Translated by Jasmine Nishino
Yokohama Photo Tour! Recommended Itinerary In Spring
Written by Yumi
Take eye-catching photos in Yokohama to put up on your Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! Use this model itinerary to tour around the port, Yamashita Park, the Red Brick Warehouse area, and the Japanese garden Sankeien.
When visiting Yokohama, do check out places such as Yamashita Park and the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse area which are known as the highlights of the city. Another often suggested spot is the traditional Japanese garden Sankeien. Those visiting Yokohama in the spring - early summer can take beautiful pictures of these spots filled with amazing flowers of all colors. There are plenty of places to check out during your trip.
In this article, we have created a one-day model itinerary for those who wish to get the most out of Yokohama. Take this great opportunity to take photos of these beautiful locations!
09:00 Start From Yokohama Station!
You can get to Yokohama Station directly from Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station, and Shibuya Station.
If you are going from Tokyo Station, get on the JR Tokaido Honsen Line or JR Yokosuka Line. The ride will take around 30 minutes. From Shinjuku Station, you can ride the JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line for around 35 minutes. From Shibuya Station, you can go on the Tokyu Toyoko Express Line and arrive in about 30 minutes.
Upon arriving at Yokohama Station, head toward the bus terminal at the East exit.
09:50 Arrive at Sankeien Garden for Scenic Photos
From Platform number 2 of the bus terminal at Yokohama Station's East exit, take the city bus 8-148 or the Burari Sankeien bus (weekends and holidays only). It takes around 35-45 minutes to get to Sankeien, so enjoy the views of Yokohama from the window of the bus.
After arriving at Sankeien, you can enter the garden after paying the admission (adult 500 yen, child 200 yen).
Sankeien is a garden built by Sankei Hara, a Japanese businessman who succeeded in the silk trading business. This garden has been designated as one of Japan's scenic nature spots. Within the spacious garden, you can enjoy viewing the well maintained Japanese garden along with a three-storey pagoda and a tea house built using traditional construction methods.
Partial photo credit: Sankeien
This Japanese garden which is said to have been designed by Sankei Hara himself was made for enjoying the changing views of the seasons. The views of the cherry blossoms in the spring, and of the wisteria and azaleas in the early summer create a picture perfect scenery.
For more details regarding Sankeien, please read Enjoy Matcha Tea in the Heart of Sankeien Garden, Yokohama.
Address: Kanagawa, Yokohama, Naka, Honmokusannotani 58-1
Website: Sankeien Garden
Hop on the city bus 8-148 or the Burari Sankei Bus and get off at the entrance to Chinatown. Here, you will be able to enjoy a meal in Yokohama's Chinatown, known to be one of the top three in Japan.
13:00 Explore and Take Photos of Yamashita Park Filled with Flowers
After savoring lunch, take a five minute stroll over to Yamashita Park. Yamashita is a wonderful park facing the sea that is perfect for people to relax in and enjoy their time outdoors.
This is a photo of the City Greenery Fair called Garden Necklace YOKOHAMA that will be held until June 4th, 2017. Within the park many tulips and hyacinths fill the garden and gorgeous roses bloom in May. Take a stroll and explore this lovely garden facing the sea. Make sure to bring your camera.
For more information about Yamashita Park, please read Feeling the Breeze at Yokohama's Yamashita Park.
Address: Kanagawa, Yokohama, Naka, Yamashita 279
14:00 Witness the View of Yokohama on a Boat
After you are done venturing through the garden, take a ride on the sea bus from the port right by Yamashita Park. Go on a short ten minute cruise and head toward the Red Brick Warehouse. During this time, take a moment to enjoy the surrounding views. Adult fare is 350 yen and child fare is 180 yen.
14:30 Picture Perfect Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse was constructed nearly 100 years ago and was used as a warehouse until 30 years ago. Now, it has been redesigned into a mall with fancy shops and restaurants. This is a popular photo spot representing Yokohama thanks to its historical exterior and the retro feel.
During the City Greenery fair, there is a natural garden portraying the suburban landscape of Japan in the courtyard. You will be able to take wonderful photos of flowers against the red bricks here!
Address: Kanagawa, Yokohama, Naka, Shinko 1-1
Website: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
16:00 Take Photos with Animals at Orbi Yokohama
Upon leaving the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, take a 15 minute walk to the MARK IS mall where Orbi Yokohama is located.
Orbi Yokohama is an interactive entertainment facility with nature as its main theme. You can learn about animals while playing games and even see how animals live in the wildlife in a high-tech 4D theater.
At the Animal Studio, you will be able to take photos with cute hedgehogs and owls. The staff can even make composite photos with you as an animal! This is a perfect place to take a surprising photo of yourself.
For more information, please refer to Experience the Amazing Power of Nature at Orbi Yokohama!
Address: Kanagawa, Yokohama, Nishi, Minato Mirai 3-5-1 MARK IS Minato Mirai 5F
Website: Orbi Yokohama (Japanese)
18:00 After Sundown, See and Take Photos of Fireworks
After leaving Orbi Yokohama, it should be past sundown. Until June 4th, 2017, you can enjoy a spectacular view of crystal fireworks made with infinite light bulbs right in front of the MARK IS building. This is a perfect place to take dreamy photos of the display.
Spend the remainder of the night enjoying the views of the nightscape while savoring a delicious dinner. Get the most out of your visit to Yokohama by spending a memorable day there!