Top 10 Attractions In Yokohama Japan

If you are traveling to Yokohama Japan, visit these ten attractions.

CHINATOWN

Shoppers and diners daily throng the streets of Japan's largest Chinatown, located in central Yokohama, from sunup to sundown. More than 300 restaurants, food stalls, street vendors, and souvenir shops offer patrons authentic Chinese cuisine and wares. In addition, Chinatown boasts the Kantei-byo temple, constructed in 1873, and Daska, a theme park that invokes the feeling of Shanghai in the 1920s.

WATERFRONT DISTRICT

The Yokohama Waterfront District is home to several attractions in close proximity to each other. Go to Yokohama Stadium and catch the Bay Stars, of the Nippon Professional Baseball League, in action. Check out the Yokohama Archives of History to learn how Commodore Matthew Perry opened Japan to the western world. Discover the technology behind silk production and view exotic costumes at the Silk Museum. Or take a leisurely stroll through Yamashita Park, a 22-acre expanse of lush greenery, towards Yokohama Marine Tower, a commemorative inland lighthouse.

YOKOHAMA BAY BRIDGE

The Bay Bridge is one of two suspension bridges in Yokohama. It has a six-lane highway, as well as a pedestrian road, and stretches half a mile across Yokohama Bay towards Tokyo. Starting from the Sky Tower at the Daikoku Pier, visitors to the Bay Bridge can traverse the 1050-foot Sky Walk all the way to the Sky Lounge, where they can then enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of Yokohama (and beyond) from the circular observatory.



HARBOR VIEW HILL PARK

This park sits atop a hill and features a raised platform that affords a breathtaking view of Yokohama Bay and the harbor. During the day, visitors to the park can watch ships pass in and out of the harbor, or spend time walking through the park's renowned rose gardens. After sunset, the park becomes a romantic destination for couples who come out to enjoy one of the best nighttime views of the blue-lit Bay Bridge.

RAMEN MUSEUM

The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to examine the history of RAMEN, which is a dish consisting of wheat-flour noodles served in variously flavored soups with assorted vegetable or meat toppings. Museum displays include handcrafted ramen bowls, instant ramen packages from around the world, ramen TV commercials that have aired during the last several decades, and even a ramen video game. The two lower levels of the museum house a re-creation of a typical Tokyo neighborhood from the 1950s, where visitors can enjoy a bygone era while sampling ramen from all over Japan.

MINATO MIRAI 21

Like the Waterfront District, the Minato Mirai 21 area near Yokohama Bay contains several neighboring attractions within walking distance of each other. Take one of the world's fastest elevators, complete with speedometer, up to the observatory deck on the 69th floor of the Yokohama Landmark Tower. Spend an afternoon contemplating contemporary masterpieces at the Yokohama Museum of Art. Roam the decks of the elegant Nippon Maru, a retired four-mast exploration ship. Or take a relaxing ride on Cosmo Clock 21, one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world.

YOKOHAMA FOREIGN GENERAL CEMETERY

This Western-style cemetery is the final resting place for some 4,500 foreigners from more than 40 different countries. Among the people buried here are naval officers, missionaries, and scholars who were instrumental in the development of a more westernized Japan. An exhibition hall details the accomplishments of the more famous "residents" of the cemetery.

YOKOHAMA HAKKEIJIMA SEA PARADISE

Children and adults alike will delight in spending a day at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise. Located on a manmade island at the edge of Yokohama Bay, the Sea Paradise features an amusement park with 14 thrilling rides (including a roller coaster that juts out over the bay) and a three-story aquarium that is home to more than 500 different kinds of fish. Round out the experience by dining in one of several fine restaurants or by shopping at the many specialty stores on the island.

YOKOHAMA BAY CRUISE

Experience a matchless view of Yokohama's skyline and its two suspension bridges from aboard a cruise ship in Yokohama Bay. Lunch, dinner, and sunset cruises are available, each lasting an average of nearly two hours.

SANKEIEN JAPANESE GARDEN

This authentic Japanese garden sprawls across approximately 175,000 square meters in the Honmoku area of Yokohama. Sankeien is famed for its seasonal plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums, and azaleas, as well as for its dazzling autumn colors when the leaves change. The garden grounds also include a three-story pagoda, a Buddhist sanctum, several tea ceremony houses, and other historical buildings that were transported in from different Japanese cities.

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