Yokohama is a leading tourism and leisure destination of Japan known for its exotic ambience and amalgamation of the historic and the contemporarythis photogenic city offersto people of all interests.
The most visited area is Minato Mirai in the inner harbour area, which is Yokohama’s landmark and forms the skyline of Yokohama. It is host to several high rises such as the Landmark tower (second tallest building of Japan) from where Mt. Fuji is visible on clear days from the observatory on the 69th floor, and the triplet buildings of Queens square, a convention complex, Pacifico Yokohama including a sail shaped hotel, Intercontinental Yokohama Grand.
Other places you should visit are the hot spring facility Minato Manyo club, the Cup-Noodles museum in front of the Ferris wheel in the Cosmo World, an amusement park.The Cup-Noodles museum is dedicated to the inventor of Cup-Noodles and founder of Nissin foods group; Mr.Momofuku Ando. Customise your own flavour, and create your own original ramen here.
The Red brick warehouses, which are now converted into an artsy shopping centre and restaurants, lend an off-beat vibe of a bygone era. The international cruise terminal Osanbashi Pier with a unique shape of the terminal building and Yamashita seaside-park symbolize the Port of Yokohama where you can enjoy beautiful water-front views.The NYK Hikawa-maru, is moored and preserved there. It used to be a passenger cum cargo ship plying between Japan and west coast of North America, and at present is a historical museum-ship with art deco interiors.
The Yokohama Doll Museum, also close by, has the largest collection of over 1300 dolls from Japan and other countries.
Visit the vibrant and pulsating Chinatown, and enjoy the cuisine of its many restaurants and food stands, souvenier shops and cultural activities.
Sankeien garden is a classic example of a Japanese garden with manicured lawns, ponds, bridges and pagodas and tea houses. Sir Rabindranath Tagore stayed at a building in Sankeien for two and half months in 1916.
The Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is an aqua land and amusement park with a vast aquarium, shops and restaurants etc.
As Yokohama was the first port of Japan which opened to the world, it acquired many foreign cultures and influences. Taste free beer at the Kirin Beer Village after a brewery tour; few know that Yokohama is the birth place of the Japanese beer industry.
Yokohama is the first place where railway service was introduced in Japan. Visit the Hara Model railway museum, one of the largest collections of train models in the world-from steam locomotives to electric trains with iron wheels and authentic mechanisms.
You can find myriads of restaurants with foreign cuisine as also several Indian restaurants. Not to be left behind, Yokohama is also a shoppers’ paradise for luxury goods and local souveniers.
For more information visit Yokohama Official Visitors' Guide.
|Oosanbashi,Minato Mirai, Mount Fuji|
|Akarenga souko, Red brick warehouse|
|Yamashita Park, Hikawamaru|