Have an extra day in Tokyo, Japan and need an idea of what to do? Consider stopping by Yokohama as the perfect day trip from Tokyo.
After visiting Tokyo many times, we wanted to find a change of pace and Yokohama fit the criteria. As the second-largest city in Japan and an important port area, it’s not as frenetic as Tokyo and still offers incredible sightseeing activities.
With this Yokohama itinerary, we’re sharing the best things to do on your Yokohama day trip including the must-see attractions that are great for all ages, how to get to there, how to get around the city, and some accommodations options for an overnight stay. We encountered rain all day during our visit so we found many indoor activities that were within walking distance to each other. Feel free to this post as a guide and customize it based on your interest.
Now let’s see what Yokohama has to offer in one day!
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How to Get to Yokohama from Tokyo
You’re most likely already in Tokyo to take this Yokohama day trip. The easiest way to travel from Tokyo to Yokohama is to take the train.
Depending on where you’re staying in Tokyo, use Google Maps to plan your train route and departure time. It provides up to date information on how to get to Yokohama.
An example of the train route is from the Shinjuku Station (新宿駅) to Yokohama Station (横浜駅). There are two lines you can take:
- The direct route is via the JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line which will be the fastest at 35 minutes.
- Another way is to take two lines from Shinjuku to Shinagawa Station (品川駅) via JR Yamanote Line and then transfer from Shinagawa to Yokohama Station via JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. This route is longer and will take 55 minutes.
If you have the Japan Rail (JR) pass, both of these routes will accept the pass. The JR pass makes travel very easy as you don’t need to buy extra tickets for any JR line. It’s also worthwhile to have if you’re traveling to other parts of Japan, such as Kyoto, Osaka, etc.
We purchased our JR pass through Klook and easily exhanged our vouchers to get the physical JR passes.
How to Travel Around Yokohama
To accomplish our Yokohama one day itinerary, we used a combination of taking the train and walking. It’s a walkable city so ensure that you have some good walking shoes. Buses are available but we didn’t get a chance to use them. For more information on the bus options, click here.
Top Things to Do in Yokohama For Your Day Trip
1. Learn about the history of ramen at Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum.
Hello ramen! If you’re a fan of ramen, then Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum (新横浜ラーメン博物館) place is for you! The museum opened in 1994 as a way to promote ramen and the opportunity for people to try famous ramen shops in one location. This concept was innovative at the time as the Internet was in its infancy and social media didn’t exist yet. As one of the best places to visit in Yokohama, this museum is a popular tourist attraction.
It has everything about ramen that you can imagine. The first level has the history of ramen (which originated from China), a gift shop, a cooking class area to make noodles and a basement level where you can eat ramen and other Japanese snack foods.
How to start your ramen journey? It depends on how hungry you are. If you arrive around lunch or dinner time, we recommend that you go straight to the basement level to beat the crowds. The basement level is a photogenic place that has the retro vibe of mid-20th century Tokyo with the neon lights and old facades of candy shops, bars, and restaurants. The alleyways are narrow and has incredible details of how life was like back then with laundry hanging outside, movie posters, and more.
There are 8 ramen shops to choose from which rotate every so often. All the shops are popular in Japan or around the world. One of our favorite tsukemen shops, Ganja, which we had in Kawagoe, was also promoted here in the past.
Check your museum guide to see the offerings and choose your preferred soup base such as chicken (tori paitan), miso, tonkotsu, and more. Vegetarian ramens are available at selected places (look for the green icon on the guide).
Once you’ve decided where to go, order your meal from the ticket machine, and sit inside the restaurant to wait for your noodles. If you want to try all the ramens, there are mini-sized portions. It’s expected that adults and students (junior high and higher) need to each order one bowl during your visit.
Justin tried the limited edition tori paitan ramen at Ryu’s Noodle Bar. Each day there are only 100 bowls made. I had the vegetarian ramen at Komurasaki which is made with a vegetarian soup base and has faux-pork slices. Both were delicious. Remember, slurping loudy is a sign of ramen respect.
To walk off your food coma, head back up to the first level to explore the rest of the gallery.
Address: 2 Chome-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 222-0033, Japan (〒222-0033 神奈川県横浜市港北区新横浜２丁目14-21)
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 9:30pm Monday to Saturday, 10:30am to 9:30pm on Sunday and national holidays
Admission Cost: 380 yen ($3.50 USD) for adults, 100 yen ($.90) for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (60+), and additional cost for eating ramen. Cash only.
How to Get There: Take the train to the JR Shin-Yokohama Station (新横浜駅) and Exit 8. You’ll be there in a couple of minutes.
2. Go shopping at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.
Located in the Yokohama Bay area, the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a great place to shop (or window-shop) and eat. Two warehouses were formerly used for customs shipping before converting to a shopping area in April 2002. The shopping has more boutique types of items such as store with all bunny paraphernalia, wood-inspired accessories, handbags, and more.
There are a few restaurants to try in the middle of Warehouse #2. Tachibanatei is a great choice if you want to try omurice, an omlet over rice. The chocolatey sauce with the omurice is delicious! If you love apple pie, try Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee. We regretfully didn’t try this place as we didn’t have space in our stomachs. This place also offers slices of apple pie to go.
Check out Red Brick Warehouse’s website to see the seasonal events. During our visit, they set up a Christmas Market but it wasn’t ready due to the heavy rain.
Address: 1 Chome-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001, Japan (〒231-0001 神奈川県横浜市中区新港１丁目１)
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 8:00pm
How to Get There: If taking the JR train line, take either the Sakuragicho Station (桜木町駅) or Kannai Station (関内駅) via Negishi Line and walk for 15 minutes.
If taking the Minatomirai train line, take the Bashamichi Station (馬車道駅) or Nihon Odori Station (日本大通り駅) and walk 5-8 minutes or Minatomirai Station (みなとみらい駅) and walk 15 minutes.
3. Visit the neighboring Marine and Walk Yokohama Mall.
We came across the Marine and Walk Mall as we exited the Red Brick Warehouse. It’s a contemporary-looking outdoor mall with boutique shops and a few cafes and restaurants. Although we went on a weekday afternoon, we can imagine this place as the go-to spot for the evenings due to the ambiance and the nice walk along the waterfront. Plus, it’s Instagram-friendly as there are a few places with street art (ie: photo with the wings). Since we went during the Christmas time frame, the area was gorgeous with the Christmas decorations and the lights hanging.
Address: 1 Chome-3-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001, Japan (〒231-0001 神奈川県横浜市中区新港１丁目３−1)
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 8:00pm for stores, 11:00am to 11:00pm for restaurants
How to Get There: It’s a short five-minute walk across from the Red Brick Warehouse.
4. Visit the popular Cup Noodles Museum.
We’re going round two with ramen at the Cup Noodles Museum (カップヌードルミュージアム 横浜). One of the best childhood memories that we had growing up was eating a Cup Noodle as an afternoon snack when returning from school. We have Momofuku Ando to thank for this creation as the inventor of instant chicken ramen and founder of Nissin Food Products.
Cup Noodles Museum is a fun place to visit for all ages. Start your journey by entering a room with three walls covered with Nissin products collected over the years. It’s a photogenic spot so you can easily spend a few minutes here. Afterward, watch a short documentary on Momofuku Ando’s and how he changed the instant ramen industry. Foreigners are given audio players to follow along with the video, available in a few commonly spoken languages. You’ll also read more about the history of ramen (which has some overlap from the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum) and how Nissin entered the space food industry.
For those who want a grander ramen experience, there are several attractions to experience for an additional fee. We highly recommend that you create a personalized Cup Noodle at the My Cup Noodles Factory as a souvenir. You’ll follow the process of ordering a cup for 400 yen / $3.60, sanitizing your hands, decorating the outside with markers, seeing your ramen placed in the cup, picking 4 toppings and seasoning, and watching the lid and cup get sealed. Since your cup noodle may get squashed on your way back home, you can protect it in an inflatable bubble package. The cup noodle inside the inflatable bubble tends to attract attention on the train!
If you need a small snack, head to the Noodles Bazaar to try a mini size bowl of noodles from different countries such as Italy, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, and Kazakhstan. The cost is 400 yen / $3.60 for each bowl of noodles.
Children can also participate by hand-making their Chicken Ramen or learning about the ramen production process through an interactive indoor jungle gym at the Cup Noodles Park.
If you’re not able to make it out to this Cup Noodles Museum, there is another one located in Osaka. The Osaka Ikeda museum doesn’t have an admission fee.
Address: 2 Chome-3-4 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001, Japan (〒231-0001 神奈川県横浜市中区新港２丁目３−4)
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Admission Cost: 500 yen ($4.60 USD) for adults, Free for children (high school students and under) free; Additional cost for other attractions such as making your own Cup Noodles or visiting the Noodles Bazaar. Cash only.
How to Get There: Take the train to Minatomirai Station (みなとみらい駅) or Bashamichi (馬車道駅) Station via the Minatomirai Line and walk for 12 minutes. Or, take it to the Sakuragicho Station (桜木町駅) via the JR line and walk for 20 minutes.
5. Ride Cosmo World’s Cosmo Clock 21.
Cosmo World is an outdoor theme park where you can ride the iconic Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel. With the height of 112.5 meters (369 feet), you can’t miss the Ferris Wheel as you can see it across the water with the Minato Mirai city view. Visiting the Ferris Wheel during the sunset and/or evenings would be a great way to end your Yokohama day trip.
Sadly it rained all day on our visit so we didn’t want to ride the Ferris Wheel. The rest of the theme park looked interesting to explore on a non-rainy day. We will return on a future visit to check it out.
Address: 2 Chome-8-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001, Japan (〒231-0001 神奈川県横浜市中区新港２丁目８−1)
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm (sometimes closes at 11:00pm), Closed on Thursday
Admission Cost: Free to enter but the Cosmo Clock 21 is 800 yen ($7.29 USD).
How to Get There: Take the train to Minatomirai Station (みなとみらい駅) via the Minatomirai Line and walk a few minutes to Cosmo World. It’s also right across from the Cup Noodles Museum.
6. Eat and shop through Chinatown.
Yokohama’s Chinatown (横浜中華街) is considered the largest Chinatown in Japan (the others are in Kobe and Nagasaki) with over 620 stores that have restaurants, souvenirs, shoes, and other retail shops. As with any visit to Chinatown, check out the various gates (there are 8 gates which you can find here) and eat Chinese food. Check out the festivals for seasonal events such as for Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and more.
Unfortunately, we missed out on seeing Chinatown as we were on a ramen quest so we’ll return back in a future visit.
Address: Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023, Japan (〒231-0023 神奈川県横浜市中区山下町)
How to Get There: Take the train to the Motomachi-Chukagai Station (元町・中華街駅) via the Minatomirai Line and walk five minutes or Ishikawacho Station (石川町(元町・中華街)駅) via the JR Negishi Line and walk 10 minutes.
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Where to Stay in Yokohama
Since you’re coming from Tokyo, you’re most likely going to return to Tokyo. Find accommodations and reserve a place in Tokyo here.
For those who are staying overnight in Yokohama, here are some recommended places to visit. You can also find more Yokohama accommodation options and read reviews here.
- Hiromas Hostel – Check out this place if you want an affordable place to stay. Sleeping arrangements are bunk beds in mixed or female-only dorms. Guests enjoy the open lounge area and easy access to the train. Plus, it’s next to the Chinatown area. Prices range between $20-$30 per person per night. Click here to reserve a room at Hiromas Hostel.
- Chillulu Coffee and Hostel – Similarly to Hiromas Hostel, Chillulu offers bunk beds in a mixed dorm room. Guests love the comfortable bed and the cafe on the first floor. Plus, this place is next to Chinatown. Price is $25 per person. Click here to make a reservation at Chillulu Coffee and Hostel.
- Hotel Edit Yokohama – This hotel is a popular choice in the Minato Mirai area. Guests enjoy the clean room with a private bathroom. Plus it’s easy to travel around the city as the train station is only a few minutes away. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant. Prices range between $100-$120 per room per night. Click here to learn more about Hotel Edit and make a reservation.
- Richmond Hotel Yokohama-Bashamichi – If you want a hotel close to Chinatown, then this is the place for you. The rooms are clean and spacious for two guests. While there is an on-site restaurant at the hotel, there are plenty of other restaurants to try. Prices range between $130-$160 per room per night. Click here to read reviews and reserve a room at Richmond Hotel.
- Yokohama Royal Park Hotel – Located above the 52nd floor of the Yokohama Landmark Tower, you’re rewarded with breathtaking views of the city. Guests love the astounding service from the hotel. There are no bad choices with any room that you choose here. Plus, the train stations are five minutes away. There are several restaurants in the hotel. Prices range between $250-$360 per room per night. Click here to make a reservation at Yokohama Royal Park.
- Intercontinental Yokohama Pier 8 – Intercontinental Hotel recently opened and is an ideal place when exploring the Yokohama Bay area. Guests enjoy the large rooms, breakfast, and easy access to the train system. Prices range between $380-$800 per room per night. Click here to read more and make a reservation at Intercontinental.
Since it’s the end of the day, it’s time to say goodbye to Yokohama. We’re thrilled for the opportunity to spend one day in Yokohama. While we didn’t have a chance to see everything due to the rainy weather, we maximized our indoor activities and still had an awesome time.
If we were to redo the trip again, we think that two days in Yokohama would be a sufficient amount of time to see the main attractions. The extra day would have been a better experience with slow travel and not rushing around like a madman with transportation and visiting sites.
Check out our other Tokyo guides to help with your Tokyo travel plans:
- Fun attractions in Tokyo such as Sanrio Puroland and Unko Museum
- Day trip to Mount Takao
- Layover in Narita
What would you like to see during your day trip to Yokohama? Let us know in the comments.
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