I introduce Yokohama, one of my favorite cities!
Also, I used to work at Minatomirai.
So, today I introduce the best plan to walk!
You don't need to ride a taxi or any metro!
I walked the route also, please check it!
A.B.C:Yokohama Minatomirai Station Area
When I visited Yokohama's Minatomirai Station,
I was blown away by its captivating scenery and culture.
Located in the heart of the city, this area is a perfect spot for shopping and art enthusiasts.
Right out of the station, you'll spot "MARK IS Minatomirai".
This trendy shopping mall is known as the largest commercial facility in the Minatomirai 21 district. It's not just about shopping; there's a great selection of tasty restaurants and cafes, making it a place to enjoy all day long.
Right in front of this mall stands the "Yokohama Museum of Art",
a gem in Yokohama's art scene. With various exhibitions and events, it's a haven for art lovers.
Between these two facilities, you'll find the "Gran Mall Park". This lush oasis in the city attracts many visitors. Especially, the art plaza, where art and nature blend, hosts numerous events and workshops.
Walking around this area, you'll feel where Yokohama's past, present, and future intersect. With shopping, art, and nature, the Minatomirai Station area is a must-visit when you're in Yokohama.
Queen's square is goot rode to go to cosmowolrd.
Because it is conectted the other side to cosmoworld and You go easily to go Akarenga breda
D:Yokohama Minatomirai Station Area,Yokohama air cabin
When you leave Queen's Square, you can see an amusement park.
This Cosmo World has attractions that can be enjoyed by both adults and children. Moreover, there is a variety of attractions, from roller coasters to playground equipment for children, and even as an adult, I was able to enjoy it fully. Plus, the almost zero wait time for the attractions is also a delightful point. You can enjoy the attractions efficiently!
Daytime attractions are also enjoyable, but Cosmo World at night has its own charm. The night view from the Ferris wheel is truly breathtaking, and this place, where you can overlook the night view of Yokohama, is also ideal as a dating spot.
And the fact that the admission fee is free is also surprising. It operates on a system where you purchase tickets when you want to ride the theme park attractions, so you can easily enter and enjoy only the attractions you like.
When you pass through Cosmo World, you'll see a ropeway. This ropeway connects JR Sakuragicho Station to Yokohama World Porters in front of the Canal Park.
When you board it, you can admire "Kishamichi" and "Kitanakahashi" from a new perspective. The view from above is magnificent, and you'll be able to appreciate the beauty of Yokohama's cityscape and the canals once again. In particular, the view of Yokohama Minato Mirai from the gondola is stunning, and it is said to make the everyday scenery feel fresh and transformed.
I didn't ride it because it's quite high 😆
The one-way fare for the ropeway is 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children, while the round trip is 1,800 yen for adults and 800 yen for children. Additionally, you can purchase a combination ticket with Cosmo World's giant ferris wheel, "Cosmo Clock 21."
From the Canal Park Station, you also have good access to Yokohama World Porters and the Red Brick Warehouse. When sightseeing, it's recommended to use the ropeway to discover the charm of the new Yokohama.
E:Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
As you walk, you'll gradually see red brick buildings that exude a retro atmosphere.
Firstly, the ambiance of the buildings themselves is charming, and you can feel their history. Especially, the brick walls and arch-shaped windows make for Instagram-worthy spots from every angle!
Upon entering, you'll find various shops and boutiques, making it an enjoyable place for shopping. In particular, the store of a patisserie brand called "Fufunagel" left a strong impression. Their fragrant and rich butter sandwiches come in over 10 different flavors, including ones exclusive to the Red Brick Warehouse store, and I couldn't decide which one to choose because they all looked delicious.
Furthermore, there is a wide range of dining options, including a Korean restaurant called "NENE CHICKEN & JIJIMI GO" and a specialty salad bowl shop called "WithGreen," among others, representing various culinary genres.
On weekends and holidays, various events like Oktoberfest and Pokémon events are held almost every week.
Overall, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a delightful place where history and modernity blend together. It's recommended to take a break here and have lunch, as it's a great place to do so!
F,G:Osanbashi Hall , Yamashita Park
After leaving the Red Brick Warehouse, I made my way to the Osanbashi Hall. True to its name, this place allows you to actually board a ship, giving you a surreal feeling as if you are floating on the sea. The view of Yokohama from the ship's deck is like a painting - the blue sea and sky, the distant Landmark Tower, and the sensation of swaying on the ship. It truly captures the charm of Yokohama.
In the nearby Yamashita Park, you'll come across street performers' performances. There are various shows, such as juggling, magic, and musical performances. It's especially recommended for couples and families. When I used to live nearby, I often took morning walks in this park and it made me feel very elegant.
As you explore the park, you'll find various monuments and memorials scattered around. Among them, the "Indian Water Tower" stands out with its unique design. Sitting on a park bench and gazing at the sea is also a simple pleasure. Enjoying the sea breeze while taking in the view of Yokohama and the street performances is truly a blissful experience. This was the moment of pure joy I experienced in Yokohama.
Yamashita Park is right next to Yokohama Chinatown, and it's bustling with people, especially since COVID-19 has subsided. However, due to the overwhelming crowds, the entrance on the Yamashita Park side from Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the subway is packed with people.
Walking to Chinatown from JR Ishikawacho Station is a relatively quieter route, and I decided in my heart to take that route next time, as I walked, considering the incredible crowd! 🤣
What first catches your eye are the various food stalls and restaurants. Especially, the xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) at "Koutou Hanten" are exquisite, with crispy skin and plenty of soup inside; you won't be able to stop at just one. Also recommended are the Peking duck at "Shouen" and the pork bun at "Kouu." One of the joys of visiting Chinatown is enjoying a food walk.
As a post-meal relaxation, a foot massage at the "Yokohama Ashika Kenkankan Chinatown Main Store" is a must. The staff with authentic skills will give you a thorough foot massage.
Treatments starting from 15 minutes are available, and the prices are reasonable. It's perfect for relieving the day's fatigue.
There are other affordable massage places as well, so I highly recommend making a reservation!
I always take a foot massage when I go there lol
(Even though Japanese may not be well understood 😇)
However, the charm of Chinatown is not limited to food and massages. You can also enjoy just walking around and exploring the historical buildings, temples, and shops. But because of the recent crowds, it's recommended to come early in the morning or in the evening.
How about these route?
If you have a lot of time there,
I reccomend walking rote also.
You will surely feel the pleasant Yokohama breeze.