50 things to do in Yokohama

As a host city of the Rugby World Cup 2019, Yokohama has everything for a fun day out: from museums and outdoor activities to cafés, restaurants and craft beer bars

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As one of the first Japanese ports to open to the world in the late Edo era (1603-1868), Yokohama has retained its international vibe and historical charm while developing into a massive modern metropolis over the past century.

2019 marks a special year for the city as it has been chosen as one of the main host cities of the prestigious Rugby World Cup (to be held across Japan from Sep 20 to Nov 2). The International Stadium Yokohama (also known as the Nissan Stadium) in particular will be the site for the finals.

For those who plan to visit Yokohama during the games, we've updated our Yokohama guide to include some of the best sports bars in the city, where you can watch the matches over a cold pint while cheering for your favourite team(s). But of course, there are more things to do in Yokohama, including eating your way through Chinatown, taking a stroll along the seaside promenade of Yamashita Park, riding a roller coaster over the sea, sampling Yokohama’s many craft beer options (see our top five picks at the bottom of the list), and going on a retail therapy at the many massive shopping complexes.

So check out our picks of the 50 best things to do in Yokohama, head down south and start exploring this beautiful city, accessible in just 30 minutes from central Tokyo or Haneda Airport.

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nissan stadium
Attractions

Tour a World Cup stadium…

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In 2002, Japan had its first-ever FIFA World Cup finals victory at this stadium, now the home of local team Yokohama F. Marinos. Relive the moment with the 'World Cup™ Stadium Tours' (details at www.nissan-stadium.jp/english), and get ready for the stadium's turn to host the final match of Rugby World Cup 2019™. Nissan Stadium / International Stadium Yokohama

How to get there:
From Shin-Yokohama Station, you can easily walk to the International Stadium Yokohama within 12 to 14 minutes.

How to get to Shin-Yokohama Station:
From Sakuragicho Station it's a 15-min ride on the Yokohama line or the Yokohama Municipal Subway.
From Haneda Airport it's a 36-min ride on the Keikyu Airport Express, Keikyu line and Yokohama Municipal Subway.
From Narita Airport it's a 100-min ride on the Narita Express and Yokohama Municipal Subway.
From Tokyo Station it's a 37-min ride on the Tokaido and Yokohama lines.
From Shinjuku Station it's a 29-min ride on the Yamanote, Tokyu Toyoko and Yokohama lines.
From Kamakura Station it's a 37-min ride on the Yokosuka and Yokohama lines.

To reach the Fan Zone within Rinko Park, it's a 15-min walk from Sakuragicho Station.

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Oriental Table
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Restaurants

Mingle with local fans...

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A cheerful diner and bar near the International Stadium Yokohama, which gets especially crowded whenever a match, event or concert is happening at the stadium. A buffet lunch here will only set you back ¥1,000, while the nighttime all-you-can-drink plan is priced from ¥3,980. Oriental Table

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Montbell
Shopping

Hunt for Japanese outdoor items...

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Check out the nation's beloved outdoor brand's seaside branch. In this spacious shop, you can find top-notch equipment for marine activities and hiking. For ¥3,900 a day, you can rent the brand's bikes and cycle around the city in style. Taking advantage of its waterfront location, the shop also offers kayaking lessons. Montbell Yokohama Shin-Yamashita Store

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YCAT
Travel

Make your connection...

icon-location-pin Yokohama Station area

The Yokohama City Air Terminal (YCAT) is a one-stop centre for all your travel needs. There are shuttlebus services to Narita and Haneda international airports, as well as highway buses to cities like Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe and Hamamatsu. You’ll also find currency exchange, a café and a convenience/drug/gift store here. YCAT

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Cup Noodles Museum
Museums

Customise your Cup Noodles…

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Instant noodles are big in Japan. At this interactive museum you get to have fun while learning about the creative-thinking process of Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant noodles, by seeing, touching, playing and eating. You can also make your own original Cup Noodles at My Cupnoodles Factory. Cupnoodles Museum

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Hard Rock Cafe Yokohama
Restaurants

Visit an international icon...

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Hard Rock Cafe's Yokohama branch is unmissable, thanks to the huge guitarshaped neon sign at the entrance of Queens Tower. Live music performances take place regularly, and don't forget to order the Yokohama-exclusive sukiyaki burger. The attached shop carries a sizeable memorabilia collection of top musicians. Hard Rock Cafe Yokohama

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Osanbashi
Attractions

Gaze out from a ship-deck rooftop…

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Known as 'the whale's back' among locals, this international port sees passenger ships arrive and depart, but the real reason to visit is the sweeping view of Minato Mirai, the city’s seaside urban area. The rooftop is designed to look like a ship’s deck and invites you to linger longer with wooden pathways. Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal

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Yokohama Museum of Art
Photo: Kasagi Yasuyuki
Museums

See worlds collide through art…

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Yokohama has played a major role in the history of Japanese photography so it’s fitting that this art museum holds a substantial photo collection. This art-enthusiast hotspot displays works showing an interplay of European and Japanese modern and contemporary art. Yokohama Museum of Art

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Rugby Diner 7oath's
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Bars and pubs

Kick off your rugby night...

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As its name suggests, this sports bar is where rugby fans gather. You can combine craft beer, meals and your passion for rugby here: watch the games on its four screens while enjoying a premium selection of craft beer from around the world, including those from the current top rugby countries. Rugby Diner 7 oath's

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Hamagyu
Restaurants

Grill beef with the locals...

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Craving chunks of meat and mega-sized high balls? This tiny yakiniku (beef barbecue) joint is the place to be. Start your evening by lining your stomach here, strike up a conversation with some locals, and then continue your adventures in the alleys of Noge. Yokohama nightlife in a nutshell. Hamagyu

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オービィ横浜
Museums

Jump into the jungle...

icon-location-pin Minato Mirai

Did you know there's a jungle in this port town? At Orbi Yokohama, Sega’s entertainment technology gives you the chance to experience the wonder of the wild with all your senses. Go on, pet a capybara or armadillo – if you dare... Orbi Yokohama

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hakkeijima
Attractions, Zoos and aquariums

Run over the sea…

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You can see more than 120,000 creatures large and small at the Aquamuseum and touch marine animals at this ‘leisure land’, which consists of an amusement park and aquarium. At the attraction area, don't forget to ride the sea-crossing Surf Coaster. Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

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Mirai Yokocho
Restaurants

Eat out at a yokocho...

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Hungry? If you are at Minato Mirai, check out the alleyway-inspired dining floors at Dockyard Garden. Spread across B1 and B2 of the Landmark Tower, you’ll find a variety of restaurants serving international cuisines as well as classic Japanese dishes such as gyoza, udon and yakitori. At the World Beer Bar & Restaurant, you can enjoy over 250 kinds of international beer, of which 20 are on tap. Mirai Yokocho

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Benny's Place
Photo: Benny's Place Yokohama/Facebook
Bars and pubs

Hang out with other sports fans...

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If you're looking to watch a sports game at bar, head to Benny's Place. It also serves a range of American diner-style dishes, such as the popular chunky sparerib steak, which you'd need to pre-order in advance. After the game, stick around and play a few rounds of darts. Benny's Place

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Hotel New Grand
Hotels

Dine out in style...

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The upscale Hotel New Grand has seen many a famous figure pass through its doors, and its restaurants offer a variety of dishes and drinks. At Il Giardino, you can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine. For a relaxing dining experience, opt for the terrace seats facing the hotel's central courtyard. Hotel New Grand

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Sotoshu Daihonzan Sojiji Temple
Attractions

Experience zazen meditation…

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Originally founded in Ishikawa prefecture about 700 years ago, this temple was relocated in 1911 to its present place in Yokohama. This temple welcomes guests from around the world for zazen meditation training (English sessions are offered at ¥500 once a month. See sojiji.jp/english for details). Sotoshu Daihonzan Sojiji Temple

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Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers
Hotels

Appreciate wagyu with a view...

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With its accessible location connected to Yokohama Station, this hotel has become a destination for both tourists and locals keen on quality food without wanting to stray too far. At teppanyaki restaurant Sagami, you can enjoy prime wagyu beef alongside romantic views of the Yokohama skyline. Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers

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Kinpira Kitchen
Restaurants

Wine and dine the French way...

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Located at the middle of Noge alley, this pretty bistro offers authentic French dishes as well as a variety of wines from around the world. Try the sautéed sea bream: the rich sauce is a perfect complement to the delicate sea bream, and it’s served with grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes. Kinpira Kitchen

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Sankeien Garden
Attractions, Parks and gardens

Take a stroll in a historic garden...

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We have silk trader Sankei Hara to thank for this beautiful Japanese garden built in 1906. Besides pretty ponds and paths, it features precious historic buildings, including a three-storey pagoda from Kyoto and a daimyo’s (military lord) house, and stays open until dark during cherry blossom- and firefly-viewing seasons. At the memorial hall, you can participate in a tea ceremony and drink a cup of matcha (green tea) for only ¥500. Sankeien Garden

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Yokohama

Follow Yokohama on Instagram

Yokohama is a city where you'll be constantly discovering something new and exciting every day. Follow the city’s Instagram @findyouryokohama for many mesmerising and inspiring images. You can also share your own Yokohama pictures with the hashtag #myyokohama

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Stoves
Restaurants

Savour local veggies...

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Located on the west side of Yokohama Station, this restaurant is a local favourite and has been in business over 25 years. Meals are made with local vegetables, while every bit of their burgers are homemade: even the pickles are their original recipe. Irregular live or DJ performances are also held. Stoves

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Yokohama Cosmoworld
Attractions, Theme parks

Ride the giant clock...

icon-location-pin Minato Mirai

Holding a Guinness World Record for being the tallest Ferris wheel with a clock, Cosmo Clock 21 is a top tourist attraction, offering splendid vistas of the city during its 15-minute ride. Ride one of the transparent gondolas to enjoy 360-degree views of Yokohama. Yokohama Cosmoworld

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Yokohama Sky Cruise
Attractions, Sightseeing

Cruise the sky...

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Yokohama is a port city packed with sightseeing tours – including this aerial one. Hop on a helicopter to get the best views ever and make your Yokohama experience unforgettable. Flights are offered on Fridays, weekends and holidays. Yokohama Sky Cruise

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InterContinental Yokohama Grand
Hotels

Treat yourself to some view therapy...

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Modelled after a yacht's billowing sail, this hotel occupies one of the most iconic buildings in Yokohama and houses an exclusive spa where you can enjoy both a massage and gorgeous ocean vistas at the same time. InterContinental Yokohama Grand

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Yokohama Noh
Photo: Yoshiaki Kanda
Theatre

Watch the ancient art of noh...

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Noh and kyogen are both forms of classic drama and considered two of the world's oldest performing arts. Watch them here along with other traditional Japanese arts like Ryukyu buyo as well as new works through international collaborations. The second Sunday of every month is Kyogen Day, when tickets go for just ¥2,000. Yokohama Noh Theater

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The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu
Hotels

Sleep in marine surrounds…

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All rooms on this hotel's Bay Club floor are designed with an ocean theme – think blue carpets and white beds – while the suites offer eye-popping panoramic views of Yokohama's port. Sleeping by the sea doesn't get more comfy than this. The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu

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Full Monty
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Bars and pubs

Grab a British pint...

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This authentic British pub is the country’s oldest cider house. Here you can enjoy a selection of ciders from around the world, as well as a good range of craft beer. Besides their popular food menu, don’t miss the Fish & Chips Night every Wednesday as this classic dish is offered at only ¥500. Full Monty British Pub and Cider House

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The Green Sheep
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Bars and pubs

Have a toast with Kilkenny...

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If you crave an authentic shepherd’s pie or fish and chips, come to The Green Sheep, the only Irish pub in Yokohama. It opens till late and the bar is spacious enough to accommodate a big crowd. Do note that it gets especially crowded on game nights. Irish Pub The Green Sheep

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Noge Tegata

Go bar-hopping...

Yokohama's drinkers love this: Noge-Tegata is a special coupon created to let you bar-hop at ease. For a mere ¥3,000, you'll get special offers at almost 70 shops which display a special flag. Buy yours at JR Sakuragicho Station's New Days or the Family Mart on Noge Naka-dori. Noge-Tegata

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Marine & Walk Yokohama
Shopping, Arcades

Shop in the sea breeze…

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Located by the seaside in Minato Mirai, this open-air mall is like a small town complete with a selection of unique shops, cosy mini-parks and trendy restaurants. It's also a favourite for locals walking their dogs, while another sort of animal-related quirk awaits by the bathrooms. Marine & Walk Yokohama

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Yokohama Stadium
Attractions

Watch a ball game over beer...

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The home ground of the professional baseball team Yokohama DeNA Baystars, Yokohama Stadium has a capacity for 30,000 people. Sip the team’s original brews, such as the Bay Star’s Lager, while enjoying the game and take in the slight sea breeze from the nearby Yokohama Port. Yokohama Stadium

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The Space
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Things to do

Jog through the port town...

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Runners flock to the area known as Minato Mirai because of its wide streets and upbeat atmosphere. The Space has changing rooms, and you can rent running gear and shoes here too. Lockers and showers are also available for ¥650. The Space

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Motion Blue Yokohama
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Music

Dive into the jazz scene…

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With its rich reference to the old and new, Japanese jazz has evolved into a genre of its own. This is the best venue to catch live gigs featuring both aspiring and big-name musicians. Motion Blue Yokohama

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Sake Bar Yokohama
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Bars and pubs

Sip some sake...

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Don't know much about sake but are curious to learn more? Head to this standing bar that serves 100-plus types of sake. The staff here are knowledgeable and can give recommendations based on your preference. It's just ¥300-400 per glass, so be careful... Sake Bar Yokohama

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Manyo Club
Things to do

Experience a city hot spring…

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If you can’t manage to get away for an onsen retreat, a trip to this mega spa is a good second best. Enjoy the indulgence of the Yugawara Onsen as well as massage treatments, a restaurant with a fantastic city view, and a choice of hotel rooms should you wish to stay the night. Yokohama Minato Mirai Manyo Club

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raumen museum
Restaurants, Ramen

Taste ramen from all around Japan...

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The world's one and only ramen museum is actually more of an eatery/shop: you can sample ramen by nine different restaurants (including vegetarian options) from all over the nation, and buy ramen-related utensils or instant ramen to enjoy at home. Shinyokohama Raumen Museum

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Sky Duck
Things to do

Hop aboard an amphibious bus…

icon-location-pin Minato Mirai

A swimming bus tour seems like the perfect way to make the most of this historic port town, inviting you to enjoy the city and the refreshing breeze from the water. Sky Duck Yokohama

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kirin
Things to do

Down a pint of fresh beer...

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Factory tours are always fun, but beer brewery tours are a special kind of treat. Head to brewing giant Kirin's plant to see how suds are made and down a few pints afterwards. The factory also houses several restaurants, including the craft beer-focused Spring Valley Brewery. Note that calling ahead for a booking is recommended for the brewery tour. Kirin Brewery Yokohama Plant

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Yakatabune Suzuyoshi
Things to do

Sail on an old-school houseboat...

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If you're up for some entertainment fit for a shogun, book your spot aboard an old Japanese houseboat (yakatabune) and dine on authentic cuisine while taking in the views. If you're still not convinced, the magic words 'unlimited drinks' and 'karaoke on a tatami mat' should do the trick. Yakatabune Suzuyoshi

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Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
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Bars and pubs

Drink on the cheap...

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The Noge area is great for drinking. One of the best examples is this '80s disco-style bar, where all the drinks, including a large selection of cocktails and vodka from all over the world, are ¥500 and snacks ¥250, and no table charge. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

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Edosei
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Restaurants

Munch on a huge bun...

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It's always fun to go on a eating binge around Chinatown. Many food stands will try to tempt you, but don't miss the buta-man at Edosei. It's said to be the biggest steamed pork bun in Chinatown; the juicy minced pork and soft bun are so satisfying. Edosei

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Yamashita Park
Things to do

Gaze across the ocean...

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Located right in front of Yokohama Port, Yamashita Park was the first seaside park in Japan. The park, which stretches for a few blocks and is popular with couples, is a great spot to gaze out towards the ocean or watch the ships cruise into the Osanbashi terminal. Count yourself lucky if you find a vacant bench: they're usually full. Yamashita Park

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Yokohama Seryna-Romanjaya
Restaurants, Hot pot

Beef up on wagyu...

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Loved for its delicious gyunabe (a traditional beef pot which is slightly different from sukiyaki), this long-standing restaurant is renowned for using exclusive Kobe beef and kuroge wagyu in its dishes. Traditional Japanese kaiseki dishes are also available. Yokohama Seryna-Romanjaya

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Yokohama Kimono Station
Things to do

Mill around in traditional garb...

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Yokohama was one of the engines of Japan's modernisation during the Meiji period, but the city still holds traces of the preceding era. Try renting a kimono or the more casual hakama for your stroll through this historic town. Better yet, pick up a rickshaw in front of the venue for the perfect photo op. Yokohama Haikara Kimono-kan

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Imai Dojo
Sport and fitness

Master karate...

Think you know kung fu? Well, you still might want to learn some Japanese martial arts too – a pursuit that can be realised at this karate dojo. The two-hour lessons are offered in Japanese, but English guidance is available. Imai Dojo

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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Shopping

Be a hipster among history...

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Originally customs houses, these historical warehouse-style buildings were cleverly redeveloped in 2002, while retaining their retro appeal. Building No. 1 now serves as a cultural hall equipped with event and exhibition spaces, while building No. 2 is home to cool shops, bars and restaurants. The nearby Red Brick Park is worth checking out too. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

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Cafe Giang
Restaurants

Let your tastebuds travel to Vietnam...

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This little wooden Vietnamese café is located near Chinatown's Choyomon Gate. Cafe Giang is legendary in Vietnam, and Japan was finally graced with an outpost in April 2018. Indulge in their authentic Vietnamese coffee or a banh mi sandwich. Cafe Giang

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ベイサイドビアガーデン

Unleash your inner shopaholic...

In this beautiful port town, there are a wide range of shopping options to fulfill all needs and budgets. Check out the shopping institution Don Quijote, classic department stores Sogo and Takashimaya, and casual shopping malls Porta, Bay Quarter, More’s and Joinus.

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Sea Bass
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Travel

Ride a bus on water...

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Don't forget: Yokohama is a port city, which means public transport isn't just limited to land. So try the water transport around Yokohama Station and Minato Mirai areas. It's only 5 to 10 minutes between stops, and there are four services an hour at most. Sea Bass

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Tinys Yokohama Hinodecho
Hotels

Stay beneath the railway tracks...

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Under the elevated tracks of Hinodecho Station you'll find five tiny houses on wheels. The complex includes a hostel, a café lounge and a SUP (stand-up paddleboard) station. Dorms go from ¥4,200, while a tiny house starts at ¥20,000. At the SUP station, you can take a class to paddle through the city. Tinys Yokohama Hinodecho

Where to drink craft beers in Yokohama

Bars and pubs

Yokohama Bay Brewing

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Choose from their ten original beers and four domestic craft beers. Whatever you do, definitely order the signature Bay Pilsner, which won an award at the Gold Brewers Seal 2014 in the Czech Republic, the birthplace of pilsner. This pub has a homely and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing drink.

Bars and pubs

Bashamichi Taproom

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An outpost of one of the nation's most renowned breweries, Baird Beer in Shizuoka prefecture, this taproom serves over 20 kinds of original brews while the chefs rustle up a delectable barbecue menu. It's always bustling with cheerful locals, who cluster around the counter and table seating.

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Charcoal Grill Green Bashamichi

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Boasting authentic chargrilled dishes made with plenty of fresh local ingredients, this gastro pub is popular for its food options. They have a good selection of craft beers, as well as quality wines. There is a branch near Ichikawacho Station, too.

Bars and pubs

Sakura Taps

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This pretty pub is always packed with locals after office hours, who come here for the premium beers and delectable food. Their high-quality drip coffee is also worth a try.

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Bars and pubs

29BY / 254BeeR

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Opened after receiving their brewing license in August 2018, this brand-new pub has already become a hit among locals who love their quality yakitori and baniku (horse meat). Feeling adventurous? Come here for the latest craft beer and quirky izakaya staples.

More on Yokohama

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For more things to do in Yokohama, take a look at the city's official visitor's guide.

For places to stay and dine during the Rugby World Cup, click here.

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