Departure & Return
The tour will begin at 9 AM at Yokohama Station (meetup directions will be provided after booking), where your tour guide will pick you up from the station.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Children that are age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult that is age 18 or older
- Please dress appropriately for all weather conditions
- Passports may be required to verify age on the day of the tour.
- We ask that all guests arrive at the location at least 10 minutes before the designated meet-up time
- Although this is a private tour, the tour guide will only wait for you for up to 45 minutes of start time before the tour is cancelled
- Guests are provided with the tour guides’ phone number before the tour and you can call the tour guide if you need help.
- Attraction fees for guests (prices listed below) Sky Garden of Landmark Tower: 1,000 JPY (Age 18-64) 800 JPY (Age 13-17) 500 JPY (Age 6-12) 200 JPY (Age 4-5) Cup Noodle Museum: 800 JPY (Adult) 300 JPY (Child, age 6 and below) Kanazawa-bunko Museum 250 JPY/person, closed on Mondays Sankei-en Japanese Garden 700 JPY (Adult) 200 JPY (Child) Hakkeijima Sea Paradise: 3,200 JPY (Adult) 1,950 JPY (Child)
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Japan was once considered a hermit kingdom during the Edo Period (1603-1867), isolating itself from the rest of the world. Yokohama at the time was just a small fishing town, but in 1859, it opened its port for foreign trade and since has established itself as one of the major cities in all of Japan.
- Yokohama is located just about 30 – 45 minutes by train from Tokyo. This morning, take the train at your own leisure, or start the tour from Tokyo with the accompaniment of your tour guide (available as add-on option at checkout).
- The tour will begin at 9 AM at Sakuragicho Station (this is just one stop away from Yokohama Station; meetup directions will be provided after booking), where your tour guide will pick you up from the station. From Yokohama Station, head over to the Sky Garden, an observation deck on the 69th floor of the Yokohama Landmark Tower for 360-degree panoramic views of Yokohama Bay, Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji on clear days. Another option instead of Sky Garden is to take the famous ferris wheel that oversees the Yokohama port.
- Then move on to the Cup Noodle Museum where you can make your own cup noodles (reservation must be made at least 3 – 4 weeks in advance if guests are interested). You can explore the museum, or take a class (depending on availability) where you can make chicken ramen by hand starting with kneading, spreading, and steaming the wheat flour, then drying it with the flash-frying method. After experiencing the process that led to the invention of the world’s first instant noodles, you can take your freshly-made instant noodles that are nicely packaged with you as a souvenir or for you to enjoy when you return home.
- After a fun session at the Cup Noodle Museum, we’ll head to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, a historical building located in the Minato Mirai 21 district. Learn about the beginning of American presence in Yokohama, while browsing the neat and trendy shops that have sprung up here. From there, walk along the Yokohama waterfront to the nearby Yamashita Park, constructed after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Beside the promenade is the retired Hikawa Maru, the massive ocean liner ship that has serviced the imperial family and Charlie Chaplin in its first-class cabins along the Yokohama to Vancouver/Seattle journey since 1930.
- For lunch, we’ll visit Yokohama Chinatown, for a walking food tour of some local spots with a lot of history packed into this unique area. Enjoy sampling different foods while strolling through the streets and stepping into a world that’s completely different from the rest of Japan. Along the way, visit Yamate to learn about the history of Meiji Restoration and after WWII here.
- After, transfer to Sankei-en Garden by local bus. Sankei-en is a spacious Japanese-style garden that exhibits a number of historic buildings, such as an elegant daimyo (feudal lord) residence, many traditional tea houses and the three-storied pagoda of Kyoto’s old Tomyoji Temple. The reconstructed buildings here (after much of it was damaged from the Second World War) are considered one of the most historically significant locations of Yokohama. After a pleasant afternoon at the garden, return to Yokohama Station just before 5:00 PM to end the tour.
- Optional: For guests that do not want to visit Sankei-en, the tour guide may take you to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, an amusement park located on a small island just off shore (30 minutes by train from downtown Yokohama), arriving at 3:30 PM. Visit the park area with the tour guide who will provide you with more context of the area. The tour will end between 4 – 4:30 PM here depending on the guests’ preference (the tour guide will depart so that guests may enjoy the rest of the late afternoon and evening in the area). While it is free to enter and to walk around the park area and along the promenade, entrance fee is not included for the Aqua Resorts and the rides of Pleasure Land. Guests are welcome to enjoy this at their own leisure.
- Adult (age 13 and up): – 2 or more people: ¥19,500 per person – 1 person only: ¥39,000 per person
- Child (age 1-12): ¥10,500 per person (must be accompanied by adult of age 18 or older)
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- OPERATED BY Japan Awaits
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
Learn more about cancellations.
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms