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Yokohama, Japan

Located on the western coast of Tokyo Bay directly south of Tokyo, Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan and one of the cities most used to seeing foreigners.

Yokohama was the first port opened up to foreign trade after the opening of Japan in 1854. At the forefront of the Meiji restoration, the first train line in Japan connected Tokyo and Yokohama. However, Yokohama was devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and again by the firebombings of World War II, and never really regained its prominence. It remains a maritime city to this day and retains an international flavor.


Yokohama features a humid subtropical climate (Köppen: Cfa) with hot and humid summers and chilly winters. Weatherwise, Yokohama has a mixed bag of rain, clouds, and sun, although, in Winter, it is surprisingly sunny, more so... Read more

Yokohama, Japan

Located on the western coast of Tokyo Bay directly south of Tokyo, Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan and one of the cities most used to seeing foreigners.

Yokohama was the first port opened up to foreign trade after the opening of Japan in 1854. At the forefront of the Meiji restoration, the first train line in Japan connected Tokyo and Yokohama. However, Yokohama was devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and again by the firebombings of World War II, and never really regained its prominence. It remains a maritime city to this day and retains an international flavor.


Yokohama features a humid subtropical climate (Köppen: Cfa) with hot and humid summers and chilly winters. Weatherwise, Yokohama has a mixed bag of rain, clouds, and sun, although, in Winter, it is surprisingly sunny, more so than Southern Spain. Winter temperatures rarely drop below freezing, while summer can get quite warm due to the effects of humidity. The coldest temperature was on 24 January 1927 when −8.2 °C (17.2 °F) was reached, whilst the hottest day was 11 August 2013 at 37.4 °C (99.3 °F). The highest monthly rainfall has been in October 2004 with 761.5 millimeters (30.0 in), closely followed by July 1941 with 753.4 millimeters (29.66 in), whilst December and January have recorded no measurable precipitation three times each.


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Yokohama, Japan: Port Information

Cruise liners dock at the Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal right in city's Chinatown.
Yokohama Port is a gateway to Tokyo. You can take a bus from the terminal to Yokohama Train Station. Tokyo is about 25 miles away from there.

Get around Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama is not a very automobile-friendly place. Public transit and walking work best. The Naka Ward office provides a map of Yokohama in English.

By train
The Minato Mirai 21 subway line from Yokohama station down the harborfront to Chinatown is the best method of accessing the main tourist haunts. The main subway line is useful primarily for transfers between central Yokohama and the Shinkansen station. JR Negishi Line (根岸線) is also available for Chinatown and Minato Mirai Area. All Negishi Line Trains with the blue line are direct service via the Keihin-Tohoku Line. For suburban areas, Yokohama has a subway and extensive commuter rail lines that crisscross the city from every direction and to all neighboring cities.
Yokohama Subway (横浜市営地下鉄) This train has two types: the "blue line(ブルーライン)" and the "green line(グリーンライン)". The former is from Azamino to Shonandai. The latter is newer than the "Blue Line" and it goes from Hiyoshi to Nakayama. Using this train, you can get around Yokohama easily. "Center Minami" and "Center Kita" are the only stations where you can access both of "Blue Line" and "Green Line". Yokohama Subway counts a little more than other Trains in Yokohama.

By bus
Akai Kutsu Bus is a sightseeing bus around Minatomirai, Chinatown, and Motomachi. It runs every 20-30 minutes and looks like an old red bus. 

By boat
A "sea bus" operates between JR Yokohama station (east exit), Minato Mirai and Yamashita Park, and is one of the nicest ways to get around on a sunny day. 

By human power
Velo taxis are widely available within the harbor area, while rickshaws make their rounds within Chinatown.

On foot
Central Yokohama is comparatively compact and the Chinatown/Yamashita Park area is best explored on foot.

What to see in Yokohama, Japan

  • Chinatown (中華街 Chūkagai), MM21 Motomachi-Chukagai Station. Yokohama's Chinatown is the largest in Japan and dates back to the Opening of Japan in 1859. These days it's unabashedly touristy, but there are plenty of Chinese grocery stores and places to buy a cheap cheongsam dress or jade knick-knacks. 
  • Bay Stars Stadium. Located in Naka ward. A short walk from Chinatown or Kannai station, this is probably one of the most fun places to watch a baseball game in Japan. Known as the Bay Stars Stadium, the Yokohama Baseball Team of the Central League, the Stadium itself was built on the remains of the Cricket Ballpark of the last century for the British delegation. The Bay Stars Stadium is an open roof stadium with natural grass, very rare in Japan, which refers to man-made grass to save on costs, and the entertainment boasted throughout the games is trying hard, and doing a good job, by Japanese terms, in trying to have each game hosted at the "home ground" to be as American as possible. 
  • Nissan Stadium, (Located in Shin-Yokohama). This is one of the biggest soccer stadiums in Japan. The final match of the 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP was held here. This is a home ground of J league soccer teams, Yokohama F. Marinos and Yokohama FC. There are also facilities such as soccer fields, skateboard parks, and basketball courts are available for free to the public. 
  • Marine Tower. The largest onland lighthouse in the world. It is in the Naka ward. Was closed to the public through 2009 due to change of ownership and renovation.
  • Hikawa Maru. This passenger liner made 238 voyages across the Pacific to Seattle and Vancouver between 1930 and 1960 and served as a hospital ship during World War II.  
  • Landmark Tower, MM21 Minato Mirai Station. The 2nd tallest building (3rd tallest man-made structure) in Japan is in the Minato Mirai 21 district. The observation platform on the top 69F provides good views. The elevators are said to be the fastest in Japan. For a classier experience, try the cocktail lounge on the 70F or eat dinner on the 68th.
  • Sankei-en Park (三渓園). 35 min by bus from Yokohama Stn. SE of Naka Ward, this is a traditional style of the park and known as Teien (lit. "set park"). Opened in 1906, this large park (17,5000 ft²) has many Japanese traditional buildings, 13 of which have been designated as national heritage.
  • Yamate (山手). This is the neighborhood where foreigners settled and still settle. You can make a pleasant walk from the Italian garden near Ishikawa-cho station to the French park near Motomachi Chukagai station. The walk will take you along some nice houses that were previously owned by rich foreigners. Nowadays, these houses can be visited freely. A nice cake shop can be found here as well. The foreigner cemetery is also along this route and houses a small museum with some pictures of the Motomachi shopping street in the old days and some more cartoons showing how the Japanese saw foreigners.
  • Yamashita Park(山下公園)* You can see the whole port of Yokohama and there's a lot of greenery. A short walk from Motomachi-Chinatown Stn (元町・中華街駅), JR Ishikawa-cho station (JR石川駅), JR Kannnai station (JR関内駅).
  • Street Performance. There are many street performers, especially in Yamashita Park and Granmall Park (middle of Landmark Tower and Queens Square in Sakuragicho) every weekend. Above all, fire performance is so dynamic.
  • Ōsanbashi Pier (大さん橋). It is the main international pier at the Port of Yokohama, Naka Ward. The rooftop garden is open to the public and is very beautiful, especially during sunset.
  • Kishine Park (岸根公園), Metro Kishine Koen Stn. A large park 9 min away from Yokohama Stn, this is strictly for the locals most of the year, but very popular during cherry blossom season.
  • Kanagawa Budokan (神奈川県立武道館), near Kishine Park. Kendo (Japanese fencing), judo and archery tournaments.
  • Kamoike Park (鴨池公園), Tsuzuki. True to the name, "Duck Lake Park" has a large lake, with ducks during the day and fireflies often visible at night in the rainy season.
  • Yokohama Arena (横浜アリーナ), Shin-Yokohama. 5 min walk from Shin-Yokohama Stn. Many famous musicians have concerts there. If you want to go to those concerts, you need to buy the tickets in advance. There are also flea markets here sometimes. In this case, you don't need any tickets or admission. 
  • River Karasuyama (烏山川), Located in Shin-yokohama. 10 minutes walk from Shin-Yokohama station. This is a narrow river, but cherry trees are along both side of the river. In spring, the cherry trees are in full bloom and very beautiful. Also, there are lawn and benches here, so you can relax on the benches in good weather.
  • Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Park (野口記念公園), Nagahama 114-4 (15 min from Nokendai Stn). 9 AM-5 PM daily. The laboratory of bacteriologist Hideyo Noguchi, who discovered the bacteria that causes syphilis and worked on yellow fever vaccines. The original building was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake, and the present structure dates from 1997. Free.
  • Moroka Kumano Shrine (師岡熊野神社) Okurayama area. Take Tokyu-Toyoko Line from Yokohama Stn, about 10 min. Then, 7 min walk from Okurayama Stn. +81 045-531-0150. This is a famous shrine in Yokohama. Its god is a bird which has three legs. This bird seems like the symbol of the soccer teams of Japan. Therefore, as well as many soccer fans, even Japanese soccer players visit here and pray for the victory of their team. Of course, many other people pay the first visit of the year every year.
  • Shomyo Temple (称名寺). Take the 13 Yokohama Keikyu bus from Kanazawa-bunko Stn (Keihin Kyukou Main Line) get off at Shomyo-ji Temple bus stop. It is a temple built by Hojo Sanetoki in 1258. It has developed into Kamakura Period. It is specified for the historic site in Japan. There is a beautiful garden. A lot of cherry blossoms bloom in spring. Moreover, precincts are illuminated at fireworks of summer and the New Year and it is very beautiful.
  • Yokohama History Museum (横浜市歴史博物館)Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Tuzuki-ku, Nakagawachuou 1-18-1, 9AM-5PM, +81 045-912-7777. This museum introduces Yokohama's history from Primary period to the Modern period. Next to the museum, there are excavations of the Yayoi period.
  • Paryire Yokohama Wedding Village (パルティーレ横浜ウェディングビレッジ), 4-1, Chigasaki-chuo, Tsuduki-ku, Yokohama-si, +81 045-949-0888. It is about 3 min from Center-Minami Stn. It is a hall for wedding ceremonies. It is on the street. See wedding ceremonies and bless the bride and groom with not only their family or friends but also people who happen to be passing by. When you visit there at night, you can see Illuminations.
  • Keio University is known for its campus's towering maidenhair trees, turning a lovely yellow in the fall.
  • Old Hiyoshidai underground trenches (旧日吉台地下壕), +81 045-562-0443. These are historical places at Keio University. There were Japanese Naval command posts during WWII. Naval commander ordered to attack the special attack corps (特攻隊), ground warfare in Okinawa, Yamato battleship and so on. There are many rooms. The University allows visits once per month.

What to do in Yokohama, Japan

  • Yokohama Cosmo World, across the water from Minato Mirai 21, is a small amusement park which boasts the Cosmo Clock 21, a 112.5 m Ferris wheel which doubles as "the world's largest clock" (the 60 arms double as second hands). The park also has two roller coasters, a log flume ride, and several other attractions. 
  • Manyou Club is near the Yokohama Cosmo World in Minato Mirai 21. It is a spa resort. There are many kinds of baths to try while making the rounds. At night, you can see the lights of Yokohama from a foot bath on the roof. You can enjoy and relax all day because there are beauty salons, massages, and restaurants in this urban resort. (10 AM-6 AM).
  • Hakkeijima Seaparadise. Get off at Seaside line "Hakkeijima" station. There are an amusement park and an Aquarium. It is a large amusement park with an aquarium, various attractions, and the shops. The aqua museum has exhibited the living thing in 500 kind 100,000 seas. There is an area "Dolphin Fantasy" that exhibits the dolphin. You can see the dolphin from 360°. It holds the show of the dolphin and the dog. You can see a white dolphin. You can touch some animals like penguins.
  • Anpanman museum located in Minato Mirai 21 area. You can go there from Minatomirai line "Shintakashima" station or Yokohama subway line "Takashimacho" station. (Anpanman is an animation character from TV.) Children can play with many tools and of course Anpanman. You can buy real anpan and many goods in the gift shop.
  • Zoo Nogeyama Noge area, and 15 min from JR Sakuragi-cho Stn or Yokohama subway line on foot or you can use a city bus from Sakuragi-cho Stn. There are 100 kinds of animals in it including reptiles, birds, and mammals, and there is a petting zoo for small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice. 9 AM-4:30 PM. Free.
  • ROUND 1 (ラウンドワン)This is an amusement park. You can bowl, sing Karaoke, and play billiards and darts in here. M-F 10 AM-5 AM, Sa 9 AM- 5 AM, Su 8 AM-5 AM. 15 min on foot from Yokohama Stn (west gate).
  • Nissan Water Park Shin-Yokohama. 12 min walk from Shin-Yokohama Stn, and 7 min walk from Kozukue Stn. This is an indoor pool inside Nissan Stadium. It has two parts; the indoor pool and the indoor hot-water pool. Even if you don't have enough swimming things, you can borrow swimwears, swimcaps, goggles, floats, and towels Nissan Water Park is located indoor and you can borrow anything, so you can enjoy swimming and being relaxed at any time in any kinds of weather all year. M-Sa 9 AM-9 PM, Su 9 AM-5 PM (& holidays). 
  • Yokohama National Pool Tuzuki-ku, Kitayamada 7-3-1 +81 045-592-0453. Swimming pools and gyms. They are used in global games and personal users.
  • Hiyoshi park --- Kouhoku-ku, Hiyoshi 2-31. There is a fountain, playground equipment, and a big grass square. There are many beautiful Japanese apricot trees in spring. Its flowers are white and pink. You can enjoy ball games there too.

What to eat and drink in Yokohama, Japan


  • Shitateya (仕立屋), (1 min from Futamatagawa Stn). Tiny local seafood eatery. Try the deep-fried oysters (kaki furai).
  • Le Sucre (ル・シュクル), Nokendai 1-9 (8 min from Nokendai Stn). Pseudo-French bakery well known for its cheesecakes. 
  • Azteca (アステカ), (next to Nokendai Stn). 10 AM-10 PM. Curry, coffee, and cakes. Live music on Saturday nights.
  • Italian Bar BASIL (バジル), Castle Sakuragi 1F, Noge-cho 2-81, Naka-ku (5 min walk from Sakuragicho Stn Noge exit; across from the Cheruru Shopping Center). Though a stand-bar by nature, a great place to take in a nicely paced meal if you can get a seat! Lots of choices at reasonable prices (izakaya-style portions) but focuses on a few ingredients, making for a refreshing take on the all-too-common Italian fare in Japan. Recommendations: any antipasto and risotto, complemented with sangria or wine of the day.
  • Kua'Aina, (2 locations: 4F Bay Quarter Shopping Center (Yokohama Stn E Exit) and Akarenga Shopping Center (5 min walk from Bashamichi Stn)). Hawaiian-style burgers! If you're craving something a step above McDonald's or Wendy's, this is the place. Big menu with both standard and gourmet burgers, as well as some American-style sandwiches. 
  • Tori Dori (鳥どり), Kanzaki Building 1F, Noge-cho 2-59, Naka-ku (Down the street from the Cheruru Shopping Center). Cheap and good yakitori and other izakaya fares, as well as reasonably priced drink specials on weeknights and all-you-can-drink available for 4 or more people (a rarity for yakitori restaurants). No English menu, however knowledge of yakitori lingo should suffice. 
  • Shabu-Shabu Buffet Syabu-Yo (しゃぶしゃぶブッフェ しゃぶ葉) 1F World Porters Shopping Center (Minato Mirai area). While most all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu restaurants will typically serve pork. Vegetables, desserts, and a full range of drinks are set out buffet-style while staff keeps the meat coming. Has a very Japanese atmosphere (music, decor) without being over-the-top, perfect for value-seeking tourists!
  • Tinun (ティーヌン) 6F Cial (Yokohama Station West Exit). A classier version of the local Thai restaurant chain, but with the same reasonable prices. Stir-fried noodles are a must.
  • Edaminami Parisienne, Edaminami 5-7-3, Tsuzuki-ku. +81 045-941-7106, Bakery shop famous for its curry doughnuts. 9 AM-7 PM daily.
  • Yokohama Kurikoan (横浜くりこ庵). Famous for their version of taiyaki, a Japanese pastry usually made with red bean paste, but here they use chestnut paste (kuriko-an) instead.
  • Meiji-Santeore (明治サンテオレ), +81 045-785-1534. There are famous for "coroquette burger," using potato inside instead of beef. Major Leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka ate here in his school days. 
  • Bunnosuke Chaya(文の助茶屋). Cubic Plaza Shinyokohama 10F, located beside Shinyokohama Stn. The main shop is located in Kyoto. This is the only shop in Kanto area. You can enjoy the Kyoto sweets even in Yokohama! There are many kinds of Kyoto sweets menu. Also, there are some light meals like soba. Especially, its warabi-mochi (わらび餅) (bracken-starch dumpling) is wonderful. As putting it in your mouth, it melts away with a rich flavor of soybean flour. It has a moderate sweet taste, so everyone regardless of age or sex can enjoy it. 11 AM-8 PM.
  • Konaraku (こな楽),045-942-2626, 4-7 Omaru, Tsuduki-ku. It is about 10 min from Center-Minami Stn. You can eat a special Japanese pancake, okonomiyaki. You can eat unique food, like monjayaki.
  • Rasuta (らすた), Kouhoku-ku, Hiyoshihon-cho 1-5-41, 3 min from Hiyoshi Stn. +81 045-565-1608, 11:30 AM-1:30 AM. Chinese noodle (ra-men ラーメン) restaurant. Thick noodle and delicious tonkotsu (とんこつ) soup. 
  • Linden Baum(リンデンバウム), Kouhoku-ku, Shimoda-cho 4-7-5, 15 min from Hiyoshi Stn by bus, +81 045-562-3928, 9:30 AM-8 PM. It is famous for sweet baumkuchens, cakes, and especially roll cakes.
  • Maruya(マルヤ), Kokuhoku-ku, Hiyoshihon-cho 1-19-2, 1 min from Hiyoshi Stn, +81 045-563-8108, 7:30 AM-6 PM, closed M. Foods: Futomaki s a thick sushi roll with eggs, cucumber, kanpyo (かんぴょう dried gourd shavings), and so on. Inari-zushi (いなり寿司), it is a kind of sushi wrapping with abura-age (油揚げ deep-fried bean curd). sweets: Dango (だんご), these are dumplings with bean paste, kinako (soybean flour), and so on. Strawberry daifuku (イチゴ大福 ), it is a soft rice cake stuffed with bean jam and a strawberry. Some workers buy food for their lunch or breakfast before going to their office. If you pass the front of Maruya early morning, you can feel the nice smell of cooking rice.
  • For Chinese food, head to Chinatown (中華街 Chūkagai), which has over 200 Chinese restaurants. Snacks are sold on the streets, but most restaurants in the area are quite expensive and the food has been toned down to suit the Japanese palate. One of the most popular foods in Chinatown is Nikuman (肉まん nikuman), or bread filled with pork and vegetables, which are sold by dozens of stores and vendors. Chinatown is the terminus of the Minato Mirai 21 line.
  • Yokohama Daihanten (横浜大飯店), 154 Yamashitachou Naka-ku, 6 min from Ishikawachou Stn and 10 min from Motomachi Cyukagai Stn, +81 045-641-0001, 11 AM-9:30 PM (until 8:10 PM/last order 8:50 PM), stand 10 AM-9:30 PM. It is all you can eat style Chinese food spot with no time limit. You can eat food after your orders so you can eat freshly cooked food. It has 4 floors, B1 to 3F. 
  • Shinyokohama Ramen Museum (新横浜ラーメン博物館 Shin-Yokohama rāmen hakubutsukan). Shin-Yokohama 2-14-21. Paradise for noodle lovers, but not just because of the (Japanese-only) exhibits of the history of instant ramen noodles: the centerpiece here is the basement, which contains a recreation of 1950s-era Tokyo done in incredible detail, complete with operating branches of 10 famous ramen joints. Expect to queue, but if you really love your noodles, it's worth it. 5 min walk from Shin-Yokohama Stn (on the #1 subway line). 11 AM-11 PM daily.
  • Chano-ma, in Aka-renga park in Minato-Mirai. There is a large floor about 60 cm up where you can lie down with blankets and some pillows like a living room.
  • Tachibana is located near Higashihakuraku station in Kanagawa ward in Yokohama city. Wanko-soba restaurant, which is Japanese noodles served in small bowls to have an eating competition at the restaurant.
  • Manchin-Ro is located near Yoshimoto Baby Aquarium. It is best to take the Keihin Tohoku Line and get off at the Ishikawa Stn, 5 min walk. It not only supplies delicious food but is also really very cheap. During lunch time it is run as a kind of self-service restaurant, but you do not need to get food by yourself. You can just order the food you want from the menu, and they will serve you the finished product.
  • Daidai-ya(橙家). Queen's Square 'at!'2nd 4F-5F, 1 min from Minato-Mirai Stn +81 045-228-5035. This restaurant serves creative dishes, mixing Japanese and Western foods. In addition to the tasty dishes and drinks, the view is very beautiful at night. You can see the illumination of Cosmo World. Especially, Cosmo Clock(a Ferris wheel) is wonderful. By the window, there are some seats for couples. So, this place is good for dates! Reservations are recommended for these seats. Su-Th 11 AM-13 PM, 5 PM-11 PM, F Sa 5 PM-11 PM.
  • The Landmark Tower has Japanese, Chinese and French restaurants on the 68th floor, where you can enjoy excellent food and unparalleled views of Yokohama and Tokyo. But the luxury doesn't come cheap.
  • Seryna (瀬里奈) Between Kannai and Bashamichi Stations, in front of Golds Gym. Steaks served Japanese teppanyaki-style but set inside a turn-of-the-century Western atmosphere. Sweeping views of Bashamichi's historic buildings and MM21. 


  • GIMME!GIMME!GIMME!, 1-45 Noge-cho, Naka-ku,231-0064. Even around Sakuragi-cho, one of Japan’s most expensive areas, a “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” has appeared with a low-priced menu. Each bar has its own character in Yokohama, especially in the downtown area in Sakuragi-cho that is called “Noge”. But, without a doubt, the best part of “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” is its affordable price.
  • Summer brings the beer gardens: both Luminè Department Store (near Yokohama Stn) and the Star Hotel sport the rooftop variety, or there's a real garden next to Yamate Jubankan.
  • Benny's Place, Ishikawacho 1-25 Mitsubo Bldg 2F, +81 045-671-0818 (just off the big intersection in Motomachi). American-style sports bar complete with baseball memorabilia, cable TV, darts, and a friendly owner who'll gladly tell you about his days in the U.S. Navy at "Yah-kohska". And the biggest hamburgers served this side of the Pacific.
  • Downbeat, Miyamoto Bldg 2F 1-43 Hanabusacho, Naku-ku 231-0052 Sakuragicho. Another jazz bar, but this one features an extensive record collection, a "record menu" and a foreigner-friendly staff. Request a song out of the menu and the owner will put it in the queue.
  • HOGS HEAD, Naka-ku Tokiwa-cho 6-77, No 2 Hiyoshi Bldg 1F (中区常盤町6-77第2日吉ビル1F), +81 045 641-4746. If you like the Windjammer, you will like this Irish/American-themed bar too. Very Japanese, they tried it to perfection. The pub is trying hard to look as Irish/American as can be and is doing a very good job. The bartenders know over 200 cocktails. Basic food, pasta, pizza, and snacks are also available. Unique about the bar is its size, which can be classed as rather large in the area of Bashamichi, Kannai, where small, tiny sized bars are common. There is no live band, but the music jamming out of the speaker systems throughout the bar is Jazz and the bar itself is very quiet and the emphasis is placed on enjoying your drink. Reservations for large groups.
  • LOGOS, Ishikawacho 4-168 Sekiuti Real Estate Building 2, B1F. One of Yokohama's hottest, and oldest, hip-hop clubs. DJ's spinning R&B, reggae, and hip-hop. Special events throughout the month. 
  • Oriental Café, 2-16-4 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, is a small-sized diner which plays continuously house music and the interior décor is in line with the music it plays. For an easy night out and on a budget, rather attractive with its unique décor, its simple menu and a plain but basic selection of beers, cocktails, and wines. +81 045 311-4640. Access, Yokohama Stn, 10-15 min walk along the Shintama River, diagonally across the “Hamabowl” Bowling hall.
  • Palm Bar And Cafe (Digital Bar), (Hodogaya Eki East Gate, 4 min from Yokohama Stn on the Yokosuka Line), +81 045-712-0227. M-Sa 7 PM-2 AM. A small trendy bar with a full array of top-shelf liquors and daily drink specials makes it an inexpensive watering hole. English music selections with a large screen TV plus free internet makes it a great place to relax after work.  
  • The Tavern, 2-14 Minami Saiwai cho, Nishi Ku (From Yokohama Stn, head left until you come to Daiei supermarket/Tokyu Hands department store - it's under McDonald's), +81 045 322-9727. This, the first British pub/restaurant in Yokohama has been open over 20 years and is the regular watering-hole for expats and foreign business travelers who come back to Yokohama regularly. About 70% of the clientele is Japanese, and is single-lady friendly! When you enter, it's like walking into a pub in England, and the large selection of food and imported draught beers help keep one of the busiest night-spots in central Yokohama. Fish & chips is highly recommended. 
  • Windjammer, Toraku Bldg 1F, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, +81 045-662 3966. A classy jazz bar on the edges of Chinatown run by an American expat who loves to put on a show for his customers. Bands play downstairs most nights and there's a large screen for those on the second floor showing the action below. The decor is decadent and there's a chocolate fountain with fruit for dipping. Su-Th 5:30 PM-1 AM, F Sa 6 PM-2 AM.

Shopping in Yokohama, Japan

Minato Mirai 21 (みなとみらい21) is a futuristic city district built entirely on reclaimed land. Accessible primarily through Minato Mirai Stn (みなとみらい駅), but also frequently accessed via Sakuragicho Stn (桜木町駅). Lots of shopping options spread out within it, including:
  • Landmark Plaza / Queen's Square. Giant complex starting from within the Landmark Tower, through to the Pan Pacific Hotel. If you like high-end shopping, then this is the place to check out. Also home to one of the five Pokémon Centers in Japan, wildly popular with kids.
  • Pacifico Yokohama (パシフィコ横浜). Cafes, restaurants, shops, and a hotel. Sometimes concerts are held here.
  • Yokohama Jackmall / Gento (横浜ジャックモール・ゲント) Right outside Shin-Takashima Station (新高島駅). Two connected open-air malls, small but growing. Family oriented big-box retailers, game centers, movie theater.
  • Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse "Aka Renga Souko" (横浜赤レンガ倉庫) at the fringe of the MM21 area near Bashamichi Station (馬車道駅). Historic port building dating to 1907, recently restored and now home to many boutiques, fashionista or otherwise.
  • Yokohama World Porters (横浜ワールドポーターズ) near Cosmo World and Bashamichi Station (馬車道駅). Many shops and restaurants, slightly less expensive shopping mall experience perhaps catering to the tweens, teens, and twenty-somethings you see walking around.
Yokohama Station Area (横浜駅前)
  • Diamond Underground Shopping Arcade (ダイアモンド地下街) This maze-like shopping arcade is located at the west exit of Yokohama station. There are some restaurants, supermarkets, boutiques, bookstores and so on in here. These shops are inexpensive. But depending on shops, this arcade can be a little complicated; so take care and "Don't lose your way".
  • Kiyouken (崎陽軒) is the most famous shop of shuumai (焼売)"Chinese steam meat dumpling". This is a good souvenir and not so expensive. You can get central gate (中央口)of Yokohama station(between Keihinkyukou line and keihintohoku line).
  • Yodobashi Yokohama (ヨドバシ横浜) West Exit. Forget Akihabara, this gigantic "denki-ya-san" branch is more than suffice for all your electronics needs. Also has a selection of duty-free items. Be sure to sign up for a point card; you'll receive a percentage in points depending on the purchase (usually 13%), which can then be applied same as cash on future purchases at any Yodobashi nationwide.
  • Yokohama Bay Quarter (横浜ベイクォーター) 7-min walk from East Exit, across the river from Sogo, steps away from Sea Bus stop. Up-market stores set in a pet-friendly, open-air and often breezy atmosphere with great views of the waterfront! Food options are on the gourmet side.
  • Yokohama Vivre (横浜ビブレ) West Exit. Japanese fashion at its best (or worst, depending on your take) for 20- and 30-somethings. Think of Shibuya 109 and Parco. There are food courts at GFloor.
  • Motomachi (元町) is a small but fashionable shopping district located near Chinatown. Get off at Minato Mirai line "Motomachi-Chinatown" station or JR line "Ishikawacho" station.
  • Mitsui Outlet Park (三井アウトレットパーク) is an outlet shopping mall located in Kanazawahakkei bay area. You get off at seaside line "Torihama" Stn. It looks like a small bayside town. There are about 220 shops. For example, Adidas, Nike, COACH, EDWIN and many other popular brands.
  • Lalaport Yokohama (ららぽーと横浜) is a big shopping mall in Kamoi. You get off at Yokohama line "Kamoi". There are about 370 shops, cinemas, and restaurants.
  • Isezaki Mall Shopping Street (イセザキモール) Accessible via Kannai Station (関内駅). Great for the adventurous few who don't want to break the bank shopping at Minato Mirai. Anchored by Matsuzakaya department store, with countless mom and pop stores dotting the area. Lively by day, but be wary at night as the area tends to get a bit seedy.
  • Cubic Plaza Shin-yokohama(キュービックプラザ新横浜) 045-478-2722 This is a station building at Shin-yokohama Station. There are many types of shops in it. There are 25 restaurants and 9 cafes, and other shops. For example, many shops for clothes, shoes, accessories, and bags. Also, a bookstore, some household goods stores, even a beauty-treatment clinic are here. Of course, you can just go shopping or have meals anytime, but it is convenient for passengers for Shinkansen to buy lunchboxes or souvenirs quickly.
  • Minato Mirai 109(みなとみらい109. This is a building which has Japanese fashionable things. Just imagine a little Shibuya 109. Also, Starbucks is in here.  
  • Colette・Mare(コレットマーレ. This is a big mall which opened in March 2010. Many shops, restaurants, bars, theater, lifestyle things and etc. are in. It takes only a minute to go here from Sakuragicho Stn of JR line. 
Other (その他)
Shiba Fishing Port (柴漁港 Shiba Gyoko), (3 min from Umi-no-koen Shibaguchi Stn, Kanazawa Seaside Line). Fishing port where the catch from Tokyo Bay and nearby is landed, with local specialties including conger (anago), lobster (ise-ebi) and sea bass (tai). 1:30 PM onwards on Sundays and public holidays only. 

Safety in Yokohama, Japan

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, with crime rates significantly lower than that of most Western countries.

Street crime is extremely rare, even for single female travelers late at night. That being said, little crime does not mean no crime and it is still no excuse to ditch your common sense. Women traveling alone should take care as they would in their home countries and never hitchhike alone.

Pickpocketing does sometimes happen: if you take your usual precautions in crowded places, you should be fine. 

The infamous yakuza (ヤクザ, also known as 極道 gokudō), the Japanese gangsters, may have earned a partly undeserved reputation of being a bunch of violent, psychopathic criminals due to their portrayal in various films. However, in reality, they almost never target people not already involved in organized crime. Don't bother them and they will not bother you.

Police boxes (交番 kōban) can be found on every other street corner. The police are generally helpful (although they rarely speak English), so ask if you get lost or have any trouble. They usually have a detailed map of the area around showing not only the difficult-to-understand numbering system but also the names of office or public buildings or other places that help to find your way.

Also, if you carry travel insurance, report any thefts or lost items at the kōban. They have forms in English and Japanese, often referred to as the "Blue Form". For lost items, even cash, filling out this form is not wasted effort, as Japanese people will very often take lost items, even a wallet full of cash, to the kōban. If you happen to find such an item, take it to the kōban. If the item is not claimed within six months, it is yours. If it is claimed, you may be due a reward of 5-15%.

Japan has two emergency numbers. To call the police in an emergency, dial 110 (百十番 hyakutoban). To call for an ambulance or fire truck, dial 119 (a reversal of the US 911). In Tokyo, the police have an English helpline (03-3501-0110), available Monday through Friday except on holidays from 08:30 to 17:15.

Language spoken in Yokohama, Japan

Japanese is the main language. English is widely spoken in tourist places. 


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