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Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

Ramen, amusement parks, and the baddest Halloween party around.

Cosmopolitan Yokohama, Japan’s second-largest city, will host seven 2019 Rugby World Cup games including the final match!

With just a bit less ruckus than Tokyo — but just as much exciting nightlife — this city in Kanagawa Prefecture is the perfect place to party after the rugby games.

The city’s gorgeous seaside downtown gives off laid-back vibes with views of Tokyo Bay.

Nissan Stadium

Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

Photo by: kanegen The big dog’s house.

About an hour south of Tokyo, Nissan Stadium is a goliath of a venue with an over 70,000 seat capacity. It’s the largest stadium in Japan! The venue also hosted the final game of the FIFA World Cup back in 2002.

What to do before and after the Rugby World Cup

BBQ Beer Garden

Crack open a cold one at the Yamate Rose Terrace with stunning views of the Yokohama Bay Bridge.

Yamate BBQ Beer summer terrace in Yokohama, Kanagawa Japane

Photo by: mitsuemiyashita Yes, please.

  • Date: Until Sept. 23
  • BBQ Terrace available 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; from 5 p.m. Sundays and Holidays
  • 114 Yamatecho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0862 - Map

Kawasaki Halloween Party

Halloween in Kawasaki, Japan 2013

Excuse me sir, you’ve got something on your… well, everywhere.

This month-long celebration includes DJs, drag queens, horror movie screenings and pole dancers — everything you need for a killer afterparty. Don’t miss the main parade on Oct. 27, before the semi-finals!

What to eat

Iekei Ramen

Yokohama’s signature ramen combines tonkotsu (pork bone) broth and soy sauce broth for a decadent flavor. Get ready for a delicious food coma.

Yokohama-ya

Photo by: Randiah Camille Green So. Many. Toppings.

Go for the ramen with the works, topped with spinach, seaweed, a soft boiled egg, green onions, and tender pork belly. Just press the 全部のせトッピングラーメン (ramen with all the toppings) button on the vending machine where you order. You can thank us later.

  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • 1-chome-12-10 Okano, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-0073 - Map
Yoshimura-ya

Yoshimura Iekei Ramen shop in Yokohama, Japan

Photo by: hydrogenwater_ A long line means good food is up ahead.

Another popular iekei ramen shop where you’ll find locals lining up for a steaming hot bowl.

  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on Mondays
  • 〒220-0005 Kanagawa, Yokohama, Nishi-ku, Minamisaiwai, 2-chome−12−6 - Map

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum

Photo by: Martin Haesemeyer Step back into 1950s Japan at the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum.

Try different style noodles from around Japan, all under one roof. Only a 10-minute walk from the stadium.

  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday; until 10:30 p.m. on Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday
  • ¥300 entry fee plus ¥500 to ¥1000 for a bowl of ramen
  • 2-chome-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 222-0033 - Map

Sightseeing around Yokohama

Chinatown

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 15, 2015: Yokohama's Chinatown district at night. It is the largest Chinatown in Japan.

If you like pandas and pork buns, and getting caught in the rain.

The biggest Chinatown in Asia, with steamed pork buns as big as your head and lots of panda-themed goodies.

  • Hours: Generally the neighborhood can be explored anytime but most shops close around  9 p.m.
  • Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023 - Map
  • Getting there: From Shin-Yokohama, take the Yokohama line to Kikuna Station. Transfer to the Tokyu Toyoko line and get off at Motomachi-Chukagai.

Minato Mirai

"Yokohama, Japan - August 27, 2013: A young couple are seated on the bench at the Osanbashi Pier in Yokohama, Japan. They are looking at the skyline of the city."

Yokohama is so chill.

Yokohama’s downtown area right off Tokyo Bay. There’s an amusement park, as well as loads of shopping and spots to chill.

  • 3-chome-5 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-0012 - Map
  • Getting there: From Nissan Stadium, walk to Kozukue Station and take the Yokohama line to Kikuna Station. Transfer to the Tokyu Toyoko line heading for Motomachi Chukagai and get off at Minato Mirai Station. Everything is centered around the station.

Cup Noodles Museum

Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum

Photo by: kevinofsydney. We love cup noodles, too.

In case you haven’t had enough ramen. Customize your own instant noodle cup for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Last admission is at 5 p.m.)
  • ¥500
  • 2-chome-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001 - Map
  • Getting there: Follow the above directions to Minato Mirai. The cup noodle museum is about a 10-minute walk away from Minato Mirai Station.

How to get there

From Tokyo

  • The fastest way is via the Tokaido-sanyo shinkansen (bullet train). From Tokyo Station to Shin-Yokohama Station is about 20 minutes. From there you can walk to Nissan Stadium in about 10 minutes. 
  • For a cheaper route, take the Keihin Tohoku line from Tokyo Station to Higashi-Kanagawa Station. Transfer to the Yokohama line and get off at either Shin-Yokohama or Kozukue Station. Nissan Stadium is a 10 to 15-minute walk from either station.

From Haneda Airport

  • Take the limousine bus heading towards Shin-Yokohama Prince Hotel and get off at Shin-Yokohama Station.

From Narita Airport

  • Take the Narita Express train to Shinagawa Station. From Shinagawa take the Shinkansen to Shin-Yokohama Station.