10 Things to Do in Yokohama That You Shouldn't Miss

January 17, 2018 Lashaunda Abraham

Yokohama is easily accessible from Tokyo, but there’s enough to see and do here that it’s worth more than a day trip. Visit Minato Marai 21, a popular, modern neighborhood with great shopping and tons of restaurant options. TripAdvisor travelers also recommend stopping at Big Wharf (Osanbashi Pier), a uniquely shaped pier with spectacular views.
Restaurants in Yokohama

1. Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden

2-4-1 Minato Mirai, Yokohama 220-0012, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 45-222-5015
Excellent
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Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 762 reviews

Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden

Reviewed By freeamac - San Jose

First make sure that day is clear before you go up unless all you want to see is the nearby city. Go up a bit before sunset so you can get both the day and night view. Winter time usually the best season for a clear view and the holiday season is extra special for viewing the holiday lighting.

2. Minato Mirai 21

Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 45-682-4403
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
8%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Minato Mirai 21

When Japan emerged from centuries of isolation in the mid-19th century, Yokohama was a tiny seaside village, home to only 100 people or so. But as the tide of internationalization rose, a port was established and Yokohama began to grow as a gateway to Japan. Yokohama is now a leading international trading port, the second largest city in Japan after Tokyo. Situated just a short distance along the coast from the Japanese capital, and within easy reach of Haneda Airport, Yokohama is now a magnet for tourists not just from Japan but from every corner of the world; it's a place everyone wants to visit. Minato Mirai 21 is a modern urban development that was created, and continues to evolve, on 186ha of land. A shipbuilding facility that used to divide Yokohama's two main urban centers on Tokyo Bay was relocated, and additional land was reclaimed from the sea. In 1989 an exposition was held to mark the 100th anniversary of Yokohama's city status and the 130th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port. Following that event development gathered momentum, and now the area boasts office blocks, commercial facilities, hotels, amusement parks and convention facilities, as well as such cultural amenities as art museums and concert halls. This, the new face of Yokohama, offers an entire spectrum of urban functions and attracts more than 70 million visitors every year. Minato Mirai 21 is full of great experiences. The liberating expanse of Tokyo Bay and the dynamic appeal of the contemporary architecture contribute to the area's strikingly unusual beauty, which you can enjoy from the elegant surroundings of several first-class hotels. For the shopper, more than 600 stores offer an astonishingly broad selection of goods ranging from top fashion brands to animation character merchandise. Apart from excellent Japanese cuisine, delicious food from around the world is available at more than 200 restaurants. Theme parks offer exciting rides, parks a place to sit and enjoy the seascape. Packed with pleasure, Minato Mirai 21 is a fun place to visit with family and friends at any time of year, on any occasion, and for so many different reasons. If you move on to the area beyond Minato Mirai 21, you'll find intriguing glimpses of a fascinating history in the Kannai district, which developed quickly in the second half of the 19th century after the Port of Yokohama opened, and beyond Kannai you'll arrive at Japan's largest Chinatown. Yokohama offers points of interest that no other city can match. And just a day trip away are some of the best hot spring baths in Japan at Hakone, as well as the globally renowned beauty of Mt. Fuji. So after a day of fun in Minato Mirai 21, you can spend the night at one of the area's great hotels and then the next day you can be soaking in an onsen or admiring a view of Mt. Fuji. That is the special appeal of a relaxing holiday based in Japan's new leading tourism and leisure destination: Minato Mirai 21.

Reviewed By Richard B - Yokohama, Japan

Minato Mirai is a large modern complex with hotels, offices, restaurants, conference centre and lots of high quality shops in a compact setting. If you are lucky, you may see a local concert or theatre production in the entertainment area of the main shopping arcade. The shops are good - many brand names as well as local marques - and there are dozens of restaurants around the building, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Western, even a lively Hard Rock Cafe. The Landmark Tower at one end has a great view of the city from the top deck, very well-organised and arranged, with souvenir shop of course, and yet another restaurant. At the other end is the massive Pacifico conference centre, and open auditorium structure. Close by is the magnificent Yokohama Maritime Museum and the old NIppon Maru sailing ship, which you can tour. Further afield is the Aka Rengakan (Red Brick Warehouse), more shops and Motion Blue jazz club, the Yokohama version of the famous Blue Note.

3. Sankeien Gardens

58-1 Hommoku-Sannotani, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0824, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 45-621-0634
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 923 reviews

Sankeien Gardens

Reviewed By Yanis J - Barcelona, Spain

We arrived in the late hours of a grey afternoon and enjoyed quite a lot our quick tour of what Sankeien Gardens has to offer.
Formerly the private property of a wealthy merchant, it boasts a central pond where fish and ducks alike scramble and wrestle for food at the hands of visitors.
A small hill overlooks the water, crowned by a shrine and the ruins of the old merchant house.
The short tour is well worth the climb.
Hugging close to the pond are flower shops and a tea house.
A pleasant experience all over.

4. Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal

1-1-4 Kaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0002, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 45-211-2304
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal

Reviewed By Katrina V

My husband dragged me along to this site and I wasn't happy bit after visiting I understand why he wanted to see this building, it's amazing and I can imagine in the summer months it would be solace to spend a leisurely afternoon.

700 Naracho, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 45-961-2111
Excellent
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4.5 based on 191 reviews

Kodomo-no-Kuni

Reviewed By Andy M - Canberra, Australia

We visited Kodomo-no-Kuni on Children's Day 2016 in Japan with our seven year old and one of her friends, and had a fun day out.
We decided to train from Tokyo, because of concerns about traffic during Golden Week. (After seeing the queues of cars waiting to park, this was not a decision I regretted.) We hooked up with the Hanzomon line at Nagata-cho, which became an express train on the Denentoshi line at Shibuya. We changed to the (crowded) Kodomo-no-Kuni line at Nakatsuto. The trip took about an and a quarter from central Tokyo, and cost ¥600 each.
Kids entered for free on the day we went (normally about ¥400) Adults paid ¥600. Predictably, on this day, a public holiday dedicated to children, it was busy and crowded, with a festive atmosphere. Many people had brought some kind of tent/sun shade and had set up to make a day of it. The weather was fantastic.
There was a useful map of the park provided on entry. We headed for the play equipment (marked as 102 on the map). We caught the end of a street show by a hoola hoop artist. There were a couple of short flying foxes, swings, and a climbing frame/cubby house. There were orderly and patient queues for most of the activities. My impression was that most of this equipment was pitched at the 4-6 age group.
We moved on to the 110m roller slide. Queued for about 30 mins. Once again, pleasant but tame. From there, we went to the pond which had paddle boats (very long queues), visited the hanging bridge, checked out frisbee golf and played a little badminton. In between times we ate our own body weight in onigiri and other snacks, and saw other attractions - bike riding area, and miniature train. There looked to be a number of pleasant leafy walks to do. A lot of the Japanese kids seemed to be engaged in a treasure hunt.
On the day we were there, there was a squadron of food vans selling a range of tempting looking matsuri fare. In retrospect, I probably wouldn't have loaded up at the kombini before we entered.
We ran out of steam after 3-4 hours and headed back the Tokyo the way we had come.
My overall impression was that it was a great green space for kids to run around in, and that it would be well worth a return visit when it wasn't quite so busy. It was also a very inexpensive day out. Recommended.

6. Seabass

Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 45-671-7719
Excellent
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4.5 based on 628 reviews

Seabass

Reviewed By พัลลภ ส

The best way to see the Yokohama view by boat around 60 min. to see many think by the river can buy ticket from the desk at the port they can speak English.

7. Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia''

1175-1 Kami-Shirane-cho, Yokohama 241-0001, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 45-959-1000
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 432 reviews

Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia''

Reviewed By xtin08 - Cebu City, Philippines

Very spacious and well kept. We have been to Ueno Zoo and Tama Zoo, and this one is our favorite. Lots of spaces for resting and eating. Numerous areas for the kids to play. Not that crowded. The only poor thing though is you still have to get on a bus to reach the zoo, unlike Tama and Ueno Zoo where they are near train stations. But that's ok. My kids loves bus rides.

8. Negishi Shinrin Park

Negishidai, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0853, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 45-641-9185
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 140 reviews

Negishi Shinrin Park

Reviewed By TheGoBird - Jacksonville Beach, Florida

My husband remembers playing golf here as a child. We were so happy to be able to return and see the park. He could remember the location of practically all nine holes. It was a pretty Sunday and nice to see so many people enjoying the park.

9. Yamashita Park

279 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0023, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 45-671-3648
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 1 reviews

Yamashita Park

Yamashita Park is Japan's first Western garden.

Reviewed By meaningremission - Subang Jaya, Malaysia

The garden is in front of the popular New Grand Hotel of Yokohama and it has a beautiful rose garden. Unfortunately, we visited this place during winter season, hence unable to see ant blossom. Wrong timing and sure it looks wondering during blooming seasons.

10. Nogeyama Zoo

63-10 Oimatsucho, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 45-231-1307
Excellent
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4 based on 547 reviews

Nogeyama Zoo

Reviewed By hkdjpy香港 - Japan

Zoo near Yokohama city center. You can sightsee by combining with Minato Mirai and Yamashita Park.

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