staying either in Chinatown which is close to most tourist attractions, in the vibrant Minato Mirai 21 or Yamate.

Hyatt Regency is one of the best hotels in Yokohama.

This fabulous hotel is located right next to Chinatown, which makes it a strategic place to stay for your visit of Yokohama.

We also loved the restaurant inside the hotel as well as the great bar!

InterContinental Yokohama is located one of the piers by the bay. The view from the hotel is stunning. On 1 side you can see the beautiful Yokohama Bay, and on the other side the impressive Minato Mirai 21 skyline. Particularly amazing at night!

We love this place in Yokohama!

The views from Oakwood Suites Yokohama are breathtaking. On a clear day, you can even see Mt. Fuji. This hotel has 51 Floors! Incredible.

The location is also great in the center of town. Access to the main tourist attractions is within walking distance. Besides, the hotel has outstanding customer service. Let yourself be pampered at this place!

Best places to stay in Yokohama

From Yokohama to Tokyo and back, there is a JR train line running back and forth every few minutes throughout the day.

Remember to buy your JR Pass when traveling to Japan. As a tourist you will save a LOT of money with the pass!

From Tokyo Ueno Station, Tokyo Central Station or Shinagawa Station, you can take the JR Tokaio train line to Yokohama Central Station. It is the fastest and easiest way to get there.

You can also take the Express or Limited Express train on the Toyoko Line from Ikebukuro or Shinjuku Stations. The journey takes about 20-25 minutes.

You can easily see the main highlights in a day. Most tourists would simply go on a day trip from Tokyo.

However, we recommend to spend at least 1 night in Yokohama to see it all. You can then spend more time in all the museums, visit Sankei-en Park, and enjoy shopping at Motomachi.

If you only have a short time in Japan, then we would rather focus on Tokyo and other cities such as Kyoto, or visiting Mt. Fuji at Lake Kawaguchi.

However, for a 15-day tour in Japan, we recommend at least a day trip to Yokohama. There are so many interesting spots to visit, such as Chinatown, which would be a pity to skip…

It is for us one of the best cities in Japan. It is a modern city, with a young and fun atmosphere, with great cultural activities and plenty of amazing restaurants & shops.

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