Yokohama Day Trip: An Incredible Yokohama 1 Day Itinerary

by Jackie
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This is the city view of the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama, Japan. You have the view of the Yokohama Bay and the Cosmo World's Clock 21 Ferris Wheel which is a must-see on your Yokohama day trip.

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. We’ve been to Yokohama on two separate visits and love visiting here. 

As the second-largest city in Japan and an important port area in the Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama is a beautiful place to check out for one day.  

The city offers a nice change of pace as the lifestyle is not as frenetic as Tokyo and still offers incredible sightseeing activities, such as the largest Chinatown in Japan, ramen museums, shopping, waterfront views, and more. 

In this post, we’re sharing the best things to do on your Yokohama day trip. We’re including the must-see attractions that are great for all ages, how to get there, how to get around the city, and accommodations options for an overnight stay. 

Since you only have one day in Yokohama, you’ll need to plan accordingly and visit attractions closer together. Feel free to use this post as a guide to create your own plan. 

Now let’s see what Yokohama has to offer in a day. 

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Japan Transportation Card Options

Before we share the transportation option to get to Yokohama, we must discuss the various transit cards that Japan has to offer. 

Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) 

The JR Pass is for foreign tourists who plan to utilize the Japan Rail trains, high-speed rails, and buses around the country. 

The pass has various days of usage from 3 days to 21 days and there are regional passes available. You can save money by using this pass depending on where you’ll go. 

You don’t need to buy extra tickets for the JR lines. But you’ll need to buy tickets or use an IC card (more info below) for non-JR lines. 

There are various JR Passes to consider based on your travels.

  • JR Wide Area Pass – This pass is ideal if you plan to visit all areas of Japan for 7 days, 14 days, or 21 days.
    • For example, you can use this pass to take the high-speed shinkansen train from Tokyo to Osaka or Kyoto and beyond.
    • We’ve bought this pass several times when we traveled to Japan and it’s easy to redeem at the JR ticket office. 
    • Buy the JR Wide Area Pass ahead of time here. 
  • JR Tokyo Wide Pass – If you plan to stay in the Tokyo and surrounding area for 3 days, then consider this JR Tokyo Wide Pass. You can visit areas such as Mount Fuji, Izu, Karuizawa, and more. Save time and buy the Tokyo Wide Pass here. 

Tokyu Line 1-Day Pass 

This unlimited day pass can be used in Tokyo and Kanagawa along the Toyoko line by Tokyu Railways. 

The Tokyu Tokyoko line goes to Yokohama from Tokyo’s Shibuya Station, so you can use this pass when exploring the city.

Buy the Tokyu Line Day Pass here. 

IC Card 

The IC Card is a prepaid card that you can use for transportation, restaurants, convenience stores, and any place that accepts IC card as payment. 

It’s convenient to use as you use the card at any of the bus or train ticket entrances. It also saves time since you don’t need to buy separate tickets each time. You can also use this card for any train line, including JR lines. 

We bought our IC card in the Kansai area so it’s called the ICOCA card. ICOCA card is a different name yet it works the same as the IC card. 

Read our experience with using the ICOCA card to learn more. 

How to Get to Yokohama from Tokyo

Step 1: Arrive in Tokyo 

You landed in Tokyo either through the Haneda International Airport (airport code: HAN) or Narita International Airport (airport code: NRT). 

TIP: Don’t forget to register your arrival in Japan, and complete Immigration and Customs information on Visit Japan Website.

Before you leave Haneda or Narita airport, pick up a wifi pocket device rental or buy a SIM card with unlimited data. You’ll need to have data access on your Tokyo travels. 

You can take the train from Haneda or Narita to get to your accommodations in Tokyo. 

Step 2: Go to Yokohama

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 with the departure location, time, and arrival destination. This is where your data plan comes in handy! Google Maps provides up-to-date information on various train lines to get to Yokohama. 

Yokohama Station is the main train station for the city. There are train lines run by East Japan Railways (JR East), Keikyu, Sagami Railway (Sotetsu), Tokyu, Yokohama Minatomirai, and Yokohama Municipal Subway. 

Another popular train stop is Shin-Yokohama Station, which is where the shinkansen from Tokyo stops. 

An example of the train route is from 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 46 to 55 minutes.
Tall buildings and a Ferris Wheel surrounded by a bay in the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama

You’ll need to make a trip to Yokohama to see this pretty view

How to Travel Around Yokohama

Walking: This city is very walkable with wide sidewalks. You can easily hit your 10,000-step goal by walking to various attractions in this city.

Train: To accomplish our Yokohama one-day itinerary, using the train will be an integral part of your transportation around the city. 

Buses: The city has a bus making a city loop and sightseeing buses. For more information on the bus options, click here.

Taxis: Taxis tend to be more expensive compared to other public transportation options, but they’re available in the city. 

Tour: Taking a tour with a local is a fantastic way to explore Yokohama. 

Here are some tour options to consider: 

Yokohama Map of Places to Visit

A map of places to visit in Yokohama in a day

Click on the map to see a detailed version of places to visit in Yokohama for the day. Credit: Map data: Google

Top Things to Do in Yokohama For Your Day Trip

Since there are many attractions in Yokohama, we recommend that you focus on 2-3 attractions to visit.  

1. Learn about the history of ramen at Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum.

If you’re a fan of ramen, then Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum (sometimes spelled as Raumen Museum; 新横浜ラーメン博物館) place is for you! As one of the best places to visit in Yokohama, this museum is a popular tourist attraction. 

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. 

Therefore, this place has everything about ramen that you can imagine. 

The building has two levels. The first level has the history of ramen (which originated from China), a gift shop, and a cooking class area to make noodles. The basement level is where you can eat ramen, see retro decorations, and buy 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 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.

Jackie from Life Of Doing poses in the basement level of the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum. The basement level is where visitors can try ramen from around the world. In the basement level of the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, you can explore the fascades of traditional houses and stores from Old Tokyo. It's a must-see place to visit during your Yokohama day trip.

There are 8 ramen shops to choose from which rotate every so often. All the shops are popular in Japan and 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, pork (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, wait in line, order your ramen at the ticket machine (cash only), and sit inside the restaurant to wait for your noodles. If you want to try as much ramen as possible, some stores offer mini-sized portions. 

NOTE: It’s expected that adults and students (junior high and higher) each need to order one bowl during the visit. 

Here are the ones that we’ve tried over two separate visits: 

Ryu’s Noodle Bar – It’s located in Toronto, Canada, and their pop-up shop here had a limited edition tori paitan (chicken ramen). Each day only 100 bowls were made here, so the lines were long to try. 

At the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum in Yokohama, you can try chicken paitan ramen which is made out of chicken stock.

Rishiri Ramen Miraku – It’s a Hokkaido-style ramen from Rishi Island. The shoyu (soy sauce) ramen is made with a large amount of kelp, which is a specialty for the area. 

Komurasaki – Located in Kumamoto city, this ramen shop focuses on tonkotsu (pork base) ramen. But, this place has a vegetarian version with a vegetarian soup base and faux-pork slices. 

Vegetarian ramen is available at the basement level of Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum in Yokohama, Japan. The vegetarian ramen uses tofu as a faux pork slice and vegetarian soup base.

This is a vegetarian version!

Ryu Shanghai Honten – This shop has spicy miso ramen, and also serves thinner ramen noodles. I tried the vegetarian ramen which had noodles, leeks, and onions. Unfortunately, the noodles were a tad too soggy for me. 

Remember, slurping the soup loudly 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. 

You can also buy souvenirs here. Some of the shops have their own instant noodles package which can be used as gifts. 

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 Friday, 10:30am to 9:30pm on Saturday, 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.

More Information: Website

2. Visit the Pikachu Manhole Cover.

Did you know that Japan has decorated manhole covers with Pokemon characters? These are called “Poke lids.” 

With these Poke Lids, visitors can find their favorite characters across the country and visit touristy and off-the-beaten-path spots. Read our post on how to find these Pokemon manhole covers here.

Find the locations of the covers here. 

Pikachu is the most beloved character in the world, and there is a Pikachu Poke Lid in front of the Sakuragicho Station in Yokohama. It’s adorable to see in person. 

You may be inspired and “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” and see all the Poke Lids throughout Japan. 

A manhole cover with two Pikachu, yellow pika in the Pokemon anime, in Yokohama

Isn’t this Pikachu Poke Lid adorable??!

Address: 1 Chome Sakuragicho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Admission Cost: Free 

How to Get There: Exit the Sakuragicho Station (桜木町駅), East Exit, and you’ll see the manhole cover on the ground. Here are the coordinates: 35°27’04.2″N 139°37’53.4″E

3. Take the Yokohama Air Cabin (Cable Car). 

One of the newest additions to Yokohama is the aerial cable car that connects Sakuragicho Station to Unga Park.

It’s another way to see the Minato Mirai area and see landmarks such as the Cosmo World theme park, Yokohama World Piers Shopping, Ferris Wheel, and more. 

The cable car ride is 1,260 meters (.78 miles) round-trip and has a height of 40 meters (131 feet). 

There are 36 cable car cabins. Each cable car cabin holds up to 8 people so there can be up to 288 people riding at one time. 

You can either do a one-way or round-trip ride. 

Address: There are two locations to make the round-trip

  • Sakuragicho Station: 1 Chome-200 Sakuragicho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa (〒231-0062 神奈川県横浜市中区桜木町1丁目200)
  • Unga Park Station: 2 Chome-1-2 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa  (〒231-0001 神奈川県横浜市中区新港2丁目1−2)

Opening Hours: 10:00am to 9:00pm 

Admission Cost: 

  • Air Cabin Ticket Only:
    • One-way: 1,000 yen ($7.50 USD) for adults (over 12 years) and 500 yen ($3.75) for children (3 to 11 years old)
    • Round-Trip: 1,800 yen ($13.50) for adults and 900 yen ($6.75) for children
  • Air Cabin & Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel Combo Ticket:
    • One-way: 1,500 yen ($11.80) for adults and 1,200 yen ($9.00) for children 
    • Round-Trip: 2,300 yen ($17.30) for adults and 1,500 yen ($11.30) for children 

How to Get There: Exit the Sakuragicho Station (桜木町駅) East Exit and you’ll see the ticket office. Or, you can go from Unga Park. 

More Information: Website

4. Walk through the Kisha-michi Promenade. 

As a former railway track, this new pedestrian walkway connects three bridges. 

There are incredible views of the Minatomirai area. You can see skyscrapers, the tall Ferris Wheel, and other landmarks. It’s the same view as if you’re taking the Yokohama Air Cabin, so visiting this place is a free option to consider. 

It’s a nice walk from the train station and will connect you to other areas of interest such as the Cup Noodles Museum, Red Brick Warehouse, and anywhere along the waterfront. It’ll take about 10 minutes to walk to the Cup Noodles from the Kisha-michi Promenade. 

Jackie Szeto, Life Of Doing, stand in the middle of the former railway tracks at the Kisha-michi Promenade in Yokohama, Japan

Address: 2 Chome-9 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001 (〒231-0001 神奈川県横浜市中区新港2丁目9)

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Admission Cost: Free 

How to Get There: From the Sakuragicho Station (桜木町駅), follow the cable car line from the ground, and cross the main street. You’ll cross over three bridges and see views of the bay, Cosmo World Ferris Wheel, and the cable car. 

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 a 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. 

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) 
  • Or, you can do the combo ticket with the Yokohama Air Cabin. 1,500 yen ($11.80) for adults and 1,200 yen ($9.00) for children for one-way; 2,300 yen ($17.30) for adults and 1,500 yen ($11.30) for children for round-trip

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. 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 Noodles 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 posing with your favorite instant noodle product. 

Justin from Life Of Doing gazes at the wall of Nissin Cup Noodles and the international ramen at the Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum. He is also holding a customized Cup Noodles.

The Cup Noodles Museum is a great place to spend the day in Yokohama if you love instant ramen!

Afterward, watch a short documentary on Momofuku Ando 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 with the Shin-Yokohama Ramen 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 500 yen ($3.80 USD), 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 half-size bowl of noodles from different countries such as Italy, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, and Kazakhstan. The cost is 500 yen ($3.80) for each bowl of noodles. You can also try the mini chicken ramen for 250 yen ($1.90), international dessert, and drinks. 

Jackie from Life Of Doing rides a yellow and blue tuk tuk in front of the Cup Noodles Museum's Noodles Bazaar. It's a spot where people can try mini bowls of noodles from around the world.

Check out the Cup Noodles Museum’s Noodles Bazaar to try mini versions of noodles from around the world.

Children can also participate by hand-making their Chicken Ramen or learning about the ramen production process through an interactive indoor jungle gym at Cup Noodles Park

If you’re not able to make it out to this Cup Noodles Museum, there is another one located in Ikeda, Osaka. The Osaka Ikeda Cup Noodles Museum doesn’t have an admission fee. It’s a smaller museum compared to the Yokohama one. Most visitors come here to create their own Cup Noodles. 

Check out our post on what to do on an Ikeda day trip here. 

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.

More Information: Website

7. 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. 

People walking in front of a restored red brick building at the Red Brick Warehouse, Yokohama, Japan

There are two levels of boutique shops, such as bunny paraphernalia, wood-inspired accessories, handbags, leather products, umbrellas, and more. 

You must check out the restaurants in the middle part of Warehouse #2. 

Tachibanatei is a great choice if you want to try omurice, an omelet over rice. The chocolatey sauce with the omurice is delicious! 

If you love apple pie, try Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee. It’s a popular apple pie chain in Japan that makes fresh apple pies daily. 

We’re huge fans of eating apple pies and we can say that this place makes them as well as in the U.S. We tried the apple pie with chocolate and a Granny Smith apple pie, and love how they aren’t too sweet. Add a scoop of ice cream on top of the warm apple pie slice and it’s a heavenly combo. 

You’ll need to wait patiently as this place gets packed. Or, you can buy slices of apple pie to go.

A green and yellow plate with a slice of apple pie and vanilla ice cream, and a drink on the side at Granny Smith Apple Pie at Red Brick Warehouse, Yokohama, Japan

The apple pie at Granny Smith Apple Pies is worth a visit

Red Brick Warehouse also has seasonal events. On our first 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.

More Information: Website

8. 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. 

Marine and Walk Yokohama Mall is a great place to spend during your one day in Yokohama, Japan. During the Christmas time it's beautiful with the lights and decorations.

Marine and Walk Yokohama Mall has fabulous Christmas decorations.

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

Admission Cost: Free 

How to Get There: It’s a short five-minute walk across from the Red Brick Warehouse. 

More Information: Website 

9. 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 10 gates which you can find here) and eat Chinese food and snacks. We saw a lot of people eating buns and dumplings. 

One of the 10 Chinatown entrance gates at Chinatown Yokohama, Japan

Here is 1 out of the 10 gates in the Chinatown area

Check out the festivals for seasonal events such as Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and more. But the area always has red lanterns lit in the evenings. 

Address: Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023, Japan (〒231-0023 神奈川県横浜市中区山下町)

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Admission Cost: Free

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.

Read about our other Chinatown experiences around the world:

Incheon, South Korea, Sydney and Perth, Australia, Singapore,

and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

10. Visit the Gundam Factory. 

Note: This place will operate until March 31, 2024!

One of the most impressive attractions to visit in Yokohama is the Gundam Factory. It’s located on the Yamashita Pier, so it’s nearby the other attractions that we mentioned earlier. 

What are Gundams? They’re large robots operated by human pilots in a future time. The main protagonists always have Gundams with a red, blue, yellow, and white color scheme. 

The Gundam franchise has been around since 1979 and has made an impact in the anime industry with the “mecha” (giant robots) genre.  

What is amazing about this place is that you get a chance to see a giant Gundam in real life

This Gundam is based on the original Mobile Suit Gundam series and it’s 18 meters (59 feet) high and weighs 25 metric tons (55,000 pounds). The sheer size and the mechanics behind the Gundam are impressive.  

Every hour there are 1-2 performances where you see the Gundam move. The length of the performances varies from 5 minutes (short length) to 11 minus long (full length). 

The Gundam starts in different positions from the start up to standby mode. We saw two performances and prefer seeing the Gundam from the start up mode versus the standby mode. 

Due to the large size of the Gundam, it does not move very fast. Many videos about this place speed up the moves so it looks like the Gundam dances quickly. 

A giant Gundam robot kneeling down on the Gundam Dock at Gundam Factory in Yokohama

You’ll be amazed at the life size Gundam at the Gundam Factory

The Gundam Dock is an opportunity to view the Gundam’s head and part of its body up close during the performance. Tickets are sold separately for this viewing and must be purchased at least one month in advance online. To be honest, it’s not necessary to do the dock as you can’t see the whole body move during the performance. 

After the performance, head to the Gundam Lab. It’s a small exhibition where you learn about the design, engineering, and mechanics of the Gundam. The signs are in English and Japanese. There is also a small demo of a robotic arm building Gundam toys. 

Don’t forget to stop by the souvenir shop and buy t-shirts, toys, and DIY Gundam building kits. 

But, if you’re short on cash, everyone receives a small Gundam toy to build at home. It comes with your admission. 

Even if you’re not a Gundam fan, it’s worth the visit to see this robot and see what Gundams could look like in the future. You must visit this place before the exhibit closes on March 2023. 

Address: 279-25 Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023 (〒231-0023 神奈川県横浜市中区山下町279-25)

Opening Hours: 11:00am to 8:00pm (Monday, Wednesday to Friday), 10:00am to 8:00pm (Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays). Closed on Tuesday

Admission Cost:

  • Entrance Ticket: 1,650 yen ($12.40 USD) for adults (13 years and older), 1,100 yen ($8.30) for children (7 to 12 years old), free for children under 6 years old
  • Gundam Dock Tower Viewing Ticket: 3,300 yen ($24.80) for adults and children (7 years and up) [The entrance ticket also needs to be bought]

How to Get There: The nearest train station is the Minatomirai Line Motomachi Chukagai Station (元町・中華街駅). Exit 4 and then walk for 7 minutes to the Gundam Factory. 

More Information: Website

Where to Stay in Yokohama

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For those who are staying overnight in Yokohama, here are some recommended places to visit. 

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Final Thoughts

Since it’s the end of the day, it’s time to say goodbye to Yokohama. You did a lot in your one day here. 

If you have the opportunity to spend 2 days in Yokohama, then you’ll have sufficient time to see everything that we listed here. The extra day is a better experience with slow travel and not rushing around like a madman with transportation and visiting sites. 

We hope you had a fantastic time here and return to Tokyo safely. 

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In this post, we're sharing what to do on your Yokohama day trip. It's easy to get to from Tokyo. You'll explore the top things to do in Yokohama such as the Cosmo World theme park, Chinatown, and more.

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Iuliana Marchian February 19, 2020 - 11:29 pm

I like the narrow streets in Yokohama. I think this would be the place I’d like the most. Food looks also very delicious, not sure how the taste is though, but I’d love to try some.

Jackie February 20, 2020 - 11:45 am

Hi Iuliana. I hope you can visit Tokyo and Yokohama in the future. Are there ramen or any noodle shops where you’re currently living?

Lisa February 20, 2020 - 3:21 am

Japan is my dream destination, so I read this with great interest. Yokohama looks like a fabulous place to visit, and with many things to do. I particularly like the cup noodle museum, lol, how cool! I also love ramen, and would visit every single place!

Jackie February 20, 2020 - 11:43 am

Lisa – We had way too much fun with our ramen day at Yokohama. Haha.

Justine Kimoden February 20, 2020 - 5:37 am

My parents are going to Japan in April and maybe they would like to check out Yokohama. I didn’t get to go when I went there but it’s nice to know that it is only less than an hour away from Tokyo via the shinkansen 🙂 I also looked at your hotel recos in Tokyo as I need it to plan my parents’ trip. I stayed at a hostel so I don’t think they’d like to stay there, too.

Jackie February 20, 2020 - 11:43 am

How exciting to hear that your parents are headed to Japan in April! Is it their first time visiting the country?

Cherrod February 20, 2020 - 7:57 am

I went to the Cup Noodles museum in Osaka and loved every minute of it. So basically anything with the word ramen…sign us up! haha I will definitely be saving this for later!

Jackie February 20, 2020 - 11:41 am

Cherrod – We went to Osaka last month and didn’t know about the Cup Noodles Museum there! Glad that you had fun too. I want to go back to make my own Cup Noodle again.

April Key C. Rode February 20, 2020 - 8:47 am

Omg, Jackie, you are making me hungry! Lol. I’ve wanted to try a Japanese noodle. This ramen looks so delicious, and I enjoy the sushi in Japan, so it might be useful to go for food hunting around China Town too. I admire how you put things together and include some lists of accommodations. I am saving this, and I want to wander around Japan during the cherry blossom seasons.

Jackie February 20, 2020 - 11:39 am

Yokohama would be a great place to see cherry blossoms! We plan to return to Tokyo at the end of this year and hopefully going back to Yokohama to explore further.

Aditi Sharma February 20, 2020 - 11:14 pm

This is such an informative post and the photographs you’ve included are amazing. I’ve yet to visit Japan but whenever I do, I will definitely consider visiting Yokohama while we are in Tokyo. Good to know that it’s easy to reach Yokohama by taking the metro and sounds like having the Japan Rail Pass makes getting around places in Japan so much more convenient. Glad to hear that there was a vegetarian option as well at the Raumen Museum. I’m sure those 100 noodle bowls at Ryu’s Noodle Bar must sell out fast, they look delicious.

Jackie February 21, 2020 - 10:40 am

Hi Aditi. Yes, Justin made sure he got his paitan bowl at Ryu’s Noodle Bar as soon as possible! There was a long line but it went by quickly. Let me know if you have any questions when you’re planning a future trip to Japan.

Christopher Mitchell February 28, 2020 - 11:47 am

I’ll be honest, I didn’t have Yokohama on my radar prior to this, but perhaps that would be a mistake! Quite honestly, I would make the trip just to bask in the glory of the Cup Noodles Museum! I’ve always had a soft spot for cup noodles!

Jackie February 28, 2020 - 11:58 am

I don’t know how I would have survived my childhood without eating Cup Noodles as an afternoon snack.

KIM August 25, 2020 - 11:09 pm

I was supposed to go to Tokyo this summer. I would have loved to go to Yokohama on a day trip as it looks so beautiful!

Jackie August 26, 2020 - 3:11 pm

Hi Kim. Hope you can visit Tokyo soon and stop by Yokohama for the day. It’s a fantastic city to explore. We would have loved to stay a few more days here!


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