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50 things to do in Yokohama

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.

In recent years, Yokohama – popular for having the most scenic cruise terminal in Japan – has been developed into a tourist hotspot with many new attractions and hotels being built in the area. There are plenty of things to do in Yokohama, including eating your way through Chinatown, zipping around the city with a Segway, riding a roller coaster over the sea, seeing a life-sized Gundam statue, 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.

横浜人形の家
Kisa Toyoshima

26. Marvel at masterful puppets

Museums Yokohama

More than 1,200 dolls from some 140 countries are on display at must be one of the Tokyo area's most remarkable museums, where the exhibits range from Japanese folk toys arranged by characteristics to dolls used in various forms of traditional puppet theatre. Yokohama Doll Museum

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27. Hop aboard an amphibious bus

Things to do 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. The tours, including the after-dark Twilight Cruise, are available on weekends and public holidays. Sky Duck Yokohama

28. Master karate

Sport and fitness Yokohama

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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29. Sit down for smooth tunes

Music Music venues Yokohama

A big-time music club famed for its world-class programming and fancy food, Billboard Live has already conquered Tokyo and Osaka and is expanding to Yokohama in April 2020. The opening lineup features the likes of Robert Glasper and Sadao Watanabe. Billboard Live Yokohama

鵬天閣 新館
鵬天閣 新館 二色焼き小籠包

30. Munch on moreish dumplings

Restaurants Chinese Chinatown

Chinatown's abundance of street food can be a bit overwhelming to navigate, so you might as well head straight for the grand prize: Hotenkaku's Shanghai-style pan-fried soup dumplings, prepared right in front of your eyes and available with both pork and seafood fillings. Hotenkaku Shinkan

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31. Beef up on wagyu

Restaurants Hot pot Yokohama

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 and halal wagyu are also available. Yokohama Seryna-Romanjaya

ザ カハラ ホテル&リゾート 横浜
The Kahala Hotel & Resort Yokohama

32. Sleep like a VIP

Hotels Minato Mirai

A favourite among world leaders and celebrities, the Hawaii-based Kahala Hotel & Resort will be making its Japan debut in June 2020. Yokohama is set to be blessed not only with world-class luxury suites, but also with a fancy restaurant boasting garden views and a spa that looks out onto the ocean. The Kahala Hotel & Resort Yokohama

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アマゾンクラブ
Kisa Toyoshima

33. Spice up your evening

Restaurants Pan-Asian Yokohama

An old-school telephone you need to pick up to get in and a strategically placed sewing machine that reveals the way to the toilets are only some of the notable design elements at this quirky dive. The menu is heavy on Southeast Asian flavours but also features more eye-catching options: how about some stir-fried scorpion? Amazon Club

Bashamichi Jyuban-Kan
Keisuke Tanigawa

34. Relive the good old days

Restaurants Yokohama

Recreating the Western-influenced aesthetics of the Meiji era (1868-1912), this six-storey edifice houses a kissaten (old-school coffeeshop), bar and restaurant and has been catering especially to the nostalgia-hungry since 1970, making it something of a local institution. Bashamichi Jyuban-Kan

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The Bar Casablanca
Keisuke Tanigawa

35. Opt for a fancier tipple

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Yokohama

This long-established purveyor of fruit-based cocktails counts among Yokohama's most venerable drinking dens. Award-winning bartender Daiji Yamamoto never misses a beat when mixing up his seasonal concoctions. Note that parties of five or more will be turned away. The Bar Casablanca

インターコンチネンタル横浜Pier 8
インターコンチネンタル横浜Pier 8外観パース

36. Live the high life

Hotels Minato Mirai

The InterContinental occupies floors three to five of the Yokohama Hammerhead complex by the city's international cruise terminal, a location that guarantees unbeatable harbour views. Guests can savour Yokohama-style ‘Japanese Western’ cuisine at the restaurants or spend a romantic moment on the rooftop. InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8

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37. Tour a World Cup stadium

Attractions Shin-Yokohama

In 2002, Japan had its first-ever FIFA World Cup finals victory at this stadium, which also hosted the final match of the Rugby World Cup 2019 and is now the home of local football team Yokohama F. Marinos. Relive the moment with the ‘World Cup™ Stadium Tours’ (details at www.nissan-stadium.jp/english). Nissan Stadium

横浜ハイボール
Yokohama Highball

38. Down a brew for breakfast

Bars and pubs Pubs Shin-Yokohama

Serving whisky highballs, beer and more from 10am to late at night, this welcoming ‘pub stand’ is a hit among sports fans heading to or from the nearby stadium. Light breakfasts and lunches are available for those with a craving for solid sustenance. Yokohama Highball

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39. Be a hipster among history

Shopping Minato Mirai

Originally customs houses, these historical warehouse-style buildings were cleverly redeveloped in 2002, while retaining their retro appeal. A part of 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

野毛ホルモンビル 出逢い酒場 大夢
Keisuke Tanigawa

40. Have a meaty feast

Restaurants Yokohama

Standing smack in the middle of Noge, Yokohama's bar-hopping central, is this four-storey grill-it-yourself meat eatery and izakaya where you get to wash down top-quality wagyu with beer and shochu cocktails. The rooftop's big screens make it popular with sports fans. Time

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41. Rent a kimono

Things to do Yokohama

Yokohama was one of the engines of Japan's modernisation during the Meiji period, but the city still also holds traces of the preceding era. Try renting a kimono or more casual hakama wear for your Sunday stroll through town. Yokohama Haikara Kimono-kan

Cafe & Shop Kaguya
Kisa Toyoshima

42. Sip the finest green tea

Restaurants Cafés Yokohama

Only the best matcha tea from the feted fields of Uji in Kyoto, whipped up in house and served in a cup or glass, gets combined with enviable views over the Port of Yokohama at Kaguya, a cool café that also does great grilled fish for lunch. Cafe & Shop Kaguya

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43. Take a stroll in a historic garden

Attractions Parks and gardens Yokohama

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 memorial hall where you can participate in a tea ceremony and drink a cup of matcha (green tea) for only ¥500. Sankeien Garden

44. Shop 'til you drop

Shopping Yokohama

Looking to save on a new bag or suit? This classy outlet mall encompasses some 170 shops – a star-studded lineup of both international and Japanese brands – and is admirably family-friendly: the facilities include a toddlers-only lounge and private nursing rooms. Tired shoppers can power up in the food hall or on the spacious central lawn. Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside

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Yokohama Landmark Tower
Yokohama Landmark Tower

45. Visit Japan's tallest building

Attractions Sightseeing Minato Mirai

Take the world’s fastest lift (45km/h, 28m/h) to the top of Japan’s tallest building (296m/972ft) to feast on the spectacular views. On a clear day, you can easily make out Mt Fuji to the west, Tokyo to the north and the Boso Peninsula to the east. The rest of the building is devoted to offices and a hotel. Yokohama Landmark Tower

46. Sail on an old-school houseboat

Things to do Yokohama

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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野毛都橋商店街
Keisuke Tanigawa

47. Drink your way through a bar labyrinth

Bars and pubs Yokohama

Miyakobashi Shotengai in Noge is Yokohama's answer to Tokyo's Golden Gai: a two-storey, arcade-like building packed with some 60 watering holes, some of them seating only four or five patrons at a time. It's a bar-hopper's dream come true. Miyakobashi Shotengai / Noge

Yokohama Marin Rocket
Yokohama Marin Rocket

48. Catch a dance spectacle

Things to do Yokohama Station area

Settle in for an hour-long show and dinner at the ever-exciting Marin Rocket, which offers half a dozen different productions – from kid-friendly comedies to dances themed on traditional Japanese culture (from 7.30pm and 10pm daily) – performed by a bunch of seriously energetic entertainers. Yokohama Marin Rocket

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ミルピグ パフェ部
Keisuke Tanigawa

49. Close out the evening with a quirky dessert

Restaurants Yokohama

A ham and cheese purveyor turned late-night café, Milpig wows with its leftfield parfait selection: how about a combo of seasonal fruit, fresh cheese and prosciutto, perhaps paired with a glass of wine recommended by the resident sommelier? Milpig Parfait Club

The Bridge Yokohama
The Bridge Yokohama

50. Dance the night away

Nightlife Clubs Motomachi

Once a fancy-pants dance hall, Yokohama's most popular all-night club attracts a fashionable crowd with a varied repertoire of mainly hip hop, reggae and R&B beats spun by veteran DJs. Both established and up-and-coming musicians perform here on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. The Bridge Yokohama

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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