If you aren’t already planning a trip to the coast of Japan, you will be soon!
Located just 40 km south of Tokyo, the busy port city of Yokohama has all the glitter and get-up-and-go of its neighbour, but with easygoing coastal vibes. Sure, you’ll have to hustle to get to the front of the line at the nightclub, but you can spend your holiday in Yokohama wandering through Chinatown and quirky museums at an easygoing pace. It’s not like you would want to speed through the exhibitions at the Cupnoodles Museum anyway, right? Speaking of ramen, Yokohama is serious foodie territory, so get the scoop on cheap Yokohama packages and pack your travel chopsticks, mate!
Spend an arvo at Minato Mirai 21, an entertainment district with shopping, dining and an amusement park right on the waterfront—the views from the observation deck are fantastic and the novelty shop finds are unique, like heart-shaped instant noodle soups.
Speaking of soup, the Cupnoodles Museum—which is exactly what it sounds like—is also right on the water. The easier to make the soup with, obviously. Don’t confuse Cupnoodles with the Ramen Museum, though, which is on the north side of the city near the Shin-Yokohama metro station—visit both!
You could spend your entire Yokohama holiday learning about food, or you could explore the region’s art scene at the Yokohama Museum of Art west of Minato Mirai 21. If colourful architecture is your favourite art form, make your way through Chinatown. The historic gate is a masterpiece! Next, catch some fresh air at Sankeien Gardens in the Naka Ward, then jump back into the thick of it.
While you’re admiring the architecture and painted lanterns in Chinatown, take advantage of the brilliant treasures you can pick up to take home from small, local shops. If you want to feel like you’re boutique shopping in a posh European neighbourhood, check out Motomachi Street a few blocks from Chinatown. Further inland, get the full city market experience in the Yokohamabashi Shopping District. Don’t worry if you go a little crazy you’re about to save travel funds by booking one of Wotif’s Yokohama packages!
When you aren’t slurping back the goods at the noodle museums—for research, after all—Yokohama’s cuisine scene is waiting. Heaps of new and established restaurants will woo you back to the port at meal time, tempting you with gorgeous sushi and the city’s original gyunabe—beef pot roast. Yum.
Once night falls, indulge in deliciousness with artsy cocktails in a waterfront bar with clean-cut professionals on business trips…or sing at the top of your lungs in a karaoke lounge. The port is hopping at night with house and live bands, so pick your poison—er, choose between techno, jazz and anything under the sun.
Whatever time it is, you’ve got to book one of Wotif’s packages to Yokohama, because the “Land of the Rising Sun” is always awesome. Want to see more of Japan? While you’re here, check out our Tokyo holiday packages, book a sweet Yokohama car hire deal and yell “Road Trip!”