If you think all the things awesome are only found in Tokyo, well you might want to reconsider that idea. Although you can definitely spend an entire week roaming around the capital city, why not take the chance to take a farther train to neighboring cities – like Yokohama.
Yokohama, is just a couple of minutes away from Tokyo by train. They are just literally next to each other. The fact that it’s as busy and as business centered as Tokyo, makes you feel not too far from the fun in the metro.
Lies in the city itself is the attraction district called Minato Mirai 21. We traveled there not only to sight- see, but also to meet a very good friend of ours who happened to live around the area and who makes a fantastic tour guide.
One of the first in the itinerary is the historic Red Brick Warehouse which is now a complex building for shopping and dining. At the center, is a wide open space where big concerts and festivals are held throughout the year. The surrounding harbor makes it really conducive for outdoor leisure like strolling or biking. Also, if you pose in the right angle, you can capture all at the same time the Red Brick Warehouse, the Yokohama Cosmo World Ferris wheel and the Yokohama Landmark Tower building which are all major attractions here in Minato Mirai.
We tried visiting the Cup Noodle Museum where you can make your very own cup noodle but unfortunately, the queue was so long that we decided to pass…
Anyway, just beside the river bank is an amusement park called the Yokohama Cosmo World Amusement Park that is home for awesome and exciting rides. I’m talking about a large Ferris wheel, an ultimate spinning disc and the roller coaster all of which we never missed to try. Rides range from 500 to 700 yen (prizes may vary) although the entrance is open for free.
Just before sunset, we made our way to Yokohama Landmark Sky Garden where you can see the whole Minato Mirai and the whole Yokohama above a 69th floor building that is approximately 273 meters high. It gives you a 360 degree view of the city and the whole harbor area. Think of it as the Tokyo Tower version of Yokohama, but only a slight lower. Yet sure it’s worth it than ever.
The last attraction we went to was the Yokohama Orbi Technology which was a recommendation from our friend. It’s a place where you can experience the goodness and wildness of nature through advance and state of the art technology, one that I am sure you probably might haven’t experienced before.
Please take note that most of these attractions require an entrance fee or either extra charge depending on the facility you are in. But don’t worry if all you are up to is to stroll around Minato Mirai, the place is surrounded with huge shopping malls, parks and even live street shows! That being said, you can definitely still enjoy your visit within your budget.
By the end of the day, we bid our goodbyes to our dear friend and made a promise to go back and stay longer the next time. Unfortunately we couldn’t spend the night in Yokohama but if you ever do, Minato Mirai has one of the most beautiful and brightest panoramic night scene in the entire city so I highly recommend it to you guys and experience it for yourself!