If you arrive in Japan by cruise ship, chances are that you will arrive in the port city of Yokohama. While many travelers choose to go straight to Tokyo, it is not a bad idea to also spend a few hours in the quieter but cosmopolitan Yokohama! Our Yokohama travel guide will help you find the best sights to see.
There are some nice sights to visit, and if you come with kids you will have a great time in the Minato Mirai area and in the Cup Noodle museum. The area where westerners used to live, Yamate, is also interesting to visit, and you should head to Chinatown for some delicious Chinese food.
The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse was built as a model warehouse in the country from the late Meiji era to the early Taisho era.
In 1981 the municipal government of Yokohama, Japan’s second-largest city after Tokyo, started to revitalize its port area in order to carry Yokohama into the 21st century as a business hub independent of Tokyo. Minato Mirai 21 is the 1.2-mile urban redevelopment of the waterfront of Yokohama.
Many tourists skip Yokohama in favor of its more famous neighbors Kamakura and Hakone. But if you have time, we’d recommend you to spend a few hours in this modern harbor town as well.