Japan: 10 Best Places You NEED to Visit in Yokohama

With total population of 3.7 million it is the second largest after Tokyo. By taking full advantage of the Yokohama international trading port many multinational companies have opened their offices in Yokohama. This is a city of dreams for every Japanese person and everyone around here is very proud of living here. Know about best places to visit in Yokohama in this post.

1. Sankei-en Garden

Sankeien Garden is famous for its seasonal beauty. It is a vast classical Japan garden in the south of Yokohama with 175,000 square meters area, this garden has many priceless historical building models from all over Japan. The garden is 5 minute walking distance from Honmoku Sankeien Mae Bus station. The garden opens at 09.00 A.M and closes at 05.00 P.M, and remains close during December 29 to 31.

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Sankei-en Garden

2. Ramen Museum

Japan is famous for its unique museums. The “ShinyokohamaRaumen Museum” is all about popular Japanese ramen dishes. On the first floor of this museum it shows how the noodles are made. There is the history of ramen noodles in Japan on display. On the two underground floors, visitors can walk around and explore some streets and houses replica of the old town of Tokyo.

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Shin-Yokohama Rāmen Museum

3. Yokohama Landmark Tower

It is a 70 floor tower situated in the Minato Mirai district of the city. The tower was completed in 1993, and dominates and defines the skyline of the city. The main attraction of this tower is the Sky Garden observatory on the 69th floor.  Visitors can get panoramic view of Yokohama city from this Sky Garden observatory.

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4. Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown is located in central Yokohama, and it is the largest Chinatown in Japan. It has various numbers of Chinese stores and restaurants in its narrow and colorful streets. Various Chinese events and festivals are held here all over the year. The main attractions here are various delicacy of Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The Yokohama Chinatown opens at 08.00 A.M and closes at 07.00 P.M.

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Yokohama Chinatown

5. Ōsanbashi Pier

Ōsanbashi Pier is where international cruise ships docks in Yokohama; this 400 meter pier has walkways and green spaces for the general public. The Osanbashi Pier is an interesting attraction for the tourist. The pier is one of best place for a walk, and for unhindered views of the city’s skyline. The Yokohama Chinatown remains open 24 hours a day.

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6. Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

This amusement park is located on a small island near downtown Yokohama. It houses quite an impressive aquarium and it is one of the most visited amusement parks in Japan. The main attraction of this park is Aqua Museum, which holds walruses, dolphins, sea lions, seals and many other sea creatures. This park also has the Surf Coaster, Merry-go-round, and a roller coaster for all ages.

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Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

7. Yokohama Marine Tower

Yokohama Marine Tower is famous as beautiful dating place in Yokohama. The tower was built in 1961 to commemorate Yokohama port’s opening. It was the tallest lighthouse in the world at that time. The tower stands as one of Yokohama’s most recognizable symbols. The tower offers panoramic view of the city.

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Yokohama Marine Tower

8. Zoorasia

It is one of Japan’s most recent, biggest and well maintained zoos. All inhabitant animals are kept in spacious areas that mimic their natural habitat. The zoo’s main attractions are the elephants, polar bears, black bears, okapi and proboscis monkeys. There are also nature trails and recreation areas for kids.

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The Zoorasia is situated outside central Yokohama.

It can easily reached by Sotetsu Railways from Yokohama Station.

9. Yokohama Silk Museum

This museum gives a fascinating insight into the world of silk, and explains the entire process how silk manufactured from silkworm. For century silk was one of the most important industries of the Japanese economy. This museum displays the history of silk. This museum also displays how Yokohama cities journey to become one of the major silk trade’s ports.

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Yokohama Silk Museum

10. Nippon Maru

There is a retired sailing ship that is permanently docked at Minato Mirai and the name of this ship is Nippon Maru. The ship is very beautiful with its wooden deck & white sails. The ship was built in 1930 and it used to be a training ship. After renovation now it is open to the public.

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Nippon Maru

This harbor city introduced to the world as the gateway to Japan. These airports are Haneda airport and Narita Airport. The city is perfect blend of old as well as new cultures. Since Yokohama does not have own airport, the visitors can reach Yokohama from Tokyo’s two main airports.

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