3 things to do in Yokohama

by By Belinda Wan (bwan@sph.com.sg)
published on 30 June 2016

Often overlooked by tourists in favour of Tokyo, Yokohama has much to offer in terms of attractions and sights.

Located in the Kanto region of Japan’s main island Honshu, it has a population of 3.7 million people, and is a major port in Japan. The bustling port city underwent a massive transformation in the 1960s, making it the hip metropolis it is today.

If you have never been to Yokohama before, here are some things you can do.

1. Visit Yokohama Bay Bridge

This 860m-long cable stayed bridge is where you can admire splendid views of Yokohama Bay, and Minato Mirai. Known as “future city”, Minato Mirai refers to Yokohama’s skyline, made up of entertainment and shopping districts, and offices. Admire the view from up to 60m above the water.

Opened in 1989, the bridge spans some 460m, and crosses into Tokyo Bay. Take a leisurely stroll down the bridge’s Sky Walk, or sit on a bench at Yokohama Bay and watch the sun set.

2. Explore Yokohama's Chinatown

The area, which has a 150-year history, is jam packed with restaurants, gift shops and street food carts and stalls, and even Chinese temples and gates. You can be sure of getting some authentic Chinese food amid the 600 or so shops and restaurants crammed into a 2,500 sq ft area.

Local treats and delights from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Sichuan, as well as Taiwan, can be found here.

3. Go museum-hopping

If you like art, drop by the Yokohama Museum of Art, opened in 1989. Among the seven gallery spaces, you can find contemporary artworks from the late 19th century.

Foodies can drop by the Ramen Museum, which replicates a street in a working-class area in the 1950s, and have fun sampling different types of ramen from various regions in Japan.

Or learn about the history of cup noodles in the Cup Noodles Museum through fun exhibits and workshops. Make your own cup noodles by mixing various soup flavours and toppings, produce your own instant ramen noodles from scratch, or sample different types of ramen in a bazaar.