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10 hours to explore Yokohama - the preserved traditional beauty

Just mentioning the name of Yokohama, many famous places come to my mind, such as: the dreamy "vintage" Sankeien garden, Landmark Tower building with the beautiful view, the unique Cup Noodles museum,... During this trip, we had 10 hours and about 1 man/person (10,000円 ~ more than 2 million VND) to explore Yokohama. Follow us around on this trip. Let's go!

Hương Giang

Hương Giang

Published on 07 Aug, 12:00

Yokohama is the second largest city in the Land of the Rising Sun. Only about 100km from Tokyo, Yokohama is seen as Japan's opening the gates to welcome the world.

That is why we can observe the intersections of great cultures here. We had a very interesting day trip in this beautiful city, so let's find out together!

1/ Visit the traditional Japanese-style garden - Sankeien (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM)

It is said that it takes a lot of walking to reach this garden, since we had more strength at the beginning of the day, we chose this as our first destination in the trip.

We took the train to Negishi station then walked to the Neghishi Eki bus stop and took the bus number 97 to the Makado Shogakko. Then we walked for about 10 minutes to reach the garden at 58-1 Honmokusannotani, Naka Yokohama, Kanagawa. It took us 1 hour for just travel time, but we did not go earlier because Sankeien Garden opened at 9 AM.

The Sankeien garden was picturesque
The Sankeien garden was picturesque

The admission ticket cost 700円/ person. Sankeien is a very large garden built in a traditional Japanese style.

My first impression when coming here was the very fresh air, houses with ancient architecture surrounded by rich nature. You could look and go inside the historical houses, where some houses belonged to feudal lords, while others had more modern style.

One of the houses in Sankeien Garden
One of the houses in Sankeien Garden
Persimmons hanging in the wind - a
Persimmons hanging in the wind - a "village"-like style

I felt like these houses were built based on the flow of history, very natural and elegant, that gave me a sense of immersion in the nostalgia of the ancient capital of Kyoto. I only had a glimpse of the culture and history of Japan, but I was already impressed.

Even the walking path had a feel of the old times
Even the walking path had a feel of the old times
The warmth and nostalgia were like the image in an old anime movie
The warmth and nostalgia were like the image in an old anime movie
This room is called a tatami room- a traditional Japanese style flooring
This room is called a tatami room- a traditional Japanese style flooring

Outside were swans leisurely swimming on the surface of a large lake, and birds were happily humming the song of freedom on the tree canopy. A very natural and pure scenery that made me feel like I was on a garden tour, very relaxing.

After leaving Sankeien Garden, we quickly boarded the train again to return to the Yokohama tourist center - Minato Mirai area because there were many places waiting for us to explore.

2/ See the city from Landmark Tower (10:00 AM - 11:45 AM)

After arriving at Minato Mirai Station, and just a short walk, we saw the towering Landmark Tower appearing as a symbol of the town welcoming us. This is the second tallest building in Japan, only after Abeno Harukas building in Osaka.

A portrait of the symbolic tower of Yokohama
A portrait of the symbolic tower of Yokohama

Inside the Landmark Tower building was quite modern, like a large commercial center. Since it was quite late, we didn't have much time to go around the other floors anymore so we went straight to the 69/70th floor of the building - also known as the Sky Garden for 1000円.

The elevator displayed the travel speed of 45km/h so we got there very quickly. The view up here was so wonderful, I could see the blue sea waves, coastal town with buildings right below eye sight and the places that I was going to see like giant Ferris wheel, pier...

It is said that you can see the whole of Mount Fuji from here, but I went during the cold season so I could not see it anywhere, perhaps on a clear day you could see it clearly. Overall it was great!!!!

The view down from the 69th floor is wonderful, isn't it?
The view down from the 69th floor is wonderful, isn't it?

3/ Lunch at the Cup Noodles Museum (11:45 AM - 01:00 PM)

Stunned by the great view from the Landmark Tower, we gradually felt hungry, so our next chosen place was the Cup Noodles Museum. It was just about 650m walk to reach from Landmark Tower.

This was the place that satisfied the eyes and stomachs of noodle lovers like me
This was the place that satisfied the eyes and stomachs of noodle lovers like me

The Cup Noodles Museum is a place where you can learn about the origin and the development process of a cup of instant noodles established by Nissin Food Company. I had never been to a place that displayed this many variety of cups, noodles and seasoning, so it was very interesting. There were also noodle production line models, but since my phone ran out of battery I couldn't film it.

Cup noodles and package noodles were all available here
Cup noodles and package noodles were all available here

When visitors come here, they can design a separate bowl of noodles and package it like a manufacturer. We felt like we were attending a cup noodle buffet.

They sold a cup of noodles for 300円 and all I had to do was to add toppings such as shrimp, crab, seafood, herbs, spices... already displayed on the trays and to seal the lid just like a bowl of noodles available in supermarkets. I brought back this cup of noodles as a souvenir.

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The "handmade" cup noodles were very cute

As for filling your hungry stomach, you will have to go to a separate dining area with noodle stalls from many countries around the world. I bought the Italian spaghetti for 250円 and... ate it all deliciously!

The noodles portion was a bit small but delicious
The noodles portion was a bit small but delicious

This delicious lunch puts a temporary pause to my journey in this article. There are many other great places waiting for me to explore.

Follow my next post to visit Cosmos World, Red Brick Warehouse and Japan's largest Chinatown!

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Hương Giang

Hương Giang

Hi guys, my name is Huong Giang. I love travelling and Japan is the place that I can do what I desire to do. I hope my experiences will inspire you and it would be glad if we can share our things in common <3

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