Japan’s second-largest city, and one of the country’s most important ports, Yokohama makes an easy day trip from Tokyo—just 30 minutes away by train. With a breezy bayfront, rich history, and delicious food scene, you’ll find plenty to appeal. Here’s how to make the most of one day in Yokohama.
Morning: See the Sights
Often, the best way of getting to know a new city is through the eyes of a local. Kick off your day in Yokohama by embarking on a private walking tour led by a passionate resident who can customize a tour just for you. Discover hidden gems you might otherwise miss, and get local tips for the best places to eat and for further exploration. Alternatively, focus your tour on a specific interest, such as architecture. Such tours typically visit the Minato Mirai development, the Three Towers, and the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall.
Afternoon: Dive into the Food Scene
Yokohama is known as a food town, so come hungry. Yokohama Chinatown, in the center of the city, claims the title as the biggest in Japan so you can easily spend an afternoon strolling the streets, dipping in and out of eateries and grabbing bites to eat from vendors selling their wares. Another treat for foodies is the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. Nine renowned ramen restaurants from all around Japan were hand-picked to set up shop in this retro-style replica of a 1958 downtown district (shitamachi), so you can be sure that you are eating some of the country’s best ramen here.
Night: See the City Lit Up at Night
See the city from land, from the sea, or from the air. Visit Yokohama’s Minato Mirai district at night, when the skyscrapers light up and shimmer in the dark. Get a bird’s eye view of the urban landscape by embarking on a helicopter tour after dark, typically departing from the Minato Mirai Heliport. Or, see this futuristic cityscape by boat on a tour of the port area and Kawasaki factory zone. If you’d rather keep your feet on solid ground, end your day with a stroll around Minato Mirai, taking in the glittering lights, restaurants, and bars.