8 Must-See Spots in Yokohama

Updated on October 9, 2018
Katie Blackbourne profile image

Katie lived in Yokohama for a year during her BA Japanese degree course. She loves Yokohama and thinks that it deserves more appreciation!

The vibrant port city of Yokohama is only a short train ride from Tokyo, and with plenty to explore—from stunning parks to stylish shopping centers—a visit to this charming city is sure to leave you wanting more.

If you're taking a trip to Tokyo, plan to spend a few days in Yokohama to get the most of what this underrated city has to offer. Here are my top picks for must-see Yokohama spots.

Yokohama With Mt. Fuji in the Background (Taken From the Yokohama Skywalk)
Yokohama With Mt. Fuji in the Background (Taken From the Yokohama Skywalk) | Source

1. Pokémon Center

I rushed here as soon as I arrived in Yokohama, and take my word for it—this place is not to be missed if you're a Pokémon fan! Nestled within the Landmark Tower in the breathtaking Minato Mirai area, Yokohama's Pokémon Center is usually slightly less crowded than its big brother in Ikebukuro.

It's packed to the brim with everything from plushies and stationary to clothing and cutlery. Sometimes special events are held here, like seasonal promotions, gaming contests and performances.

How to Get There

You can reach this spot by taking the Blue Line subway train to Sakuragicho station and taking a 10-minute stroll along a beautiful dockside pathway.

2. Yokohama Vivre

Don't miss Vivre if you're a shopping fan. With outlets from major Japanese subculture fashion brands (such as Angelic Pretty, Liz Lisa and Baby the Stars Shine Bright), it's Yokohama's own pocket of Harajuku.

There's also a huge Tower Records music store, a Starbucks, Book-Off (a second-hand shop that sells and buys books, CDs, video games and manga) and multiple cafes, so it's easy to pass a whole afternoon in Vivre.

How to Get There

You can get to Vivre by getting off any train at Yokohama station, taking exit 5 out of the building and following the road for a few minutes.

Every city has its own cute mascots for everything, and Yokohama is no exception!
Every city has its own cute mascots for everything, and Yokohama is no exception! | Source

3. Cup Noodles Museum

Do you like instant ramen? Well, Yokohama has a museum for you! The Cup Noodle Museum documents the invention of instant ramen and even allows you to make your own—a perfect afternoon out for kids and kids-at-heart!

Here, you can learn about Momofuku Ando—who invented the first instant ramen—see some interesting exhibits and art, and taste noodles from all around the world.

How to Get There

It's about a 15-minute walk from Sakuragicho station, right by the docks in the Minato Mirai area.

4. Gumyoji

Gumyoji is a charming, friendly town in Yokohama. It's where Yokohama National University's foreign exchange students live, so expect a welcoming atmosphere. With a beautiful riverside walk and a small-town feel, Gumyoji is a great place for a slower, more relaxing evening.

Explore the side-streets off the main shopping road, Kannon Dori, to find hidden gems, including family-run eateries of all varieties. You can also visit the Gumyoji shrine, and, if you're lucky, experience a festival along the main street.

If you feel like exploring Kanagawa more thoroughly, you can also get trains to Yokosuka and other nearby coastal towns from Gumyoji.

How to Get There

Gumyoji station is on the Blue Line, about 15 minutes from Yokohama station.

Gumyoji Kannon Dori, full of small shops and yummy restaurants.
Gumyoji Kannon Dori, full of small shops and yummy restaurants. | Source

5. World Porters

World Porters is a shopping mall with a lot to offer. Located near the Red Brick Warehouse (a.k.a. Aka Renga), it's surrounded by beautiful views, but the inside is just as stunning.

With a floor dedicated solely to gourmet food, you'll eat well during your visit. Head upstairs and you'll find an array of shops selling everything from bespoke fashion to cute stationery. Keep going and you'll reach homeware, then the cinema and arcade on the floor called Yokohama Broadway. And right at the top is a roof garden.

How to Get There

For the sophisticated shopper, World Porters is a must-see. You can get to it easily from Minato Mirai station on the Minato Mirai line, or from Sakuragicho station if you walk up past Landmark Tower.

6. Aka Renga (a.k.a. Red Brick Warehouse)

Aka Renga is another fantastic shopping spot, with sweet little cafes and small fashion outlets. Most of the shops are pretty upscale, so it can be an expensive trip, but it's well worth looking around regardless of whether you plan to make any purchases.

The building itself is stunning and warrants a visit even if you don't go inside. Built from vibrant red bricks, Aka Renga used to be a warehouse back when Japan first opened its doors to trade from the rest of the world (and Yokohama started to become a bustling port town).

Sometimes it hosts seasonal events, including the Christmas Market, so be sure to check it out if you're visiting during the holiday season.

How to Get There

It's right beside World Porters and the Cup Noodle Museum, so stop by if you're in the area. Aka Renga is a 20-minute walk from both Minato Mirai station and Sakuragicho station, so pick whichever one works best for you!

A view of Yokohama from a boat. You can take excursions around the bay!
A view of Yokohama from a boat. You can take excursions around the bay! | Source

7. Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden is a lovely traditional garden filled with ponds, plants and pagodas. It was created by silk trader Tomitaro Hara in the early 1900s. He thought that the young town of Yokohama needed some traditional Japanese buildings, so he had some imported and built the sprawling gardens around them.

A few hours in this tranquil garden will allow you to experience the Kyoto feel without the need for long-distance trains. There's even a traditional teahouse where you can witness a tea ceremony and taste traditional matcha and sweets prepared lovingly by a kimono-clad expert.

How to Get There

You'll have to take a bus to get to Sankeien Garden. Buses leave from Yokohama station and take about half an hour to arrive, giving you time to watch Yokohama roll by.

It's worth taking a good camera if you're visiting Sankeien Garden.
It's worth taking a good camera if you're visiting Sankeien Garden. | Source

8. Chinatown

Yokohama's Chinatown is famous for being Japan's largest. Full of some of the best eateries in the city (at least in my opinion!), you can easily pass a whole day looking around and sampling the various edible offerings all around you. It's a great spot for souvenir shopping, with cute China-themed gifts available throughout town.

Try panda-shaped nikuman (meat buns) on the street or sit down to an all-you-can-eat Chinese dining experience. Hunt through the gift shops to find Yokohama-exclusive KitKat flavours, or cosy up in a coffee shop to watch the hustle and bustle of the town.

Tip: Visit at the Lunar New Year to gaze at the picturesque temples and gates and experience dragons blessing the shops.

How to Get There

A quick walk from Kannai station on the Blue Line, a trip to Chinatown will include a stroll through a pretty park and the chance to check out huge posters of baseball stars in the subway.

Japan's largest Chinatown is lively and a great place to eat.
Japan's largest Chinatown is lively and a great place to eat. | Source
A
Pokémon Center Yokohama:
Japan, 〒220-0012 Kanagawa Prefecture, 横浜市西区みなとみらい2丁目2−1 ランドマークプラザ 4F

get directions

B
Yokohama Vivre:
2 Chome-15-13 Minamisaiwai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 220-0005, Japan

get directions

C
Cup Noodles Museum:
Japan, 〒231-0001 Kanagawa Prefecture, 横浜市中区新港2丁目3−4

get directions

D
Gumyoji:
Gumyojicho, Minami Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 232-0067, Japan

get directions

E
World Porters:
2 Chome-2-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0001, Japan

get directions

F
Aka Renga:
Akarenga Park, 1 Chome-2-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0001, Japan

get directions

G
Sankeien Garden:
Sankeien Garden, 58 Honmokusannotani, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0824, Japan

get directions

H
Yokohama Chinatown:
Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0023, Japan

get directions

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Katie Blackbourne

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • Eurofile profile image

        Liz Westwood 

        9 days ago from UK

        This is a very useful guide for anyone planning a visit to Yokohama.

      • Katie Blackbourne profile imageAUTHOR

        Katie Blackbourne 

        2 weeks ago from Norwich

        Thank you :) I hope he gets to visit some day, it's a Pokemon fan's paradise!

      • profile image

        kirtidv2006 

        2 weeks ago

        Beautiful pictures Katie. My son would love the pokemon center :).

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, wanderwisdom.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://wanderwisdom.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)