The romantic city of Yokohama is where all kinds of couples go on dates. Why not go for a stroll around the city to get a feel for the history and the charm of the place? Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and Yokohama Chinatown in particular are popular sightseeing spots in Yokohama, providing not only great photo ops, but also a wide variety of excellent dining options loved by the locals.

    When it comes to Yokohama, the city is famous for its brilliantly illuminated night view. Enjoy a stunning view of Yokohama up-close at the Giant Ferris Wheel at Yokohama Cosmo World, and then go up to the Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden to absorb the spectacular view of Yokohama from an even higher vantage point. You can also experience museums, zoos, and hot spring facilities that only Yokohama can offer. Why not make a day of it in Yokohama, the city of entertainment, a feast for the eyes and the stomach?

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    Yokohama Cosmoworld

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    This amusement park is well known for its giant Ferris wheel, the landmark of Yokohama. Standing at a height of 112.5 meters and with capacity for 480 people, CosmoClock 21 is officially registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest Ferris wheel with a clock feature, and was created as a pavilion for the 1989 Yokohama Expo (YES'89). You can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Yokohama while taking a 15-minute aerial walk in the sky.

    The famous illumination was redesigned in 2016 with full-colour LEDs, creating a 3D display of fireworks and kaleidoscopes in approximately 16.7 million colors. Other attractions include roller-coasters and rides, amusement facilities for children and adults, as well as a food court and souvenir shop. With its beautiful nightscape, this is not only a great place for families to go out, but also for couples on dates.

    Location: 2-8-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001, Japan

    Open: Hours may vary.

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    Kirin Brewery Yokohama Factory

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    Enjoy an educational trip for adults with a tour of a beer factory! After sampling the raw materials of beer — the taste of malt and the aroma of the hops — you can explore the factory and see the huge brewing kettles. Of course the tasting is the highlight of the tour, and you can compare the first- and second-pressed wort (beer before the yeast is introduced) before sampling the beer proper. Sodas for younger visitors and designated drivers are also available.

    After the tour, why not visit the attached restaurant to try pairings of beer with matching snacks? Options range from barbecue to Jingisukan (Genghis Khan: Mongolian lamb barbecue), all of which will make your beer experience even better. There are also regular events such as garden walks and hands-on beer brewing classes.

    Location: 1-17-1 Namamugi, Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-0052, Japan

    Open: Tours held throughout the day. Closed on Mondays and over New Year vacations

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    Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

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    Built as government bonded warehouses as part of the construction project of the new port wharf from the end of the Meiji era (1868-1912) to the beginning of the Taisho era (1912-1926), the state-of-the-art technology of the time was used throughout yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, including Japan's first cargo elevator, fire sprinklers, and fire doors. Reborn as a commercial facility in 2002 after surviving the Great Kanto Earthquake and the United States military requisition, this site has been recognized as a Heritage of Industrial Modernisation by the Ministry of Economy/Coach, Trade and Industry, and has won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Excellence in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage.

    Today, it attracts many tourists with its diverse lineup of stores, cafés, restaurants, event spaces, lawn plazas, jazz bars and other typical Yokohama features. The era of national isolation ended with the arrival of Commodore Perry and the opening of Yokohama Port. Here you can really feel the history and culture of Yokohama, because this is precisely where a new era dawned.

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

    Open: Building No. 1: From 10 am to 7 pm, Building No. 2: From 11 am to 8 pm

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    Zoorasia, Yokohama Municipal Zoo

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    Since its opening in 1999 in Yokohama Zoological Park, this zoo underwent a series of expansions, and the whole project was finally completed in 2015 with the opening of the "African Savannah" area. Okapi was actually introduced to Japan for the first time at this very zoo. This is one of the largest zoos in Japan that exhibits, raises and breeds wild animals from all over the globe, and it also displays rare and endangered elephants, lions and tigers.

    Divided into zones based on the geographical features of the world, the park even reproduces the landscape of each region where the wildlife lives, making you feel like you're on a trip around the world. At the Paka Paka Park, you can feed and ride ponies, have fun with small animals and stop for a picnic.

    Location: 1175-1 Kamishiranecho, Asahi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 241-0001, Japan

    Open: From 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (last entry 4 pm) Closed on Tuesdays (or next day if Tuesday is a public vacation)

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    Yokohama Museum of Art

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    This museum, with its distinctive exterior designed by Kenzo Tange, one of Japan's most prominent architects, was opened in 1989. There are 7 exhibition rooms and many workshops to familiarize you with modern and contemporary art from the early days of Yokohama Port. Its collection features Dali, Magritte, Cézanne, Picasso and many others across more than 12,000 works by artists closely associated with Yokohama dating back to the late Edo and Meiji periods.

    The museum's rich collection of photographs is built on Yokohama's position as one of the earliest centres of photography. There are various gallery talks and temporary exhibitions held here, so it's a good idea to check the schedule in advance. Going into the atrium at the entrance, you'll find the exhibition rooms on the floor at the top of the escalator. The right side is dedicated to special exhibitions and the left side houses the museum's permanent collection. There's also a museum shop and café. The studio, hall, and art information center are all open to the public.

    Location: 3-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-0012, Japan

    Open: Open from 10 am to 6 pm (last entry 5.30 pm). Closed on Thursdays

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    Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

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    Commonly known as RA-HAKU, this is the world's first food-themed amusement park. It opened in 1994 with the concept of being a one-stop destination to enjoy the flavors of this national dish from renowned ramen shops across Japan without having to board a plane. In 2013, a project was launched to introduce overseas ramen stores, and now you can find not only famous Japanese stores from Hokkaido to Kyushu, but also ramen from popular restaurants around the world. And if you want to try a few different types, don't worry: every shop here will also serve mini portions!

    With tableware and chairs for children also provided, RA-HAKU is perfect for a family visit. Not only can you eat delicious local ramen on the spot, but you can also buy take-away ramen supervised by each of the store owners at the museum shop. And there are plenty of trinkets, too!

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

    Open: Open from 11 am to 9.30 pm (open from 10.30 am on Sundays and vacations ) *Last orders 9 pm

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    Yokohama Chinatown

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    Upon the opening of the Port of Yokohama in 1859, many traders migrated from China and formed the city's Chinatown as they settled here in Yokohama. However, due to the Sino-Japanese War in the Meiji era, the early Chinese settlers left the area, and it eventually transformed into a town of cuisine featuring restaurants operated by Cantonese people. Today, as many as 250 Chinese restaurants can be found here, with the area famous nation-wide as a foodie destination that is unique to Yokohama. Of these restaurants, 12 have continued to operate for more than half a century, and the oldest is Heichinrou.

    At the Yokohama Honten (Main Store), which has more than 50 chefs, you can enjoy Cantonese cuisine carefully prepared with an emphasis on authentic flavors. Along with the Zenrinmon-gate on Main Street, the other 9 Chinese-style gates are also worth a look. In 2013, a new service called "Concierge" was launched to provide directions. They are all volunteers and are identified by their "Guide" armbands.

    Location: Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

    Open: Hours vary by store.

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    Yokohama Landmark Tower SKY GARDEN

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    Located on the 69th floor of Yokohama Landmark Tower, this observatory floor provides a stunning view of the city from a height of 273 meters. The evening view from the SKY GARDEN is absolutely stunning and will definitely put you in a romantic mood. With the sky to the northwest and southwest glowing a brilliant shade of orange, you can sometimes catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji in the distance. Turning to the northeast as the sun sets, the Ferris wheel and the beautiful neon lights of Minatomirai come into view. Enjoy the spectacular view with a drink or a meal at the Sky Café.

    All the seats for couples are located next to the all-glass windows, making this a perfect place to spend a special night with your loved one on your birthday or anniversary. Also check out the Tower Shop, which has about 600 original goods, and the portrait artist store run by a team of professional illustrators.

    Location: 2-2-1 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-0012, Japan

    Open: Open from 10 am to 9 pm (last entry 8.30 pm) *Hours may vary

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    Yokohama Minato Mirai Manyo Club

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    You can relax and enjoy the prestigious Atami and Yugawara hot springs right here in Yokohama. From the foot spa garden there are fantastic views of Minatomirai. Open-air baths, hinoki (Japanese cypress) baths, mist bathing, baths you can lie down in, stone baths, a grand bath... this onsen has it all! A bath that you can rent exclusively for your own family is a nice way to relax in private.

    With its bedrock baths and a full range of spa services, this is the perfect place to pamper yourself. Everything from make-up remover to yukata (Japanese bathrobes), not to mention shampoo, conditioner and towels, is available for use at any time. Once you've finished your bath time, families are free to play and relax with table tennis, games, karaoke, comic books, and a kids' corner. You can also dine and lodge here.

    Location: 2-7-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001, Japan

    Open: Open 24 hours

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    Yokohama Daisekai

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    This entertainment facility in Yokohama's Chinatown has everything you need for amusement, dining, shopping, relaxation and more. Here you'll find the Yokohama Chocolate Factory & Museum with a café and store where you can enjoy freshly made chocolate, and the Yokohama Daisekai Market with all kinds of Chinese and Yokohama-related souvenirs, as well as fortune telling, reflexology and photoshoots in Chinese dress. This must-visit site also features special temporary exhibitions.

    The dim sum (Chinese dumplings) stall on the first floor, FUKIPAOZURO, is famous after being featured on TV and it has a large menu of delicious snacks that you can munch on while walking around. Make sure you try the original Kurobuta shumai (black pork dumplings), Niku-nira manjuu (steamed buns with chives and meat) and other yummy dim sum specialties of Yokohama.

    Location: 97 Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023, Japan

    Open: Open from 9.30 am to 10 pm *Hours may vary depending on floor and day of the week

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