Yokohama

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●Town Info

Yokohama is about 30 min. away by train from Tokyo, but the town atmosphere is more like a western port city.

 

The city was built 150 years ago as a trading hub with the west (Europe and America), and many of the historical buildings are of European style. Taking a stroll around town is relaxing and quite enjoyable, making it a popular destination for many Japanese people, however, if you are from the west, maybe you won’t find it so interesting. It’s probably better to spend your time elsewhere.

 

Except, Yokohama is one of the most famous places in Japan, more so than Shibuya, but not quite as famous as Shinjuku.

 

Yokohama Station and nearby Minatomirai district have large business districts and unique establishments. Gourmet food, shopping, entertainment are all within 2 kilometers of each other, walking around is easy and enjoyable.

 

The feeling of fresh ocean breeze as you walk along the streets, that are wider than Tokyo, is particularly relaxing.

 

The city is full of romance, at night you can witness the town lights lit up by the seaside, so it’s a great place for couples to visit as well.

 

It’s an easy stop to get off at if visiting Kamakura too, it’s on the return route to Tokyo. Moreover, the girls around Yokohama are stylish and beautiful. It's common knowledge.

 

Lastly, Yokohama is home to the largest Chinatown in Japan.

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●Access

Yokohama station is one of the busiest stations in Japan with several lines passing through. Having said that, the station has been undergoing construction since it was built about 100 years ago. It is often said it is like Spain's Sagrada Familia.

 

Yokohama Station

  1. JR:Tokdaido, Yokosuka, Keihin-Tohoku, Negishi, Yokohama, Shonan-Shinjuku, Narita Express lines
  1. Subway:

Yokohama municipal subway Blue line

  1. Privalte Raiway:

Keihin-Kyuko line, Tokyu-Toyoko line, Sagami railway 

 

Sakuragicho Station

  1. JR: KeihinTohoku, Negishi lines.
  2. Subway: Yokohama municipal subway Blue line

 

Shin-Yokohama Station

  1. JR: Yokohama, Tokaido, Shinkansen (Bullet Train) lines.

Subway: Yokohama municipal subway Blue line

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●Recommended

Yokohama is essentially a place with great atmosphere. At night the city is picturesque with the beach and colourful lights from the surrounding buildings. We particularly recommend going to the skyscrapers such as the Landmark Tower observation deck, parks, or hills to see scenic views.

 

Catching a cruise for a few hours is also a great choice.

 

Be sure to enjoy walking along the streets, shopping, and eating out as well!

The Minatomirai district that includes: department stores and other buildings near Yokohama station, skyscrapers, and theme parks near the sea, are all within reasonable walking distance (aprox. 4km), but it’s probably best to use the one day Minatomirai train line pass to get around.

 

Restaurants are less crowded and comparably cheaper than Tokyo.

 

Speaking of tasty food from Yokohama, we can’t leave out the famous IEKEI ramen house.

Their trademark ramen is a flavourful soy sauce base soup with thick noodles.

There are a lot of well-known ramen shops, so try them all!

 

On that note, 10 min. by train from Shin-Yokohama station is Japan’s first Ramen “theme park”, Shin-Yokohama Ramen MuseumHere you can try the most famous and popular ramen shops from all across Japan. It’s a popular destination for Japanese and foreign tourists like you!

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●Check It

The facilities around Yokohama are a scaled down version of central Tokyo, convenient and you can find everything you need.

 

Minatomirai area has got skyscrapers and fascinating historical buildings. If you want to enjoy scenic views visit the observation deck of the several tall buildings or Yamashita park or Minato no Mieru Koen.

 

Ramen lovers should go to the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum or check out the Cup Noodle Museum. Displayed at the museums are a variety of colourfully designed cup ramen cups, you can design your own cup, and choose your own ingredients.

 

MARKIS minatomirai (entertainment mall)
Address: 3 chome 5-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Access: Minato-mirai station
TEL.: 045-224-0650
URL: http://www.mec-markis.jp/mm/info/english.html
Closed: N/A
Open: Mon.〜Thu 10am〜8pm, Fri〜Sat, Sun/Holidays, day before Holidays (10〜9pm) (restaurants open 11am〜11pm)

 

Landmark Tower  (entertainment mall)
Address: 2-2-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa station
Access: Minatomirai line, Sakuragicho station
TEL.: 045-222-5015
URL: http://www.yokohama-landmark.jp/web/english/
Closed: N/A
Open: 11am〜8pm (restaurants open 11am〜10pm)

 

Akarenga Soko [赤レンガ倉庫] (historical building, restaurants, shops)

Address: 1 chome 1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Access: 6 min walk fromMinatomirai line Bashamichi station
TEL.: 045-211-1515
URL: http://www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/en/
Closed: N/A
Open: 11am〜7pm (restaurants open 11am〜11pm)

 Harbour View Park (Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen) [港の見える丘公園] (Park)
Address: 114 Yamatecho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Access: Motomachi-chugagai station
TEL.: 045-622-8244

 

Yamashita Park [山下公園] (Park)
Address: 279 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Access: Minato-mirai line (Motomachi Chukagai station)
TEL:045-671-3648
URL: http://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/kankyo/park/yokohama/kouen008.html

 

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum [新横浜ラーメン博物館] (Museum)
Address: 2-14-21 Shin-yokohama Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Access: Shin-yokohama station
TEL.: 045-471-0503
URL: http://www.raumen.co.jp/english/
Closed: N.A
Open: Mon〜Fri 11am〜10pm, Sat 11am〜10:30pm, Sun 10:30〜10pm
Orders are accepted 30 min. until closing time.

 

Cup Noodle Museum (Theme Park)
Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Access: Minatomirai station, Bashamichi station
TEL.: 045-345-0825
URL: http://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/english/index.html
Closed: Tue. (unless holiday, closed next day) New Years
Open: 10am〜6pm (entrance allowed until 5pm)
Fee: adults (university student and above): 500 yen, high school and below: free

 

Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industries Museum [三菱みなとみらい技術館] (Museum)
Enjoy learning and experiencing first hand the leading scientific and technological developments.  See a real life rocket engine and models of a nuclear reactor and an airplane, or go for a simulated joy ride inside a helicopter cockpit.

Address: 3-3-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Access: Minatomirai station, Sakuragicho station
TEL.: 045-200-7351
URL: http://www.mhi.co.jp/en/museum/index.html
Closed: Mon. unless holiday, next day closed. New Years and special days.
Open: 10am〜5pm, entrance allowed until 4:30pm
Fee: Adult: 500 yen, high/Jr. high school: 300 yen, elementary school: 200 ye 

 

LUMINE ルミネ (Dept. Store)
Address: 2-16-1 Takashimaya, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Access: Yokohama station
TEL.: 045-453-3511
URL: http://www.lumine.ne.jp/translation/english_A/yokohama.html
Closed: N/A
Open: 10am〜9pm, restaurants 11am〜11pm

 

Yokohama Takashimaya [横浜高島屋] (Dept. store)
Address: 1-6-31 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Access: Yokohama station
TEL.: 045-311-5111
URL: http://www.takashimaya.co.jp/yokohama/store_information/index.html
Closed: N/A
Open: Open: 10am〜8pm, restaurants 11am〜10:30pm 

 

 SOGO Yokohama [そごう横浜](Dept. Store)
Address: 2-18-1 Takashimaya, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Access: Yokohama station
TEL.: 045-465-2111
URL: http://www.sogo-seibu.jp.e.ld.hp.transer.com/foreign/en/yokohama/index.html
Closed: N/A
Open: 10am〜8pm, restaurants 11am〜11pm 

 

Cruising(A few hours)
Cruise only, about 1,200 (1 hour)
Enjoy a lunch course that starts from 5,500 yen (1 hour), or Dinner from 8,000 yn (2 hours)

The below companies operate the cruises

Royal Wing
https://www.royalwing.co.jp/catalog/pdf/english.pdf

Marine Shuttle Marine Rouge•Sea Bass
http://www.yokohama-cruising.jp/html/pdf/pamphlet_english.pdf

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