Yokohama is the second biggest city in Japan with over three million inhabitants. The city is only a 30-60-minute train ride away from the center of Tokyo and it’s worth taking that time. You will be able to spend a full day in the center of Yokohama since it is full of fun touristic activities. Yokohama is home to the biggest Chinatown in Japan, and one of the biggest in the world. In this article you will find some of the most interesting things to do in Yokohama.
Cup Noodles Museum
Cup noodles are a popular concept worldwide, and Japan even has museums about it. In the Cup Noodles Museum, you are able to learn about the history of instant ramen through interactive exhibits and workshops. Upon entering the museum, you will see the museum shop and the ticket counter. At the ticket counter they will ask you if you want to make a reservation for the ‘My CUPNOODLES Factory’. Here you are able to design your own cup of noodles.
After buying the tickets for the museum you can go up by stairs or elevator to the second floor. This is the ‘museum part’. Here you will be able to learn about the history of instant ramen and its development. The 3rd floor has the factory where you are able to make your own cup of noodles. You can make the design on the cup and have to close the cup yourself as well. You are able to take this home as a souvenir. To join this activity, you will have to pay ¥300, you are not able to pay for this at the ticket office downstairs.
At the 4th floor you will find the CUPNOODLES Park where the manufacturing process of cup noodles can be experienced through an interactive attraction. To access the park, you will have to pay a ¥300 fee at the 4th floor. You will also find the Noodle Bazaar at the 4th floor, where you are able to try servings of noodles from different countries. This activity also has a ¥300 fee.
The best way to get to the Cup Noodles Museum is to get off at ‘Minatomirai Station’. From here, walk over the Kokusai Bridge towards the Ferris Wheel. The Ferris Wheel will be on the right side after passing the bridge, and the Cup Noodles Museum will be on the left side. It is a 10 to 15-minute walk from the station.
On the other side of the street from the Cup Noodles Museum, you will find Cosmo World. You will already be able to see this place from a distance because of the 100 meters-tall Ferris Wheel that is in the middle of the place. Cosmo World is a small amusement park with some rollercoasters and some other rides. There is no entrance fee to Cosmo World, but every ride does require a fee. The price depends on the attraction itself. The prices for the rides vary from ¥500 to ¥900. There are combination tickets available which offer you to ride multiple rides on one ticket. Cosmo World is on 2 sides of the Tokyo Bay. One side has the rollercoasters and the Ferris Wheel, and the other one is more aimed towards kids.
The Ferris Wheel is actually a big clock, since the time is displayed in the middle of the wheel. It has 60 gondolas and it takes about 15 minutes to make a full circle. The biggest rollercoaster at Cosmo World ‘vanishes’ in a whole on the water, passing a different ride. There are some ticket machines available at certain rides but there is also a ticket office where you will be able to ask for the tickets at the counter. Here you will have an overview of all the prices as well. For some of the rides you will have to walk up the stairs or take the escalator to go to the entrance.
Cosmo World also has a food court and multiple vending machines, so you are able to take a small break here as well.
The easiest way to get to Cosmo World is to get off at ‘Minatomirai Station’, from here you will be able to see the Ferris Wheel already. First, you’ll pass the kids-side of Cosmo World, if you want to visit the rollercoasters and the Ferris Wheel, you will have to pass the Kokusai Bridge, from here you will find Cosmo World on your right side.
Monday to Friday 11:00 – 21:00
Saturday, Sunday 11:00 – 22:00
Cosmo World can be closed on Thursdays depending on the season.
Yamashita Park is a public park located in Yokohama alongside the water. While strolling through the park you will be able to see some ships, such as the Hikawa Maru. While walking in the park you won’t be able to miss the Yokohama Marine Tower, which is located just outside the park. The tower has a 2-story observation deck. Located at the 29thand 30thfloors. The tickets for the observatory are available at the information counter on the first floor of the Tower. The ticket fee is ¥750.
Yamashita Park owns a Sightseeing Ship & SEA BASS departure dock. Next to the dock you will find a ticket office with the departure times and prices of the sightseeing boats. There are tours lasting from 40 minutes to 120 minutes. The price depends on which boat and for how long you would like to take a tour.
Since the park is open to the public, it is open 24 hours a day. The Hikawa Maru can be entered between 10:00 – 17:00, for a ¥500 fee. The opening hours for the Yokohama Marine Tower are from 10:00 – 22:30.
The best way to go to Yamashita Park is to get off at ‘Motomachi-Chūkagai Station’. From here you will be able to see the Yokohama Marine Tower, walk towards the tower. From the tower you have to cross the street and you will be in Yamashita Park.
Yokohama’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in Japan, located in the center of Yokohama. There are lots of Chinese stores and restaurants in the area. You will be welcomed in the area by walking through one of the four gates at the entrances to Chinatown, and more gates can be found within the place.
Yokohama’s Chinatown is full of restaurants and food stands that offer traditional Chinese foods such as steamed buns, Chinese noodles, Beijing duck and many other dishes. You will be able to try multiple Chinese dishes from different parts of China.
Besides all the restaurants and food stalls, you are also able to find stores selling Chinese art, souvenirs, snacks and more. There is even a store dedicated to mooncake. Yokohama’s Chinatown is definitely worth checking out and will get you the feeling as if you walk in the streets of China for a day.
The best way to get to Yokohama’s Chinatown is to get off at ‘Ishikawachō Station’ and to walk for 10 minutes. The other option is to get off at ‘Motomachi Chūkagai Station’ and to walk for 7 minutes. Chinatown is located between these 2 stations.
How to get to Yokohama
There are multiple metro lines that will bring you to Yokohama. From center Tokyo it takes about 30 minutes to get to Yokohama. Most people won’t get off at ‘Yokohama Station’ since this is a bit further away from the touristic spots. Which station would be the best for your Yokohama trip depends on where you want to start. After arriving in Yokohama, no matter what station you arrive at, most of the spots are at walking distance from each other, so taking more metro’s won’t be necessary.