A handpicked selection of experiences endorsed by our experts. If you can’t see what you’re looking for, let us know, as our extensive network of local contacts can open many doors.
Tour the Hikawa Maru, a meticulously preserved, 11,000-ton luxury liner with Art Deco interiors that cruised between Yokohama and Seattle from 1930 until World War II, when it was requisitioned by the Imperial Navy and converted into a hospital ship. Photo displays note famous passengers like Charlie Chaplin, for whom the ship sent one of its chefs to Tokyo to apprentice at making his favorite tempura.
Cup Noodle Museum
This museum is dedicated to the creator of Instant Ramen Noodles, Momofuku Ando. After an entire year of research, on 25 August 1958, he created the world’s first instant noodles, and the museum introduces visitors to the importance of invention and discovery through informative exhibits and workshops. Impressive long walls covered by colorfully packaged noodle cups are a true feast for the eyes. Visitors can assemble their own personal cup noodles from pre-made ingredients, choosing their own soup base and toppings, and also designing the cup.
Honoring Yokohama’s past and present as a main port for Japan’s international commerce, the small but captivating Customs Museum displays reproductions of drugs, guns and other contraband that failed entry into Japan, with detailed cross-sections of their containers and photographs of the original seizing.
Located at Yamashita Pier is an entertainment complex dedicated to the popular animated franchise, Gundam, which features gigantic pilot-operated “mechs.” Standing outside the Factory is its main attraction, an almost 60-foot tall moving mech named the RX-78F00 Gundam that has been constructed to a 1:1 scale with its anime counterpart. Within the Factory is an exhibit about the construction of the mech, and a virtual reality dome that simulates the interior of the Gundam’s cockpit. There is also a cafe with Gundam-themed products and a merchandise store.
Hotel New Grand
Have lunch at the elegant and beautifully preserved Hotel New Grand, where General MacArthur lived and worked upon arriving in Japan at the start of the America’s postwar occupation. Built in 1927 and located across from Yamashita Park and the Hikawa Maru ocean liner, its second-floor banquet room, among other areas, is an officially recognized historical property of the city of Yokohama.
Visit the aka renga soko, or red brick warehouses. Originally twin brick piles built in 1911 and 1913, part of the southern warehouse was leveled in the 7.9-magnitude Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Today, after an era of dormancy and disrepair, they are a symbol of the urban revitalization of Yokohama’s Minato Mirai (“port of the future”) area. There are three floors of cafes, restaurants and trendy shops, including the sleek Motion Blue jazz club (a subsidiary of Blue Note Japan), while exhibition spaces host events like the annual springtime sake festival.
This classical Japanese garden covers an area of 175,000 square meters and is home to many historical and culturally significant buildings. Originally the garden belonged to a wealthy silk merchant and was opened to the public in 1906. Enjoy a stroll through the vast park and discover its bridges, streams, small waterfalls, ponds, and bamboo groves. Known for its seasonal beauty, spring brings cherry blossoms, while thousands of pink lotus blossoms cover the pond in late summer, and autumn brings fiery colors to foliage.
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
Opened in 1994, this unique museum chronicles the history of one of Japan’s most famous dishes, from its historical roots in China to the invention of instant ramen in 1958. The first floor’s gallery details ramen’s history and current status, and one basement floor features a life-size replica of old-fashioned shitamachi Tokyo as it would have been in 1958. The second basement floor is home to a food court featuring nine different ramen shops with variations of the dish from all across Japan, allowing guests to sample the dish’s many forms without having to traverse the country.
Tea Ceremony in the Sky
The Yokohama Royal Park Hotel’s tea room, Kaikoan, combines the tradition of tea ceremony with panoramic views of the city. The tea room is perched on the 65th floor, allowing for guests to take in stunning, vast views with a cup of matcha tea and traditional sweets.
Yokohama Chinatown Street Food Tour
Yokohama’s Chinatown is the largest in the country and known for its outstanding variety of food. The city was the first to sign a treaty to open ports to US ships, welcoming many foreign traders. Due to this history, Yokohama’s Chinatown is culturally-rich and offers everything from Hong Kong-style egg tarts to traditional Peking duck to Taiwanese noodle soups. This street food adventure will introduce you to many sweet and savory small bites that Chinatown has to offer.
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Across 18 Centuries: Historic Japan
Discover Japan’s exciting history on this exciting 11-day luxury journey through Japan’s most fascinating age-old cities. Explore the colossal Todaiji Temple, visit ancient shrines, take an emotional tour of Hiroshima, and embrace Japan’s old world charm, while staying at some of Japan’s most luxurious hotels.
- 11 days / 10 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $27,400
Tradition & Technology: A Japan Cultural Journey
See Japan’s ancient traditions and state-of-the-art technology juxtaposed before your eyes on this fascinating 12-day luxury journey. You’ll get an insider perspective on the country with visits to everything from ancient shrines and palaces to contemporary design museums and modern architecture.
- 12 days / 11 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $24,000
Hotel New Grand
The Hotel New Grand is a historic monument and considered one of the oldest western-style hotels in Japan. Situated in the heart of the city, the hotel provides welcoming respite after a busy day of touring the cultural sights. The hotel offers awesome views of Yamashita Park and Yokohama Bay. Over the years, the Hotel New Grand has welcomed many famous dignitaries and celebrities through its historic doors, including Charlie Chaplin, Babe Ruth, the Duke of Gloucester, and more. The famous Japanese master writer, Jiro Osaragi, was a resident of Hotel New Grand in Room 318 for more than 10 years. The hotel’s design is classic and elegant. Rooms feature high-end amenities combined with elegant European-inspired décor creating gorgeous, sophisticated spaces. Dining choices include French, Italian and Japanese cuisine. There is also the Lounge La Terrasse, a comfortable place for cocktails. Or try the Bar Sea Guardian II, an authentic, traditional English pub, or The Café, reminiscent of 1950’s North American coffee shops. The Café features both American and European cuisine in a casual atmosphere.
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