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Yokohama station

The area around Yokohama station, as all the areas around the major stations in Japan, is very lively and full of commercial activities.

The neighborhood

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:

-Yodobashi Camera, Japanese giant of electronics stores;
-Bic Camera, another giant of electronics stores;
-Tokyu Hands, hobbies, bricolage and furniture shop, with various very curious objects;
-Takashimaya, a shopping center, just off the west exit you can see it immediately on the left;
-Sotetsu Joinus, another shopping center. On the rooftop there is a garden;
-Okadaya More's, shopping center;
-The Diamond, underground shopping mall with 150 shops under the west exit.
yokohama station west exit Yokohama station, west exit
yokohama station west exit street canal yokohama station west exit at night takashimaya 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;
-LUMINE, japanese popular shopping center, attached to the east exit of the station;
-Sogo, 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;
-Bay Quarter, 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 and Yamashita.
-Yokohama Porta, underground shopping mall under the east exit.
yokohama bay quarter mall 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.
Iekei ramen restaurant yoshimura-ya yokohama "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.

View Yokohama station in a larger map

Guided tours, activities and other things to do

If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to add something special besides the visit of the different monuments and famous places, we suggest you to use the site Govoyagin. This is a very useful site to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan and, for language barriers and more, and you will not have many opportunities to interact with the locals and to enjoy something different from the famous places marked in the tourist guides.

What Govoyagin is

Govoyagin is a website where you can find many particular activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan).
You can buy tickets online for some famous attractions, but also book tours and really special experiences with locals ready to guide you and take you to places outside the tourist circuits that you would hardly ever find by yourself. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples

On Govoyagin you can buy tickets in advance to visit the Tokyo Tower or the Tokyo Sky Tree, but also book guided tours of Kyoto temples accompanied by a samurai, or to go around the streets of Osaka on a go-kart dressed as Super Mario, or even play videogames against an unbeatable Japanese otaku at his place.
Last but not least, if you need to reserve your table in some restaurants, such as the legendary 3-star Michelin, also in this case you can find this kind of service for sale on Govoyagin. Take a look at Govoyagin

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