DAYS IN YOKOHAMA, KANAGAWA

4 July 2019 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

DAYS IN YOKOHAMA, KANAGAWA

Konnichiwa from Kanagawa, Japan🇯🇵It was great to be back! Kanagawa is my 7th visited prefecture in Japan. This time, we will be visiting a total of 6 cities in this beautiful place. I can't wait to share with you all. If you wish to know more, you may check out my instastories on the highlight called "Kanagawa." or search hashtag #ShiniInKanagawa. Today post is all about my days in Yokohama. I'll be sharing with you guys about the attractions and accommodation in Yokohama.


About Yokohama.



For your info, Yokohama is the first harbor city introduced to the world as the entrance to Japan. Since the time its port was opened, Yokohama has been vigorously acquiring new cultures and information from foreign countries and introducing to Japan our country’s first-time-ever things from food to a wide range of cultures, which entitles Yokohama as the birthplace of Japan’s modern culture.

The Yokohama referred to as “Hamakko” in Japanese, has been very cheerful at enjoying life and willing to adopt whatever is good. Such a tradition of the “Hamakkos” cultivated long ago has been incorporated into the present fashionable and sophisticated streetscape.



Yokohama Chinatown.



Yokohama Chinatown (横浜中華街, Yokohama Chūkagai) is Japan's largest Chinatown, located in central Yokohama. A large number of Chinese stores and restaurants can be found in the narrow and colourful streets of Chinatown.

Various events and festivals such as Chinese New Year around the beginning of February are also held at Chinatown.


Yokohama Chinatown quickly developed, after the port of Yokohama had been one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to foreign trade in 1859. It became the residence of the many Chinese traders who settled down in the city. Today, there are more businesses than actual residents living in the area.

Unfortunately, it was raining during our visit. Or else, we can take so many beautiful photos here. We only managed to take a few pictures because we need to head to the next destination.

Details
How to access : The closest stations to Yokohama Chinatown are Motomachi-Chukagai Station along the Minato Mirai Line (8 minutes, 210 yen from Yokohama Station) and Ishikawacho Station along the JR Negishi Line (7 minutes, 160 yen from Yokohama Station).


Yamashita Park.


Yamashita Park (山下公園, Yamashita Kōen) is a public park that stretches about 750 meters along Yokohama's waterfront. The park is about a hundred meters wide and consists mostly of open green space. It was constructed after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.




A few fountains and an eclectic group of monuments are distributed throughout the park: an Indian memorial, a monument to a Filipino general, a girl scout statue, two monuments to particular Japanese children songs, and a statue of a large head commemorating the introduction of the western-style haircut to Japan.




There are so many beautiful flowers around this park. Unfortunately, that day was a rainy day during our visit. Or else we can take so many beautiful photos.


Details
How to access : Yamashita Park is a five-minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station (8 minutes, 210 yen from Yokohama Station) on the Minato Mirai Line. The park can also be reached by foot from Chinatown in five minutes or from Minato Mirai in about 30 minutes.


Cup Noodle Museum.




This interactive museum is designed to stir the creativity and curiosity within every child and provide a rich educational experience.

Through the museum’s many exhibits you can learn about the creative thinking of Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin Food Products and inventor of Chicken Ramen,  the world’s first instant ramen that revolutionized eating customs all over the world.




Once you stepped in, you can see so many varieties of cup noodles on the wall!


Momofuku Ando dedicated his entire life to thinking about food in new and creative ways. Throughout his 96 years, his practiced creative thinking and never quit until he achieved his goal.




Momofuku Ando was born on March 5, 1910. He established Nissin Food Products and founded the Ando Foundation.

In 1958, Momofuku invented Chicken Ramen, the world’s first instant ramen, creating the instant ramen industry. In 1971, he invented CUP NOODLES, the world’s first ramen served in a cup. Along with serving as the CEO and chairman of Nissin Food Products, Momofuku contributed to building the instant ramen industry as chairman of the Japan Instant Food Industry Association and as chairman of the World Instant Noodles Association. Dedicated to the health education of young people, in 1983, he used funds from his personal fortune to establish the Ando Foundation.




Here you will gather the knowledge that inspires invention and discovery and finds the creativity within you by seeing, touching, playing, eating, and having fun.

Finally, I got the opportunity to customize my own kind of cup noodles!

Firstly, we need to purchase an empty cup, and then we can customize our cup noodles by drawing. Last but not least, choose the desire broth and 4 toppings. The cup noodles can be consumed within one month. I'm looking forward to giving it a try!




Overall, I personally think it is a MUST to visit when you're in Yokohama. I felt it was really worth to visit because you can gain knowledge while having a lot of fun, taking tons of beautiful photos and even grab your own kind of customized cup noodles! Will definitely bring my kid to come in future. Lol

Details
Location : 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan.
Opening hours : Daily (10.00am - 6.00pm)
Admission Fee : Adult (500 yen)
How to access : (by train)
Minatomirai line
8-minute walk from the Minatomirai line Minatomirai Station
8-minute walk from the Minatomirai line Bashamichi Station

JR/Shieichikatetsu
12-minute walk from the JR/Shieichikatetsu Sakuragicho Station


Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum.



Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum was founded on March 6th, 1994 as the world's first food-themed amusement park. From the start, their concept has been to be the one-stop place to enjoy the flavours of this national dish from renowned shops across Japan without stepping on a plane. To commemorate their 20th anniversary, they've expanded on the Japan-wide concept to be one that covers areas worldwide, delivering even more of the attraction and fascination of ramen to one and all. Their nine ramen shops are showcased in a street-scape replication from the year 1958, Japan. It was in this year that the world's first instant ramen was invented.




The museum consists of a gallery,  some souvenir shops, snack shops and of course, all kind of ramen shops!

You can choose to visit any ramen shop that you desire. Each ramen shop served a different kind of ramen.




I love the retro decorations and interior here. Makes me feel like the old days even I'm not a Japanese.





There are so many kinds of ramen shop and we have no idea which one should we choose. Eventually, we had chosen Komurasaki which popularly served Tonkotsu Pork Bone based ramen.

Spot my face then you should know how delicious of the ramen.  the soup at this historic ramen shop serves a mild-flavoured sauce that combines chicken bone and vegetable broth over a tonkotsu (pork bone) base. The soup includes their own specially-flavoured oil, and roasted, crumbled garlic chips scattered on top; the fragrance of which really piques your appetite.



Details
Location : 2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City, 222-0033, Japan
Opening hours : Daily (10.00am - 6.00pm)
Admission Fee :
Adult (>13) - 310 yen
Child (6-12) & Seniors (>60) - 100 yen
Children (<6) - Free
Group of 15 or more:  Adult - 260 yen, Child & Seniors - 50yen

How to access : Yokohama City Subway → Shinyokoaham Ramen Museum (Leave the subway station from Exit 8 and walk for several minutes)



Yokohama Brick Warehouse.



Maintaining the vestiges of its warehouse past with its elegantly quaint exterior and hosting a variety of small shops, seasonal events, and an oceanfront view of the Yokohama Bay Bridge and Osanbashi Pier, the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse charms and delights anyone who visits. Come and enjoy a truly memorable time with the people who are special in your life.


The hall and spaces housed in Warehouse No.1 are used to showcase a variety of exhibitions and performances, including plays, concerts, film, and dance, helping to spread Yokohama's unique arts and culture both domestically and abroad. Yokohama is a place where people gather and enjoy life, and there's no better place to do just that this beautiful space.


The event plaza situated between Warehouse No.1 and 2 stages a variety of events each season, including the Yokohama Oktoberfest, the first of its kind in Japan. The freeing sensation of this wide-open space is also an experience on its own.

It is also a great place for photo-shooting. Spot all my pretty photos then you should have known. Hahaha. All credit to the professional photographer.

Details
Location : 1-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan.
Opening hours : Daily (10.00am - 7.00pm)
How to access : (by train)
JR - Municipal Subway Line
About 15-minute walk from the "Sakuragicho Station" via Kishamichi Promenade
About 15-minute on foot from "Kannai Station


Hotel : Intercontinental Yokohama Grand. 

The InterContinental Yokohama Grand, situated in the Minato Mirai district of Yokohama, opened in 1991 as the first hotel of the InterContinental Hotels Group in Japan. The hotel exterior, which evokes the image of a white sail against the blue sea, is today a landmark in the Yokohama downtown area. We look forward to welcoming you to our relaxed and elegant facility by the sea.



Bay View rooms offer sweeping vistas of the Yokohama port area and Bay Bridge, while City View rooms look out over the Red Brick Warehouse and giant Ferris Wheel. Generous windows provide panoramic views for the perfect backdrop to a relaxing stay. We also offer a range of rooms including suites to suit varying requirements.




This is the night view from my room. The colourful giant Ferris Wheel is so pretty!

Overall, we had a pleasant stay for the first night here. You can check out my room tour on my instastories with the highlight named "Kanagawa."

Details
Location : 1-1-1 Minato-Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa.


If you guys are interested to pay a visit to Kanagawa, you may visit the tour agency Apple Vacations website for more info : Taste of Kanagawa and check out their booth at Matta Fair during September 2019. Since this time was a really short trip, so no video was made this time. However, like I said, if you wish to know more, you may check out my instastories on the highlight called "Kanagawa." or search hashtag #ShiniInKanagawa. Can't wait to share with you guys more about Kanagawa on the next post. Stay tuned!



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