City Orientation Walk, Yokohama (Self Guided)

Located near Tokyo Metropolitan Area, Yokohama is a newer type of city distinguished by its lavish shopping scene and giant buildings. It is a home to a number of museums, highly-evolved seafront Minato Mirai district and picturesque Chinatown. A visit to Yokohama makes a fresh break from the neighboring Tokyo. Take this orientation walk to enjoy your trip to Yokohama to the maximum.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Japan » Yokohama (See other walking tours in Yokohama)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Author: emma

1) Chinatown (must see)

Yokohama Chinatown history is about 150 years long. Today only a few Chinese people still live in Chinatown, but it has a population of about 3,000 to 4,000. Most of the residents are from Guangzhou (Canton) but many come from other regions.

Yokohama Chinatown is the largest Chinatown not only in Japan but also in Asia (larger than Chinatowns in both Kobe and Nagasaki) and it is one of the largest in the world. There are roughly 250 Chinese-owned/themed shops and restaurants scattered throughout the district, with the highest concentration centered around a 300 square metre area.

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Kanteibyo Temple

2) Kanteibyo Temple

Yokohama Kanteibyo or Guanditempel Yokohama is a Taoist temple in Yokohama Chukagai dedicated to the Chinese god Guandi. In 1871 the temple was built by Chinese immigrants. It is set in Chinatown and represents a historic site that lures tourists. It dates back to 1887 and is also very interesting from an architectural point of view. Annually, on the anniversary of Guandi there are held many festivities in this area. There are parades with Chinese dance, traditional Dragon-dance and Lion-dance. There are also great prayer ceremonies organized.
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Motomachi Shopping Street

3) Motomachi Shopping Street (must see)

There is a district of Yokohama famed for its Motomachi shopping street. This place is very popular with tourists. The area bears the signs of heavy western influence and is lined with many boutiques, shops and outlets. Alongside western-type boutiques, there are fashionable stores that sell designer clothes known as "hama tora", which means "Yokohama traditional".
Yokohama Marine Tower

4) Yokohama Marine Tower (must see)

Yokohama Marine Tower is a 106 metre high (348 ft) lattice tower with an observation deck at a height of 100 metres.

The light characteristic is marked by a flash every twenty seconds, whereby the light's colour is alternating red and green. Originally, at night, the tower shaft itself was lit green and red according to its markings, but now, after the reopening on May 2009, the lights are white.

Yokohama Marine Tower was inaugurated in 1961. The Marine Tower is billed "the tallest lighthouse in the world", although this depends on what lighthouses are considered.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 10:30 pm

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Yamashita Park

5) Yamashita Park (must see)

Yamashita is a very nice park, situated just on the shore of Tokyo Bay, bordering the new urban development area Minato Mirai 21. It features flower gardens, alleys and a fountain. The park also gives opportunities for great photo shots and panoramic views over the sea and the Minato Mirai giant buildings.
Osanbashi Pier

6) Osanbashi Pier (must see)

Ōsanbashi Pier is the main international pier at the Port of Yokohama. Ōsanbashi is the oldest pier in Yokohama, originally constructed between 1889 and 1896.

To meet modern demands, Ōsanbashi was reconstructed between 1987 and 2002. The newly reconstructed passenger terminal is named the Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, designed by Foreign Office Architects. There is limited parking on the 1st floor, and an observation deck open to the public, on the rooftop.

Opening hours:

Rooftop, 1st Floor: Monday – Sunday: 24 h

2nd Floor: Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 9:30 pm

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Red Brick Warehouse

7) Red Brick Warehouse (must see)

The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a historical building that is currently used as a complex that includes a shopping mall, banquet hall, and event venues. The complex, officially known as the Newport Pier Tax Keeping Warehouse, was originally used as customs buildings, and has two sections: Warehouse No.1 and No.2.

Building No. 1 is currently regarded as a cultural facility, and is utilized as an event venue for art exhibitions, film festivals, musical competitions and plays. Building No. 2 houses a shopping mall and restaurant arcade, and a balcony from which visitors can view the harbour opened on the 3rd floor in 2007. Other sightseeing spots including Yokohama Chinatown, Minato Mirai 21, and Yamashita Park are located nearby.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
NYK Maritime Museum

8) NYK Maritime Museum (must see)

The NYK Maritime Museum is one of the most visited museums in Yokohama. It is situated on the waterfront. Here you can learn about the history of shipping in Japan. The displays include model ships, uniforms, photos, furnishings, biographies of ship captains, and there is also a library with books on maritime topics. The museum shop sells souvenirs.

Opening hours: 10 am - 5 pm; Last entry at 4:30 pm; Closed on Monday (open if holiday)
Minato Mirai 21

9) Minato Mirai 21 (must see)

Minato Mirai 21, “the harbor of the future'', is a large urban development area in Yokohama. It represents the bustling and cosmopolitan side of the city, situated in its center and displaying department stores, offices, residential space and dining areas. With many famous buildings and the nearby Chinatown it turns to be the number 1 attraction of Yokohama.
Nippon Maru Ship Museum

10) Nippon Maru Ship Museum (must see)

Nippon Maru Ship is said to be "swan on the Pacific Ocean." It was built in 1930 and is now a ship museum. Prior to that, it was a training ship for apprentice sailors. The ship became a museum largely due to its well-preserved original design. When on board, make sure to visit the Captain's Cabin, the Officer's Salon and a merchant marine classroom.

Opening hours: 10 am - 5 pm; Last entry at 4:30 pm; Closed on Monday (Tuesday if Sunday or Monday is public holiday).
Landmark Tower Yokohama

11) Landmark Tower Yokohama (must see)

The Yokohama Landmark Tower is the tallest building and 3rd tallest structure in Japan, standing 296.3 m (972 ft) high. Work on the building was finished in 1993. It has the highest observation deck in Japan.

The building contains a five-star hotel which occupies floors 49-70, with 603 rooms in total. The lower 48 floors contain shops, restaurants, clinics, and offices.

On the 69th floor there is an observatory, Sky Garden, from which one can see a 360-degree view of the city, and on clear days Mount Fuji.

The tower contains the world's 2nd fastest elevators, originally world's fastest, which reach speeds of 12.5 m/s (41 ft/s) (45.0 km/h (28.0 mph)). This speed allows the elevator to reach the 69th floor in approximately 40 seconds. The elevators's speed record was surpassed by elevators of Taipei 101 (60.6 km/h, 37.7 mi/h) in 2004.

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Grand Mall Park

12) Grand Mall Park

Grand Mall park is called so because it contains three main malls in Yokohama. It is actually an alley in the middle of giant buildings and attractions, as the Landmark Tower and Museum of Arts and it contains the Landmark Tower plaza and Queen's Square Shopping Mall.

Walking Tours in Yokohama, Japan

Create Your Own Walk in Yokohama

Create Your Own Walk in Yokohama

Creating your own self-guided walk in Yokohama is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Yokohama Everyday Life Walking Tour

Yokohama Everyday Life Walking Tour

Yokohama is a metropolis near Tokyo. Despite vicinity to the capital, life here is more relaxed and not as chaotic as one would imagine. This guide is to give you insight into the everyday life of the people of Yokohama.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Shopping Walking Tour in Yokohama

Shopping Walking Tour in Yokohama

Yokohama is a paradise for shopping lovers. This cosmopolitan city offers exclusive shopping areas. Bargaining is commonplace in this part of Japan. Follow our guide to the most popular shopping streets and venues of Yokohama.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Walking Tour of Kanazawa, Yokohama

Walking Tour of Kanazawa, Yokohama

Kanazawa is a district in the southernmost part of Yokohama. Founded in 1948, it has several must-see attractions, such as Sea Paradise, a museum, temples and very beautiful parks. Follow this guide to find your way to Kanazawa's most popular sites.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 km
Children's Attractions Walking Tour in Yokohama

Children's Attractions Walking Tour in Yokohama

Yokohama has many unique attractions for children. There are special museums for kids, amusement parks with the latest technology, the zoo with rare animals, etc. This self-guided tour will lead you through these and other exceptional places that all children are sure to enjoy.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Kamakura Temples Walking Tour

Kamakura Temples Walking Tour

There are many historic Buddhist temples near Yokohama, some of which are listed as national heritage. The most significant of them are concentrated in the town of Kamakura. This self-guided tour will lead you through some of these historic religious sites that reveal the culture, tradition and beliefs of the East.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

Yokohama is the second largest city of Japan. There are many small museums and art galleries in the city, some of which are specific to Asia, like the Silk Museum. This self-guided tour covers all the most popular museums and galleries in Yokohama.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Yokohama for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Yokohama has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Yokohama, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.