When it comes to gastronomic adventures in Yokohama, the city’s Chinatown is a great place to start for authentic Chinese cuisine from morning to evening. However, this is not the only foodie area in the city. You can go bar-hopping in Noge, a truly excellent drinking district, and have a tea break in a hip café after strolling the exotic areas of Bashamichi or Yamate? 

    You’ll also have a great experience if you decide to go out for lunch or a picnic at the seafront, such as at Red Brick Warehouse and Yamashita Park. Have dinner with spectacular night views at the Minato Mirai 21 foodie destination. Yokohama's Isezaki Shopping Street, Beer Factory, and Ramen Museum are also must-visits if you're an unapologetic foodie. 



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    Noge is a drinking district in Yokohama's Old Town that retains the atmosphere of the Showa period. Just a 5-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station, there are about 600 restaurants here, including many Japanese-style bars (izakaya). You might be a little thirsty after enjoying chicken liver, grilled chicken meatballs (tsukune) and chicken skin (torikawa) at a popular grilled chicken (yakitori) restaurant. Fortunately, there’s beer on tap! 

    There are many cheap, retro-style Japanese bars offering standard appetisers such as tripe stew (motsuni), sashimi and pickled cucumber sticks, all of which go great with Japanese sake, beer and beer-flavoured drinks such as Hoppy. There are about 60 small restaurants and bars on Noge’s Miyakobashi Shopping Street. Whatever your tipple – wine, whiskey and soda, or craft beer – you will be able to find a bar that specialises in your drink of choice. Noge also has stylish wine bars and Spanish-style restaurants with excellent seafood.


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    Yokohama Chinatown

    A foodie adventure in Yokohama isn’t complete without visiting the city’s Chinatown district, which is also Japan’s largest. Start your walking tour around Chinatown after having a breakfast of Chinese rice porridge (chuka gayu). Must-visit places such as Ma Zhu Miao (Maso-byo) Guan-di Miao (Kantei-byo) in the middle of Yokohama Chinatown.

    If you’re starting to feel a bit hungry, order some grilled soup dumplings (xiaolongbao), steamed meat buns (nikuman) or egg tarts for takeaways. You can also quench your thirst with a tapioca drink made with Taiwanese tea. For dinner, many restaurants in Yokohama Chinatown offer dim sum dishes such as Mabo-dofu (a very spicy Sichuan dish of tofu and minced meat), boiled gyoza dumplings, soup dumplings, and steamed meat dumplings (shumai).

    Location: Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023, Japan


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    Yamashita Park

    Yamashita Park, established in 1930, is one of the first seaside parks in Japan. Running alongside Yokohama Port for about 700 metres, it's a popular spot for enjoying a stroll while watching the NYK Hikawamaru (a luxury cruise ship) and other ships come and go. Standing across the street from the park is Hotel New Grand, the birthplace of the tomato-based spaghetti Napolitan, one of Yokohama's popular western-influenced dishes. You can try this classic local dish at the hotel, which dates back to 1927. 

    Zou-no-hana Park, located to the west of Osanbashi Pier, was inaugurated to celebrate the port's 150th anniversary. It has a lawn area that spreads out across an open, sea-facing space. Events regularly take place at the onsite Zou-no-hana Terrace. You can also find a cafe offering take-out services.

    Location: 279 Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023, Japan


    Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

    Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a commercial complex of brick warehouses built between the late Meiji and early Taisho periods. which Facing Yokohama Port, Warehouse #1 and #2 often host limited-time events such as a modified Oktoberfest in an event square between the 2 buildings. 

    Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse #2 has plenty of restaurants and cafes – on the 3rd floor, you can find seafood, pizzas, French and meat dishes. From March to November, you can enjoy panoramic ocean views from the balcony. The ground floor offers shops and cafes where you can enjoy Yokohama’s famous fusion dishes and Kiyoken's steamed meat dumplings (shumai). On weekends, you can get shumai at portable wagon stalls stationed in the square. 

    Location: 1 Chome-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001, Japan


    Minato Mirai 21

    Minato Mirai 21 is an oceanfront area that covers Nishi Ward and Naka Ward in Yokohama. You can enjoy a variety of innovative cuisines, along with great views of the ocean. The Yokohama Landmark Tower is a 70-storey-high skyscraper offering local and international restaurants, some of which offer panoramic views of Yokohama Port and Minato Mirai. The observatory (which has its own cafe) on the 69th floor commands a spectacular night view of Minato Mirai.

    One of Yokohama's largest commercial centres, MARK IS Minato Mirai is full of restaurants, cafes and markets. Food events regularly take place at the rooftop garden, located on the 5th floor. Minato Mirai 21 is also dotted with stylish cafes and restaurants with patio tables overlooking the ocean.


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    The Yamate area around Harbour View Park (Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen) has a history as a foreign settlement, and its western-style buildings making excellent backdrops for photos. From the park, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Yokohama Port and the Yokohama Bay Bridge. Visit the English Rose Garden to see seasonal flowers throughout the year. 

    Yamate 111 House is a beautiful Spanish-style building with a red roof and white walls behind the garden. It was built in 1926 as a residence for John Edward Laffin, who managed a shipping company and money exchange in Yokohama. You can enjoy tea, cakes, beef stew and other dishes in the annexed tea room, which overlooks the garden. The area around the park has several western-style buildings with a retro atmosphere, taking you back to the good old days of Yokohama. 



    Isezakicho is not only famous as the place where popular musical group, Yuzu used to perform on the street, but it's also where you can find Isezakicho Shopping Street. The 1.5-km-long stretch, which runs from 1-Chome to 7-Chome, is lined with long-established shops founded in the Meiji and Taisho eras. This broad, spacious street is also popular as a promenade. 

    Located just a 1-minute walk from Kannai Station, 1-Chome and 2-Chome are known as Isezaki Mall. You can try all sorts of interesting food, from Yokohama's local specialities such as house-style ramen (iekei ramen) and beef hotpot (gyunabe) to rice bowls topped with sashimi (kaisen-don), pizzas, grilled chicken (yakitori), soba noodles, and bread, Korean and Chinese food. For dessert, check out cafes that offer traditional castella sponge cakes (wagashi) and flans. 


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    Kirin Brewery Yokohama Factory

    Kirin Brewery Yokohama Factory, a 5-minute walk from Namamugi Station on the Keihin Kyuko Line, offers a brewery tour in which you can taste freshly-made Kirin Ichiban draft beer and Kirin Ichiban black draft beer. Popular soft drinks such as Gogo-no-Kocha black tea and Kirin Lemon are also available, so families can enjoy the tour as well. The factory tour is free, but you need to book ahead. 

    On the factory premises, there's a stylish building reminiscent of Yokohama in the Meiji period. It has an onsite bar that offers craft beer, Yokohama-style western food, barbecue, Japanese-style grilled mutton (jingisukan).

    Location: 1 Chome-17-1 Namamugi, Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-8628, Japan

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)


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    Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

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    Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is a food-themed amusement park within a 5-minute walk from Shin-Yokohama Station, where the Shinkansen bullet train stops. Here, you can find outlets of famous ramen restaurants across Japan, from Hokkaido to Kyushu. 

    The ground floor has an exhibition where you can learn about the history of ramen, which dates from the Muromachi period to the present, as well as a hands-on corner where you can taste ramen ingredients and soup. The basement floor houses Yu-yake Shoten, an old-fashioned sweet shop selling long-forgotten traditional confectionaries like dried wheat gluten snacks (fugashi), curry-flavoured rice crackers, and vinegared squid (suika). Deep-fried bread (agepan), a school lunch staple in Japan, is available only on holidays.

    Location: 2 Chome-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 222-0033, Japan

    Open: Hours vary by month


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    Bashamichi was named after horse-drawn carriages (basha) that carry foreigners along this paved street after the opening of Yokohama Port. This street and the area around Bashamichi Station on the Minato Mirai Line is an excellent place to enjoy lunch with views of antiquated buildings. Along the brick-covered pavement of Bashamichi, roadside trees, gas lamps brought from Britain and massive historical buildings stand side by side, retaining the atmosphere of Yokohama during the mid-19th century.

    Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History, built in 1904, has a retro-styled cafe on its ground floor. Located very close to Bashamichi Station, YCC Yokohama Creative City Centre occupies the former Daiichi Bank Yokohama Branch, which dates back to 1929.


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