Yokohama On the Road

Yokohama, Japan
Once a small fishing village, Yokohama is now one of Japan’s larger ports, a city of shipping and biotechnology. Only 18 miles away you’ll hit Tokyo - Yokohama is located on the Tokyo Bay. It has over 3 million people, making it the second largest city in Japan.

Some neighbourhoods to explore would include Chinatown, Kannai and Isezaki-cho (for some ice cream and walking), Sakuragi-cho and Noge (for the Nogeyama Zoo), Minato Mirai 21 area (for shopping and dinning), Honmoku, Negishi and Isogo (for fishing) and Yamashita Park and Port area. On the right of Yokohama’s shore, there is an island with cool areas blending modern and traditional Japan. For more shopping, entertainment and dining try the station areas, such as Shin-yokohama station area.

In the city there are various sea front museums. Hasseiden Museum has a number of beautifully carved statues and much more. Another museum would be the Yokohama History Museum which explains the history of Yokohama with artefacts, some date back to 20,000 years ago! There are also caves where you can see old Buddhist drawings. The Taya Caves are located on the side of a hill. Try going to Gumyo-ji Temple which is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy. It is the oldest Temple in Yokohama. There is also the Yokohaman Science Center with a space focus. It is hands on with interactive games, videos and a planetarium.

However, if you don't want to see another museum walk through the British Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery which holds 73,000 square metres of white crosses marking the death of British soldiers. For a more uplifting experience try the Ferris Wheel or Longo Long Diving Shop and School where they will take you diving in the marine areas nearby.

When you get hungry there is the typical Japanese cuisine offered but if you want to try some international food there is everything from the Blue Aoyama (Hawaiian food) to T.G.I Fridays (a casual restaurant). There is also a Chinatown, one of the largest in Japan which supplies extraordinary Chinese cuisine.

Something a little out of the ordinary opposed to tossing back a beer at a cafe or bar would be doing so on the Hikawamaru Beer Garden on a boat. This boat has a sweet scenery and what's more you’re on a boat! If you want to dance to some good techno and house music, try the Yokohama Arena. If you want something a little more laid back try Stardust where they have jukebox.

For a day trip, Sankei-en is perfect for a walk, meditation, reading or looking at people and flowers. This Japanese garden is beautiful and is located just outside the city. If you're in Yokohama in the month of March, you’ll be lucky enough to catch the cherry blossom season, with trees that spring into bloom and fragrance the air all around you.