Museums and Galleries Walking Tour, Yokohama (Self Guided)

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: 10
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 km
Author: vickyc
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
Silk Museum

2) 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: 9 am - 4:30 pm Closed: Mondays (except national Holidays); Year-end and New Year Dec.28 - Jan.4
Yokohama Customs Museum

3) 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.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
Red Brick Warehouse

4) 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.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
BankART Studio NYK

5) BankART Studio NYK (must see)

BankART Studio NYK is set in the NYK Waterfront Warehouse built in 1952. It was a bank initially; now it provides space for art exhibitions. There are temporary exhibitions of both local artists and those from abroad. You can see diverse works of art here, including video, installation, photography, painting and sculpture.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 11 pm
NYK Maritime Museum

6) 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)
Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History

7) 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: 9:30 am - 5 pm; Admission until 30 minutes before closing
Sight description based on wikipedia
Nippon Maru Ship Museum

8) 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).
Yokohama Museum of Art

9) 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.

Operation hours: 10 am – 6 pm; Last entry 5:30 pm; Closed on Thursdays (open if holiday), year end & new year holidays

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sogo Museum of Art

10) 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 - 20 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.
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
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
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
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
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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 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.