Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city with a popular of 3.7 million people. The city lies on Tokyo bay, just a short train ride from Tokyo. Together with neighboring cities and prefectures they form the Tokyo Greater Area, also known as the world’s most populous metropolitan area.
In Yokohama, you feel closer to the ocean than in Tokyo. The business district Minato Mirai 21 is especially attractive. Here you can ride up the Yokohama Landmark Tower or visit the Cosmo World amusement park, famous for its giant Ferris wheel next to the harbor. Not far from the amusement park is the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, a historical building that is currently home to many shopping stores and restaurants. Next to the warehouse lies Yamashita Park and the Yokohama Marine Tower. Here you can also pay a visit to the famous museum ship, Hikawa Maru. If you want more stunning views over the harbor you can head up to Yamate, a historic neighborhood with western-style mansions and a beautiful rose garden.
In Yokohama you will also find the biggest Chinatown in Japan. The district is active all day long and is filled with Chinese restaurants and tourist shops. You will have a complete different experience in the neighboring district Motomachi. This cosmopolitan shopping area attracts many fashionable people and those who are looking for original clothing and trendy coffee shops.
The benefit of staying in Yokohama is that you have great access to other famous sites and cities in Japan. The offshore island Enoshima and the historical town Kamakura are two major attractions within the Kanagawa prefecture. Once the capital of Japan, Kamakura displays many beautiful temples as well as cute shops and cozy coffee shops. This small city servers as a perfect excursion after a hectic week in the big city.