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Two days in Yokohama allow you time to thoroughly explore its port area—with its sparkling skyscrapers and cosmopolitan vibe—and the rest of the city center, as well as visit some museums and get a taste of its food scene. Here’s how to spend two days in Japan’s second-biggest city.
Day 1: Explore the City
**Morning:**Check off Yokohama’s major sights, as well as hidden gems missed by many visitors, with a private walking tour led by a local guide. These tours typically can be customized to suit your own interests and pace. Alternatively, spend the day touring the city by chartered vehicle.
**Afternoon:**Having worked up an appetite, indulge in one or two of the country’s best bowls of ramen at the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. Nine renowned ramen restaurants, hand-picked from all around Japan, serve up steaming bowls of ramen in this retro-themed replica of a 1958 downtown district, called “shitamachi.”
**Night:**See the city from a different perspective. Enjoy the spectacular sight of Yokohama’s skyscrapers lit up at night by taking a helicopter tour, departing from Minato Mirai Heliport. Or, see the futuristic cityscape by boat on a tour of the port area and Kawasaki factory zone.
Day 2: Delve Deeper into Local Culture
**Morning:**Fill up your belly with good food for the day ahead at Yokohama’s Chinatown, home to some of the best eating in the city. It’s the largest Chinatown in Japan, so join a morning food tour of the area to make the most of your visit.
**Afternoon:**Spend your afternoon exploring some of Yokohama’s many museums. The Yokohama Museum of Art hosts an array of exhibitions, from modern Western art to contemporary Japanese. If you’d rather continue the foodie theme, head for the quirky Cup Noodle Museum, dedicated to instant ramen.
**Night:**Conclude your visit to Yokohama with an evening tour that takes you to the best viewpoints in the city via a water bus. After soaking up Yokohama's nighttime views, these tours typically continue to an izakaya, or traditional-style pub, to enjoy local cuisine.