explore Yokohama, Japan

What to see in Yokohama, Japan

  • Chinatown(Chūkagai), MM21 Motomachi-Chukagai Station. Yokohama‘s Chinatown is the largest in Japan and dates back to the Opening of Japan in 1859. These days it’s unabashedly touristy, but there are plenty of Chinese grocery stores and places to buy a cheap cheongsam dress or jade knick-knacks. 
  • Bay Stars Stadium. Located in Naka ward. A short walk from Chinatown or Kannai station, this is probably one of the most fun places to watch a baseball game in Japan. The Bay Stars Stadium is an open roof stadium with natural grass, very rare in Japan, which prefers to man-made grass to save on costs, and the entertainment boasted throughout the games is trying hard, and doing a good job, by Japanese terms, in trying to have each game hosted at the “home ground” to be as American as possible.
  • Nissan Stadium (Located in Shin-Yokohama). This is one of the biggest soccer stadiums in Japan. There are also facilities such as soccer fields, skateboard parks and basketball courts are available for free to the public.
  • Marine Tower. The largest on land lighthouse in the world. It is in Naka ward. Was closed to the public through 2009 due to change of ownership and renovation.
  • Hikawa Maru. This passenger liner made 238 voyages across the Pacific to Seattle and Vancouver between 1930 and 1960, and served as a hospital ship during World War II.
  • Landmark Tower, MM21 Minato Mirai Station. The 2nd tallest building (3rd tallest man-made structure) in Japan is in the Minato Mirai 21 district. The observation platform on the top 69F provides good views. The elevators are said to be the fastest in Japan. For a classier experience, try the cocktail lounge on the 70F or eat dinner on the 68th.
  • Sankei-en Park. 35 min by bus from Yokohama Stn. SE of Naka Ward, this is a traditional style of park and known as Teien(lit. “set park”). Opened in 1906, this large park (17,500 ft²) has many Japanese traditional buildings, 13 of which have been designated as national heritages.
  • Yamate. This is the neighborhood where foreigners settled and still settle. You can make a pleasant walk from the Italian garden near Ishikawa-cho station to the French park near Motomachi Chukagai station. The walk will take you along some nice houses that were previously owned by rich foreigners. Nowadays, these houses can be visited freely. A nice cake shop can be found here as well. The foreigner cemetery is also along this route and houses a small museum with some pictures of the Motomachi shopping street in the old days and some more cartoons showing how the Japanese saw foreigners.
  • Yamashita Park You can see the whole port of Yokohama and there’s a lot of greenery. A short walk from the station.
  • Minato no Mieru Oka Park It is another park nearby the Yamashita Park. In contrast to Yamashita Park, this park features the land when the Yamashita Park features the port. There is an English style rose garden with fountains in the center and brick style bridges/houses to enhance the “English look”. It also has a great view of the port and Yokohama Bay-Bridge.
  • Foreign General Cemetery. A known landmark in Yokohama. It is an 18,500㎡ grave yard for foreigners and a lot of people come by to breathe in the historical context. Most of the relatives have passed away so usually you don’t see many people visit other than tourists.
  • Street Performance. There are many street performers, especially in Yamashita Park and Granmall Park (middle of Landmark Tower and Queens Square in Sakuragicho) every weekend.
  • Ōsanbashi Pier. It is the main international pier at the Port of Yokohama, Naka Ward. The rooftop garden is open to public and is very beautiful, especially during sunset.
  • Kishine Park, Metro Kishine Koen Stn. A large park 9 min away from Yokohama Stn, this is strictly for the locals most of the year, but very popular during cherry blossom season.
  • Kanagawa Budokan, near Kishine Park. Kendo (Japanese fencing), judo and archery tournaments.
  • Kamoike Park, Tsuzuki. True to the name, “Duck Lake Park” has a large lake, with ducks during the day and fireflies often visible at night in the rainy season.
  • Yokohama Arena, Shin-Yokohama. 5 min walk from Shin-Yokohama Stn. Many famous musicians have concerts there. If you want to go to those concerts, you need to buy the tickets in advance. There are also flea markets here sometimes. In this case, you don’t need any tickets or admission. Check the official website for the detailed schedule.
  • River Karasuyama, Located in Shin-yokohama. 10 minutes’ walk from Shin-Yokohama station. This is a narrow river, but cherry trees are along both side of the river. In spring, the cherry trees are in full bloom and very beautiful. Also, there are lawn and benches here, so you can relax on the benches in a good weather.
  • Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Park, Nagahama 114-4(15 min from Nokendai Stn). 9 AM-5 PM daily. The laboratory of bacteriologist Hideyo Noguchi, who discovered the bacteria that causes syphilis and worked on yellow fever vaccines, and whose face adorns the ¥1000 note. The original building was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake, and the present structure dates from 1997. Free.
  • Moroka Kumano Shrine inOkurayama area. Take Tokyu-Toyoko Line from Yokohama Stn, about 10 min. Then, 7 min walk from Okurayama Stn. This is a famous shrine in Yokohama. Its god is a bird which has three legs. This bird seems like the symbol of the soccer teams of Japan. Therefore, as well as many soccer fans, even Japanese soccer players visit here and pray for the victory of their team. Of course, many other people pay the first visit of the year every year.
  • Shomyo Temple. It is a temple built by Hojo Sanetoki in 1258. It has developed into Kamakura Period. It is specified for the historic site in Japan. There is a beautiful garden. A lot of cherry blossoms bloom in spring. Moreover, precincts are illuminated at fireworks of summer and the New Year and it is very beautiful.
  • Yokohama History Museum, Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Tuzuki-ku, Nakagawachuou 1-18-1, 9AM-5PM. This museum introduces Yokohama’s history from Primary period to Modern period. Next to the museum, there are excavations of Yayoi period.
  • Partire Yokohama Wedding Village, 4-1, Chigasaki-chuo, Tsuduki-ku, Yokohama-si. It is about 3 min from Center-Minami Stn. It is a hall for wedding ceremonies. It is on the street. See wedding ceremonies and bless the bride and groom with not only their family or friends but also people who happen to be passing by. When you visit there at night, you can see illuminations.
  • Keio Universityis known for its campus’s towering maidenhair trees, turning a lovely yellow in the fall.
    • Old Hiyoshidai underground trenches. These are historical places in Keio University. There were Japanese Naval command posts during WWII. Naval commander ordered to attack the special attack corps, ground warfare in Okinawa, Yamato battleship and so on. There are many rooms. The University allows visits once per month.
  • Cupnoodles Museum, 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama‐si, 8 minute walk from the Minatomirai Station. Over 3,000 product packages of instant ramen are displayed in this museum. The history of the instant ramen is explained as well. You can make your own instant chicken ramen by choosing four toppings from twelve ingredients and choosing the flavor of the soup. After it is made, you can draw pictures on the package and take it home to eat.
  • Yokohama Cosmo World, across the water from Minato Mirai 21, is a small amusement park which boasts the Cosmo Clock 21, a 112.5 m Ferris wheel which doubles as “the world’s largest clock” (the 60 arms double as second hands). The park also has two roller coasters, a log flume ride and several other attractions. Free to get in, but rides cost.
  • Manyou Club is near the Yokohama Cosmo World in Minato Mirai 21. It is a spa resort. There are many kinds of baths to try while making the rounds. At night, you can see the lights of Yokohama from a foot bath on the roof. You can enjoy and relax all day, because there are beauty salons, massages, and restaurants in this urban resort. (10AM-6AM).
  • Hakkeijima Seaparadise.Get off at Seaside line “Hakkeijima” station. There are an amusement park and an aquarium. It is a large amusement park with an aquarium, various attractions, and shops. The aqua museum has exhibited the living thing in 500 kind 100,000 seas. There is an area, “Dolphin Fantasy” that exhibits a dolphin. You can see the dolphin from 360°. It holds a show with the dolphin and a dog. You can see a beluga whale. You can touch some animals like penguins.
  • Anpanman museumlocated in Minato Mirai 21 area. You can go there from Minatomirai line “Shintakashima” station or Yokohama subway line “Takashimacho” station. (Anpanman is an animated character from TV.) Children can play with many tools and, of course, Anpanman. You can buy real anpan and many goods in the gift shop. The premises are quite small and tend to be insanely crowded on weekends and holidays, to the point where there are lineups to get into the gift shops. It is strongly suggested to go during non-holiday weekdays.
  • Zoo NogeyamaNoge area. There are 100 kinds of animals in it including reptiles, birds, and mammals, and there is a petting zoo for small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice. 9AM-4:30PM. Free.
  • ROUND 1. This is an amusement park. You can bowl, sing Karaoke, and play billiards and darts in here. M-F 10AM-5AM, Sa 9AM-5AM, Su 8AM-5AM. 15 min on foot from Yokohama Stn (west gate).
  • Nissan Water ParkShin-Yokohama. 12 min walk from Shin-Yokohama Stn, and 7 min walk from Kozukue Stn. This is an indoor pool inside Nissan Stadium. It has two parts; the indoor pool and the indoor hot-water pool. Even if you don’t have swimming equipment, you can rent swimwear, swim caps, goggles, floats and towels. Nissan Water Park is located indoor and you can borrow anything, so you can enjoy swimming and being relaxed at any time in any kinds of weather all year. M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 9AM-5PM (& holidays).
  • Yokohama National Pool Tuzuki-ku, Kitayamada 7-3-1. Swimming pools and gyms. They are used by global games and personal users.

Hiyoshi park  Kouhoku-ku, Hiyoshi 2-31. There is a fountain, playground equipment, and a big grass square. There are many beautiful Japanese apricot trees in spring. Their flowers are white and pink. You can enjoy ball games there too.

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