The latest Yokohama Japan travel guide 2021

Tourism Yokohama - Japan's second largest city with a population of over three million, Yokohama is located less than half an hour south of Tokyo by train and is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture.

As the second largest city in Japan , Yokohama attracts visitors with its vibrant modernity in its own right. It has the world's largest ferris wheel, the famous Hakkejima ocean park, vibrant Chinatown, a very unique Ramen museum, ... and many other interesting places. Yokohama is also known as the "city of dreams". So, what to do and where to go when visiting Yokohama for the first time? Here's your Yokohama travel guide !

 

Yokohama City Skyline - Yokohama TourismYokohama City Skyline

 

Best time to go to Yokohama

You can visit Yokohama at any time of the year. The weather is fairly mild year-round although summers can be quite hot and humid.

 

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The best times to visit Yokohama are autumn (late September to November) and spring (March/April/May). Summer (late June to late August) in Yokohama is hot and humid. Winter (December/January/February) in Yokohama is cold but not too cold and there are a lot of festivals that coincide with Christmas and New Year. The rainy season lasts from about mid-June to the end of July, but it doesn't rain every day and you can travel.

 

Highlights in Yokohama

If you are only planning to visit Yokohama for a short time, here are the main attractions that you should visit

 

Sankeien Garden

Spread over 17.5 hectares, this traditional Japanese garden in South Yokohama is one of the city's finest green spaces. The Sankeien Garden was commissioned by silk merchant Tomitaro Sankei Hara, and is home to a number of historic buildings, including feudal residences, teahouses and a 3-story pagoda on a hill in the area. garden. The central pond is one of the main attractions of the garden, but you can spend a few hours wandering around its winding trails and discovering its many small waterfalls, streams, ponds, stairs, and other small waterfalls. bamboo grove in the garden. Sankeien is especially popular in the spring for its cherry blossoms - don't forget to try the cherry blossom flavored ice cream - and in the fall for its beautiful maples and ginkgo trees.

 

Sankeien Garden - Yokohama TourismSankeien Garden

 

Minato Mirai 21

Minato Mirai 21 literally translates to "harbour of the future." This coastal urban area in downtown Yokohama forms the striking skyline of the city. The area is home to a number of attractions, including the Sky Garden Observation Deck, Cosmo World, and the Red Brick Warehouse that resembles a shopping center filled with boutiques. The night view of Minato Mirai is especially beautiful when it is illuminated and walking around at night is quite romantic.

 

Minato Mirai 21 - Yokohama Travel
Minato Mirai 21

Yokohama Chinatown

You can't travel to Yokohama without visiting Japan's largest Chinatown . It dates back to 1859, after the area became one of the first Japanese ports open to foreign trade. This Chinatown has a distinctive color, with all sorts of Chinese shops and restaurants. Most visitors come here for the food - there are a number of great Chinese restaurants and eateries serving everything from steamed buns to egg tarts to dim sum, and the late-winter Chinese New Year festivities are also very popular. attractive. It's where you can enjoy lion dances, firecrackers and traditional concerts.

 

Yokohama Chinatown - Yokohama TourismYokohama Chinatown

 

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is dedicated to ramen noodles. You can learn all about the history of ramen in Japan - it was imported from China and ramen varieties across the country, but the real catch is that you can eat here. The basements are dedicated to nine ramen restaurants located in an arcade, and each serves a different style of ramen. They all serve a portion of "mini ramen" so you can sample different bowls of ramen.

 

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum - Yokohama TourismShin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

 

Yamashita Park

Yokohama is home to many beautiful public parks. Located just off Chinatown and stretching some 750 meters along the city's waterfront, Yamashita Park is one of Yokohama's most famous open green spaces. Locals and visitors love the park to picnic, enjoy the beautiful waterfront view and the splendid flowers in spring. There is a huge ocean liner on the water next to the promenade, converted into a museum after it was decommissioned at sea in 1960. 

 

Yamashita Park - Yokohama TourismYamashita Park

 

Negishi Forest Park

If you love nature, then Negishi Forest Park is a must-visit Yokohama tourist attraction !. Over 1,800 square meters, it's one of Yokohama's largest parks, it's a vast landscape of open fields and woods, with many paths winding around ponds, woods and plum orchards and is a place Great for an outdoor meal. There are also more than 350 cherry blossom trees planted here.

 

Negishi Forest Park - Yokohama Tourism
Negishi Forest Park

 

Boat ride in the harbor

It should come as no surprise that Yokohama , Japan , is a port and another very popular attraction is cruises. Although there are different yacht operators, one of the most accessible is right in front of Yamashita Park. There are different types of travel, including day trips and dinner trips, as well as day trips and night trips. Regardless of which one you choose, you'll be able to enjoy the famous skyline while traveling to Yokohama

 

Cruise in the harbor - Yokohama TourismBoat ride in the harbor

 

Experience the Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival

If you come to Japan in August then you must definitely check out the Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival, which is one of the largest fireworks displays in Japan, as well as a great opportunity to see Japanese people wearing traditional costumes Traditional, yukata, and enjoy all kinds of street food.

The fireworks displays are really big and impressive, and there's nothing better than getting some yakitori from a stall along with a beer and enjoying the show.

 

Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival - Yokohama TourismKanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival

 

Places to eat in Yokohama

The international port city of Yokohama has a wide selection of restaurants at all budgets, high end... Whether it's Sichuan food in Chinatown, conveyor belt sushi restaurants or exquisite kaiseki dinners awarded with stars Michelin, there's something for everyone. Here are suggestions for the best places to eat in Yokohama, broken down by different areas of the city.

 

Chinatown

Manchinro Honten is an established Cantonese restaurant with reasonably priced lunches of dim sum and dumplings.

Kyokarou Honkan is a Sichuan restaurant, loved by locals for its knife-cut noodles

Saiko Shinkan is a Cantonese restaurant where you can dine in a different style on each of its five floors.

 

Manchinro Honten Restaurant - Yokohama TourismManchinro Honten restaurant

 

Aichyun is a favorite place for local Chinese residents for its authentic hometown dishes. 

Santon is a small family run restaurant tucked away in Chinatown. The food here tastes delicious and is better than most in the area.

 

Kannai . area

Maruwa: You'll have to line up for Maruwa's perfectly juicy tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet) and delicious miso soup - a must-try if you're visiting Yokohama .

Sugai is the place you should go if you are looking for an affordable 2-star Michelin dining experience. It's a kaiseki with beautiful dishes showcasing fine seasonal ingredients.

 

Maruwa Restaurant - Yokohama TourismMaruwa restaurant

 

Bar de Nankyoku Ryourinin Mirai: Called 'Mirai', this bar is run by a well-traveled chef

Asian Bar RAMAI specializes in curry soup - one of the best meals in the area.

Masago Saryou: Tucked away in a quiet alley, Masago Saryou is a gorgeous 2-star kaiseki restaurant that serves up some really hearty kaiseki feasts.

Katsuretsu has been a favorite of Yokohama locals since 1927, for their tonkatsu is consistently delicious and the restaurant itself has an old-fashioned charm.

 

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Minato Mirai area

Men-ya Iraka specializes in the Japanese dish tsukemen, or ramen noodles with a dipping broth.

Gelato Firenze: real gelato lovers want to eat this ice cream all year round. If you want to feel special, try soda gelato.

 

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Chin Kenichi Mabodōfu serves spicy, spicy beef and tofu with Sichuan pepper, one of the best outside of Sichuan province.

TUNE Balcony, Dining & Bar serves contemporary Western dishes. Come here for pizza, pasta, salads and an oddly named but delicious 'oven sausage'.

Yokohama Station Area

Mawashizushi Katsu at Yokohama Sky Building serves delicious, affordable conveyor belt sushi - fun for both adults and kids, with vegetarian options.

Yokohama Nakaya Oozeki Honten makes delicious chewy udon (wheat noodles) right in the shop.

 

Yokohama Nakaya Oozeki Honten - Yokohama TourismYokohama Nakaya Oozeki Honten

 

Sushidokoro Ginza Fukusuke: Those who like their sushi still hot will love going to Sushidokoro Ginza Fukusuke. You will get a very delicious meal of Japanese sushi .

Nodaiwa: Craving for grilled unagi? This branch of the famous Nodaiwa has thrived on grilled eel for generations.

Ningyocho Imahan: The restaurant's special dish is Sukiyaki, which is Japanese beef cooked with vegetables in a sweet and salty soy sauce, served with raw eggs for dipping.

Ore no French Yokohama: where you'll get quality food at reasonable prices, with all the classics from French onion soup and pate to crème brûlée and steak frites.

 

Yokohama TourismMawashizushi Katsu Conveyor Sushi at Yokohama Sky Building

 

How to travel to Yokohama?

Located just 30 minutes south of central Tokyo , Yokohama is easily accessible by multiple train lines from hubs such as Tokyo Station and Shibuya Station. The best way to reach Yokohama from Tokyo, as well as other airports like Haneda or Narita, is by train.

The Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train is the fastest way to travel between the two cities, with a journey taking less than 20 minutes. At JPY 2,600, this is also the most expensive. However, it is extremely useful and is essentially free if you have a Japan Rail Pass.

 

Shinkansen East Entrance Shin-Yokohama Station - Yokohama TourismEast entrance of Shinkansen Shin-Yokohama Station

 

Alternatively, you can board trains to Yokohama from Tokyo Station on several other lines, including the JR Keihin Tohoku Line, JR Tokaido Line, or JR Yokosuka Line, and a one-way journey will take no more than 40 minutes.

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