We had a full day trip today and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Yokohama, a 30-40 minute bus ride away from the bustling city life, is a port town where traditional century-old Japanese gardens coexist with modern architecture accentuated by a Western touch.
Our day trip began at the Sankei-en Garden, a botanical garden that stretches 175,000 square meters.
It houses the three story pagoda of Old Tomyoji, one of the oldest wooden structures in the Kanto Region.
Our Hato Basu tour guide, Masayo-san said that Yokohama is a very romantic city, with its laid back atmosphere and perfect dating spots. We actually witnessed a traditional wedding ceremony at the garden. I didn’t take photos though.
The next stop was the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. There are a lot of brick structures in the city, I almost forgot I was in Japan.
Walking in Yokohama feels like a dreamy afternoon stroll in Paris, with all the fancy cafés and cute restaurants. Or in London perhaps? Look at that giant ferries wheel! The kid in me jumped.
If you plan to go to Japan, do it in May. It’s the best time of the year when the sun is out and flowers are in full bloom. But there will be a lot of tourists, both local and foreigners as it is in time with the national holiday, Golden Week. For the impulse buyers and shopping enthusiasts, grab best deals at during the Golden Week sale.
We took a 15-minute cruise to Yamashita Garden where we had our lunch. We were starving by the time we got there, but it was definitely one of the best meals I’ve had in Japan so far. But if you’re allergic to crustaceans… 😬
Aside from seafood, there’s one thing the Japanese can’t live without: Ramen! Our next stop was at the Cup Noodles Museum. Yes, cup noodles.
Invented by Momofuku Ando, instant ramen has been a staple here in Japan and yes, there’s an entire interactive museum dedicated to it.
The tour capped off at the Osanbashi Pier, a whale-like architectural masterpiece that kisses Tokyo Bay.
Constructed in 1859, it is the oldest pier in the city and was the gateway of international trade in the past.
Atop the structure, you can get stunning view of the Yokohama Bay Bridge and the best view of the Yokohama Three Towers, The King, Queen and the Jack.
That’s it for today. We’ll have another tour tomorrow. See you then!