Places worth visiting
Reconstructed in 2002 as a passenger terminal, the design of grass and floor boards mimic rolling waves. The pier is one of Yokohama’s best spots for a walk, and for unobstructed views of the Minato Mirai skyline.
The port is in the heart of Yokohama, amidst shopping and tourist destinations.
The state-of-the-art international passenger terminal was reopened in 2002 can accommodate four 30,000-ton-class or two 70,000-ton-class cruise ships at once.
Red Brick House
In one of my constant meanderings in search for interesting places to eat led me to the Red Brick Warehouse, a huge building filled with shops and restaurants. The selection was vast and diverse. There was even a small shop that made tacos!
The bespoke items from local designers made me realize that a few hours have passed in the utter disarray of fascination and passing discoveries.
The Hara Railway Museum
A Japanese friend told me about this and said that this was a model railway museum. I was not enthused at first, but I have learned to keep my objections on hold.
Mr. Hara, who was the collector, had spent a lifetime building it and then donated to the people of Yokohama. I was so quickly absorbed at the details of his collection and then spent a good hour inspecting his gigantic train set – complete with mountains, tunnels, trees, figures, stations – you name it. There was also another smaller set but with smaller model modern trains whizzing by. Every piece was made meticulously with a lot of details. It was addictive seeing them go around.
Operating hours: 11 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5:30 pm)
Entrance fees: ¥1,000
The Yamashita Park,
Also known as Yamashita Koen Park, it is the most popular park alongside Yokohama Bay where locals always come for dog strolling, refreshment and get the stunning view of the harbor and Minato Mirai. Here you can also find the Hikawa Maru cargo ship which is now a floating museum.
A romantic cruise at the Marine Rouge
Have you ever wanted to take a romantic cruise but have been limited by time and the budget, well The Marine Rouge is one of the most popular for Lunch and Dinner cruise buffet style for only ¥ 2,800 yen per person excluding the boarding fee.
Japan’s fastest elevator and Yokohama Landmark Tower
It has Japan’s fastest elevator that takes you to the Observation Deck on 69th floor in seconds (top speed is 45 km/hr).
It is a romantic view no matter the time of day, and you can enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying the 360 degree panoramic night view of Yokohama.
You can even get your caricature done by the artists from Chef.
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Known as one of Japan’s largest and best kept zoos. Filled with the cutest animals that you won’t find in your typical zoos like the cuddly red pandas, and even the endangered okapis and kawaii camels.
Admission fee: 800 yen
Opening Hours: 9:30 to 16:30, entry until 16:00. Closed on Tuesdays unless Tuesday is a national holiday, and December 29 to January 1.
Lastly, Visit Chinatown!!
This is one of the biggest AND cleanest Chinatown in the world!
There are four colorful gates stand at the entrances to Chinatown, the Kanteibyo is a gaudily colored temple in the center of Chinatown. Constructed in 1873 by Chinese residents, it is dedicated to the Chinese god of good business and prosperity.
The main attraction is the cuisine, favorites include steamed buns (manju), ramen noodles and a wide array of other Chinese dishes, many of which have been Japanized.