Japan’s second-largest city after Tokyo, Yokohama is located half an hour south of Tokyo. One of the first Japanese ports to open to foreign trade, in 1859, Yokohama has a reputation as a truly multicultural city and draws a large number of both Japanese and international visitors.
Its range of diverse attractions includes one of the largest Chinatowns in the world, a range of gastronomic experiences such as a Ramen Museum and brewery tours, and a large zoo and sea-themed amusement park.
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Tokyo to Yokohama
From Tokyo, your Japan Rail Pass gives you direct access to all that Yokohama has to offer. Both Tokyo and Yokohama are well-served by JR train lines, giving you a multitude of travel options.
- From Tokyo Station, take the JR Tokaido line, Yokosuka line or Keihin-Tohoku line (also available from Ueno Station). With only 48 minutes of travel time, this is the fastest route from Tokyo Station to Yokohama Station (downtown).
- Alternatively, from Tokyo Station you can take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Shin-Yokohama Station, and the Yokohama Subway blue line to Yokohama Station (downtown). Total travel time should be around 50 minutes.
- From Shibuya Station, you may take the express or limited express train on the Tokyu Toyoko Line (not covered by the JR Pass). Depending on your starting point, the trip will last 40 and 45 minutes.
- To get from Shinjuku to Yokohama, you can take the Shonan Shinjuku Line. The total journey takes around 30 minutes.
- To travel from Narita Airport to Yokohama, take the Sobu Line and change to the Yokosuka Line at Tokyo Station.
- To get from Haneda Airport to Yokohama, take the Keikyu Keihinkyuko Line, which also passes through Shinagawa Station.
Kyoto to Yokohama
From Kyoto Station, take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen line to Shin-Yokohama Station, a trip of three and a half hours by Hikari train or four hours by Kodama train. The fastest option is to take a Nozomi train, as the journey takes just under two hours.
Once at Shin-Yokohama, it’s easy to reach Yokohama Station and the city centre by either taking the JR Yokohama Line or the Blue Line of the Municipal Subway.
Osaka to Yokohama
From Shin-Osaka Station, take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen line to Shin-Yokohama Station. The trip is just a little bit longer than when traveling from Kyoto and will last 3 hours and 40 minutes on a Kodama train or 2 hours and 40 minutes on a Hikari or Nozomi train.
As when arriving at Shin-Yokohama from Kyoto, passengers are then able to take the Yokohama Subway blue line to Yokohama Station (downtown).
Getting around Yokohama city
Much of Yokohama can be traversed on foot, but other options are also available. Your JR Pass can provide transportation between Yokohama Station at the city center and Shin-Yokohama Station ten minutes beyond. Two municipal subway lines are also available.
The Akaikutsu Loop Bus departs from Sakuragicho Station and connects with most of Yokohama’s major sights. The bus runs every 30 to 40 minutes. Just outside Yokohama Station, you will have access to the Seabass, a boat that travels between Minato Mirai and Yamashita Park about four times per hour.
Things to do in Yokohama
Yokohama is often compared to such international metropolises such as Los Angeles and Vancouver, as it offers an eclectic mix of expansive waterfront vistas, vast green spaces, and a vibrant downtown area.
Yokohama’s multicultural history is on full display in the Yamate area, which includes the Harbor View Park and Motomachi shopping street. Yamashita Park lies along the waterfront, and grants access to the Hikawa Maru, a retired ocean liner converted into a museum.
Foodies will rejoice at Yokohama’s selection of food themed attractions. Brewery tours are available at the Kirin Brewery Company, established in 1907. Tours of the facility conclude with twenty minutes of beer sampling and snacks. The Ramen Museum unfurls the history of ramen noodles, from its birth in China to modern instant meals. The museum includes nine restaurants that feature ramen from different areas of Japan.
Another ramen museum, the Cup Noodles Museum, is located in the Minato Mirai District. Owned by the company that invented the instant noodles, the museum features hands-on exhibits that allow visitors to create and package their own instant ramen. Samples of ramen and canned drinks from around the world can be attained at the museum’s replica night market.
Museums in Yokohama
Aside from maritime and food-themed exhibition spaces, Yokohama also offers visitors a range of museums dedicated to diverse topics, including the Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum, which features a range of interactive features related to the aviation industry.
Those interested in exploring the city’s background should head to the Yokohama Archives of History, while visitors looking for a quirkier experience should enjoy the Yokohama Doll Museum, which offers a huge collection of kitsch memorabilia spread over 4 levels.
Yokohama’s most popular attraction is the Yokohama Chinatown. The shopping and dining district contains more business than it does residents.
The area hosts a number of events and festivals, including the Chinese New Year each February. It is famous for its variety of Chinese foods, many of which have been converted to suit Japanese tastes.
Zoos and aquariums
Yokohama is also an excellent destination for avid nature lovers. Zoorasia is one of the largest zoos in Japan and features local as well as exotic species.
Thirty minutes south of Yokohama is the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise amusement park. It is located on a small offshore island. The Aqua Resorts area features an aquarium known as the Aqua Museum, home to such creatures as polar bears and whale sharks. Fureai Lagoon allows visitors to interact with seagoing inhabitants, and dolphins can be viewed up-close in the Dolphin Fantasy. The Pleasure Land portion of the park offers rides for kids and adults of all ages.
Travelers to Yokohama shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the Osanbashi Pier, a stunningly-designed modern passenger ship terminal, or the iconic Landmark Tower, which offers stunning views over the impressive Yokohama Bay Bridge from the top.
If you’re visiting with family you may also want to take your kids to the Cosmo World theme park and take a ride on its giant Ferris wheel, one of the biggest in the world
Also, Mitsuike-Koen is a prime location for those keen to experience cherry blossom viewing in Japan. Literally meaning “Three Ponds Park”, this public park features three man-made ponds surrounded by more than 1,500 1,600 cherry trees.
One of the newest attractions in Yokohama is a giant, moving statue of a Gundam robot from the popular Japanese anime series, which has been installed outside of the city’s Gundam Factory in advance of its opening in December 2020. The complex will also include themed shops, exhibitions, and a café.
Standing over 18 meters tall, the giant Gundam was inaugurated in a special ceremony performed by Shinto priests. However, if you want to take in the towering robot for yourself you’ll have to act fast, as the statue is only expected to be displayed at the site until March 31st, 2022.
Whatever your interests, Yokohama holds something special for you. Start planning your next trip today!
I will complete a cruise in Yokahma in April 2020 and plan to stay for 5 days, I would appreciate ‘must see’ suggestions – and is it possible to use the bullet train from Yokahama, thanks
Yes, it is possible to take the bullet train from either Yokohama Station (JR Tokaido line, Yokosuka line or Keihin-Tohoku line) and from Shin-Yokohama Station (Tokaido Shinkansen).
As detailed in this article you have many things to do in Yokohama. Yokohama’s most popular attraction is the Yokohama Chinatown. You can also visit the Yamate area for Yokohama’s multicultural history. Should you travel during the cherry-blossom season, Mitsuike-Koen is a prime location for cherry blossom viewing.
in late october we are travelling to yokohama from narita we are purchasing a jr rail paSS HOW DO YOU GET FROM NARITA TO YOKOHAMA THANKS
Hi PAT! You will first need to reach central Tokio from the airport travelling in the Narita Express. After that just follow one of the multiple travel options described in this article 😉 Happy travels!
We (2 adults and 2 kids) are arriving to Tokyo Haneda airport early morning, 5AM, and staying for 8 days in Japan. Whilst we have organised our 7 day JR passes, and looking forward to collect them on the same day,( JR office opens 6.45AM at the Haneda Airport?) we will not be using them on the first day. What would be the best option to transfer from the airport to the Hotel Metropolitan Edmont? Thank you
You should take the Tokyo Monorail to Hamamatsucho Station, then the Yamanote line to Akihabara, and then the Chuo line to Suidobashi.
Hi . I am Valerie from the Philippines. Me and my friends are arriving at Kansai Airport on March 23, 2019. We are planning to purchase 7 day JR pass. I have read that you have a JR office in Kansai where we can get or exchange our voucher for the JR card. We plan to immediately take the Hikari train to Tokyo. What is the first available trip to Tokyo that we could immediately take. Or possibly the first trip out to Tokyo on March 24th. Where can I view the daily train schedule of Shinkansen?Thank you.
Hi Ma Valerie! We recommend you to check Hyperdia, which provides detailed timetables, platform information, trip duration and exact distance, which will help you greatly in organizing your trips in Japan. You will also be able to use its filters to see routes included in your Japan Rail Pass. Happy travels!
I arrive at Kansai from the PHilippines at 11:55 October 13 2018 and I have arranged to collect my 7 day JR Pass when I arrive at Kansai. I want to go straight from Kansai to Yokohama using my JR Pass so can you tell me what is the quickest route I can use and if I can reserve seats for 3 people in advance.
Can you email me your response to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Adrian! For concrete assistance please make sure to contact the site you purchased the Japan Rail Pass from – they will be able to better assist you. Regarding the seat reservation questiom, we recommend you to carefully check our faq How to make seat reservations? Happy travels!
I am traveling to Tokyo with my family of 6. What is the best way for us to get to Kyoto from Tokyo and vice versa?
Hi Cel! Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto with the Japan Rail Pass is easy. You should take the Shinkansen Hikari train from either Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station in central Tokyo, and arrive at Kyoto Station. This trip is fully included in your Japan Rail Pass. Enjoy your trip!
Am travelling to Japan late March.
I have to get from Haneda to Sakuraguchi the day I arrive(Yokohama) and then back to Tokyo next day. Then we have 7 days in Tokyo to look around before we go on a 3 week organised tour.
Will the Pasmo travel pass suffice for this 8 or so days around/out of Tokyo. How far out??
I arrive at Haneda 5.30am. I dont think at that hour I could get my JRRail voucher swapped for a Pass for my trip to Yokohama even if I did buy one. Any help on this query please would be appreciated. Dianne
The PASMO Card is available from non-Japan Rail transportation in Tokyo, such as the Tokyo railway, Tokyo Metro subway system, and city buses. Please note it will not cover your trip to Yokohama.
Should you travel with a Japan Rail Pass it would easily cover:
– Trip between Tokyo and Yokohama in the JR Tokaido Line, the fastest route from Tokyo to Yokohama.
– The JR Pass affords access to five different Tokyo railway lines: the Yamanote Line, the Keihin-Tohoku Line, the Rapid Chuo Line, the local Chuo-Sobu line and other metropolitan lines that circulate on the outskirts of the city such as the JR Keiyo, Musashi, Nambu and Yokohama lines.
– Tokyo Monorail that will take you to and from Haneda Airport.
We hope you have an amazing trip!
Good afternoon JR team,
I’m planning to be in Japan with my wife and daughter (10years old) arriving at Narita June 6 ’18 (wed-1:30pm) and flying out from Haneda June 9’18 (sat-10:55pm). I know is a short trip , but planning to go to Osaka for a day since we are in Tokyo.
Can we still buy JR Pass ?
Thank you very much for your time and attention !
Philip W & family
Sure – even when the shortest Japan Rail Pass is for 7 days it might still pay off if travelling less days. It will always depend on your itinerary and that is why we always recommend you to check which is the cost of the individual trips at Hyperdia and compare it to the price of the nation-wide pass.
– When landing at Narita Airport, you will be able to arrive to central Tokyo at no additional cost in the Narita Express.
– While in Tokyo you will be entitled to ride some lines within the city: the Yamanote line, the Keihin-Tohoku line, the Rapid Chuo line, the local Chuo-Sobu line and other metropolitan lines that circulate on the outskirts of the city such as the JR Keiyo, Musashi, Nambu and Yokohama lines.
– To get from Tokyo to Osaka, you will need to take either the Hikari bullet train or Kodama from Tokyo or Shinagawa stations in central Tokyo.
– Finally, from central Tokyo you can easily reach Haneda Airport at no additional cost in the Tokyo Monorail.
We hope you have a great time in Japan!
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