Yokohama is full of surprises; you can stroll along the beautiful harbor in the morning and then explore the quirky Cups Noodle Museum, check out a cutting-edge art show in the evening, and cap off the night at a sizzling jazz club.
From a dining scene with international influences to tasty microbrewery beers, hot jazz clubs, or dance bars, you'll find food and nightlife options to please every taste.
Whatever you're looking for - whether it's electronics, clothing, and other consumer goods - you'll find it in the seemingly endless number of huge modern malls.
You can enjoy dolphins, penguins, and more at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, or visit the animals at the Nogeyama Zoo. From water parks to spas and more, the city will keep you entertained.
Yokohama is home to many beautiful parks, including the picturesque seaside Yamashita Park where you'll find many street performers.
Yokohama is home to the largest Chinatown in the country, with more than 500 shops and restaurants full of bargain shopping and great eats.
Yokohama enjoys warm temperatures for much of the year, with daytime highs ranging from 65 to 87 between March and November, when most visitors come to the city.
The closest international airports are located in Tokyo, with the majority of international travelers passing through Narita Airport (NRT), about 60 miles from Yokohama. The Narita Express trains make the trip to Yokohama about every half hour for ¥4,380 one way.
There is extensive daily train service linking Yokohama with Tokyo and the rest of Japan provided by a number of companies, including the Tokyu Toyoko Line and the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line.
The drive from Tokyo to Yokohama takes about a half an hour one way via Route 1. The city connects to the rest of Japan via a network of highways.
There are many options when it comes to bus connections between Yokohama and Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, and other major centers.
Stay in a convenient central location at the Navios Yokohama. For sleek modern furnishings and amenities near Yokohama Train Station, look to the Yokohama Kokusai Hotel.
Kannai - this district includes the historic waterfront and attractions like the Marine Tower and Osanbashi Pier, the perfect spot to watch the sun set.
Minato Mirai 21 - this district of the city has a futuristic aesthetic and offers a wealth of dining and shopping options, including the huge Landmark Plaza/Queen's Square complex.
Yamate and Motomachi - these districts border each other along the hillside, where you'll find great shopping amid wonderful views of the harbor.
The city is serviced by two subway lines, the Yokohama Minatomirai or JR East Line, where a day pass costs ¥520, and the Minato Burari or MM21 line, where a day pass is ¥500.
Taxis are plentiful in the city, with rates that begin at ¥730, increasing by ¥310 every 0.6 mile.
Parking can be at a premium in the tourist-heavy areas near the waterfront and Chinatown. Rentals from companies like Europcar start at around ¥7,500 per day.
Along with Minato Mirai 21, the area around Yokohama train station is where you'll find the most shopping choices, including Yodobashi Yokohama, an enormous electronics outlet.
The Grocery Market Minatomirai has a great selection of fresh foods at reasonable prices. A quart of milk costs about ¥205, and a dozen eggs about ¥235.
For classic Japanese cuisine, including the traditional gyu-nabe, a beef dish, try Araiya. Set menus begin at ¥1300. The Charcoal Grill Green serves grilled steak, pork, and prawn, along with a nice selection of wines and craft beer. Main dishes start at ¥1100.