Yokohama Everyday Life Walking Tour, Yokohama (Self Guided)

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.
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Yokohama Everyday Life Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Yokohama Everyday Life Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Yokohama (See other walking tours in Yokohama)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: vickyc
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Kannai Station

1) Kannai Station

Kannai Station is one of the busiest train stations in Yokohama, set right in the heart of the city. It is a perfect spot to see the locals go about their daily routine. Many of them work in Tokyo and thus have to hurry up to the station every day to catch a commuter train to the capital.
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Chinatown

2) 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.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kanteibyo Temple

3) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Motomachi and Yamate Area

4) Motomachi and Yamate Area

Since Yokohama opened as a trade port many foreigners settled down in this city. Most of the western guests chose the region of the Yamata Hill to built residential houses and open businesses. At the foot of Yamate hills is lying the Motomachi Street, famous for being a great shopping area. Both the street and the residential space have occidental looks and architecture.
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Motomachi Park

5) Motomachi Park

Motomachi Park is a grassy, wooded calm place, situated close to the famous Motomachi shopping street. In the past, the place was filled with European offices; some of the European houses remain even today. Nowadays it is a nice place where locals come for a walk or swim in the park's swimming pool. Another attraction here is the Ellisman Mansion, a live museum of life in the so-called Golden Years, before the 1923 earthquake.
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Yokohama Port

6) Yokohama Port

Yokohama is a port city. Its history goes back to 1859. Many of Yokohama residents depend on the sea for their living. The local port is well-equipped and is quite busy during the day with cargoes up- and down-loaded rather frequently. If interested, you may come to see the local sailors and fishermen at work, or observe the famous Yokohama Bay Bridge carrying people to Tokyo.

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.
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
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
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
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.