There are a number of high quality museums in Yokohama with interactive elements and exhibitions that are well designed and engaging. The city's unique history as one of Japan's first port towns to be opened to international trade in the 1850s and the resulting interaction with other countries, as well as the development of trade and industry, are featured in many of the museums.


Nippon Maru and Yokohama Port Museum

5 minute walk from Minato Mirai and Sakuragicho Stations
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a holiday), December 29 to 31
Admission: 400 yen for entry to either attraction, 600 yen for both
Built in 1930, Nippon Maru is a retired sailing ship that is permanently docked at Minato Mirai and is open to the public. Across from the ship is the Yokohama Port Museum, a recently remodeled museum that has a History Zone illustrating the port's entire history and a Rediscovery Zone which illustrates broader marine topics.

NYK Maritime Museum

5 minute walk from Bashamichi Station
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Admission: 400 yen (museum only), 500 yen (museum and Hikawa Maru)
NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) is one of the world's biggest shipping companies with a long and varied history dating back to the 1880s. The museum outlines the company's history from the opening of Japan to NYK's present role in international shipping, illustrating the development of marine technology, commerce and politics along the way.



A few steps from Nihon-Odori Station
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 4
Admission: 400 yen
Yokohama was the birthplace of the Japanese daily newspaper, and this fact is commemorated by the Newspark museum. The museum displays elaborate exhibits and objects from all the different periods of development of Japanese newspapers. English information is limited.

Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum

5 minute walk from Minato Mirai Station
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Tuesdays (or next day if Tuesday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 500 yen
The museum has six zones: space, ocean, transportation, daily life discovery, environment and technology quest. The present and future of each zone's theme is presented, with many interactive elements like computer simulators. The museum seems generally geared towards kids.

Silk Museum

5 minute walk from Nihon-Odori Station
Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday),
December 28 to January 4
Admission: 500 yen
For a long time, silk was the most important industry of the Japanese economy. This museum illustrates the history of silk, silk garments from Japan and around the world, and silk producing technologies (including live silkworms). The museum was was built in 1959, for the 100th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.

Food and Drink

Kirin Beer Factory

10 minute walk from Namamugi Station
Hours: Tours begin every hour from 10:00 to 16:00
Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: Free
Kirin is one of Japan's main producers of beer, and the Beer Factory is part of Kirin's brewery in Yokohama. The main attraction is an 80 minute tour of the brewery, which includes movies and displays about the history of beer as well as a free tasting at the end.

Ramen Museum

10 minute walk from Shin-Yokohama Station
Hours: 11:00 to 22:00 (slightly longer hours on some days)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 310 yen (does not include ramen)
The Ramen Museum introduces the history of ramen and features about a dozen ramen stores with regional flavors from across Japan in a setting of Tokyo in the 1950s, the time when ramen gained popularity.

Cup Noodles Museum

10 minute walk from Minato Mirai and Sakuragicho Stations
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:00)
Closed: Tuesdays (or next day if Tuesday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 500 yen (workshops extra)
This fun museum follows the history of instant noodles with interactive exhibits, modern art and hands on experiences. For a small fee visitors can design their own cup noodles or make instant ramen noodles from scratch (reservations required). There is also a food court that serves noodle dishes from around the world.


Yokohama Museum of Art

Closed for renovations from March 2021 until 2023
The Museum has seven galleries; three for displaying works from the permanent collection, one for photography, and three for special exhibitions (four per year). The museum focuses on contemporary art as well as Yokohama itself, the city, its role as a port, and its artists.



15 minute bus ride from Nakayama Station
Hours: daily 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: Tuesdays (except national holidays), New Year holidays
Admission: 800 yen
Zoorasia is a well designed, modern zoo, located just outside central Yokohama. The zoo has animals from around the world, including polar bears and elephants, as well as a section of animals native to Japan.

Ratings:    best of Japan    outstanding

Getting there and around

Hotels around Yokohama

    • Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
      The Yokohama Royal Park Hotel is located on the waterfront of Yokohama Bay. The grand hotel contains a halal restaurant and a tearoom with spectacular views of Mount Fuji.
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    • Guest House FUTARENO
      Situated in Noge district in Yokohama, GuestHouse FUTARENO is a 5-minute walk from Sakuragicho and Hinodecho stations. The renovated traditional Japanese house offers a cosy atmosphere with free property-wide WiFi. Popular attractions like the Nogeyama Zoo is a 8-minute walk away. The Minatomirai area and the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse can be reached within a 23-minute walk from the property. Numerous bars can be found within a 5-minute walking distance. Guestrooms come with bunk beds and features wooden decor. Bathroom facilites are shared with other guests. Free luggage storage is available at GuestHouse FUTARENO. Guests can make use of the shared kitchen to prepare meals or relax at the shared lounge.
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    • Oakwood Suites Yokohama
      Set 1.8 km from Yokohama Marine Tower, Oakwood Suites Yokohama offers a fitness centre, a shared lounge and air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. Featuring a kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge, each unit also comes with a satellite flat-screen TV, ironing facilities, desk and a seating area with a sofa. There is a private bathroom with bidet and a hairdryer in each unit, along with free toiletries. Guests at the aparthotel can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. Popular points of interest near Oakwood Suites Yokohama include Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama Cosmo World and Cupnoodles Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu
      In the heart of the Minato-Mirai area, just a minute's walk from Minato-Mirai Station, The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu offers spacious rooms with a balcony, spectacular views of Minato-Mirai and free WiFi. It features 6 dining options. Concierge services are available. Rooms have a luxurious interior with floor-to-ceiling windows, a seating area and an LCD TV. Amenities include a fridge, a safe and nightwear. Guests sleep in 2 extra -long double beds. Guests at the Tokyu Bay Yokohama can unwind in the sauna or relax with a massage treatment. The hotel offers ticketing services, as well as currency exchange. Facilities include a 24-hour reception, a babysitting centre and a jewellery shop. French cuisine can be enjoyed at restaurant Queen Alice, while Japanese dishes are offered in a serene Japanese-style dining area at Oshima. The hotel also offers a caf?-restaurant and 2 bars. The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu is located in the Queen's Square Yokohama complex, which includes a concert hall, shops and spacious gardens. Itfs directly connected to Minatomirai Subway Station, and only a 30-minute drive from Haneda Airport or a 90-minute drive from Narita Airport.
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    • Hare-Tabi Traveler's Inn Yokohama
      Set in Yokohama, within less than 1 km of Yokohama Marine Tower and 5 km of Sankeien, Hare-Tabi Traveler's Inn Yokohama offers accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is around 11 km from Nissan Stadium, 1.5 km from Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and 1.6 km from Minato Mirai 21. The property is 1.2 km from the city centre and 2 km from Yokohama Cosmo World. The shared bathroom is fitted with a bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Popular points of interest near the hostel include Yokohama Stadium, Hikawamaru and Yamashita Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from Hare-Tabi Traveler's Inn Yokohama.
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    • Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
      Located above the 52nd floor of Yokohama Landmark Tower, all rooms at Yokohama Royal Park Hotel offer free WiFi and views of Yokohama City or the Yokohama Bay Bridge. Guests can take a swim at the indoor pool at the fitness centre, enjoy various cuisines at the 8 dining venues or request soothing massage treatments for an extra cost. Minatomirai Subway Station is a 3-minute walk and JR Sakuragicho Train Station is a 5-minute walk away. All spacious air-conditioned rooms are located between the 52nd and 67th floor, featuring carpeted floors and a flat-screen satellite TV. Each comes with a minibar and an electric kettle with green tea bags. The en suite bathroom includes a bathtub and nightwear is provided for all guests. The 24-hour front desk provides dry cleaning services, luggage storage and daily newspapers. Guests can use the business centre or make travel arrangements at the concierge desk. Local gifts can be purchased at the hotelfs souvenir shop, while Japanese green tea can be enjoyed at the tea ceremony room. Landmark Fitness Club is located on the 49th floor, and guests can use the facilities at a surcharge. There is also a barber and beauty shop, as well as a photo studio at the property. Offering spectacular views from the 68th floor, restaurant Shikitei offers Japanese dishes, and French full courses are served at Le Ciel restaurant. You can enjoy a late-night cocktail with panoramic views of Yokohama Bay at the Sirius Lounge, located on the 70th floor. Royal Park Hotel Yokohama is a 20-minute walk from the Red Brick Warehouse and Yokohama Chinatown. The Pacifico Yokohama convention centre is an 8-minute walk away. Guests can take a 50-minute limousine bus ride to Haneda International Airport or a 2-hour limousine bus ride to Narita International Airport (charges apply).
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    • Hotel New Grand
      Situated right in front of Yamashita Park and looking out to the Yokohama Bay, Hotel New Grand is a renowned classic hotel with nearly a century of first-class hospitality. Motomachi-Chukagai Subway Station is just a 1-minute walk away. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Featuring chic ambience and large windows offering ocean or city views, rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, fridge and electric kettle. Minibar and an electric kettle are also provided. The en suite bathroom includes a bath tub and toiletries. While staying at New Grand Hotel, guests can receive massages at the aesthetic salons or purchase gift items at the Sundry Shop. Currency exchange and concierge services are offered. Luggage can be stored at the bell desk for free. Yokohama China Town is a 2-minute walk, and Motomachi shopping area is a 5-minute walk away. The lively Minato-mirai area and JR Yokohama Station are both within an 8-minute subway ride from the property. Le Normandie serves classic French cuisine in an elegant setting with antique interior. Il Giardino offers colourful Italian dishes, while delicately prepared Japanese meals can be enjoyed at Yugyo-an restaurant.
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    • Richmond Hotel Yokohama Ekimae
      Richmond Hotel Yokohama Ekimae is situated in Yokohama, within 6 km of Yokohama Marine Tower and 8 km of Nissan Stadium. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Local points of interest like Pacifico Yokohama and Yokohama Landmark Tower are reachable within 3 km and 3.2 km, respectively. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel rooms have a wardrobe and a private bathroom. American and Asian breakfast options are available each morning at Richmond Hotel Yokohama Ekimae. Sankeien is 10 km from the accommodation, while Yokohama Museum is 3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from Richmond Hotel Yokohama Ekimae.
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    • Hotel Associa Shin-Yokohama
      Hotel Associa is located directly above Shin-Yokohama Station. The bullet train takes people to Tokyo Station in 17-minutes and to Shinagawa Station in 10-minutes. A direct bus to Haneda International Airport is a 35-minute ride. Yokohama, Nagoya and Osaka can be directly accessed from Shin-Yokohama Station. Warm and soundproof rooms made of natural materials feature modern decor and light colors with soft lighting. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the city, and rooms come equipped with an LCD TV, air humidifier/purifier, a small fridge, personal locker and an en suite bathroom with a bathtub and free toiletries. All rooms feature free WiFi. The 24-hour front desk offers dry-cleaning and foreign currency exchange, as well as massage service that can be offered in guestrooms. A Japanese and Western-style buffet breakfast can be enjoyed at the property atrium. The Associa lounge exclusively available to staying guests offer coffee, tea, herb tea, soft drinks and various other beverages for free. Hotel Associa is located within the station building Cubic Plaza Shin-Yokohama. Guests can enjoy dining at the various restaurants located on floors 9 and 10, or enjoy shopping at stores such as Bic Camera or Uniqlo. Yokohama Arena and the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum are both within a 10-minute walk. Nissan Stadium is a 5-minute taxi ride away.
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    • Hyatt Regency Yokohama
      Set in Yokohama, 500 metres from Yokohama Marine Tower, Hyatt Regency Yokohama offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation features a concierge service and luggage storage space for guests. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the hotel. Popular points of interest near Hyatt Regency Yokohama include Hikawamaru, Yamashita Park and Yokohama Stadium. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • InterContinental Yokohama Grand, an IHG Hotel
      Overlooking Yokohama Bay, the Intercontinental boasts a 31st-floor Chinese restaurant and a spa with massages. Rooms have free WiFi and city or bay views. Rooms at the InterContinental Yokohama Grand are spacious for the area, and include an LCD TV with satellite channels and a private bath. A minibar is provided, and room service is available 24/7. Slippers and a wide variety of toiletries are included. Private Health & Fitness Club includes an indoor pool, a sauna and a workout room. Spa Bay Window pairs body and facial treatments with water views. The hotel also has several on-site shops, including a florist and a beauty salon. Among the hotelfs 6 dining options are the classically styled Azur French Restaurant and the modern Nadaman Japanese Cuisine. Marine Blue Lounge & Bar offers drinks and desserts with panoramic views. The hotel is just 500 metres from the Cosmo Clock 21 ferris wheel and Minato-Mirai Hall. Minato-Mirai Train Station is a 3-minute walk, and Yokohamafs Chinatown is 2 km away.
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