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Yokohama One Day Itinerary with Kids

Spend your one day in Yokohama with our 1 day Itineraries in Yokohama with Kids. Read our complete itinerary on what to see and do during your stay. Pick and choose your favorites and have fun!

Brief History: Yokohama is the first harbor city introduced to the world as the entrance to Japan. Yokohama is located in the centre of Japan, along the coastline of Japan’s Pacific Ocean, and one of the 15 Japanese Government-designated cities. The total population of Yokohama is 3.7 million persons, making the city the second largest after Tokyo’s 23 Wards.

Getting there:
The Toyoko Line is the most afforable way to get from Tokyo and Yokohama. Ride a limited express or express train, as they are much faster than local trains, but cost the same (About 25 minutes & 270 yen from Shibuya Station); JR Tokaido Line (About 20 minutes and 290 yen from Shinagawa Station); JR Shonan Shinjuku Line (About 30 minutes and 550 yen from Shinjuku Station / About 20 minutes and 390 yen from Shibuya Station).

Poop Museum (Unko Pop-up Museum)Only in Japan is there a Poop Museum (Unko Pop-up Museum). The pop-up exhibit opened on March 15, 2019, and is planned to run until July 15th, 2019. Japan has a poop fascination – I am always reminded about when my kids were in Japanese hoikuen (daycare) that the diary book would have comments about the color and form of their poop. I thought it strange, but now understand that you can tell a lot about a person’s health from their diet. My daughter is six and thought it was hysterical. I found humor more in the adults that were screaming poop and running through the museum to get the “best shots” of poop exploding volcanoes. The museum is an Instagram heaven with pop shots everywhere. You can play “crappy games,” draw poop in whiteboard toilets, run around smashing poop, see how loud you can scream “UNKO” to make an Unko jump on a screen.

If you want a quintessential Japan experience that you should see the exhibit before it closes on July 15, 2019. Details –>

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The Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum is an entertaining and educational experience. Not only do you learn the history of the world famous Cup Noodles, but you can make your personalized cup and enjoy lunch as well. If you like ramen and/or invention, you will love the Cup Noodles Museum. Details –>

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If you love history and are planning a trip to Yokohama please visit the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum. This museum is a hidden gem, and on the same block as the Cup Noodles Museum. I learned so much about a topic I knew nothing about, and there is no cost of admission. Over 25 million Japanese have migrated overseas since the 1860’s. This museum is beautifully laid out and has excellent English explanations. You will learn in detail about who left and why, and where they went and why.

Some of the highlights of the museum include chronological charts of Japanese migration and an interactive map that shows Japanese migrants by prefecture. There are also detailed displays of actual luggage some people took and what prized possessions they carried. Very interesting to understand what the migrants to South America vs. North America experienced.

There are also volunteers who are very attentive and will try to explain in detail in English and Japanese. Details –>

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Located across the street from the Cup Noodles Museum is Yokohama Cosmo World is a family friendly amusement park in the heart of Minato Mirai – a scenic spot during the day and romantic at night. Admission is free to enter and customers pay by attractions or rides via ticket vending machines located throughout the park. Prices range from 300 – 700 yen depending on the attraction or ride. Please note kindergarten aged kids and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

The park is divided into three zones; the Kids Carnival Zone, Brano Street and Wonder Amuse. The Kids Carnival Zone is great for young kids and toddlers. They have games, train and car rides, a beautiful two level merry-go-round and cycle monorail that gives you a birds eye view of the area.

Brano Street is set up like a small, colorful town with an arcade, haunted house, ice world where one can experience the extreme cold, food stalls, small coasters, caricature artists and more.

Wonder Amuse, located underneath the large Ferris Wheel, caters to young and young at heart adults. They have coasters, a 3D Theater and VRV (Virtual Reality Ride), games and food stands. A great spot for all ages. Details –>

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Hamley`s entertainment toy store is a fantastic spot to spend a couple hours. Hamley`s is located in the World Porters Building outside Cosmo World and the Cup Noodle Museum, and a few minutes walk from the Mark IS Shopping Mall and Landmark Tower.

Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy shop in the world. It is named after William Hamley, who founded a toy shop called “Noah’s Ark” in London in 1760. Currently, Hamleys operates over 110 stores all over the world. They opened their first store in Yokohama Japan then their second in Hakata in December 2018.

Hamley`s is located in the World Porters building with a number of shops, cafes and restaurants to choose from. As you enter you enter the building a Starbucks and restrooms will be on your left and Hamley`s on your right.

The 1st floor is filled with plush toys, legos and a carousel for children (300 yen per ride). The 2nd floor holds their Toy Demonstration Tables, Cafe, play room, and everything from board games to dolls. Their playroom is open to babies and kids up to 12 years and is equip toys, playground equipment, slide and digital wall. The fee for a child (6 months +) is 600 yen for the first 30 min then 150 yen per additional 10 minutes or purchase a 90 minute pass for 1,500 yen. Passes are available Mon-Fri only. Adults (20 years +) 600 yen. Details –>

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A short 10 minute walk from the Cup Noodles Museum and Japanese Overseas Migration Museum is the MARK IS Minato Mirai Mall, a family shopping paradise. MARK IS is a six-story building connected to the Minato Mirai train station where you can shop close to 200 stores, enjoy every type of Japanese and international cuisine and have fun at the Bornelund Play Center, interact at the Orbi (Orbi Indoor Wildlife & Digital World) or check out the roof garden. The third floor has all the kids and baby clothing, toy and housewife stores; including Toy’R’Us, Babies’R’US, Alice Studio (photos), Breeze and DaddyWay. MARK IS can also be reached by traveling eight mins from JR Sakuragicho Station on the moving walkway. Details –>

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Located on the 5th floor of MARK IS Minato Mirai Mall is Orbi Indoor Wildlife & Digital World, a great spot for young animal lovers. They reopened after a renewal in April 2018 and now offers more opportunities to cuddle with your favorite animals from hedgehogs to bunnies, geckos to snakes, birds, owls, cats and more. They also offer interactive learning through digital animal selfies, time capture screen where one tries to keep up with the movements of nature`s fastest creatures, nature show on their 40m wide 8m high state of the art theater, 4D movie experience and more.

Orbi allows same day re-entry so we recommend having lunch on their restaurant floor / food court one floor down as the Orbi cafe only carries snack items (hot dogs, ice cream, bread). Show your receipt at the front desk and they will reissue arm badges. Details –>

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Nagashima Spa Land Anpanman

The Anpanman Museum houses plastic characters sculptures of the Anpanman gang and has some play areas. There is also a stage with 2-3 performances a day. The Anpanman Museum is three floors. You enter the first floor to buy a ticket and get a small Anpanman toy if your child is elementary and below (Anpanman plastic rattle toy). The first floor has an indoor small play area and slide (recommend you hit this area on the way out). We took the elevator to the third floor and visited the characters all on display (you are not allowed to touch). Then went over to the interactive area where kids can pretend to make Anpanman bread and sit in Anpanman’s vehicle. There is also a display are on this floor where you can see miniature Anpanman sets displaying Anpanman on a farm or at a Japanese festival. Details –>

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Chinese New Year Celebrations in Yokohama

Yokohama has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world with over 140 years of history.  Although this is still quite new vs. Manila’s Chinatown established in 1590 or London’s in 1700.  Yokohama Chinatown is one of the three major Chinatowns in Japan along with those in Kobe and Nagasaki. Yokohama Chinatown is a short 30 minute train ride from Shibuya. Enjoy a great lunch or dinner at one of the more than 500 restaurants, and have fun shopping.  Here is a good article from the Japan Times on Yokohama Chinatown Restaurants.

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Zoorasia Japan is by far our most favourite zoo outside Tokyo. It`s more like a walking safari than a zoo. It`s spacious and beautifully maintained with a variety of animals from around the world. For 800 yen per adult, less than 500 yen for kids aged 18 yrs and under; and free for 6 yrs and under you can get near the animals in close to their natural habitats; pet pygmy goats, guinea pigs, mice and other small animals; watch animal feedings and a bird show; and for a small fee ride a camel; or take an animal learning class (Sundays only).

They have several play areas for kids, restaurants, cafes, nature trails, and plenty of benches and tables to rest and have lunch. If you`re tired of walking they have an animal themed bus to take you around the entire zoo. Zoorasia Japan offers scenic walks, beautiful wildlife habitats, is stroller-friendly and fun for the family. Only advice would be to bring some water or drinks, and wear very comfortable shoes since you will be walking a lot. Details –>

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Kodomo no Kuni is one of our favorite parks for young kids on our list of TOP Theme Parks in Japan. Kodomo no Kuni in Yokohama is a kids` paradise. It`s a 250 acre park with numerous activities and facilities that any child will enjoy. The popular attractions are a 110m rolling slide, riding and cycling center, children`s zoo, pony rides, river and splash pond and a mini steam locomotive. There are numerous playgrounds, a large outdoor pool, indoor ice skating rink, boating pond, sports fields, garden, BBQ area (by reservation only) and much more! Details –>

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