The area around Yokohama station, as all the areas around the major stations in Japan, is very lively and full of commercial activities.
Branches of the most famous Japanese department stores and shops are located around Yokohama Station.
The most "vibrant" part, where there is also the bus station and the willer express bus stop, is the West exit
are, where there are:
, Japanese giant of electronics stores;
, another giant of electronics stores;
, hobbies, bricolage and furniture shop, with various very curious objects;
, a shopping center, just off the west exit you can see it immediately on the left;
, another shopping center. On the rooftop there is a garden;
, shopping center;
, underground shopping mall with 150 shops under the west exit.
Yokohama station, west exit
Two photos of the west exit area of the station
In the East exit
area instead there are:
-Yokohama Sky Building
, 29-floor skyscraper, in the first 8 floors there is the OiOi
(Marui) department store, mainly of fashion and accessories, while on the 3 top floors some panoramic restaurants;
, japanese popular shopping center, attached to the east exit of the station;
, one of the most popular department stores in the area, ten floors, inside there is also a branch of Kinokuniya
bookstores. On the 6th floor there is the Sogo Museum of Art
. On the top floor a lot of restaurants;
, a shopping center overlooking a canal near the east exit of the station, in front of it there is the departure and arrival point of the seabass
to/from Minato Mirai
, underground shopping mall under the east exit.
Bay Quarter mall
Sleeping, where to stay around Yokohama station, recommended accommodation
Some high-level hotels are located near Yokohama station, for example a Sheraton
or the Camelot hotel
However, I don't recommend to stay in this area because if you haven't enough money you can't stay there (there are no cheap hotels, except for some internet cafe
), but if you can afford the prices of the hotels in this area, so you might as well spend it for one of the hotels with great view in Minato Mirai
Eating near Yokohama station
A short walk from Yokohama station (see map below) there is a restaurant that "invented" a type of ramen known today throughout the country as Iekei ramen
* (家系) or also as "Yokohama style
" ramen. Today there are several branches scattered throughout Japan (especially in Kanagawa region), but the original one where all "began" is Yoshimura-ya
(吉村家) and is located there. It is a very popular restaurant and you could find a line to sit.
*Iekei ramen: a shoyu ramen (soy sauce-based) with very thick noodle in a pork broth, garnished with a slice of pork, nori seaweed, spinach and egg.
"Yokohama-style" ramen (Iekei ramen)
Pratical guide, how to get to Yokohama st. and map
Yokohama station is the main station of the city where almost certainly you arrive if you come from Tokyo (if you take the Toyoko line from Shibuya you can continue without stopping, more information here
You can move to/from other areas of the city by the Blue line
of municipal subway or the Minatomirai line
You could reach this area from Minato Mirai
even on foot.
Guided tours, activities and other things to do
If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Govoyagin
How to use Govoyagin
Govoyagin is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience
, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Govoyagin you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities
all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Govoyagin you can also buy tickets
for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table
in hundreds of restaurants.