Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan and a place where foreign culture was encouraged to develop. This led to a rapid rise of innovation especially in the food industry. Here you’ll find many familiar and unfamiliar dishes both local and foreign that will delight your palate and make your tummy happy.
For food lovers and connoisseurs Yokohama is a food paradise. Be adventurous and explore the city. Who knows? You might find a hidden gem in a corner that will satisfy all your food cravings. Take a tour of flavorful proportions in the 10 best food finds in Yokohama.
1. Buns from Edosei
Who doesn’t like to eat meat buns? Take a stroll around Edosei and grab a few meatbuns along the way. The meat filling for the meat buns are quite delicious. You might even think that it is the most delicious meat bun that you had tasted in your life. The fillings are not limited to meat. You can even choose their special seafood buns filled with shrimp and crabs. Eating meat buns will never be the same.
Address: 192 Yamashitacho Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Website: http://www.edosei.com (Japanese Only)
2. Shumai from Kiyoken
Kiyoken is well known for its famous “Yokohama Shumai Dumplings”. Their main shop is located at the Yokohama Station where you can buy their specially made “Kiyoken Shumai Bentos”. Bentos are the lunchboxes in Japan and they are convenient for people who like to travel. Shumai may not look as filling as meat buns, but they are a highly recommended snack in Yokohama.
Their restaurant is quite luxurious with a wide variety of Chinese dishes and drinks that is great for a casual dinner with family or friends. Seasonal vegetables makes a delightful salad and their dim sums will fill you up pretty nicely.
Address: 2-13-12 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0011
Website: http://kiyoken-restaurant.com (Japanese Only)
3. All-you-can-eat dim sums at Yokohama China Town
Eating dim sums at Yokohama China Town is something that you should try at least once. There are a few restaurants that offer eat-all-you-can dim sums (like Houtenkaku), and other “China Town” exclusive food specialties that is bound to make your mouth water. Their dim sum dough and fillings are hand made so you can expect the best taste and quality. Do take note that these places are quite popular and you might need to wait in line to enter the restaurant.
Address: 147 Yamashitacho Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Website: http://www.houtenkaku.com (Japanese Only)
4. Fried Noodles from Bairan
The specially made fried noodles in Bairan are bound to make a good first impression to those who are willing to take a bite. The crispy fried noodle and vegetable filling creates a delicious balance that will certainly gain your approval. It is an ingenious creation that deserves to be eaten, until nothing is left on your plate.
Address: 133-10, Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 220-0011
Website: http://www.bairan-tougen.jp/kanban.html (Japanese Only)
5. Iekei Ramen
Iekei means home-made in Japan and this particular ramen was born in Yokohama. The creation of the name (and the ramen) is to give the feeling of familiarity and uniqueness that will distinguish its taste from the rest. The noodles soaked in very rich pork-bone, soy sauce soup based ramen has good quantity. In fact, the taste has gained tremendous popularity since its conception and many restaurants have opted to add it in their menu as well. This ramen is something that you definitely have to taste while you are staying in Yokohama.
6. Sanma Men
Sanma Men is another ramen that originated in Yokohama. The soy sauce-based ramen has a light taste. The thick sauce and noodles, accompanied by crunchy stir-fried vegetables became very popular in Yokohama. With that said, it is almost impossible not to find a ramen shop that has it on their menu.
7. Napolitan Pasta from Center Grill
Center Grill is a Western style shop in Yokohama that is believed to have been the first to serve napolitan pasta. Napolitan is a spaghetti style dish that was invented in Japan. Napolitan is a stir fried pasta dish that uses tomato ketchup at its base sprinkled with vegetables.
Address: 1 Chome-9 Hanasakicho Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Website: http://www.center-grill.com/ (Japanese Only)
8. Doria from Hotel New Grand
Doria is an Italian dish that was introduced at the New Grand Hotel by a Swish Masterchef in 1925. Who would have thought that it would become popular and became a permanent part of their menu. While Western dishes gaining popularity in Japan is not something new, it just proves that the Japanese appreciate good food just like everybody else.
Address: 10 Yamashitacho Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
9. Gyu-nabe (Sukiyaki) from Janomeya
Going to Janomeya to eat gyu-nabe and shabu-shabu will prove to be a very wise decision. Although there are many restaurants in Yokohama that offer the same dishes, Janomeya is perhaps the most popular of them all. You can be assured that they only use A5 ranked domestic wagyu beef that is guaranteed to satisfy your food cravings.
Address: 5-126 Isezakicho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0045, Kanagawa
10. Traditional Bars in Yokohama
If you prefer cocktails, then head straight to “Bar Noble” and choose from over 500 concoctions. Or, you might want to visit “Stardust” which is one of the very few bars in Japan that has a working jukebox (drop coins to play a song). Although the bar is old, the drinks they have is still very popular.
There is also “The Tavern”, which is hailed as the first English bar in Yokohama. It opened in China town in 1985 and still going strong up to this day. Wherever you go, you will definitely have a great time in Yokohama.
Address:2-7 Yoshidamachi Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Address: 2-1 Chiwakacho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Japan, 221-0036
Website: http://www.bar-stardust.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: B1 Nishiguchi Meiwa Building, 2-14-9 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Website: http://www.the-tavern.com/indexJ.html (Japanese Only)
Data is as of April 2018
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