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 10 destinations for your shopping needs in Yokohama!
1. 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
2. Queens Square Yokohama
Queens Square Yokohama is conveniently located above the Minatomirai station via Minatomirai line. It is a big shopping complex that houses more than 200 shops that are perfect for shopping, browsing, and dining. It is also connected to the Yokohama Bay Hotel, which is one of the ideal places to stay if you need to find a place to stay in the city.
Address: 2-3, Minato Mirai Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
3. 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
4. Marine & Walk Yokohama
Less than 5 minutes away from the Red Brick Warehouse, Marine & Walk Yokohama is a great place if you are looking for affordable and delicious restaurants. The Marine & Walk Yokohama is a shopping mall that faces the sea. It was recently opened in March 2016. There are also some shops that might catch your fancy, as you stroll around the area admiring the sea.
Address: 1-3-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
5. 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
6. MARK IS Minato Mirai
MARK IS Minato Mirai is a large shopping complex in the Minatomirai 21 district. It has many shops, restaurant, and cafes that cater to all the age groups. It is also a stone throw away from the Yokohama dock by Cosmo World and the nearby art museum.
Address: 3-5-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Website: http://www.mec-markis.jp/mm/ (Japanese Only)
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. 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)
9. 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
10. 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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All information in this article is as of March 2017