5 Awesome Places to Go with Kids

5 Awesome Places to Go with Kids

Whether you’re an adult traveling with children, or simply an adult who’s a kid at heart, Yokohama is full of things to do that appeal to your inner child.


1. Cup Noodles Museum

This museum is a pleasant surprise of beautiful design, interactive fun, and creativity. Beginning with the history, Momofuku Ando’s story of instant ramen is woven throughout the first couple floors, showing us how ideas for his cult product, and student all-nighter accompaniment, were born. After learning about the history, get really creative at the Cup Noodles factory where you can make your own one-of-a-kind Cup Noodles concoction. Lastly, there’s a Cup Noodles park, designed to give off the virtual experience of running around like a noodle in a manufacturing factory – a sure way to really tire out the kids.

Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama

English OK, Rugby World Cup 2019

Open until 18:00


2. Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum

This museum is truly the perfect combination of education, enchantment, and edibility. The first floor is dedicated to the history of ramen and a nice little gift shop where you can buy exclusive, hard-to-find ramen packs to take home as souvenirs.

Below the entrance level however, is where the real magic happens. There, you enter into a little dreamland containing nine ramen outposts, covering almost every main ramen region in Japan. You can even buy smaller portions of ramen, which is perfect for kids or sampling multiple bowls of ramen. The décor looks like a movie set from the 1950s with hidden alleyways and a penny candy shop – really giving off the feeling that you’ve stepped into an alternate universe, even if only while hunting for the perfect bowl of noodles. 

Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum

English OK, Non-smoking, Rugby World Cup 2019, vegan

Open until 22:00


3. Yamashita Park

A public park stretching out along the water, Yamashita Park is perfect for a dose of fresh air and greenery. Make a day of it with a ride on the Yokohama Seabass – a floor-to-ceiling ocean bus, which travels from Yokohama Station East Exit to Yamashita Park and back again – a nice way to relax on the water while taking in great views. Grab a snack or drink at Happy Lawson nearby – a cute little café on the water with a play area for kids and really fun treats.

Address: 279, Yamashita-cho, Naka Ward, Yokohama 231-0023

Access: A 5-minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station and Chinatown. The Akai Kutsu Sightseeing Bus also stops at the park (Yamashita Koen-mae), as does the Seabass boat cruise.


4. Mark Is – “Orbi Yokohama” and “Kid-O-Kid”

Located on the fifth floor inside a department store called "Mark Is," Orbi Indoor Wildlife Encounter is an interactive indoor theme park meant to appeal to all five senses. Using technology and real wildlife material, Orbi offers a unique experience for playing and learning through cool light-up exhibits and projections. Kids will go nuts in the life-size animal encyclopedia, simulated Earth cruise, 4D Gorillas, and even a subzero temperature zone simulator — meaning an early night for them and a night off for you.

Once you’re finished at Orbi, head down to the third floor and you will find Bornelund Toy Shop. Inside of Bornelund is Kid-O-Kid – a play area with a jungle gym for children aged six months to twelve. After all that running around, you can relax with a snack on the rooftop garden. Also worth mentioning is the Yokohama Grand Mall directly outside Mark Is – an area with a fountain for splashing around on a hot day.

Address: 3-5-1 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, 220-0012

Access: Mark IS shopping mall is directly connected to Minato Mirai Station

Open: Mark IS Mon-Thu: 10:00-20:00, Fri-Sun: 10:00-21:00 (Opening hours vary by attraction)


5. Yokohama Cosmo World

This amusement park set right in the middle of Yokohama city offers fun rides for all ages. There's no entrance fee, as customers pay by individual ride or attraction. A nice range of rides starting with the mild “Kids Carnival Zone” to the slightly more intense “Burano Street Zone” to the adult focused “Wonder Amuse Zone” will keep the whole family on their toes. Hop on the iconic Cosmo Clock Ferris Wheel at night for a romantic way of enjoying the city lights for all ages; food vendors scattered throughout the park offer something different for lunch or dinner.

Yokohama Cosmo World

Rugby World Cup 2019

Open until 22:00


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