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As a couple who live just 30 minutes away from Yokohama, we have been there so many times and I think you’d love to check out these places and things to do. Also, even though we have been in Yokohama so many times, we think that we haven’t exhausted ourselves yet in exploring the city. This list will grow and update as our journey takes us to new hidden gems of the city.
- Temples and Gardens
- Romantic Date Night
1. Ride Japan’s fastest elevator at Yokohama Landmark Tower.
Did you know that there are over 50 skyscrapers in Japan? Let alone in Tokyo there are over 30 of them, but there’s one skyscraper that’s humbly standing among them — the Yokohama Landmark Tower. What’s so special about it? It has Japan’s fastest elevator that could take you to its Sky Garden Observation Deck on 69th floor. Here, you can grab a whiskey while enjoying the 360 degree panoramic night view of Yokohama.
Access: 3-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station
Admission fee: 1000 yen for adult, 500 yen for school students, and 200 yen for children
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Further information: English Website
2. Stroll at one of the oldest seaside park in Japan: Yamashita Park.
The Yamashita Park, also known as Yamashita Koen Park, it is the most popular park alongside Yokohama Bay where locals always come for dog strolling, refreshment, and get the stunning view of the harbor and Minato Mirai. Here you can also find the Hikawa Maru cargo ship which is now a floating museum. Guests are welcome on the ship’s decks and stroll the decorated interior preserved over a half-century ago.
READ FULL ARTICLE: Strolling Around Yamashita Park
Access: 5-minute walk from Motomachi Chukagai Station
Admission fee: Free for Yamashita Park then 300 yen for Hikawa Maru Museum entrance or print a discount coupon for 250 yen entrance fee.
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. closed on Mondays
Recommended Tour: Yokohama Day Cruise
Temples and Gardens
3. Visit the beautiful Sankeien Garden.
This traditional Japanese-style garden originally built in Kyoto should be the first thing that you must visit once you step foot on Yokohama City. It’s a huge beautiful garden featuring ponds and historic buildings and pagodas and is popular among locals for its cherry blossoms and beautifully changing golden leaves of autumn.
READ FULL ARTICLE: The Night Glow of Sankeien Garden
Access: From JR Negishi Station, take the number 58, 99 or 101 bus at bus stand no. 1, and get off at Honmoku (10-minute bus ride). From Honmoku bus stop, cross the road and walk to the garden for 8-minutes.
Admission fee: 500 yen for adult and 200 yen for children. You could also get an annual pass for 2,500 yen.
Opening Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., last entrance 16:30 p.m.. Open until 8:30 p.m. during the cherry blossom viewing. Closed on December 29, 30, 31.
Parking available for 500 yen up to 2 hours, and additional 100 yen every 30 minutes.
4. Travel Back in time to Shomyoji Temple.
Who would have known that in the big city of Yokohama lies a quiet and beautiful Buddhist temple. Built in the 13th century, the Shomyoji Temple is hidden in a subdivision. You’d never imagine that a cultural gem is tucked away in this place until you see the huge gate and red bridge inside. There are also hiking trails in the temple vicinity if you’re feeling pumped.
READ FULL ARTICLE: How We Spent the Day in Shomyoji Temple
Access: 18-minute walk from Kanazawa Bunko Station or 12-minute walk from Uminokoen-shibaguchi Station.
Admission fee: Free
Opening Hours: Always open
No parking available.
5. Check out the Yamate Western Houses.
These original Western Houses were built in early 1600s but only few remained after the Great Kanto Earthquake. Houses are walkable to each other and it is recommended that you start from Ishikawacho Station.
Access: 7-minute walk from Ishikawacho Station.
Admission fee: Free
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. closing days varies per house.
Romantic Date Night
6. Enjoy a relaxing night cruise.
Why not take your dinner dates to a whole new level by having a dinner cruise in Yokohama? You wouldn’t want to spend this beautiful moment with anyone else. There are several sightseeing boats in Yokohama. The Marine Rouge and Royal Wing are the most popular for Lunch and Dinner cruise buffet style which starts at 2,800 yen per person excluding the boarding fee. Visit the list of Yokohama sightseeing cruise for reservations.
Another easy and affordable way to reserve for a spot on a ship cruise is through Voyagin Concierge. Their Yokohama Night Cruise starts at 2,450 yen per person. It includes boarding fee, one complimentary drink and small snack.
7. Visit Yokohama Zoo aka “Zoorasia.”
Yokohama Zoo or “Zoorasia” has been tagged as one of Japan’s largest and best kept zoos. Family and stroller friendly, this zoo highlights the cutest animals with different personalities that you cannot find in typical zoos like the cuddly red pandas, sociable giraffe, and kawaii camels.
Access: From Tsurugamine or Mitsukyo Station of Sotetsu line or Nakayama Station of JR Yokohama line, take a bus bound for Zoorasia and get off at the last bus stop (about 15 minutes bus ride).
Admission fee: 800 yen
Opening Hours: 9:30 to 16:30, entry until 16:00. Closed on Tuesdays unless Tuesday is a national holiday, and December 29 to January 1.
Further information: English website
8. Skip Disneyland and go to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise.
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is a big island located at the tip of Yokohama bay. There are many attractions here including the Pleasure Land for rides and the Aqua Resorts for interactions with friendly animals. If you’re not really up for the rides, it is best to just buy the Aqua Resort pass for 3,000 yen (adult). For ticket information, you may visit the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise English website here.
Access: Few minutes walk from Hakkeijima Station
Opening Hours: Varies per day. Please check the schedule from their website.
9. Try some rides at Cosmo World.
If you Google Yokohama images, you’ll always see a giant ferris wheel with clock. That is Cosmo World and it became an icon of Yokohama Skyline photographs. There is no entrance fee here. Customers pay by rides which ranges from 300 to 500 yen for kid rides and 700 yen for the adult rides.
Access: A very short walk from Minato Mirai Station.
Opening Hours: MTWF from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 11 a.m to 10 p.m. on weekends. Closed on Thursdays.
Further information: Yokohama Cosmo World
10. Make your own Cup Noodles.
Cup Noodles Museum is not your typical museum. This is where you can make and decorate your own cup noodles and no doubt perfect for curious kids. I’ve been here before and I have to tell you that you must bring a friend or someone when visiting this museum to enjoy it.
READ FULL ARTICLE: Cup Noodles Museum: Make Your Own Noodles
Access: 8-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station.
Admission fee: 500 yen for adults and free for high school and kids. Additional 300 yen to make your own cup noodles.
Opening Hours: Everyday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but closed on Tuesdays.
Further information: English website
11. Visit Chinatown.
Experience two (or more) cultures converging in one place in the cleanest Chinatown in the world! Of course, the things you can do in Chinatown (aside from eating to your heart’s content) are endless, but make sure to respect and help maintain the cleanliness of the place by doing your part.
Access: 5-minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station.
12. Motomachi Shopping Street: Yokohama’s Little Europe.
The Motomachi Shopping Street is known to give people a sense of what’s it like to be in Europe. There are lots to see here and you will never get tired of window shopping at the several fashion shops. Make sure to ready your wallet, though, because you might just find something you would want to buy.
Access: 3-minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station.
13. Dine or (window) shop at Queen’s Square Mall.
Queens Square is a huge mall with a weird long escalator from B1 to 4th floor. This mall has been a favorite among foreigners living in the area because of their international brand stores. LL Bean, Eddie Bauer, H&M, Zara, to name a few. There are also plenty of restaurants to choose from. The caveat though, some shops close as early as 8 p.m. so make sure to go here early for shopping spree.
Access: Just outside of Minato Mirai Station.
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for shops, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for restaurants
Further information: Queen’s Square floor guide and list of shops
14. Leisure Shopping at Lalaport.
For American brands that you didn’t see in Queen’s Square Mall, this is the place to go. Nice thing about Lalaport is that it’s a very family-friendly mall with childcare facilities and kid zones.
Access: 8-minute walk from Kamoi Station
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Further information: Lalaport Yokohama English website
15. Peek inside the Red Brick Warehouses.
Whenever there’s a seasonal event in Yokohama, it’s always being held at Red Brick Warehouses or Aka Renga as dubbed by locals. It’s a two-storey building where you can both shop and dine.
Access: 15-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station or 15-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station
Opening Hours: Varies per store.
Further information: Red Brick Museum English website
16. Pizza All You Can?! How About Shakey’s Buffet?
When you’re around Yokohama Station, Shakey’s Pizza Buffet is worth checking out. Lunch starts at 1,130 yen which is why it is very popular among high school and university students who are studying near the area.
READ FULL ARTICLE: Shakey’s Pizza Dinner Buffet
Access: 3-minute walk from Yokohama Station West Exit
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00 to 16:30 entry until 16:00. Resumes at dinner 17:00 to 22:30 entry until 22:00.
Lunch fee: Adult 1,130 yen, elementary students 880 yen, 4 years old 500 yen
Dinner fee: Adult 1,650 yen, elementary students 1,000 yen, 4 years old 500 yen
Further information: Yokohama Shakey’s website (Japanese only)
17. Visit Miysis Cat Café in Kannai.
Cat Cafés allow people from all walks of life to momentarily forget the stresses brought about by daily life and enjoy their time with fluffy, adorable cats. Miysis Cat Café is smaller than most cat cafés in Tokyo, but expect this small paradise on earth to be filled with cats. After all, there is nothing more relaxing than having to watch cats frolic from afar or cuddle next to you. The best time to visit is before closing when cats are more lively as they get ready for dinner.
Access: 5-minute walk from Isezaki-chojamachi station Exit 3
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12:00 to 20:00. Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 20:00
Entrance fee: 1,300 yen for 70 minutes includes one drink. Buy additional drink for 300 yen. Buy food for the cat for 550 yen.
Further information: Miysis Cat Cafe website (Japanese only)
18. Dine at Benny’s Place, an American Style Pub and Restaurant in Ishikawacho.
Benny’s Place is a popular American Pub and Restaurant and Sports Bar run by a retired US Navy officer. They serve beers, wines, and cocktails along with great spareribs, nachos, or buffalo wings. You can also play darts and meet other players in a friendly atmosphere.
Access: 5-minute walk from Ishikawa-cho Station South Exit
Opening Hours: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Closed on Sunday and Monday
19. Kirin Yokohama Beer Village.
If you are interested about the long history of Kirin beer in Japan and how Kirin is different compared to other beers, then you should check out the Brewery Tour of Kirin Beer Village. You get to watch thousands of cans and bottles filled with beer every minute through factory machines. At the end of the tour, you will end up at their “tasting bar” where you exchange your tickets for three glasses of your choice.
Access: 10-minute walk from Namamugi Station
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
20. Taste every ramen all over Japan at Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum.
Ramen is one of the staple foods in Japan. Like all dishes, a bowl of ramen is cooked differently per region in the country. Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, however, decided to serve all the kinds and variants of ramen from all over Japan in just one area. It’s a ramen paradise! Visitors who wish to try different varieties of ramen, it’s recommended that you order “mini ramen,” or small portion of ramen, from each store to make room for your stomach.
Access: Few minutes walk from Shinyokohama Station Exit 8
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission fee: 300 yen
21. Trick Art Museum.
There are several Trick Art Museums in Tokyo but if you don’t feel like traveling far to those areas since you live in Kanagawa like me, the best option is to visit the closest one. This Trick Art Museum is located on the 3rd to 8th floor of Yokohama Daiseki, an entertainment mall in the heart of Yokohama Chinatown.
Access: 5-minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station.
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission fee: 1,200 yen for adults and 600 yen for children
(Bonus) Annual Events
22. Dancing Pikachu in Minato Mirai.
Every early August, you will see thousands of Pikachu called “Pikachu army” dancing in different areas of Minato Mirai. They usually seen scattered in Landmark Tower, Minato Mirai Station, World Porters, and Sakuragicho Station. Kids surely love them.
23. Oktoberfest in Red Brick Warehouse.
Red Brick Warehouse is very popular for its grandiose Oktoberfest every early October so be sure to go there once in your life.
24. Chinese New Year.
From January to February, the countdown of Chinese New Year starts in Chinatown. So if ever you visit this place during those months, expect random exploding firecrackers.
That’s a lot right? I’ll tell you this. I have listed 21 (+3) places and things to do on this list, but to be honest, I haven’t visited 4 or 5 places here. Those were recommendations from friends and co-workers who live in Yokohama and I’d be sure to check them out next time with my husband. We’re only 30 minutes away from Yokohama but I have this travel plan to stay for a night there and explore it. If you like that idea, you’d better check out this hotel in Yokohama I have been eyeing for a while now.