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Top 5 Things to do in Yokohama

Top 5 Things to do in Yokohama

Yokohama, Japan’s second-largest city, offers a diverse array of activities and sightseeing spots that will cater to those with a wide range of interests from history buffs to foodies to nature enthusiasts. From historical landmarks and tranquil gardens to towering skyscrapers and futuristic innovations, Yokohama has you covered. Located about an hour from Tokyo, depending on your location, and within 10 to 20 minutes of Kawasaki, Yokohama is the perfect destination for a day-trip for cultural enthusiasts, foodies and nature lovers. From your base at slash Kawasaki, you will have access to all of the top sightseeing destinations in Yokohama within 40 minutes.

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Yokohama Chinatown

As one of the largest and most vibrant Chinatowns in the world, Yokohama’s Chinatown is a must-visit destination for foodies and cultural enthusiasts. You can explore the lively colorful streets lined with traditional Chinese architecture, indulge in amazing street food and shop for souvenirs you wouldn’t find in other parts of Japan. From traditional Chinese dishes to Chinese-Japanese fusion food, you will find restaurants and street stalls serving many mouthwatering dishes, including steamed buns, dim sum, Peking duck and other regional dishes. The area is also known for its festivals throughout the year, including the Chinese New Year Festival, Lantern Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival, which transform the streets into exciting cultural landscapes.

Yokohama Landmark Tower

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Standing at 296 meters tall as one of the city’s tallest buildings, Landmark Tower acts as a symbol of modernity and innovation. Its sleek design and unique spherical top captures Yokohama’s futuristic spirit. The Sky Garden Observatory on the 69th floor offers panoramic views of Yokohama and Tokyo Bay best enjoyed at night. The Landmark Plaza shopping center provides plenty of boutiques, restaurants and an impressive cinema complex to keep you entertained on a night out alone or with your friends, family or lover.

Sankeien Garden

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For a taste of traditional Japan, head to Sankeien Garden. This 18,000 square meter spacious and beautifully landscaped Japanese garden showcases seasonal flowers, ponds, teahouses, and historic buildings moved from all over Japan. It has three distinctive styles of gardens each meticulously maintained to evoke a sense of harmony and serenity. You can stroll through the peaceful gardens and get lost in the calming ambience or participate in a traditional tea ceremony at the teahouse. It’s an excellent place for a leisurely walk, especially during cherry blossom season in spring and fall foliage in autumn.

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Located along the scenic waterfront of Yokohama and within walking distance of Chinatown, the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a pair of red brick historic buildings turned into a cultural and shopping complex. It hosts various events and exhibitions and is home to numerous shops, cafes and restaurants, making it a great place for a leisurely afternoon shopping spree. Whether you want to experience the vibrant art scene, dine at cozy restaurants or shop for artisanal goods, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse offers a delightful and immersive experience for visitors of all interests.

Yokohama Cosmo World

Located in the heart of Yokohama’s Minato Mirai district, Cosmo World is a fun-filled amusement park with a range of attractions, including a giant Ferris wheel, roller coasters and other thrilling rides, on the waterfront. From the giant Cosmo Clock 21, once the world’s largest ferris wheel, you can find breathtaking views of Yokohama and Tokyo Bay, which are especially enchanting when illuminated at night. The amusement park is divided into three zones, catering to visitors of all ages and preferences. It’s a wonderful place for families to bond, friends to enjoy a day of excitement and couples to experience the magic of the park’s romantic ambiance.

From your base at slash Kawasaki, you can enjoy the wonderful sights and experiences that Yokohama has to offer. Whether you’re visiting on a brief stop to Haneda airport or you want to make a day trip outside of the city, make the most of your day by visiting these top destinations in Yokohama.


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