24 Hours in Yokohama

24 Hours in Yokohama

Short on time? Here’s an itinerary for the perfect day in Japan’s iconic port city.

Even if you only have one day to get out and explore Japan’s second largest city, there’s plenty that you can do: go bar hopping, ride a rollercoaster, learn about the inventor who created cup noodles, eat your weight in dumplings… the list goes on.

We’ve created the ideal itinerary for a day in Yokohama, jam-packed with the very best this harbor city has to offer.

Buckle up—you’re in for an unforgettable day!

9:30 a.m. Get coffee and stroll around the port of Yokohama

Yamashita Park       

You have a big day of exploring ahead but, first, coffee! Head to Motomachi-Chukagai Station. If you’re coming by train, there’s a Doutor —think Starbucks but with great breakfast sandwiches — right beside Exit 1. Grab a coffee and head 170 meters northeast to Yamashita Park. This park is situated right on the Port of Yokohama and is the perfect place to take a relaxing, morning walk. 

The Port of Yokohama was exceptionally influential to the growth of the city. When Japan opened its doors to foreign migration and commerce in the 1850s, this sleepy port town was transformed into a bustling trade hub which eventually became Japan’s second biggest city. Start your day by meandering along the pristine port, and witness the waters where it all began.

10:20 a.m. Walk west to Yokohama Chinatown – 7 minutes

10:30 a.m. Explore Japan’s biggest Chinatown

Chinese food vendor at Yokohama Chinatown in Japan

Yokohama Chinatown is the biggest Chinatown district in the whole of Japan and is the spot where many Chinese migrants settled in the 1800s after Yokohama began to boom. The entrances are marked with huge, colorful gates constructed to represent the Guardian Gods of Feng Shui. There’s also a traditional Chinese temple, Kanteibyo, complete with stunning glass dragons, which dates back to 1862.

11:30 a.m. Walk back to Yamashita Park – 7 minutes

11:40 a.m. Take a cruise

Yokohama Sea Bass Yokohama       

Now that you’ve gotten your history fix, it’s time to prepare your sea-legs! Ride the Sea Bass for a stunning view of Yokohama’s skyline from the water, itself. Boarding of the Sea Bass takes place near the NYK Hikara Maru — basically, look to the right of the huge, docked ocean liner. Remember to check the weather forecast as the cruise is subject to weather conditions. Tickets cost ¥350 to the Red Brick Warehouse and can be purchased prior to boarding. And don’t forget to arrive a little early so that you can board on time!

11:40 a.m. Sea Bass departs for Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse – 10 minutes – ¥350

12 p.m. Go Shopping at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse       

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is the ultimate place to head for a shopping break. While Warehouse No. 1 is mostly used as an exhibition and event space, Warehouse No. 2 is full of unique, independent shops and cafes, each with a truly industrial but elegant atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for interesting knick-knacks to bring home as souvenirs or to simply divide up your day with some indulgent retail therapy, you can’t go past the Red Brick Warehouse.

13:00 p.m. Walk north-west to Port Terrace Cafe – 7 minutes

1:15 p.m. Lunch at the Port Terrace Café

Port Terrace Cafe Yokohama       

Stop for lunch at the Port Terrace Café. Located on the third floor of the Yokohama office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, this café has an outdoor terrace with fantastic views of the Port of Yokohama. The café also has a great selection of halal and vegetarian options and is reasonably priced too! Keep in mind, though, on weekdays the café closes between 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (with last order at 1:30 p.m.).

2:20 p.m. Walk west to Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum – 5 minutes

2:30 p.m. Learn about instant ramen at the Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama

Rugby World Cup Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum

Ever wondered how your favorite instant ramen was invented? Here’s your chance to find out! The Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama is an interactive wonderland, designed to stir creativity and curiosity, and celebrate the joy of invention and discovery. The museum explores the life of Momofuku Ando, who invented the first ever instant ramen way back in 1958. Entry is ¥500, with some attractions costing an additional fee. The museum is closed on Tuesdays (or the following day if the Tuesday is a public holiday) and New Years.

4:30 p.m. Cross the road west to Cosmo World – 3 minutes

4:35 p.m. Ride the rollercoaster at Cosmo World

Yokohama Cosmo world Amusement park in Yokohama Bay.       

Right across the road from the Cup Noodles Museum is Yokohama Cosmo World. Look for the enormous Ferris Wheel, and you won’t miss it. Yokohama Cosmo World is a compact amusement park, perfect for the young and young at heart. The park offers a variety of entertainments from rollercoasters, to a log ride, to a haunted house, and even an arcade. It’s free to enter the park, however, respective rides will cost between ¥500-¥900 each.

5:45 p.m. Cross the bridge and walk west to Yokohama Landmark Tower – 9 minutes

6 p.m. Watch the sunset from Landmark Tower Sky Garden

Yokohama, Japan Cityscape       

You’ve seen Yokohama from the water, now look from the sky. It’s time to visit Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden! Take Japan’s fastest elevator—750 meters per minute—to the observation deck, which is located on the 69th floor of Yokohama Landmark Tower. From here you’ll get a 360-degree view of the city of Yokohama. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset over this historic port and stunning metropolis.

Landmark Tower Sky Garden
The view from the Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden.

7:15 p.m. Take the train from Sakuragicho station to Yokohama station, then take the East exit and walk to Beer Restaurant Alibaba – 10 minutes 

7:30 p.m. Have dinner at Beer Restaurant Alibaba

Beer Restaurant Alibaba Yokohama       

By now we’re sure you’ll have worked up a massive appetite! So, it’s the perfect time to visit Beer Restaurant Alibaba. This restaurant offers a delicious all-you-can-eat menu, with western favorites like pizza and pasta as well as Alibaba’s famous and beloved Chinese dumplings. The drinks list also includes a great selection of beverages including beer, wine, sake, highball, and sangria. Kick back, relax for a little while and eat your fill of dumplings.

8:25 p.m. Walk west to Asobuild – 2 minutes

8:30 p.m. Discover the joys of Asobuild

Entrance to Aso Build       

Next stop, Asobuild! This is a 6-story entertainment complex which is named after the Japanese word for “play”: asobi. The building contains everything from a multi-sports court to an entire level dedicated to experience-based gourmet food. We recommend you head on down to the B1 floor and visit Pitch Club, which is an amusement bar designed to be a quality playground for adults. 

Pitch Club Aso Build Yokohama

Pitch Club is a luxurious and entertaining space where you can enjoy Yokohama-made wines and cocktails created by some of Japan’s top bartenders.

9:15p.m. Walk west to Sake Bar Yokohama – 13 minutes

9:30 p.m. Try all types of sake at Sake Bar Yokohama

Sake Bar Yokohama       

Sake Bar Yokohama is the ultimate place to introduce yourself to the world of Japanese Sake. Run by San Franciscan, Brian Hutto, this bar is super friendly and has over 100 different types of Japan’s iconic rice wine to try. For lovers of sake, it’s no wonder this bar is described as an alcohol version of a candy store.

10:15p.m. Walk east to Hub Yokohama West Branch – 1 minute

10:20 p.m Grab a beer at Hub Yokohama West Branch

Hub Yokohama West Branch       

End your night at Japan’s most famous British-style pub chain! In contrast to the Sake Bar, Hub Yokohama West Branch will feel more like home. Hub is famous for recreating the Ye Olde England pub experience, and if you’re not still bursting from the all-you-can-eat dumplings, it’s also a great place to get some fish and chips as well. The menu is cheap, in English, and full of your favorites. It’s a great place to grab a beer and see how the Japanese interpret the iconic English pub.

Now, you’re only a ten-minute walk from Yokohama Station. The last train will run between 11:30 p.m. and midnight, however, it is possible to take a taxi back to your hotel, too. Keep in mind that Hub Yokohama West Branch closes at midnight, Monday-Thursday, 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 p.m. on Sundays.

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