Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan and is known to be a prominent port city during the mid 19th century. With a population of more than 3.7 million people, it is only natural that it becomes a major commercial hub in the Kanagawa area.
Who would have thought that the small fishing village during the feudal Edo Period will become one of the biggest bases of foreign trade in Japan? Today, Yokohama is a bustling city that gives a unique flavor of its own.
Don’t forget to drop by these 11 destinations for your shopping needs in Yokohama!
1. Yokohama Bay Quarter
Yokohama Bay Quarter is a shopping mall located at a seven-minute walk from JR Yokohama Station. The shops are scattered both inside and outside. Because the shopping mall faces the ocean, you can feel a nice sea breeze while you shop around outdoor stores. There are various apparel shops, so you can check the latest Japanese trend here. There are also many restaurants and cafes offering many dining options for any generations.
Address: 1-10 Kinkoucho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
2. Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse
The Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse has a very interesting history. It was built during the 1920’s and served as customs inspection house in Yokohama. It was also the first modern port facilities back then. Now, these two warehouses have been renovated to become one of the most popular shopping and dining area in Yokohama.
Address: 1-1-2, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0001
3. Yokohama "World Porters"
Yokohama "World Porters" is one of the most popular shopping malls in the area. The huge shopping mall contains approximately 160 apparel, interior, life goods shops, and restaurants. Adding to many kinds of shops, there are amusement facilities such as a movie theater. A notable store here is Hamleys, which is two floors toy shop. There is also a Hawaiian Town on the first floor, and you can find many loco goods and foods there.
Address: 2-2-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
4. Motomachi Shopping Street
Motomachi Shopping Street is one of the very first shopping streets in Yokohama. Before you enter the shopping street, you’ll find the phoenix sculptures that are located on both of its entrances. That shopping street is around 500 meters long and is off limits to any kinds of vehicles during the weekend. It was the shopping street that introduced many foreign and local products in the city.
Address: 1-14, Motomati, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
5. Tokyu Hands Yokohama
Tokyu Hands is one of the most interesting stores to visit in Japan. Their concept is, "You can find anything here." As they say so, you can find everything you can think of at Tokyu Hands. Even small parts for specific purposes. Many Japanese creators love visiting Tokyu Hands, and some people spend a whole day to explore the store! Also, the staff at Tokyu Hands is famous for being extremely knowledgable about their specialties. So if you have problems to find something, just ask their staff, and they know the perfect answer.
Address: 1-3-1 Minami-Saiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa
6. Yokohama Landmark Plaza
True to its name, the Yokohama Landmark Tower has become one of the landmarks of Yokohama. A unique skyscraper that gives a good impression if you see it for the first time. It is one of the tallest structures in Japan (second tallest building and 4th tallest structure). Don’t get confused; the Yokohama Landmark Plaza is a shopping mall that is also a part of the Yokohama Landmark Tower.
The Yokohama Landmark Plaza is also one of the biggest shopping malls in Yokohama, having 159 shops and restaurants. There is also a great viewing spot called the sky garden on top of the building which gives you a scenic view of the city.
Address: 2 Chome-2-1 Minatomirai Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
7. Yokohama China Town
The Yokohama China Town is arguably the largest China Town in Japan. What does that mean? It means that it’s the perfect place to pig out on Chinese food! Of course, it is also one of the best places to shop for clothes, accessories, footwear and other commonly used items in Chinese taste.
Address: Yamashitacho Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Website: http://www.chinatown.or.jp (Japanese Only)
8. BARNEYS NEW YORK YOKOHAMA STORE
BARNEYS NEW YORK is a luxury department store originates in the United States. There are 6 stores in Japan, and the Yokohama branch is one of them. It's located near the famous Yamashita Park, so it would be nice to stroll the park after shopping. If you are looking for something high grade, BARNEYS NEW YORK Yokohama is where to go.
Address: 36-1 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
9. Sogo Yokohama
Just a few minutes walk from the nearest station, Sogo Yokohama is a 10-floor department store where you’ll find high-end products from the famous brand names like Shiseido and Kanebo. It has been around since 1830 and has constantly been improved since then. If you love art, you might want to visit the 6th floor that was converted into an art gallery which often holds regular exhibitions.
Address: 2-18-1, Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/yokohama/ (Japanese Only)
10. Yokohama Takashimaya
Yokohama Takashimaya is one of the oldest department store chains in Japan. Like most department stores in the area, they also have high-end products. However, for some reason, the department store is more popular when it comes to food. Their food halls are almost always packed with people, and some attest that the food here is really delicious.
Address: 1-6-31, Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
11. Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside
The beauty of the Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside solely relies on its location. The architecture of the place is unique and it makes you feel that you came to a resort with shops, and outdoor restaurants facing the sea. A great place to spend some time with family and friends during the weekends.
Address: 5-2 Shiraho, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
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