Top 20 Things to Do in Yokohama

Our ultimate guide to things to do in Yokohama is packed with great ideas for everyone. Explore Yokohama with us.

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Yokohama, literally meaning “side harbour”, is the second largest city in Japan and the closest port city to Tokyo. From humble fishing village beginnings, it was the first Japanese port to open its doors to western merchants in the Meiji-era, turning it into one of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities. The blend of Japanese and foreign influence has given Yokohama a distinctive character that never fails to delight visitors.  

Although part of the sprawling Greater Tokyo Area and connected to Tokyo itself by unbroken urban expanse, Yokohama is very much a city of its own. As such, Yokohama is well worth visiting, even just as a day-out from Tokyo. If this sounds like a good idea, read on as we introduce to the city’s highlights – the top 20 things to do in Yokohama. 

1. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

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Situated along Yokohama Bay, Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is a huge ‘amusement island’ made up of a large aquarium complex, amusement park, shops and restaurants. The aquarium is one of the biggest in Japan with over 500 marine species and three distinct section: Aqua Museum, Dolphin Fantasy and the Fureai Lagoon. The highlight for many is the dolphins which playfully swim around you as you walk through a glass tunnel. The shops and restaurants also mean that a trip to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is a full day out and very family friendly. 

­  10:30 – 18:30 (Weekends: 09:00- 20:00)

­ 045-788-8888

­ Opening days/hour subject to change in winter

¥    5,050 (Adults/High School Student), 3,600 (Elementary school student), 2,050 (Children)

­ Hakkeijima, Kanazawa-Ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

2. Yokohama Landmark Tower

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At an impressive 296 meters, Yokohama Landmark Tower is the highest observation deck in Yokohama. The tower has become a symbol of modern Yokohama and one of its biggest tourist draws. Up on the 69th floor, visitors are able to enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the whole of Yokohama and beyond into Tokyo. Great at any time of the day, but particularly as the sun is setting or when Mt. Fuji comes into focus on a clear day. 

­ 10:00 – 21:00                                               (Weekends: until 22:00)

­ 045-222-5030                            

­ Open until 22:00 for Christmas 

¥   1,000 (Adults), 800 (High School students), 500 (Elementary students) and 200 (children under 4) 

­ 69F Landmark Tower, 2-2-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-Ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

3. Yokohama Chinatown

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Yokohama Chinatown is the most well-known and largest of its kind in Japan. With a large Chinese community resident in the city, Yokohama Chinatown has been able to flourish into an authentic taste of the Middle Kingdom right here in Japan. Tour the plentiful small shops packed with traditional Chinese trinkets and souvenir items and try out one of the many Chinese restaurants. Fans of Chinese cuisine will not be left disappointed. 

­ 045-662-1252

­ Ishikawa-cho Station

­ Yamashita-Cho, Naka-Ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

4. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

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An architectural reminder of Yokohama’s role as a mediator between Japan and the West, the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a giant – you guessed it – red-brick warehouse that recalls Manchester or Essen more easily than Japan. Since 2002, the building has been used as one of Yokohama’s main cultural spaces; playing host to year-round events, markets and with a number of permanent shops and restaurants. Right on the seafront, it’s difficult to miss. Highlights of Red Brick Warehouse’s events calendar include a beer festival in October and the year-end Christmas market. 

­ 10:00 – 19:00/20:00 (1st/2nd Building), Restaurants open until 23:00 

­ 045-211-1515

­ Closed on specific days

­ 1-1-2, Shinko, Naka-Ku, Yokohama                   

­ Official Website                

5. Yokohama CosmoWorld 

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Just a few minutes from Sakuragicho Station, Yokohama CosmoWorld is an amusement park home to the city’s landmark Ferris wheel “Cosmo Clock 21”. Although a small amusement park, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. The log flume, roller coaster and haunted house are the main events, but the claw machines and arcade games are just as fun. The park is very reasonably priced (300-500 yen per ride, Ferris wheel 800 yen) and its waterfront location makes it a beautiful spot to spend an afternoon. 

­ 11:00 – 21:00 (Weekends: 11:00 – 22:00)

­ 045-641-6591

­ Closed on Thursdays

¥    300 – 800

­ 2-8-1, Shinko, Naka-Ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

6. Orbi Yokohama

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Melding the respective expertises of SEGA and BBC Earth, Orbi Yokohama is the city’s newest and most original attraction. Aiming to raise awareness of the natural world, this museum-cum-amusement park takes visitors on a journey to all corners of the world using fully immersive, interactive technology and visual effects. Split into 12 zones, each one exploring a different theme and utilising different techniques, it is an experience that won’t be quickly forgotten.

­ 10:00 -23:00

­ 045-319-6543

­ Last Admission: 21:00

¥    2,600 (Adults), 1,300 (Juniors), 500 (Child) 

­ 5F & 6F 3-5-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-Ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

 7. Yokohama Yamate Foreign District

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Having opened itself to foreign trade, Yokohama was host to an influx of foreigners coming to live and work in the city. Most settled in the specially designated foreign quarter of the city, the Yamate district. The wealthy merchants and officials who settled in the area wasted no time in making their chunk of Yokohama feel like home, constructing ornate houses and commercial buildings in the styles they were accustomed to. Consequently, visiting the Yamate district today feels like stepping out of Japan and into Europe or America of the 19th century. The highlights are the former House of  the Foreign Diplomat, Yamate Italian Garden, British House Yokohama, Foreign General CemeteryBluff No.111 and much more.

  Ishikawa-cho Station, Motomachi-Chugakai Station

  Yamatecho Naka Ward, Yokohama        

8. Yokohama Sojiji Temple

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Formerly located in Noto Province, Sojiji Temple was moved to Yokohama after nearly being destroyed in a fire in 1898. Located in the heart of the city, Sojiji is a haven of peace and quiet in an otherwise hectic part of town. A Zen Buddhist temple complex with a number of unique buildings, it attracts a good number of tourists yet remains an active temple and training centre for would-be monks. Sojiji’s main attractions are its impressive main hall and large inner gate. 

­ 10:00 – 16:30

­ 045-581-6021

­ Closed on Thursdays and Fridays, New Year Holidays

¥     Free

­ 2-1-1, Tsurumi, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama                                    

­ Official Website

9. Yokohama Anpan Museum

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Anyone who has stepped foot in Japan can tell you just how popular the children’s TV programme Anpanman is in the country. To these people, it will come as no surprise that Anpanman now has his very own dedicated museum in Yokohama. Something straight out of a child’s dream, Yokohama Anpan Museum features exhibitions, stage shows and a playground, all dedicated to everyone’s favourite bread-based character. Even if you’re not visiting with kids, the museum is a lot of fun and will give you the opportunity to shop for some exclusive Anpanman souvenirs at the museum shop. 

­ 10:00 – 19:00 (Restaurant until 20:00)

­ 045-227-8855

­ Closed on New Year Holidays

¥    1,500 (Shopping mall: free)

­ 4-3-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

10. Yokohama Cup Noodle Museum

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A truly revolutionary product, the seemingly humble cup noodle gets the recognition it deserves at Yokohama’s Cup Noodle Museum. Stressing the importance of creativity and innovation through a whole host of interactive exhibitions, the museum is a lot of fun. You are even given the opportunity to design your very own cup noodle! 

For the full lowdown on this most unique of museums, check out our Cup Noodle Museum guide

­ 10:00 – 18:00

­ 045-345-0918

­ Closed on Tuesdays and New Year Holidays

¥    500 for Adults and High School student, Free for children

­ 2-3-4, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

11. Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

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The world’s first “Food Amusement Park” and proud of it, the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is akin to a giant food court rather than a museum but is all the better for it. Over two floors, nine mini ramen restaurants representing all corners of Japan compete for the attention of the hungry visitors. If you can’t settle on just one, no worries, try a selection by picking up a small portion from each. Be warned, however, even the small portions are pretty filling, so make sure you arrive with an empty stomach. 

­ 11:00 -23:00 (Weekends: 10:30-23:00)                        

­ 045-471-0503

­ Closed over New Year           

¥   310 (Adults), 100 (Child above 6) entrance fee 

­ 2-14-21, Shin-Yokohama Kohoku-Ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

12. Kirin Yokohama Beer Village

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Kirin Yokohama Beer Village is one for the beer enthusiasts. One of the nine Kirin factories in Japan, the Yokohama site allows visitors to take a tour of the plant and see the brewing process in action as well as learn a bit about the brand’s history. At the end of the hour-long tour, visitors are given the opportunity to taste and rate three different brews. Kanpai! 

­ 10:00 – 17:00

­ 045-503-8250

­ Closed on Mondays and New Years 

¥  Free

­ 1-17-1, Namamugi, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

13. Yokohama History Museum

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Given its rich history, it will come as no surprise to see the Yokohama History Museum on our list of top things to do in the city. Documenting the area’s development from its pre-history to the 21st century, the museum does well to satisfy the demands of everyone from history buffs to those with only a passing interest. Using artefacts, artwork, testimonials and more to give weight to the information, it makes for a fascinating day out. 

­ 09:00 – 17:00

­ 045-912-7777

­ Closed on Mondays and New Year

¥   Free

­ 1-18-1, Nakagawa Chuo,Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

 14. Nippon Maru Museum

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Harboured in Yokohama Bay since 1984, the Nippon Maru has long relinquished its sea legs. It has now become the Nippon Maru Museum, a place to learn the history of Yokohama port and about the lives of the sailors who worked there. Various events also take place in and around the ship throughout the year, including flea markets, concerts and impressive “full-sail exhibitions” in which the sails are unfurled and allowed to blow in the wind as they were designed to do. The ship also makes for a great photo opportunity.  

­ 10:00 – 17:00

­ 045-221-0280

­ Closed on Mondays and Year End

¥   600 (Adults), 300 (Students)

­ 2-1-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

15. Yokohama Museum of Art

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With an impressive and diverse collection of artwork, the Yokohama Museum of Art is well worth a visit. Find here paintings and photography from Japanese artists as well as revered names from abroad including Cezanne, Milo, Dali and Picasso. Maintaining a strong connection to the local community, the museum also features a special section dedicated to Yokohama artists and photographs documenting the city’s development.   

­ 10:00 – 18:00 

­ 045-221-0300

­ Closed on Thursdays and New Year Holidays               

¥   500 (Adults), 300 (Students), 100 (Child)

­ 3-4-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-Ku, Yokohama                                                

­ Official Website

16. Yokohama Sankei-en Garden

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Celebrated for its magnificence in every season, Yokohama Sankei-en Garden is the perfect place for a hit of nature. The former residence of Tomitaro ‘Sankei’ Hara, a wealthy local silk merchant, the park was opened to the public in 1906. Find here today a fine array of traditional structures including a three-story pagoda and original tea house. The park is especially popular when brushed pink with cherry blossoms in the spring or for the red leaves in autumn. 

­ 09:00 – 17:00

­ 045-621-0635

­ Closed on New year Holidays      

¥    500

­ 58-1, Honmoku Sannotani, Naka-ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

17. Yokohama Nogeyama zoo

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Although compact, the Yokohama Nogeyama Zoo still makes for a perfect relaxed afternoon. Home to over 200 animal species, there’s plenty to see including lions, giraffes, monkeys and bears. The stars, though, are the red pandas, which have become the zoo’s mascots. Best of all, entry is completely free. 

­ 09:30 – 16:30

­ 045-231-1307

­ Closed on Mondays and New Year Holidays

¥   Free

­ 63-10, Oimatsu-cho, Nishi-ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

18. Yokohama Negishi Shinrin Park

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One of the largest parks in city, Negishi Shinrin Park can be found right in the heart of the city yet remains relatively uncrowded. The site of a former horse racing track, the park retains traces of its former use, most significantly in the Equine Museum and Pony Centre. Kids will love the chance to pet the horses and even ride them (on the third Sunday of the month). With wide open fields and long paths, Negishi Shinrin is ideal for a casual stroll amongst nature. 

­ Horse ride: 13:30 – 14:20 

­ 045-663-0065

­ Closed on

­ Negishidai, Naka Ward, Yokohama

­ Official Website

19. Mitsui Outlet Yokohama Bayside

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Mitsui is an outlet shopping mall where you’re guaranteed to pick up a bargain. Designed to resemble Nantucket Island on the US East Coast, complete with a clock tower, quaint windmill and lighthouse, it makes for a nice change from your average shopping mall. With more than 85 outlet shops and restaurants, whatever you’re after, you’ll find it here. 

­ 10:00 – 20:00

­ 045-775-4446

­ 5-2, Shiraho, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

20. Yokohama Bay Quarter

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Looking out toward Yokohama Port and Minato Mirai, Yokohama Bay Quarter is a giant shopping and restaurant complex designed to look like an ocean liner. Heaps of shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment options – boredom isn’t an option here. Head out to the terrace to feel the sea breeze and admire the view.  

­ 11:00 – 20:00 (Restaurants: until 23:00)

­ 045-577-8123

­ 1-10, Kinko-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama

­ Official Website

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