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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 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.

Some examples

Take a look at Govoyagin

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