Sunday Spotlight – Yokohama
Welcome to Yokohama, Japan’s ‘Bay City’, a place with a hellovalot going on to keep you entertained and interested for days. Yes, the spotlight is shining Japan way and Yokohama is in the centre!
The visitor to Yokohama might be justifiably overwhelmed when first arriving. In some ways, though far bigger, nearby Tokyo is easier to navigate. Yokohama’s train station for starters is pure mayhem and even if there weren’t so many people going through it, working out where you have to go to get the right train would still do your head in.
A few days ago I introduced you to the two noodle-themed museums you can see in Yokohama. The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum and the Cup Noodles museum that’s out on a small island with a huge mall (World Porters) for all your shopping needs. This area of Yokohama is one that you can easily keep coming back to to walk around and discover. I recommend it as a place to start because it’s not in the physical centre of Yokohama, it’s full of pathways and reasonably clear signage and it’s actual pleasant to walk around. There’s an amusement park as well with lots of rides, not to mention the ocean and shops.
If you look up from there you’ll see Yokohama’s Landmark Tower. A ride up to the top of that affords the best views of Yokohama and the bay you could ask for. On the way there you might try Queen’s Square for lunch. The whole area from Queen’s Square to the tower is actually a couple of semi-connected malls. Shoppers will love Yokohama. There’s no doubting that!
Also, the Port Museum sits under the tower and includes an old navy boat you can explore. It also tells the history of Japan’s main port city from earthquakes to blockades. Very worthwhile.
Yokohama still has heaps to see and do, there are plenty of temples which for me are all a bit samey – I got templed out. But then there’s the Nissan showroom where you might get lucky and get to try out a concept car like I did – read about that HERE. There’s also a model railway museum where you can control the train and watch what you’re doing on a monitor. They’ll give you marks to see how good a train driver you are!
‘Orbi’ is another Yokohama attraction based on the works of the BBC who created this exhibition to show off nature’s kingdom on Earth. I’m not sure it’s worth the $50 or more it costs, but it is interesting and state of the art. Then there are more museums I never got to like the curry museum (I KNOW! If only I knew about it 18 months ago!) and the Silk Museum. Try out a baseball game, and marvel at the huge ferris wheel with its ‘Cosmo Clock’ (the wheel is far more interesting than the clock by the way!).
Before I go today, I wanted to share with you this wonderful clip from the Muppets. For some reason I always think of this number when I think of Yokohama….
So there’s a little look into Yokohama for you! I hope it piqued your interest, because really there is an awful lot to see and do! May the Journey Never End!