Day Trip to Yokohama: What to see

When you’re engrossed with work and stuff, and yet your itchy feet are telling you to go somewhere at once. Where’s a good place to go? If you are in Japan now, head to Yokohama, the second largest city! Fortunately, it’s not a place where I need to fly but just a train away from my city. So go tap your Google Maps app and see how far it will take you to get there! Even if it’s just a quickie, you’ll definitely relish the splendid views, fill your tummy with delectable dishes, and smell the invigorating sea breeze. Consider the following spots to see that I gladly recommend:

  1. Yokohama Chinatown
yokohama chinatown 2017
One of the vibrant gates that will welcome you!

On holidays, expect the place to be congested even if it’s the largest chinatown in Japan. Chinese New Year is held around the beginning of February here. If you want to experience the culture, you should go! Although the streets seem to be compressed, you’ll be overwhelmed by the hefty number of Chinese shops and diners.

yokohama chinatown 2017 (1)

Of course, never leave the area without having a meal or two.

chinese restaurants in yokohama chinatown

I can’t particularly tell you where to eat, but I’m certain that you’ll find a good one. With the prices that range from budget-friendly to pricey. There are all-you-can-eat restaurants that offer a wide variety of dishes.

Side story: This all-you-can-eat restaurant that my husband and I chose provided us a menu (with 2 different prices) while waiting for our table. So we chose the cheaper one (still a little expensive for me). When we were finally at our table, we were told that Set A (the cheaper one), was no longer available and that we had to settle for Set B (the expensive one). We were too hungry to leave after waiting. The matter was all dishes in Set A were also in Set B. So why on earth Set A was unavailable? You tell me. 😀 But to be fair, the dishes that we had were yummy!

2. Minato Gardens

A fascinating area which comprises a clump of parks close by the waterfront including Yamashita Park and Harbor View Park. At the time I was there, a special event was held called Garden Necklace Yokohama 2017.

garden necklace yokohama 2017

Be astonished by the alluring sea of flowers while the wind coming from the azure sea caresses your skin.

minato gardens yokohama 2017

3. Yokohama Marine Tower

Want to revel in a spectacular view of the city? Go up to the observation deck of this tower. You can see it standing tall while strolling around Minato Gardens.

yokohama marine tower

4. Hikawa Maru Yokohama

hikawa maru yokohama

I briefly talked about this amazing museum here. If you’re up to some nostalgic experience, this is perfect for you. Not only that, you can also see the port from the ship which is stunning.

port of yokohama 2017
panoramic view of Yokohama port from Hikawa Maru

Take a peek inside..

hikawa maru yokohama (1)
dining area for VIP passengers

To wrap up your day trip, I suggest you get on Sea Bass back to Yokohama Station instead of walking. You won’t only save time, but you’ll also get to enjoy a 15-minute (roughly) cruise.

yokohama cruise

sea bass yokohama
view from Sea Bass

As I always say, you don’t have to worry about time constraints because even on your short, quick, day trip, you’ll bring back good memories home.

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Author: Sheryl Gim

1990 | Wondering wanderer | Chocolate addict

18 thoughts

  1. I love all the photos. Great post! Chinatown in any country is always a cool thing to look at. I would love to go to this area of Japan one day. The lanterns at the top are beautiful. There’s a Chinatown in Vancouver, Canada too!

    The fact that the museum is in a ship is so cool. Wow. 😀

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