The second largest city in Japan, Yokohama is a pulsing port and was the first to open to foreign trade back in 1859. It boasts the country’s largest Chinatown and the picturesque gardens of Sankeien and offers unique culinary museums.
Spend time exploring Yokohama’s vast Chinatown, which was established in the mid-19th century following the port’s opening to foreign trade. It’s packed with stores selling Chinese teas and traditional remedies, as well as authentic restaurants serving Chinese dishes that have a Japanese twist.
Escape the modern bustle of Yokohama at the traditional Japanese gardens of Sankeien, which were established by Hara Sankei during the early 1900s. Recreated historic buildings from Kyoto and Kamakura dot its tranquil pathways, together with ponds, flowing rivers and seasonal flower displays.
One of Yokohama’s quirkier museums is the Cup Noodles Museum, which celebrates this humble meal through interactive exhibits. Watch a short film detailing the history of instant noodles and see a replica of the shed where they were first invented, then admire the artwork inspired by the many cup noodles on the market today.
If you prefer your noodles in a more traditional style, head to the Shinyokohama Ramen Museum that details the history of ramen in Japan. Learn how this popular dish is made and the variety of different broths and regional toppings that feature across the country, with mini ramen samplers available to try.
Yokohama is a 30-minute train ride from Tokyo and 40 minutes from Haneda Airport. The Akai-kutsu Bus connects most of the city’s attractions, but many are within easy walking distance from one another.