Half-day Yokohama, Japan guide
After visiting Hakone, we travelled to Yokohama since it was on the way back to Tokyo. Yokohama, the second largest city in Japan after Tokyo, is only 30 minutes away from Tokyo and is a great respite for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Take the JR line to Sakurajicho, Minatomirai, or Bashamichi Station located in Yokohama. These are the three closest lines to all the action! We alighted at Sakurajicho and it is only a short walk across the bridge to get to this view.
Right outside Sakurajicho Station in Yokohama
Unlike Tokyo, look at the number of people on the streets!
Our first agenda was the Nissin cup noodles museum! Walk towards the ferris wheel and the cup noodles museum is located right next to the Cosmoworld theme park.
On the way to the Cup Noodles Museum
Along the way, there are quite a number of interesting bridges to cross and you can selfie/wefie away! It helped that the clouds cleared to reveal beautiful skies too!
Entrance to the Cup Noodles Museum
You know when you're reaching when you see people carrying their bags of cup noodles. The entrance of the museum is seemingly unimpressive but when you enter, you will observe a spacious interior!
Head over to the counter to get your tickets. The admission fee is 500 yen (~6 sgd) and if you can you should also try out the My CupNoodles Factory where you get to create your own cup noodles, and the My Ramen Factory to fry your own ramen! Both activities require an additional 300 yen (~3.70 sgd) each.
Exhibits in the Cup Noodles Museum
My CUPNOODLE factory
We also tried our hand in creating our cup noodles! You will be issued a cup, and the staff will usher you over to an empty seat for you to decorate the exterior of your cup noodle. Whenever you are ready, head over to choose your toppings for your very own nissin cup noodles.
Choosing your cup noodle ingredients
Choose from 3 toppings, and 1 soup base. We had a lot of fun choosing our favourite ingredients. Thereafter, they will seal your cup noodles, along with a plastic wrap. You may then proceed over to pack your cup noodles in an interesting bubble. There's also an eatery on the highest floor of the museum where you can purchase cup noodles from all over the world to taste! Finally, shop to your hearts content at the store at the entrance, before you leave!
Cup Noodles Museum
2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan
Telephone : 045-345-0918 (Information dial)
Museum Hours : 10:00 – 18:00 (Last admission is at 17:00), closed every Tuesdays
2. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Thereafter, head over to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. It has been revamped to become a shopping and cultural centre with many indie, hippie stores and cafes.
1-1 Shinko,Naka-ku,Yokohama 231-0001
3. Ride the Sea Bass
At the back of the warehouse, you will be able to find Pier Aka-renga. This is the tricky bit, it can't be found at the map but you should be able to see it right behind the warehouse. Head over to get tickets for the Sea Bass that will bring you to Yamashita Park. This short ferry ride will save you some walking!
Sea Bass at Pier Aka-renga
Sea Bass at Pier Aka-renga
Inside the Sea Bass
It is a lovely boat that has clear windows for you to admire the scenery on the ride. About 5 minutes or so, you will arrive at Yamashita Park!
4. Explore Yamashita Park
Yamashita Park, Yokohama, Japan
Yamashita Park is a small park close to the sea that was filled with flowers when we were there. It was an amazing scene with the setting sun!
5. Shop at Chinatown
Chinatown, Yokohama, Japan
A short walk from the park will bring you to Chinatown. You could try about the Chinese restaurants, or simply walk around to take in the views.
Chinese Temple at Yokohama Chinatown
Explore also the magnificent-looking Chinese Temples.
6. Shop at Motomachi Street!
Finally, shop to your heart's content at Motomachi Street. Motomachi is a shopping street of more than 150 years of history. Many Japanese brands started out here and still have their flagship stores located on the street.
There are also several cafes that you can have your coffee break, or rest your feet after all that walking.
7. Have dinner at Torikizoku on your way back!
Torikizoku at Yokohama, Japan
We have written about this amazing Yakitori restaurant and bar, and there's one branch at Yokohama that we've tried. Delicious food at 280 yen each (including alcohol!)
2 Chome-12-10 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 220-0005, Japan
After all that exploring in Hakone and Yokohama in a day, we were dead beat when we arrive back in Tokyo. If you're hard pressed for time, consider completing both Hakone and Yokohama in a day like what we did! Have fun exploring!