Day Trips from Tokyo: Yokohama (Just My Travel Notes)

If you have been in Tokyo for a couple of days why not stretch your legs a little bit and explore some of the other cities nearby. Especially if you have your Japan Rail Pass why not use it and head to Yokohama for the day.

The Yokohama waterfront, centre to many activities around the city – and also the centre of the reason this city became what it is today.

Yokohama is about a 25 minute train ride from Tokyo so very easy for you to plan to spend a day exploring the area.

The “Akai-Kutsu” Tourist Bus running around the city for about Y500 per day. There are a couple of different routes all connecting the key spots in the city.

Most of the key sightseeing spots in Yokohama are centered around the waterfront area. Which themselves are relatively easy to access either by train or foot. There are a number of tourist buses you can use to get around.

One of the many imposing gates welcoming you into Chinatown in Yokohama. The largest of three official Chinatowns in Japan.

Yokohama is actually Japan’s second largest city, it has a population over three million. It was originally one of the first trading ports that were opened to foreign trade in 1859.

The narrow streets around Chinatown make it a bit of a squeeze if you are there on a busy day.

It is also home to one of the largest “Chinatowns” in Japan and has a number of interesting attractions. Wandering the narrow streets is a destination of itself, the colours the smells of the food cooking. We seem to have chosen to visit on the same day as the entire of Japan as the streets were jam packed. So busy you could barely move – that said it was immense fun.

All the street vendors and shop operators. So much to look at when wandering around. Try not to be in too much of a hurry in Yokohama just wander and take in the sights.

There are Four main colourful gates that stand at the main entrances to Chinatown, and a number of others within. The main temple in the middle of Chinatown is the Kanteibyo Shrine. It is very brightly coloured and certainly stands out – you shouldn’t miss it.

The food stalls – I am always partial to anything steamed and pork/beef bun related – plus at Y350 why wouldn’t you just buy some and give it a go.

Be sure to try some food as you are wandering around the streets of Chinatown, the smell of Dim Sum wafts around and you can’t help but be hungry.

Couldn’t resist another photo of these little parcels. So tasty.
The colourful Kanteibyo Shrine in Yokohama Chinatown

Once you have had your fill of colour, food and culture in Chinatown there is so much more around Yokohama to explore. We headed down to the waterfront and checked out the interesting Osanbashi Pier.

Osanbashi Pier – Really quirky design and interesting shape. Have a walk along to the end and you will find some places selling drinks.

The Osanbashi Pier is actually the International Passenger Terminal where international cruise ships dock. But it has a number of open spaces and walkways open to the public. Including a couple of little cafe/bars where you can buy a drink and sit on the pier.

After all the walking and eating you are certain to be thirsty, from about Y400 you can grab a drink and sit on one of the camping chairs. This spot also gives you a great view of the Yokohama skyline.

The pier actually also provides a really great vantage to check out the Minato Mirai Skyline in Yokohama.

The Minato Mirai Skyline from the pier.

The Minato Mirai is basically the seaside area of Yokohama. It has many large hi-rise towers and also includes an amusement park, museums, hotels, and parks. You can walk along the waterfront to explore the area.

The Red Brick Warehouses sit along an area that used to be the main port area. They are now shopping and event spaces.

Also in Yokohama is an interesting museum – the Cup Noodle Museum. The museum is dedicated to the Japanese institution that is the Noodle Cup. You can explore interactive displays as well as design your own cup of noodles. As well as a food court that serves (guess?) Noodle dishes!

The Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum – only Y500 for entry – go on you know you want to give it a go.

There is so much to explore in Yokohama, you will easily pack a day around the various sites. There is so much more to explore – including just a short trip outside of Yokohama the Kirin Beer Factory which includes free tastings of Kirin Beer.

Certainly worth a day trip from Tokyo, Yokohama is a great vibrant waterside city. So much to explore and enjoy.

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