Yokohama, Japan’s Minato Mirai – “The Port of the Future”

More than any place I’ve visited, I think, Yokohama, Japan surprised me.

There wasn’t anything in particular that I absolutely had to do in Yokohama. We mostly stayed there because it provided easy access to Haneda Airport, where we would be flying back home from.

Yamashita Park

What I was most looking forward to in Yokohama was the hotel we were going to stay at – The Royal Park Hotel in Yokohama’s Landmark Tower, one of the tallest buildings in all of Japan. What is unique about this hotel is that it is in floors 52 + of this skyscraper.

It was always easy for us to get back to the hotel!

It did not disappoint!

The views from our room were absolutely incredible. In addition, the first few floors of Landmark Tower is a mall that is full of shops and restaurants that were fun to explore. On the 69th floor of the Landmark Tower is the Sky Garden where you can get an amazing view of the city and even see Mount Fuji on a clear day.

View from the Sky Garden

Landmark Tower rises up from the center of the area known as “Minato Mirai” – the Port of the Future. Here there are futuristic buildings, beautiful parks by the water, tons of shopping, an amusement park, and a huge ferris wheel that lights up the area at night.

In addition to Minato Mirai, there are many other attractions to explore in Yokohama. The Red Brick Warehouse is a great place for shopping and eating. One of our best memories of Yokohama is dinner at Blue Motion, a jazz club in the Red Brick Warehouse.

Nearby is Yokohama’s Chinatown which is the biggest in the world (I guess…outside of China). Here we ate delicious dumplings and spent some time in the huge Sega Arcade.

Yokohama is full of other great sights and is also a perfect launching pad for visiting other nearby cities like Enoshima and Kamakura. With Yokohama Station only being a half hour train ride from Tokyo Station, it can also make a perfect day trip.

What I really loved about Yokohama was that you could get the Japanese, big city feel without it being as crowded as Tokyo. There were just so many fun, unexpected things that we experienced like a baseball game, a jazz club, and a heavy metal meatball bar which made Yokohama maybe…just maybe the highlight of our first trip to Japan.

Yokohama Stadium

As mentioned previously, if you are flying out of Haneda Airport, Yokohama is an EXCELLENT last stop. From the front of Yokohama Landmark Tower, the Airport Limousine Bus service can get you to Haneda is 35 – 45 minutes. It is hassle free, easy, and inexpensive.

When you find yourself in Japan, don’t forget to check out Yokohama – it is an amazing place to stay and I haven’t even scratched the surface yet on all of the great things to do in this incredible city!

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