You have to experience the nightlife if you want to make the best out of your trip to Yokohama. As a certified cosmopolitan city, it rivals Tokyo’s frantic energy, where, as the sun goes down, everything becomes brighter and noisier. See, eat, and drink the night away to enjoy what it has to offer. Start with these recommendations when planning your night activities in Yokohama.
Enjoy the night view
At night, Yokohama is a city of blinding lights. Its historic buildings are illuminated to highlight its timeless architectural elegance, while the urban enclave of Minato Mirai transforms the skyline with skyscrapers and the city’s iconic Ferris wheel. The surrounding waters, on the other hand, reflect Yokohama’s already beautiful glow.
There are a number of ways you can enjoy sightseeing around Yokohama to soak in its night views. The three most popular options are: going up Yokohama’s Landmark Tower’s observation deck for sweeping aerial views, riding the Yokohama Sea Bass for a romantic view of the bay against the city backdrop, and a recommended DIY walking tour of famous landmarks with great night views.
Yokohama Landmark Tower
Address: 2-1-1 Minatomirai 2-Chome, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
Price: ¥1,000 (Adults), ¥800 (High School Students), ¥500 (Elementary & Junior High School Students), ¥400 (Children over 4), ¥800 (Senior)
Yokohama Sea Bass
Price: Route-dependent, longest route priced at ¥700 (Adults) and ¥350 (Children)
DIY Walking Tour
Sip cocktails at authentic bars
In case you didn’t know, Yokohama is the birthplace of bars and cocktails in Japan. Hence, when you go on a drinking spree in this city, you surely are in the hands of very experienced and very capable bartenders. Head straight to Bar Noble if you want a taste of the best cocktails in town. They have over 500 drinks on the menu with its signature drink – the Great Sunrise, hailed as the 2011 World Cocktail Championship’s winning concoction.
Address: 2-7 Yoshidamachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999
Say cheers to beer
If you’d rather say cheers to beer, don’t worry ‘coz the city also shares your love for this frothy drink. In fact, one of Yokohama’s nicknames is “beer city” because Kirin Breweries originated from here. You can find a beer pub just about everywhere. For connoisseurs, craft beer tap houses like Bashamichi Taproom and The Full Monty British Pub are recommended.
Address: 5-63-1 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999
The Full Monty British Pub
Address: 41 Fukutomicho, Nishidori, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999
Website: http://blog.livedoor.jp/k_a_e_threelions/ (Japanese only)
Enjoy jazz music at Motion Blue Yokohama
Jazz music is the classic soundtrack to Yokohama nights. There exists a thriving local scene for this particular music genre and the best venue to enjoy world-class shows is the Motion Blue Yokohama. It is set up as a live-house restaurant, where French fusion cuisine is served. You can catch performances from both emerging and big-name artists, not just from Japan, but also from abroad.
Motion Blue Yokohama
Address: 1-1-2 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Price: ¥10,000 ~ ¥14,999
Website: http://www.motionblue.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Watch Yokohama Baystar’s baseball game at Yokohama Stadium
Here’s something for the sports enthusiast. Baseball is big in Japan, and watching a Japanese baseball match live is most definitely an exciting and energetic affair. The Yokohama Stadium is the home field of the Yokohama Baystars and is likewise the center of action for Nippon Professional Baseball games during the regular season, which runs from March to October. For details on schedules and ticket reservations, visit the website provided below.
Address: Yokohamakouen, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Feast on Chinese food at Yokohama Chinatown
Start your jam-packed night out with a hearty Chinese dinner feast. Yokohama’s Chinatown is one of the largest in the world and is the best place to indulge in tasty Chinese food. China’s regional food traditions are well-represented here – from the ancient court dishes of Beijing to the more mainstream Cantonese cuisine, and the variety of dining options range from cheap eateries to well-established restaurants. If you’re keen on splurging, Manchinro Honten is described to be the grandest and most lavish one in the area.
Address: 153 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Price: ¥6,000 ~ ¥7,999
Go Izakaya hopping near Yokohama Station area
While Yokohama is chock-full of Western watering holes, the traditional izakaya remains a fixture in the city’s drinking scene. In fact, you don’t need to go out of your way to find one as the area around the very busy Yokohama Station is actually an izakaya hotspot. Among many others, Toridori is a stone’s throw away from the station’s west exit. They specialize in grilled chicken skewers to complement their stash of Japanese spirits.
Address: 2-15-1 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999
Website: http://www.dynac-japan.com/toridori/ (Japanese only)
Relax and unwind at Spa Manyo Club
Spa Manyo Club is a hot spring facility right smack in the middle of Yokohama’s Minato Mirai. It offers authentic onsen experience as well as reflexology services to provide tourists and city dwellers a one of a kind relaxing experience. There’s even a roof deck fish bath that gives visitors front row seats to the surrounding cityscape. But wait there’s more! The best part about it is that it is open for 24 hours. Enjoy its therapeutic services after a long night of activities around the city.
Address: 2 Chome-7-1 Shinko Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Price: ¥2,500 (Adults), ¥1,400 (Children – Elementary school age), ¥940 (Children – Ages 3 to 7), Free (Children under 3)
Shop until you drop at Donki
Of course, Yokohama has its own Donki branch. In case you’re not familiar, Donki is a famous discount store chain with branches all over Japan. It sells a wide variety of goods from food items and homeware to toy collectibles. It is quite popular with tourists as it offers tax-free shopping, and as an added perk, this particular branch in Yokohama is open 24/7.
Address: 2-15-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
Slurp on a bowl of delicious ramen
When ramen cravings hit you late in the night, fret not. There are a few ramen shops around Yokohama Station that can accommodate your need for those tasty bowls. Honmarutei (本丸亭 鶴屋町店) and Hamatora (麺場 浜虎) are still open after 10 PM, while Tsuruichiya (鶴一家) is open 24 hours – just the perfect night cap for your adventurous night in the city.
Honmarutei (本丸亭 鶴屋町店)
Address: 1-7-21 Tsuruyacho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama
Price: ~ ¥999
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/kanagawa/A1401/A140101/14049658/ (Japanese only)
Hamatora (麺場 浜虎)
Address: 2-12-1 Tsuruyacho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama
Price: ~ ¥999
Website: http://hamatora.co.jp/yokohama/ (Japanese only)
Address: 1-7-34 Tsuruyacho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama
Price: ~ ¥999
Website: http://www.dandan.cc/ (Japanese only)
All price information in this article is as of August 2017.
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