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Yokohama Travel Guide - Discover Minato Mirai and Other Great Areas!


Translated by Jasmine Nishino

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.

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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

Yokohama Travel Guide - Discover Minato Mirai and Other Great Areas!
Yokohama Travel Guide - Discover Minato Mirai and Other Great Areas!
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

4. Motomachi and Yamate

Minato no Mieru Oka Park, The British House, and Motomachi Shopping street

5.Kannai and Bashamichi

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 Ward Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Aquarium and Amusement Park

1. Chinatown

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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

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.

9. Kanazawa Ward

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Yokohama's Kanazawa district is located on the northern side of the city. 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.

You can purchase tickets for Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise online, via Voyagin. Click here to see details and prices.

The closest station is Kanazawa Hakkei Station on the Keikyu main line. It is a thirty-minute ride from Keikyu Yokohama Station.

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.