Museums and Galleries Walking Tour (Self Guided), Yokohama

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.
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Museums and Galleries Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Yokohama (See other walking tours in Yokohama)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Yokohama Civic Art Gallery
  • Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
  • NYK Maritime Museum
  • Silk Museum
  • Yokohama Customs Museum
  • Red Brick Warehouse
  • Nippon Maru Ship Museum
  • Yokohama Museum of Art
  • Sogo Museum of Art
Yokohama Civic Art Gallery

1) Yokohama Civic Art Gallery

The Yokohama Civic Art Gallery is housed in a large building near the Kannai station. It displays works of contemporary Japanese artists, including those avant-garde from the 1960s-80s, featuring oil paintings, sculptures, prints, calligraphy, watercolors and other beautiful and sometimes unusual art pieces.

Operation hours: 10 am - 6 pm; Last entry at 5:30 pm
Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History

2) Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History

The Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History, founded in the year 1880 was earlier a Japanese bank, which played a significant role in Japanese trade with China. In year 1947 the bank was rebuild to a museum.
Nowadays the museum exhibits a rich collection of artifacts on the history and culture of Yokohama. Visitors to the museum may also take advantage of the in-house library.

Operation hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 am - 5 pm; Admission until 30 minutes before closing
Sight description based on wikipedia
NYK Maritime Museum

3) 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.
Silk Museum

4) Silk Museum (must see)

Asia is the home of silk and Japan has always been famous for its silk trade. The Silk Museum of Yokohama was opened in 1959. It provides insight into the science and technology of silk production, from cocoons making the precious material to beautiful costumes. Museums of this kind are few and far between.

Operation hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm; Closed: Mondays (except national Holidays); Year-end and New Year Dec.28 - Jan.4
Yokohama Customs Museum

5) Yokohama Customs Museum (must see)

The Yokohama Customs Museum provides evidence of corruption in Yokohama in the early years of the port. The display includes contraband items, and describes dishonest methods for sidestepping the customs. The museum edifice was built in 1936 and is called "the Queen". Its mosque-like tower is a prominent landmark of Yokohama.
Red Brick Warehouse

6) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Nippon Maru Ship Museum

7) 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: Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm; Last entry at 4:30 pm.
Yokohama Museum of Art

8) Yokohama Museum of Art (must see)

Yokohama Museum of Art founded in 1989, is located in the futuristic Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama city next to the Yokohama Landmark Tower, the tallest building in Japan.

The building which houses the Yokohama Museum of Art was designed by Kenzo Tange, the Japanese architect who won the 1987 Pritzker Prize for architecture. The structure is described as an "attractive and spacious building " that is "airy and well-lit". The museum has works by many influential and well-known modern artists including Constantin Brâncuşi, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Jimmy Ernst, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Ossip Zadkine, and Pablo Picasso. Dadaist and Surrealist works are especially well-represented.
The museum also features work by important Japanese artists.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sogo Museum of Art

9) Sogo Museum of Art

The Sogo Museum of Art is situated within the Sogo Department Store on the 6th floor. It displays works of art by both Japanese and foreign authors. Here you may see some fine ceramics - tea objects and vases - including those created by Handeishi. Also on display are calligraphy and photographs.

Operation hours: 10 am - 8 pm; Last entry: 7:30 pm.

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.
Kamakura Temples Walking Tour

Kamakura Temples Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 Km or 4.1 Miles
Yokohama Introduction Walking Tour

Yokohama Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Kanazawa Walking Tour

Kanazawa Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Shopping Tour

Shopping Tour

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: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles