Ramen, Games, and Guns: I Discover Yokohama
By Cynthia Popper
On June 28, 2013
What better way to enjoy my first trip to Yokohama than to hang out with Anthony Joh and the crew from ACTV to produce a travel video for GaijinPot? It was a super fun shoot and I learned so much about Yokohama. It’s really beautiful… I kind of want to live there now.
So here’s where we went, and few behind-the-scenes shots.
First we took the Sea Bass Ferry to Yamashita Park. Then we checked out the stellar, 360° view of Yokohama Bay from the Marine Tower Observation Deck. The view is amazing and we got to see the Minato Mirai 21 area where we would end up at the end of the day.
After our visit to the tower, Anthony went to the Mitsubishi Industrial Museum to play with tech toys and I went to play with toy pandas and get a fish pedicure (!!!) at Daska in Chinatown. This is by far the cleanest Chinatown I’ve ever been to.
But… if you only eat at one place… eat at the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. I ate two HUGE bowls and then challenged Anthony at the shooting gallery. He won more candy prizes, but I won this SWEET tiara! (in case you’re wondering why I’m wearing one in the ramen scene…)
After lunch I was so full I thought I was going to explode, so I decided to work it off by doing some shopping at the Red Brick Warehouse. It’s a fun place to browse for gifts and I was told that in the winter they set up an outdoor ice skating rink.
Then, while still packed with Ramen…. We played carnival games and went on the giant ferris wheel at Cosmo World.
It was an awesome day and a super easy day trip or an overnighter from Tokyo. There are a number of train lines that run between Tokyo and Yokohama but the easiest one for me was to take the Keihin-Tohoku line direct from Ueno Station to Sakuragicho Station. This is a short 30 minutes train ride and dropped me off right by my hotel.
Check out the video and let us know what city you would like us to visit next!