Sightseeing

A city with a history of development as an international port, Yokohama is home to a wealth of internationally-themed sightseeing destinations, including the Port of Yokohama and Yokohama Chinatown. At the same time, it also bustles with people coming to visit its large-scale shopping complexes and theme parks. Take a look at the following site for detailed sightseeing information.

Yokohama Official Visitors’ Guide (Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau)
http://www.yokohamajapan.com/

Yokohama Maps
http://www.yokohamajapan.com/maps/

 

Shin-Yokohama Station Area

Shin-Yokohama Station is served by the Tokaido Shinkansen high-speed rail line and is the gateway to Yokohama at which all Shinkansen trains stop. It is the station located closest to International Stadium Yokohama, within walking distance of the venue.

Shin-Yokohama Station Area

http://www.yokohamajapan.com/things-to-do/search.php?area_id=4

 

A ramen theme park. The neighborhood, which underwent a revival in the late 1950s, is lined with famous shops where visitors can experience the flavors of ramen from all over Japan and even purchase ramen to take home as a souvenir. In addition, the museum features exhibits presenting ramen history and culture.

*Access: Located five minutes on foot from Shin-Yokohama Station

This warm-water pool facility is located under the stands at the east gate of International Stadium Yokohama. It includes a swimming area, the “Aqua Zone,” featuring a counter-current pool, water slide and much more, as well as a “Bade Zone” with a jet bathing pool and other relaxing facilities.

*Access: Located 15 minutes on foot from Shin-Yokohama Station

This international standard-sized ice skating rink is open all year. It is open to the public, and business days and hours can be found on the official website.

*Access: Located five minutes on foot from Shin-Yokohama Station

 

Yokohama Station Area

Yokohama Station is served by a wide variety of rail lines, from JR to private rail and subway lines. The east exit of the station is adjacent to the Port of Yokohama, and visitors can also catch the YCAT (Yokohama City Air Terminal) buses here, bound for Narita and Haneda Airports. The west exit is lined with shops that have been around since old times, as well as large-scale stores and hotels, and is a bustling area.

Yokohama Station Area

http://www.yokohamajapan.com/things-to-do/search.php?area_id=3

 

This English garden was designed to showcase roughly 1,800 varieties of rose, the city flower of Yokohama. It is also a highly-praised destination on travel forum sites.

*Access: Located 10 minutes on foot from Hiranumabashi Station on the Sotetsu Main Line; free shuttle bus available from outside the west exit of Yokohama Station, in front of Resona Bank

This art museum is located on the sixth floor of Sogo Yokohama, outside the east exit of Yokohama Station. Exhibits include a wide variety of genres from within Japan and abroad.

*Access: Located five minutes on foot from the east exit of Yokohama Station

This gallery is located on the first floor of the global headquarters of Nissan, which was founded in Yokohama. Exhibits cover the growth of Nissan from its founding to the present day and include automobiles produced for the Japanese market. There is also a boutique selling Nissan accessories and souvenirs and a cafe.

*Access: Located seven minutes on foot from the east exit of Yokohama Station

This theater, featuring stage performances created with holographic imagery, boasts images with realistic depth without the need for head-mounted displays or 3D glasses.

*Access: Located five minutes on foot from the west exit of Yokohama Station

 

Major commercial centers near Yokohama Station

Takashimaya Yokohama Store
https://www.takashimaya-global.com/en/stores/yokohama/
Sogo Yokohama
https://www.sogo-seibu.jp.e.ld.hp.transer.com/yokohama/
JOINUS Yokohama
https://www.sotetsu-joinus.com/english
Yokohama PORTA
https://www.yokohamaporta.jp/language/english.html
Yokohama Bay Quarter
https://www.yokohama-bayquarter.com/en/
Yokohama MORE’S
http://language.yokohama-mores.jp.e.js.hp.transer.com/

 

Minato Mirai 21 Area

Development of this area of reclaimed land began in the 1980s. In addition to attractions such as the Yokohama Landmark Tower and a convention center (Pacifico Yokohama), the area is dotted with commercial centers and theme parks.

Minato Mirai 21 Area
http://www.yokohamajapan.com/things-to-do/search.php?area_id=0

Yokohama Landmark Tower
https://www.yokohama-landmark.jp/transer/english.html

At 70 stories and 296 meters in height, this super-tall building is a symbol of Yokohama. Inside are offices, a hotel, shopping malls and more. From the Sky Garden observatory on the 69th floor, visitors can enjoy an unbroken view of the Kanto Plain.

*Access: Located three minutes on foot from Minatomirai Station

Nippon Maru Memorial Park
https://www.nippon-maru.or.jp/foreign/

The Nippon Maru, built in 1930, was used for practice sailing until 1984. Since then, it has been moored at the stone dock at Minato Mirai 21, open to the public. The facility also includes Yokohama Port Museum and Ryohei Yanagihara Art Museum.

*Access: Located five minutes on foot from Sakuragicho Station, Minatomirai Station and Bashamichi Station

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
https://www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/en/

This is Minato Mirai 21’s symbolic sightseeing destination, located in a district lined with brick buildings dating from the Meiji (from October 23, 1868, to July 30, 1912) and Taisho (from 30 July 1912 to 25 December 1926) eras. In addition to shops and restaurants, the event halls and spaces host a variety of events.

*Access: Located 15 minutes on foot from Sakuragicho Station and Kannai Station, six minutes on foot from Bashamichi Station and Nihon-Odori Station and 12 minutes on foot from Minatomirai Station

Yokohama Cosmoworld
http://cosmoworld.jp/

This future-oriented urban theme park features Cosmo Clock 21, which is one of the world’s largest Ferris wheel at 112 meters in height and can hold up to 480 riders. Park entry is free, and visitors purchase tickets to use the attractions.

*Access: Located two minutes on foot from Minatomirai Station and 10 minutes on foot from Sakuragicho Station

Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama (Momofuku Ando invention memorial hall)
https://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/yokohama/

This museum was built in memory of Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin Foods, who invented the world’s first instant ramen. In addition to exhibits about instant ramen, there is also a facility providing visitors with fun hands-on learning experiences.

Access: Located eight minutes on foot from Minatomirai Station and Bashamichi Station and 12 minutes on foot from Sakuragicho Station

Yokohama Anpanman Children’s Museum & Mall
http://museum.anpanman-acm.co.jp/en/

This museum is all about the “Soreike! Anpanman” animated television series. Visitors can play with Anpanman and his friends, purchase Anpanman accessories and souvenirs and enjoy food.

*Access: Located seven minutes on foot from Shin-Takashima Station and Takashimacho Station

 

Major commercial centers in the Minato Mirai area

MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA
https://www.marineandwalk.jp/en/
MARK IS MINATOMIRAI
http://www.mec-markis.jp/mm/
Queen’s Square Yokohama
https://qsy-tqc.jp/
Minatomirai Tokyu Square
http://www.minatomirai-square.com/
Yokohama World Porters
https://www.yim.co.jp/foreign/directory_en/

 

Kannai-Bashamichi Area

In addition to being the Yokohama administrative and economic center, an office district lined with government offices and businesses, this area is still home to many historic buildings.

Kannai-Bashamichi Area
http://www.yokohamajapan.com/things-to-do/search.php?area_id=1

Nihon-Odori
http://www.nihonodori.jp/

Nihon-Odori, the first Western-style avenue in Japan, was built at the beginning of the Meiji era. Today, the ginkgo tree-lined avenue is home to numerous historic buildings, including the Kanagawa Prefectural Government Office (nicknamed “King’s Tower”), the Yokohama Archives of History, the Yokohama District Court and the Former Kanto Finance Bureau.

*Access: Located just outside of Nihon-Odori Station and seven minutes on foot from Kannai Station

Yokohama Archives of History
http://www.kaikou.city.yokohama.jp/en/index.html

These archives feature the history of the rapid expansion of Yokohama after the opening of ports at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The archives are located at the site on which the Convention of Kanagawa was signed, opening Japan to United States access in 1854.

*Access: Located two minutes on foot from Nihon-Odori Station and 15 minutes on foot from Kannai Station

 

Chinatown-Yamashita Park Area

Yokohama Chinatown, the largest Chinatown in Japan, bustles with large numbers of sightseers. Located next to the sea is Yamashita Park, where the Hikawa Maru, a luxury ocean liner, is permanently docked as a museum.

Chinatown-Yamashita Park Area
http://www.yokohamajapan.com/things-to-do/search.php?area_id=1

Yokohama Chinatown
http://www.chinatown.or.jp

One of the world’s largest Chinatowns, Yokohama Chinatown is lined with over 600 shops. Over 220 of these are Chinese restaurants, and if other restaurants are included as well, the total number comes to over 300. The Chinatown has a total of 10 entrances, each with its own traditional archway.

*Access: Located one minute on foot from Motomachi-Chukagai Station and five minutes on foot from Ishikawacho Station and Nihon-Odori Station

Yamashita Park
http://www.yokohamajapan.com/things-to-do/detail.php?id=139

This park was built on top of buried rubble from the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Inside the park, visitors can find attractions such as the “Kamome no Suihei-san (Seagull Sailor)” song monument, a statue of a “Little Girl With Red Shoes On” and the “Guardian of Water,” an Indian-style water fountain.

*Access: Located three minutes on foot from Motomachi-Chukagai Station and 20 minutes on foot from Kannai Station

Yokohama Marine Tower
http://www.marinetower.jp

This tower, a symbol of the Port of Yokohama, was built on land adjacent to Yamashita Park in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the port. It is 109 meters in height and features an observation deck at a height of 94 meters. It was formerly also used as a lighthouse.

*Access: Located one minute on foot from Motomachi-Chukagai Station and 15 minutes on foot from Ishikawacho Station

Hikawa Maru Japanese Mail Ship
https://www.nyk.com/rekishi/e/

The Hikawa Maru, which originally travelled back and forth across the Pacific Ocean, is now a designated Important Cultural Property. The inside of the boat features cabins decorated in accurate historical style and exhibition rooms introducing the history of the ship. Visitors can also enjoy the view of the Port of Yokohama from the deck.

*Access: Located three minutes on foot from Motomachi-Chukagai Station and 15 minutes on foot from Ishikawacho Station and Kannai Station

 

Motomachi-Yamate

The Yamate district, originally developed around its large number of foreign residences, and the Motomachi district just down the hill make up an area particularly rich in foreign atmosphere, even by Yokohama standards.

Motomachi-Yamate Area
http://www.yokohamajapan.com/things-to-do/search.php?area_id=2

Harbor View Park
http://www.yokohamajapan.com/things-to-do/detail.php?id=39

Visitors to this park can enjoy views of the Port of Yokohama and the Yokohama Bay Bridge. It is also famous for its roses, and prime viewing periods are from mid-May to mid-June and from mid-October to mid-November.

*Access: Located five minutes on foot from Motomachi-Chukagai Station and 20 minutes on foot from Ishikawacho Station

Yamate Western-Style Houses
http://www.hama-midorinokyokai.or.jp/yamate-seiyoukan/

The Yamate district, a residential area for foreigners from the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate until 1899, is dotted with Western-style houses. Notable buildings include the Home of a Diplomat, the Bluff No. 18 House, Berrick Hall, the Ehrismann Residence, the Bluff No. 234 (Yamate 234 Ban-Kan), British House Yokohama and the Bluff No. 111 (Yamate 111 Ban-Kan).

*Access: Accessible on foot from Motomachi-Chukagai Station and Ishikawacho Station (walking time depends on the house)

Motomachi Shopping Street
https://www.motomachi.or.jp/en/

This area dates back to the opening of the Port of Yokohama, when it was lined with shops catering to foreigners living in the Yamate residential district. In the 1970s, it gained a reputation as one of Japan’s top fashion streets, giving rise to “Hamatora” (short for “Yokohama Traditional”) fashion.

*Access: Located just outside of Motomachi-Chukagai Station and two minutes on foot from Ishikawacho Station

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11 - 12th May 2019