Yokohama in a day: Enjoy an exotic Japanese atmosphere and a spectacular night view
Yokohama is next to Tokyo. So it doesn’t take a long time from Tokyo; it’s about a 30-min ride from Shinjuku station on JR Shonan Shinjuku Line, 30-min express train ride from Shibuya station on Toyoko Line, and about 20-min ride from Shinagawa station on JR Tokaido Main Line or Yokosuka Line. You can enjoy stylish and exotic streets and sea views which are different from Tokyo. Yokohama has too many spots to see in a short time. But if you pick some places, you can enjoy a short trip with the must-see spots in one day. Here, we introduce a course including a visit to a traditional Japanese garden, Yokohama Chinatown which has the world’s largest number of shops, and Minatomirai with a futuristic night view. You will experience several historical periods and places in the same day.
8:15 – Go to Sankeien from Yokohama station by bus
Yokohama station on JR Line is so huge that even Japanese people get lost! First, go to the bus stop for the municipal bus at east exit. The place is difficult to find and don’t hesitate to ask someone like the station staff or locals on how to get there. You need to take No.8 or No.148 of the municipal bus. It costs 220 yen up to the nearest bus stop “Honmoku Sankeien-mae” where you can enjoy one of the best traditional Japanese views in Yokohama at Sankeien.
9:00 – Am I in Kyoto? Sankeien has a different atmosphere from the city of Yokohama
After getting off at “Honmoku Sankeien-mae” bus stop, walk for 5 min to Sankeien. This is the most unique spot in Yokohama, a city with a “stylish and exotic” image.
A master of tea ceremony, Hara Sankei produced this 175,000-square-meter premise with historical and valuable buildings which were relocated from Kyoto and Kamakura and similar other areas.
Every building is historical and valuable. This is one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in the Kanto region. Enjoy your time and take a leisurely morning stroll. After your walk, go to the opposite bus stop of the one you arrived at. Now take No.8 of the municipal bus which goes to Yokohama station. It cost 220 yen and you will reach the entrance of Chinatown in 20 min!
Address： 58-1 Honmoku Sannotani, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市中区本牧三之谷58-1)
Phone No. :+81-45-621-0634
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: 29th, 30th, 31st on December
Fee: Adults 500 yen, Children (age 6-12) 200 yen
11:00 – Arrive at the entrance of Chinatown. Let’s stroll around!
The bus stop of Chinatown entrance is in front of Yomei-mon. Enter Chinatown from the gate that has the world’s largest number of shops. If you are a traveler from Chinese communities, compare this town to one in your country and enjoy the differences.
Oh, wait! Gomoku nikuman (meat bun) at Peking Hanten next to Yomei-mon is really delicious, so how about trying it. Eat it fresh and hot while walking through the streets. Big chunks of meat makes its texture different from ones in other restaurants. Don’t eat too much before your lunch!
Yokohama Chinatown Peking Hanten (横浜中華街 北京飯店)
Address: 79-5 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市中区山下町79-5)
Phone No. : +81-45-681-3535
Opening Hours: 11:30-23:00（22:00 Last order）
Open all year round
Fee: Gomoku Nikuman (meat bun) 410 yen per piece
Chinatown is crowded with domestic and foreign visitors. Stroll through unique shops of “Japanese” Chinatown, eating Nikuman! （Source：Pixta）
Yokohama Chinatown has colorful Chinese temples and especially Kanteibyo is a symbol of this Chinatown. It enshrines Kanwu, who is a famous general in the well-known Chinese historical novel, “The Romance of Three Kingdoms.” He is worshiped as a god of success in business because he had an economic sense. If you come from Chinese communities, you will know about this quite well. As there are so many fans of the Three Kingdoms in Japan, they come to pray here.
Four other gods are also enshrined here and the style to pray is as follows. When you enter the main shrine, pay 500 yen for incense sticks, offer a stick on each incense burner from No.1 to No.5, and pray for your wish. You can draw a paper fortune, too.
Kanteitan, a festival on Kanwu’s birthday in August is held every year. Big statures of Kanu and other gods parade in the town.
Yokohama Chinatown Kanteibyo (横浜中華街 開帝廟)
Address: 140 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市中区山下町140)
Phone No. : +81-45-226-2636
Opening hours: 9:00-19:00
Open all year round
Another famous temple is Yokohama Masobyo. A woman called Maso, a god of learning Bunshoteikun, a god of marriage Gekkaroujin, a god of easy birth Rinsuifujin, and a god of pregnancy Chuseinyannyan are all enshrined here. These five are goddesses, so most visitors are women.
Yokohama Masobyo (横浜媽祖廟 (よこはままそびょう) )
Address: 136 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市中区山下町136)
Phone No. : +81-45-681-0909
Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00
Pay attention to limited items only in Japanese Chinatown
Do you think there is no point in buying Chinese souvenirs in Japanese Chinatown? People from Chinatown in other countries will be surprised if they see cute panda goods here. Panda baum is a fusion of Japanese sweets and panda (sold at Yokohama Museum). The Japanese idol Hello Kitty and Panda unite and become a smartphone strap (sold at Yokohama Daisekai).
（Source: Left ウレぴあ総研, Right PRワイヤー）
Shiro-kuro curry (Black and white curry) is popular among Japanese high-school girls who come for school trips (sold at Yokohama Museum). Following the cooking instructions, you will see a panda face. Once you come back home, cook for your families and surprise them.
12:00 – Have lunch in Chinatown
As is often the case in Chinatown, the pricing in restaurants here is relatively high because many of them are for tourists (especially group tourists). The fact is that most restaurants are ordinary and the taste is nothing special. But don’t be disappointed. There are some restaurants that chefs in Chinatown and gourmet enthusiasts assure and vouch for. In this article, we pick up great restaurants with reasonable prices. These are very popular so please make a reservation if you plan to visit in a large group.
◆ In the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand : Santon Nigoten
Santon currently has a main restaurant and a branch. The main restaurant sometimes doesn’t offer lunch so here we introduce the branch to ensure you have a great lunch. Boiled dumplings are famous and other dishes are also popular. They mainly offer home-style cuisine and we dare say that they have amazing value for money in this Chinatown. This restaurant acquired bib gourmand of the Michelin guide which guarantees taste and is reasonably priced.
Santon Nigoten (山東2号館)
Address: 150-3 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市中区山下町150-3)
Phone No. : ＋81‐45-212-1198
Opening Hours: 11:00- 25:00（Last order 24:30）
Open all year round
◆ Unique Japanese taste: Beef flank curry rice in Hosho, main restaurant
Do you want to try a Japanese-original dish in Chinatown as you are in Japan? Then visit Hosho and eat the beef flank curry rice which is a combination of Chinese beef flank rice and Japanese curry rice. There are many unique dishes which are arranged based on Cantonese food and this restaurant has been picked up on Japanese TV programs many times for its reasonable and delicious food.
Hosho (保昌 本館)
Address: 138 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市中区山下町138)
Phone No. : +81-45-681-4437
Opening hours: 11:30-14:30/16:30-21:30（Last order 21:00）*Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays 11:30-21:30（Last order 21:00）
Open all year round
13:15 – Walk to Yamashita Park from Yokohama Chinatown. This is a spot where you can enjoy the scenery of a metropolis and the sea as you enjoy a cool sea breeze.
The ship anchored here is Hikawamaru, a cargo-passenger ship for a route to Seattle built in 1930. It has already retired and now it’s a symbol of Yamashita Port.
You can see inside of the ship, so if you like ships why not take this opportunity. The traditional European decorating inboard is really nice!
（Source：Left 幻想連邦機構, Right 45photolog）
Nihon Yusen Hikawamaru (日本郵船氷川丸)
Address: Inside Yamashita Park, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市中区山下町山下公園内)
Phone No. : +81-45-641-4362
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Reception closes at 16:30)
Fee: Adults 300 yen, Children (age 6-18) 100 yen
Closed: Monday (Next weekday, if it’s on a holiday) *There may be special closed days
There are many benches in the park and you will get a beautiful view of the Bay Bridge and buildings over the sea. Just take your time with its view.
This is a family oriented resting spot as there are beds of seasonal flowers and open spaces to lie down.（Source：Left & top right 壁紙＆日々駄文 , bottom right デジカメ散歩）
Next, walk in the opposite direction to Hikawamaru from Yamashita Park toward Osanbashi on the way to Minatomirai. This is a terminal of large passenger ferries and has a scenic beauty of Minatomirai and Yamashita Park.（Source：サブゼロ）
It’s easy to stroll and you’ll feel nice because there’s a wooden deck!
After you walk to the edge of Osanbashi and return, walk along the road toward Minatomirai. On the way, drop in at the cafe Zou-no-hana Terrace. An elephant nose is the landmark!
Zou-no-hana soft cream (400 yen) in this cafe is very cute! You can’t miss its thick milky taste when you visit Yamashita Park and Osanbashi. The key to eat it well is using the elephant’s ears. Use them like a spoon to dip into the elephant’s nose. Eat it while walking to the next destination, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.
Zou-no-hana cafe (象の鼻カフェ)
Address: 1-1 Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市中区海岸通1-1)
Phone No. : +81-45-680-5677
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Open all year round
Shop and rest in Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
15:00 – Arrive at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Japan with its national isolation policy had not traded with foreign countries but resumed trading on the request from the American government. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse was built in 1911 in Yokohama Port, a trading port to receive cargo from abroad.
It was renovated and now is a commercial facility with stylish shops and cafes. It’s a must-visit dating spot or touring spot.
There are many Yokohama original, cute variety goods and stylish stuff that you cannot buy anywhere else. If you are a shopper, you will stay here for longer!
（Source：Left インフォシークニュース , top right Let’sエンジョイ東京 , bottom right きたけんっぶろぐ ）
Our recommendation is a souvenir shop called Aka renga (Red Brick) Depo. It sells limited goods of Yokohama, cute original goods designed based on Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and chocolates imitating bricks.
（Source：Top left TVKショップ, bottom left naverまとめ, right ツイッター）
If you are too tired to shop or stroll for more, how about going to a cafe called Chano-ma which has large beds? Japanese called the living room Chano-ma in the olden days. So the concept of this cafe is to make yourself at home as if in your own living room.
（Source：Left ぐるなび, Right playlife）
There are also terrace seats for people who want to relax with the sea view.
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (横浜赤レンガ倉庫)
Address: 1-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市中区新港1-1
Phone No. : +81-45-227-2002 (Information center in Warehouse No.2)
Opening hours: 11:00-20:00 (It differs by shops)
Open all year round
16:50 – Cup Noodles Museum is located just 400 m from Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. Instant noodles and cup noodles loved all over the world were invented by the Japanese!
We highly recommend that you experience making your original cup noodles. It cost only 300 yen per cup noodle and will be a unique souvenir. First, design the package.
Next, choose your favorite soup from four flavors and also choose four toppings from 12 ingredients. It means that there are 5,460 combinations that you can create!
Advice on your stroll
Original cup noodle making is very popular and numbered tickets run out soon on Saturdays, Sundays, and long holidays in Japan. We recommend you to make a inquiry by phone before heading there and give up, if there’s no availability. If you’re not able to visit the Cup Noodles Museum before it closes at 17:00, it’s better to spend your time shopping somewhere or relax in a cafe.
Cup Noodles Museum (カップヌードルミュージアム)
Address : 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市中区新港2-3-4)
Phone No. : +82-45-345-0918
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Entrance closes at 17:00)
Closed: Tuesday (If it’s on holidays, the next day)
Fee: Adults (Above 18) 500 yen, Children (Age 18 and below)
When you get out of Cup Noodles Museum at 18:00, it’s almost early evening or time for sunset. Lights are turned on one by one in Minatomirai, an almost futuristic town.
18:15 – View of Minatomirai from the big ferris wheel: Cosmo Clock
Cosmo Clock, the big ferris wheel just in front of Cup Noodles Museum, is a symbol of Minatomirai. It’s easy to find as it goes round while changing its colors.
All gondolas, including their base, are covered with glass! Fully enjoy the view and the thrill.
Yokohama Cosmo World (よこはまコスモワールド)
Address: 2-8-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市中区新港2-8-1)
Phone No. : +81‐45-641-6591
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 ※On Saturday, Sunday, and holidays 11:00～22:00 (It deffers by seasons)
Fee for Cosmo clock: 800 yen (Age 3 and above)
19:00 – Night view of Yokohama from Landmark Tower
Next, go up to the observation deck of the tallest tower in Yokohama, Yokohama Landmark Tower, which you saw from Cosmo Clock. The night view from this building is the very best in Yokohama.
This high-rise building has 70 floors and its height is 296 m. The observation deck “Sky Garden” is on the 69th floor.
You will see all the spots you visited this time, Cosmo Clock, Cup Noodles Museum, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and Yamashita Park! Take your time and enjoy the beautiful night view.
20:10 – Dockyard projection mapping。
When you come back from Sky Garden at Yokohama Landmark Tower, you will notice there seems to be a big hole in the ground. This place was a dockyard for inspecting ships in Yokohama Port long ago. It’s a really precious place and thus it was designated as an important cultural property in Japan.
Nowadays, there’s a projection mapping everyday at the dockyard!
Depending on seasons, the tower collaborates and creates projections of famous characters! Walls of the dockyard become a screen and you will feel like you are surrounded with something as if it’s real. It’s very enjoyable. It’s free of charge but ends in just 6 or 7 minutes. And you need to get a numbered ticket, so check the availability on the official website.
Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden (横浜ランドマークタワー スカイガーデン)
Address: 2-2-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市西区みなとみらい2-2-1)
Phone No. : +81-45-222-5015
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Entrance closes at 20:30) *If Saturdays and Mondays are on holidays, the Sundays in-between open during 10:00 – 22:00 (Entrance closes at 21:30)
Fee: Adults 1,000 yen, Students (Age 16-18) 800 yen, and Students (Age 6-15) 500 yen
20:30 – Enjoy your dinner in a Japanese-style pub with a night view!
We guess you are very tired now after one day in Yokohama from early morning! Well, the long-awaited dinner is right over here. The restaurant is Miura Misaki kou Judaime Yazaemon which offers a Kanagawa branded “Misaki tuna”. It is located in Crossgate Tower near Sakuragicho station and you can get a panoramic night view of Minatomirai. Let’s complete your trip in a traditional Japanese-style pub with delicious Japanese tuna. The view from here will be one of your best memories of Yokohama.
Miura Misaki kou Judaime Yazaemon (三浦三崎港 十代目 彌左エ門)
Address: Crossgate 4th floor, 1-101-1 Sakuragicho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市中区桜木町1-101-1 クロスゲート4F)
Phone No. : +81-45-227-5450
Opening Hours: 11:30-14:30 (Last order 14:00), 17:30-23:00 (Last order 22:00) *Saturday, Sunday, and holidays 11:30-15:00 (Last order 14:00), 17:00-23:00（Last order 22:00)
Open all year round
After dinner, go back to your hotel from Sakuragicho station on JR Line or Minatomirai station on Tokyu Toyoko line to the nearest station!
Required time: About 12 hour
Budget: About 5,000 yen (excluding food and shopping)
IKIDANE NIPPON Editor Senior Travel Writers