30 Things to Do in Yokohama, Tokyo’s Relaxed and Stylish Neighbouring City

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  • Yokohama is the second biggest city in Japan after Tokyo and is just 30 minutes by train from the capital. This spacious and stylish city has a relaxed and fun vibe and is home to a small theme park and the famous Chinatown. If you’re staying in Tokyo, Yokohama is a great choice to visit for a day. Check out these 30 things to do in Yokohama for a cool and fun-filled trip!

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    1. Rent a Go-Kart and Ride Around the City

    What better way to explore a city than to ride a go-kart around it in silly costumes? This activity offers the exciting chance to rent a go-kart and explore Yokohama. You’ll visit places such as Minato Mirai, Chinatown, and the famous tower landmark. Please keep in mind you must have a Japanese driver’s license or an international driver’s license to take part in this activity.

    Booking details: Rent a Go-Kart and ride around Yokohama Kanagawa!

    2. Try Karate

    Ever wanted to try karate in a real dojo? In Yokohama, you can learn some real karate basics including self-defense practice and some practice with weapons. There will also be a question and answer session afterwards. All levels are welcome, even if you’ve never done karate before! Try something new during your trip to Yokohama.

    Booking details: Practice karate in a trial course in Tokyo/Yokohama

    3. Ride a Helicopter Over Yokohama Bay

    Yokohama is well-known for its bay, and at night, it’s beautifully lit up with lights. Why not take an exciting helicopter ride to experience this breathtaking view from the sky? Check out the link below for further details!

    Booking details: Night cruising over Yokohama Bay with a helicopter!

    4. Visit All of Yokohama’s Famous Sites in One Day

    There is a lot to do in this city, so if it’s your first time, why not consider taking a guided tour? In one day, you can walk around Yokohama’s seaside area, one of the most beautiful in Japan, see the nearby garden, check out Chinatown, visit Yamate Hill, and more! Of course, you can do all of this by yourself, but consider taking a tour so you can do it hassle-free.

    Booking details: Visit all of Yokohama’s famous sites in a day tour!

    5. Enjoy a Relaxing Cruise under the Night Sky

    Spending a night in Yokohama means being able to see the beautiful city when it is lit up at night. Take advantage of the chance to see the bay from a boat! This short cruise is available all year round and is ideal for couples who want to spend a romantic evening together. Sip on a cocktail or soft drink and enjoy seeing Yokohama’s beautiful sights from a boat.

    Booking details: Enjoy a Relaxing Cruise under the Night Sky

    6. Have a Cruise with a Multi-Course Chinese Dinner

    If you like the idea of cruising at Yokohama Bay, there is also an option to feast on a delicious Chinese multi-course meal while taking in the sparkling night view of the city. Enjoy many courses of authentic food, including a decorated cake if you’re going to be there for a special occasion. Book a luxurious evening with your loved one!

    Booking details: Cruise with an Authentic Chinese Diner Buffet in Yokohama!

    7. Visit an Onsen Theme Park

    Those interested in Japanese hot spring culture will not want to miss this activity. Experience five kinds of hot springs (all found in the same building), including a cyprus bath with its multiple health benefits and a relaxing footbath while looking at the night sky.

    You can borrow and wear a yukata robe during this activity for added authenticity. Get some stress relief and experience Japanese bath culture in the heart of Yokohama or Tokyo.

    Booking details: Visit an Onsen Theme Park in Machida/Yokohama

    8. Take a Lesson in Japanese Ceramics

    If you’re interested in art and ceramics, try this class in Yokohama! Make your own original cup guided by a kind teacher and take your masterpiece home if you wish. This includes plugging clay, making the foundation, shaping the clay and polishing the surface. This 90-minute class could be a memorable addition to your journey.

    Booking details: Take a Japanese ceramics lesson in Yokohama

    9. Try an Exciting Flight Simulation

    Are you or anyone you are travelling with crazy about planes? In this unusual activity, you can experience an exciting plane simulation! Experience a realistic take-off and landing from a reproduced cockpit of an AirBus A320 and be a pilot for a day!

    You can choose between three different plans of various types and lengths and you will also receive some information about the simulation. A children’s version is also available for ages 7 to 12.

    Booking details: Be a Pilot for a Day and Enjoy Flight Simulation in Yokohama

    10. Explore Yokohama and have a Yakitori Dinner

    On this fun tour, you can ride in an electric car from the Nissan Global Gallery and then take a night cruise! After that, you’ll head to a bar that sells “yakitori”, or skewered meat, which is a delicious and popular pub dish. This is an afternoon tour and your meal will be in the evening. Beer goes very well with yakitori, so be sure to order some on this fun evening out!

    Booking details: Explore Yokohama and have a Yakitori dinner

    11. Try Different Kinds of Ramen Noodles

    Did you know that Yokohama is home to the Cup Noodle Museum and the Ramen Museum? Why not try different kinds of noodles on this exciting food tour? Visit the Cup Noodle Museum, the Ramen Museum, and Chinatown to sample different kinds of noodles and discover your favourite flavour! This is ideal for those who would like to explore Japanese cuisine. Don’t forget to bring a huge appetite!

    Booking details: Enjoy 3 kinds of ramen noodles in Yokohama

    12. Wear a Kimono-Inspired Dress and Do a Photoshoot

    The kimono is a traditional garment worn by women and it is still worn today at festivals and special events. If you’d like a chance to wear a kimono-style dress and have a photoshoot, this activity is for you! Wear an elegant dress inspired by the kimono and enjoy an 80-picture photoshoot in the location of your choice (choose from three places). Feel like a princess and get some fantastic professional-level pictures!

    Booking details: Wear a Traditional Kimono and Do a Photoshoot in Kanagawa!

    13. Learn How to Cook Japanese Food

    At this activity, you can learn about Japanese cooking in a real Japanese home! Meet up with a local in Tokaichiba near Yokohama and learn what Japanese people typically eat at home. It’s not all ramen noodles and sushi! If there are any particular meals you’d like to eat, you can let the host know in advance so they can prepare it for you. If not, they’ll introduce you to their favourite foods. Learn how to make home-cooked Japanese food and maybe take a recipe to try at home.

    Booking details: Learn How to Cook Basic Japanese Food in Yokohoma

    14. Visit the Harbour Town, Chinatown, and More

    The Harbour Town of Yokohama is one of the most desirable areas for its beauty and garden. Visit this, along with Chinatown and the Cup Noodle Museum, in one fun-filled guided tour. You can also visit the onsen (hot spring) theme park which has beauty salons, baths, and massage treatments. This is perfect for people who have never been to Yokohama before and are on a tight time constraint.

    Booking details: Visit Yokohama’s famous Harbor Town and Chinatown

    15. Explore Minato Mirai and Sankei-en with a Guide

    Explore the famous Red Brick Warehouse in the Minato Mirari district and see the Japanese-style garden, Sankei-en! A guide will tell you a little about the area’s history and point you in the direction of other great places to see. Don’t miss these great spots on your Yokohama adventure.

    Booking details: Yokohama Walk with Guide Interpreter

    16. Take a Shore Excursion to Kamakura and Enoshima

    Are you already staying in Yokohama? Do you have a free day? Book this tour, leaving from Yokohama Port by car, and visit the charming town of Kamakura and Enoshima Island for the day! This is perfect for those who already have plans to spend a few days in Yokohama and would like an excursion to another area. See Kamakura’s giant Buddha statue and its gorgeous temples before heading to the naturally beautiful Enoshima Island to take in the sights.

    Booking details: Shore excursion from Yokohama Port to Kamakura/Enoshima

    17. Explore Yokohama Chinatown

    Yokohama Chinatown is one of the biggest Chinatowns outside of China, and is well worth an afternoon to walk around and sample the wonderful food! It is located next to Motomachi-Chukagai Station and is operational from around 7 am until late into the evening.

    You can eat some street food such as dumplings and stick food, enjoy an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, buy some cute Chinese souvenirs, and just take in the sights and smells of this unique area!

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    18. Visit this Relaxing Jazz Bar

    Yokohama, and Japan in general, has a great Jazz scene. You can find many small and cozy jazz bars if you head to areas such as Asagaya and Koenji in Tokyo, but Yokohama also has its fair share!

    Head to Chigusa, an established and relaxing jazz bar in Nogo-cho, Yokohama. It opened in 1933 and you can find out about its history there. It features both experimental and classical jazz groups, a request menu, and some great old pictures on the walls. Pay a visit to this relaxing and popular venue!

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    19. View the Yokohama Skyline on Cosmo Clock 21

    For some great views of Yokohama, head to Cosmoworld which is home to Cosmo Clock 21, a giant ferris wheel in the heart of the city!

    It was the tallest ferris wheel in the world when it first opened in 1989, and takes 15 minutes for a full rotation. Cosmoworld itself is a free admission park, and you pay for each ride. The ferris wheel costs 700 yen per person, and is well worth it for the fantastic experience!

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    20. Have Fun at a Reptile Cafe

    At Yokohama Subtropical Teahouse, you can pet some snakes and other reptile creatures while enjoying a tea or coffee! It really is a once in a lifetime experience here, and something very quintessential of Japan!

    The animals here are kept safely and treated well, and petting the reptiles is carefully carried out so as not to cause harm. It is situated close to Hinodecho Station and is well worth a visit!

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    21. Check out the Pokemon Center

    If you are a fan of Pokemon, you’ll surely want to take a trip to Yokohama Pokemon Center, which is centrally located inside the Yokohama Landmark Plaza.

    Here you can browse the latest game cards, stationery, figurines, t-shirts, snacks, and Pokemon cup noodles! You can also head to the gaming room where you can take part in a Pokemon battle! Also, if you visit during your birthday month, bring along some proof of your birth date and you can receive a free gift from the center!

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    22. Visit Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

    Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is a popular amusement park which is home to an aquarium, a hotel, a shopping mall, and a theme park area. It is particularly good for families and young children! The convenient thing about this park is it is free to get in, so you just pay for the amusements or activities you want to see or do. It’s a great place to spend a day and amuse the whole family.

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    23. Enjoy Impressive Views at Yokohama Landmark Tower

    For some great views right in the center of the city, head to the Yokohama Landmark Tower, which features an amazing skygarden on the 69th floor which boasts impressive night views and space to relax.

    This tower is the second tallest building in Japan as of 2017 and is home to shops, clinics, restaurants, a five-star hotel, and entertainment. Take a trip!

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    24. Discover Nature at Orbi Yokohama

    This interactive nature educational venue is a great place for children and families but would also be a good day out for anyone interested in nature and natural history. It features many exhibitions and you can learn about sea life, wildlife, the natural world, and technology.

    You can easily spend a few hours here and can pet some animals, watch educational films in English, and amuse the kids all afternoon!

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    25. Step Back into History at Yamate Foreign District

    If you want to go somewhere a bit different, head to the Yamate area of Yokohama which is known for its dated foreign-style houses, churches, and streets. You may feel like you have stepped back in time to Victorian England!

    This area became a hub for international trading 150 years ago, and was known for selling imported goods from the west. Nowadays it is a peaceful and relaxing area with boutique stores and unique independent shops!

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    26. Take a Tour of Kirin Yokohama Beer Village

    Kirin Yokohama Beer Village offers amazing free tours of their factory and grounds to visitors. This tour takes you around the factory and you can see the full production and packaging process of the beer.

    It also includes free beer tasting! You get to try three different beers for free to sample a variety of flavors. If you are a beer lover, definitely try to pay a visit to this place! It is located a seven-minute walk from Namamugi Station.

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    27. Visit the Yokohama History Museum

    For history buffs, the Yokohama History Museum is an interesting place to find out about the history of Yokohama. It stretches all the way back to the prehistoric age and continues into modern history.

    The museum features interactive activities and you can take part of craft events. You can spend a few hours learning about the history of the area in this well-organized museum!

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    28. Discover Yokohama Nogeyama Zoo

    For animal lovers, the popular Yokohama Nogeyama Zoo is a great day out! It is a free zoo located in Nogeyama Park, and it houses more than 100 different animal species. Some animals include bears, zebras, giraffes, and beautiful red pandas! It’s great for the family and has plenty of facilities for children to enjoy.

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    29. Relax at Yamashita Park

    Yamashita Park is a gorgeous park stretching like a prmonade on the sea front. It is situated a five-minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station and close to Chinatown. Visitors can stroll around the garden grounds, admire the ocean views, and walk through the many flower gardens dotted around. It is a relaxing place with many people and some nice restaurants close by!

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    30. Shop at Motomachi Shopping Street

    If you fancy a taste of continental Europe, head to Motomachi Shopping Street. Here you will find several fashion shops and buildings with European classic architecture. The streets are also European-style, and you will see a few French-style bakeries scattered around.

    This enchanting street is a three-minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station and is well worth a visit for its lovely architecture and relaxing atmosphere.

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    With these great things to do in Yokohama, you definitely won’t be bored in Japan’s second largest city! This spacious and beautiful town is well worth a visit, so why not take a day trip from Tokyo or perhaps spend a night or two there? You won’t be disappointed with its cleanliness and urban charm. If you’re staying in Tokyo, don’t forget to book the handy shuttle service which takes you from certain hotels to Yokohama Port. Have a great time in the cool and unforgettable Yokohama!

    Would you like to stay in Yokohama? Check out all the hotels in the area here!