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24 Hours in Yokohama: Top Things to Do When You Can Only Have a Daytrip

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 0 Comments

Top Things to Do When You Can Only Have a Daytrip
It only takes a few minutes to realize that a day trip to Yokohama, Japan is a good idea. Even if you happen to have zero knowledge of what to do, see, eat, or experience in this Japanese city south of Tokyo, which happens to have been one of the first Japanese ports opened to foreign trade, you’ll know you want to include it as part of your itinerary.

Not only is it very easy to go there, with less than an hour of travel time to consider, but it also is one of the few cities in Japan that you are guaranteed to have a lot of things to do. Doing a daytrip in Yokohama doesn’t seem to be a rushed idea, considering that I have identified some of the easiest, freest, and most walkable of places in Yokohama. It should be on your bucket list, especially if you’re the type who would consider going out of Tokyo to immerse yourself with Japanese culture.

Minato Mirai
Minato Mirai is blessed with a great location along the water and has a wealth of attractions. Visitors to the area will be able to find shopping centers, hotels, a convention center, an amusement park, a relaxation center with hot spring baths, museums and park space. Read more: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3200.html

Yokohama's Landmark Tower Sky Garden
Yokohama's tallest building (the second-tallest in the country) is located in the middle of the city's picturesque harbor area, and its 69th-floor observation deck offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Yokohama and the bay. Even far-off Tokyo Tower and Mount Fuji are visible, at least on clear days. There are four separate viewing areas (facing NW, NE, SW and SE), each equipped with coin-operated binoculars. Read more: https://whereintokyo.com/venues/25344.html

Yamashita Park
The first seaside park in Japan located right in the Yokohama port, stretching almost 700 meters from the east side of Osanbashi to Yamashita Pier. It was opened in 1930 by land filling with the rubbles from the Great Kanto Earthquake. The Park includes a grass field, a rose garden, the "Little Girl With Red Shoes On" statue, the "Guardian of Water" statue which is a gift from San Diego, a sister city of Yokohama, and the "Kamome no Suihei- san (Seagull Sailor) "song monument, water stairs and a stage. The former cargo and passenger ship Hikawamaru is anchored here. Read more: http://www.yokohamajapan.com/things-to-do/detail.php?id=139

Osanbashi Pier
Stunning views of the Yokohama Three Towers. Looking toward the mainland, you can see the Yokohama Three Towers, nicknamed the King, the Queen, and the Jack. In order, these are the Yokohama customs building, the Kanagawa Prefectural Office, and the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall. Some say seeing all three at one time will make a wish come true. Read more: https://www.japan.travel/en/spot/1607/

Nippon Maru Memorial Park
Yokohama has been Japan's biggest port since the port's beginnings in the mid-19th century. The city's maritime history is chronicled by the Yokohama Port Museum, a twin-attraction historical maritime resource on the Yokohama waterfront consisting of a real-life sailing ship and the actual museum that the ship is moored in front of. The Nippon Maru sailing ship - the most visible part of the Museum - is where a visit to the Museum begins. Read more: https://www.japanvisitor.com/japan-museums-art-galleries/yokohamaportmuseum

Yokohama Station
Compared to Tokyo station, one of the most distinctive features of Yokohama station is its numerous shopping centers. Whether taking a shopping break from sightseeing or hunting for the perfect souvenir, you will surely find exactly what you're looking for at these shopping malls. It is well worth taking a look around in Yokohama! Read more: https://matcha-jp.com/en/1815

Yokohama Cosmo World
Yokohama Cosmo World offers various attractions including rollercoasters, prize winning games and an arcade. Whether the natural parks or the amusement park piques your interest, Yokohama has both within close range, allowing easy enjoyment of either, if not both. Read more: http://voyapon.com/yokohama-parks-cosmo-world/

Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 60 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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