Things to Do in Yokohama:
1. Stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.
One of the best parts of Yokohama is the Yokohama Chinatown. This district is teaming with Chinese residents, native Japanese, and foreign tourists. The street is stained with the smell of incense, food, and oil.
For more information check out the Top Five Things to do in Yokohama Chinatown article.
2. Go shopping at the Red Brick Warehouse.
The Red Brick Warehouse is a 19th century customs building in the harbor of Yokohama. It has fulfilled its’ goal; now it is one of the most famous shopping areas in Yokohama. With a variety of shops (ranging from leather-making to bath salts) and confusing layout, it is easy to get lost for hours inside the Red Brick Warehouse.
They have a nice shopping mall, grand banquet hall, and event venues.
3. Ride the Yokohama Ferris Wheel.
This gorgeous Ferris wheel towers over Yokohama. It is popular among families with young children, couples, groups of friends, or single, old men. The nearly fifteen minute ride takes you up above the city, giving a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Yokohama harbor and sea.
4. Make a personalized cup of ramen at the Cup Ramen Noodle Factory and Museum.
The Cup Ramen Noodle Factory and Museum is one of the greatest things in Yokohama. Visitors are allowed to browse the museum, looking at the invention of the cup noodle, the various forms of packaging throughout history, how the noodles were first created, and famous quotes about cup noodles. They have a short original film and several interactive exhibits.
And the end, you are given the option to make a personalized cup of ramen noodles. However, you must sign up before you enter the exhibits. Read this article about How to Make a Personalized Cup of Ramen in Yokohama.
5. Go on a cruise around Yokohama bay.
Things to Eat in Yokohama:
1. Grab a cheap, authentic lunch in Yokohama Chinatown.
Meals range from 500yen to 3,000yen all you can eat buffet. I found the lower quality stuff is just as good as the higher quality dishes.
If you are not looking for a full meal, try one of the goma dango sesame balls. These come with a mochi-like pounded rice exterior, filled with anko sweet red bean paste, covered in white sesame seeds, and deep fat fried in a clear oil. They are delicious. Sizes of these snacks range from the length of your pinky to the size of your palm.
2. Munch on some souvenirs from the Cup Ramen Noodle Factory gift shop.
The Cup Ramen museum has a wonderful gift shop. They have all sorts of ramen-inspired snacks, souvenirs, and goodies for sale. Their chicken flavored dry ramen noodles (easier to eat than authentic uncooked noodles) are a crowd favorite.
3. Grab a cup of coffee at the Red Brick Warehouse.
The top floor of the Red Brick Warehouse is full of expensive restaurants, cafés, and themed food joints. There are also several cafes and coffee shops in the warehouse; take a relaxing coffee break. Also, you can get your drink it a to-go cup, go out on any of the balconies at the Red Brick Warehouse, and spend the afternoon lounging in any of their outdoor sofas or chairs.
4. Try a conbini Nikuman.
Nikuman are steamed pork buns. They are famous throughout Japan; most convenience stores (conbinis) in Japan will sell these streamed pork buns pre-heated in a small sauna near the register. These nikuman are said to have originated from China; the nikuman near the Yokohama Chinatown district have a unique and savory taste. If you get a chance, try it.
5. Grab dinner at a family restaurant along Yokohama bay.
The seafood in Yokohama is great. If seafood isn’t your style, there are lots of small, hole-in-the-wall restaurants near Yokohama bay that serve a variety of American, Italian, Chinese, British, and other foreign food. These shops are quaint and fun; even their foreign food has a distinct “Japanese twist.”
Things to See in Yokohama:
1. Watch the sunset over Yokohama bay.
Sunsets in Japan are beautiful; sunsets over the ocean are even more breathtaking. Yokohama bay is no exception. Even in the early stages of sunset, the sky explodes with color. There are benches facing the bay – you can sit and watch the sunset with ease.
2. Look at the statue gardens.
Yokohama is a pretty district. On public corners there are several sculptures and interactive exhibits. Their chairs are chic and cutting edge; near Yokohama Chinatown there is a gorgeous fountain.
3. Try to catch a glimpse of the constant marathons.
Both times I’ve been to Yokohama, sections of the city were closed off for marathons. I’ve also heard parades, demonstrations, and unofficial marathons occur fairly often. If you’re lucky, you might catch a sight of a Japanese marathon or Japanese parade.
4. The lights of Yokohama city from the tip of the Farris Wheel.
All in all, Yokohama is an aesthetically pleasing place. The architecture is strong and unique, the colors are vivid, and the attractions are all grouped together. During the day, the tip of the Ferris wheel can show you where the ocean and city meet; by night, you can watch the lights dance across Yokohama from tip of the Ferris wheel. If you don’t want to pay for a ticket, you can also get a good view of the city from the third floor balcony of the Red Brick Warehouse.
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