Yokohama is less than half an hour away from Tokyo by train, but the city differs greatly from the chaotically fast-paced and almost cold city of Tokyo. The city has an suburban vibe, with less crowds and almost no sense of rush that one gets in cosmopolitan cities.
The chilled vibe of the city is epitomised in its popular landmark, the Red Brick Warehouse (Aka Renga Soko). It is made up of earthy-red bricks which pops out against Japan’s usual subdued building colours. Inside the building lie all sorts of shops, from big-brand names to small quirky shops selling creative hand-made items, and many dining options. There is an annual Christmas Market event held at the building which I definitely would go, I’m sure it would be extremely pretty and romantic, the red bricks of the building would definitely add ambience to the Christmas atmosphere.
Another interesting place in Yokohama has to be Bashamichi Shopping Avenue. While it may not be the best spot for shopping, the streets have a very tranquil European atmosphere, lined with European style lamps, boulevard trees and historical buildings.
Years ago, in “Find The Wasabi”, I had explored Shin-Yokohama Rāmen Museum, discovering the traditional food history of Japan. This time round, I found the modern food history of Japan in Yokohama. Cupnoodles Museum is an interactive educational museum filled with varied cup noodle displays from all over the world, and talks about the history of how cup noodles came to being. The highlight of the museum is that one gets make their very own cup noodles.
Finally, there is a hidden food gem in Yokohama. This Italian cafe, Piacere, we randomly stumbled into has the most delicious Italian-style pizzas at a reasonably low rate. Thin, oven-baked flaky crusts and stringy cheesy goodness. Even the salad was good. And I’m no salad lover. One can easily find good quality Italian food at low prices in Japan, which is a great joy for me. I love Italian food, but they are usually on the pricer end in Singapore. However, the menu is entirely in Japanese, so it may be a stumbling block for non-Japanese speakers.
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
- Address: 1-1-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
- Nearest Stations:
- 15 minute walk from Sakuragicho station via Kishamichi. (JR Line)
- 15 minute walk from Kannai station. (JR Line)
- 6 minute walk from Bashamichi station or Nihon-Odori station. (Minato-Mirai Line)
- 12 minute walk from Minato-Mirai station. (Minato-Mirai Line)
Bashamichi Shopping Avenue
- Address: 4-42, Tokiwa-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0014
- Nearest stations: Kannai Station (JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line / Municipal Subway Line) or Bashamichi Station (Minato Mirai Line)
Cupnoodles Museum (Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum)
- Address: 2-3-4, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0001
- Tel: +81 045-345-0918
- Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last entry 17:00) Closed on Tuesdays (open if holiday / next day will be closed), year end & new year holidays
- Website: http://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/english/index.html
- Nearest station: Sakuragicho Station (JR Line) or Minato-Mirai Station (Minato-Mirai Line)
- Adults: 500 yen (tax included) / Free admission for high school age children and younger
- Address: 4-47 Tokiwacho Naka-Ku | New Inazuma Bldg. 1F, Yokohama 231-0014, Kanagawa Prefecture
- Tel: +81 45-651-2218
- Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:30 – 15:30(L.O.15:00) ; Dinner: 17:00 – 23:00(L.O.22:00)
- Wallet Damage: Lunch 1,000 JPY ; Dinner 3,000 JPY
- Nearest Stations: Kannai / Bashamichi(Kanagawa)
JR Negishi Line Kannai Station The north exit 3-minute wal