Translated by Jasmine Nishino
Yokohama Travel Guide - Discover Minato Mirai and Other Great Areas!
Written by Mami Wakamatsu
With its close proximity to Tokyo, Yokohama has always been a popular sightseeing destination and ideal day trip destination. Learn about the neighborhoods of Yokohama and where to go when shopping, sightseeing, and looking for delicious food in this charming port city.
Yokohama's Areas - Learn About Tokyo's Popular Neighbor
Yokohama is a port city with scenic and historical locations in the Kanagawa Prefecture. Just a 30-minute train ride away from central Tokyo, it has been a popular sightseeing destination for decades.
In this article, we introduce the most popular areas in Yokohama, from Minato Mirai to Chinatown, and tell you how to get to Yokohama Station from Tokyo via public transportation.
How to Get to Yokohama from Tokyo
It is approximately a thirty-minute train ride from central Tokyo to Yokohama Station. At JR Tokyo Station, the Ueno Tokyo Tokaido Line, the Yokosuka Line, and the Keihin Tohoku Line all go to Yokohama Station. From Shibuya, you can take the Tokyu Toyoko Line to go to Yokohama Station. Neither of these options requires any transfers and all of them take about thirty minutes to Yokohama.
For more information about how to get to Yokohama by train, please read What’s the Most Convenient Fare?! How to Get to Yokohama from Tokyo
Trains and buses run frequently in Yokohama, so you can conveniently tour around the city without needing a car or taxi. We highly recommend using the JR Pass to get to Yokohama, when leaving from Tokyo Station, Shinjuku, or Ueno stations on JR lines. The pass is also helpful when navigating around the city, as all the major travel and shopping destinations in Yokohama are connected via JR lines. You can reserve the JR Pass online via the travel services website, Klook.
9 Popular Areas in Yokohama
|Area Name||Popular Sightseeing Spots|
|1.Chinatown||Chinese Restaurants and Shops|
|2.Minato Mirai||The Landmark Tower, Cosmo World, the Anpanman Museum, Cup Noodle Museum, and the Red Brick Warehouse|
|3. Yamashita Park||Rose Garden and Seasonal Flowers|
|Minato no Mieru Oka Park, The British House, and Motomachi Shopping street|
|Historical Western-Style Buildings and Streets|
|6.Sakuragicho, Noge, and Isezakicho||Restaurants and Bars and the Two Major Shopping Malls|
|7.Yokohama Station||Yokohama Shopping Area, Yokohama Bay Quarter|
|8.Shin Yokohama||Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum, Yokohama Arena, Nissan Stadium, and Cubic Plaza Shin Yokohama|
|9.Kanazawa||Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Aquarium and Amusement Park|
Picture from Chinatown in Yokohama: the Biggest in Japan
As a historical port city, Yokohama has many places with non-Japanese influences such as the famous Chinatown.
With many Chinese restaurants and shops, this area is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike and especially busy on the weekends.
The closest station is Motomachi Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai line or the Ishikawacho Station on the JR Negishi line. Both are an eight-minute train ride from Yokohama Station.
2. Minato Mirai
Picture from Yokohama Minato Mirai – 7 Elegant Shopping Spots
Minato Mirai offers a multitude of shops, galleries, the Landmark Tower, Cosmo World and the Anpanman Museum (Japanese). You can also enjoy the gorgeous night scenery from one of the many tall commercial buildings observatories. This is an iconic area of Yokohama, often seen in photos.
The building in the picture above is the popular Red Brick Warehouse, or Akarenga Soko in Japanese. It houses shops and restaurants and a variety of special exhibitions and events throughout the year, including a Christmas market.
For groups of friends or children, a fun option is visiting the Cup Noodle Museum, where you can learn about the history of instant cup ramen (it was invented in Japan) and even make your own custom cup. You can enjoy Minato Mirai and its surrounding areas on a walking tour that includes the Cup Noodle Museum and treats in Chinatown. Click here to see the details.
The closest station here is Minato Mirai Station on the Minato Mirai line or Sakuragicho Station on the JR Negishi line. Both are only three minutes on the train from Yokohama Station.
3. Yamashita Park
Picture from Feeling the Breeze at Yokohama’s Yamashita Park
Yamashita Park is the first seaside park in Japan build after the big Tokyo Earthquake of 1923. It is known for its beautiful flowers and the scenic view of the Tokyo Bay and Yokohama Bay bridge. If you visit during the spring and autumn, you can enjoy Yamashita Park's beautiful rose garden in full bloom. This area is also well-known for its elegant, well-established restaurants and cafes.
The closest station to the park is the Motomachi Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai line or the Ishikawacho Station on the JR Negishi line. Both are an eight-minute train ride from Yokohama Station.
4. Motomachi and Yamate
Motomachi and Yamate house the Foreign General Cemetery and the British House. The British House is a designated cultural property of Yokohama originally built in 1937. This area with its many retro western buildings also inspired the Studio Ghibli movie "From up on Poppy Hill" and has become a famous sightseeing spot for Ghibli fans.
The "Minato no Mieru Oka Park" overlooks Yokohama and is a popular place for picnics and weekend trips.
Along the 150-year-old Motomachi shopping street, you will find traditional and trendy shops and cafes. This street is also supposed to be the street featured in yet another Studio Ghibli movie, "The Cat Returns."
The closest station is Motomachi Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai line or Ishikawacho Station on the JR Negishi line. Both are an eight-minute train ride from Yokohama station.
5. Kannai and Bashamichi
Kannai and Bashamichi are historical areas of Yokohama where western-style buildings from a hundred years ago still remain. In this area, visitors encounter many brick streets and gas lamps from the time when Japan first opened the country to the western world and non-Japanese people began to reside in Yokohama.
The closest station is Kannai Station on the JR Negishi line and the Yokohama city subway, also known as the Blue line. Both are a five-minute ride from Yokohama Station.
6. Sakuragicho, Noge, and Isezakicho
Sakuragicho, Noge, and Isezakicho are known to have many restaurants, bars, and izakayas where you can enjoy a great variety of food and drinks. You can find a number of small establishments with Japanese sake and Japanese craft beer here, along with delicious eats. These areas are ideal for a lively night out in Yokohama.
Picture from Yokohama Minato Mirai – 7 Elegant Shopping Spots
Close to Sakuragicho Station are two major shopping facilities, CIAL Sakuragicho and TOC Minato Mirai. Inside the TOC Minato Mirai building, you can find shops, a cinema, a hotel, a fitness club as well as offices which makes for a little city in itself.
The closest stations are Kannai Station and Sakuragicho Station on the JR Negishi line and the Yokohama city subway. Both are a five minute ride from the Yokohama Station.
7. Yokohama Station
Yokohama Station area offers several popular shopping spots. There are many department stores, fashion boutiques, electric shops, and Don Quijote in walking distance from the station. Yokohama Bay Quarter is a large shopping mall that is connected to the station. Many people visit this spot to have breakfast or lunch at one of its restaurants or cafes before exploring the rest of Yokohama.
The closest station is Yokohama Station on the JR line and Tokyu Toyoko line.
8. Shin Yokohama
Picture from Delicious Miso Ramen In Ikebukuro – “Misoya Seibē”
Shin Yokohama is home to large stadiums such as the Yokohama arena and Nissan Stadium. It is also the area where the Shinkansen stops in Yokohama City. However, it is also extremely well known to ramen lovers due to it's. Shin Yokohama Ramen museum. If you are not in ramen mood, Cubic Plaza Shin Yokohama, a shopping mall that is connected to Shin Yokohama Station, is known also known to offer all sorts of delicious dishes from all over the world.
The closest station is Shin Yokohama Station on the JR Yokohama line and Yokohama city subway (the Blue line). Both are a ten-minute ride from Yokohama Station.
Kanazawa is a town by the sea, located on the northern side of Yokohama. It is known for the popular Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, housing an aquarium and amusement park. Because of its close proximity to the ocean, the sushi, sashimi, and seafood restaurants in the area are highly recommended as well.
The closest station to the Kanazawa is Kanazawa Hakkei Station on the Keikyu main line. It is a thirty-minute ride from Keikyu Yokohama Station.
Souvenirs from Yokohama
In Yokohama, you will find many small items with boat or port designs. You will also find some delicious sweets unique to the area that make for great souvenirs or a treat for yourself. Find out more about souvenirs from Yokohama in The 6 Best Sweet Souvenirs From The Port City, Yokohama.