Yokohama is like Tokyo’s chill sibling, while Kamakura is their cousin. Both places have great attractions and I’ve rounded up a list that’s good enough for a day trip from Tokyo. That is if you want to go somewhere near… but kind of far.
Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum
Ahh my favorite place in this list! Nissin Seafood cup noodles just brings so much good childhood memories and feelings that visiting this museum felt very special. The highlight of this visit was the My CUPNOODLES Factory. It’s where you buy a blank Nissin cup, draw the design by yourself, and choose the toppings and flavor. It was so much fun that we lost track of time. By the end of the process, there were only less than an hour before the museum closes. There’s also the history of instant noodles, where you can even see a couple of Lucky Me Noodles and Pancit Canton!
Admission Fee: JPY 500.00 per person
My CUPNOODLES Factory: JPY 300.00 per cup
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
This museum focuses on ramen, its history and how it evolved throughout the years. As we entered the museum, we were greeted by different infographics about ramen. One of which is where ramen originated, and another is the differences of ramen from different regions of Japan. But the main attraction of this place are the ramen restaurants. The restaurants are in replicas of some of the houses from the town of Shitamachi where ramen gained popularity. The whole ambience of the place feels authentic and exciting that would want to try every ramen in the area.
Admission Fee: JPY 310.00 per person
This small amusement park, just across the Cup Noodles Museum, is home to one of the most creatively designed roller coaster in Japan, Vanish the Diving Coaster. Being a coaster-lover, I pretty much have an idea of some of the coolest and record-breaking coasters around the world. One of which, that is more on the ‘cool’ side is Vanish. It’s just a typical, old and rough, roller coaster, but what’s special about it is its section that dives on a hole in the middle of a pool. On certain angles it definitely looks like the tracks just dives into the water. Aside from the Cup Noodle Museum, this is the only other thing that made me go to Yokohama. But what’s great about Cosmoworld is how photogenic it is especially at night. Its ferris wheel have become an icon of Yokohama’s skyline. This place is especially beautiful to visit at night.
Admission Fee: Free but you have to pay for each attraction
Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura)
When you think of Kamakura, this place is an instant. The Great Buddha statue is a landmark of the city, so it’s a must-see destination. Popularity means tourists so expect large crowd especially in the middle of the day. If you want to visit this in peace, go here early in the morning and you may even get a tourist-free photo of the statue.
Admission Fee: JPY 200.00 per person
Enter inside the Buddha statue: JPY 20.00 per person
This temple is famous for its wooden statue of the goddess of mercy, Kannon. It is one of the largest wooden statues in Japan.
Unfortunately our time in Kamakura was limited so we skipped this temple.
Admission Fee: JPY 300.00 per person
Kamakura Yuigahama Beach
There’s not much to see in this beach except for local fishermen going on about their day. Which is a great short peek at the locals in the area. It’s also a very calming place from the constant sounds of the waves with the occasional car driving by far back at the road.
This place is very significant to Kamakura’s history, making it the most important shrine in the city. The path leading up to the shrine is very scenic especially if sakura is in bloom. Along the path are torii gates that eventually leads you to the entrance.
Just outside Kamakura Station is this shopping street offering different kinds of items from souvenirs, snacks, novelties, etc… This is the perfect place to visit when your done with the temples and landmarks of Kamakura.
Visiting all of these places from Yokohama and Kamakura is definitely possible in a day. Just make sure to go early and plan your route effectively. I would suggest heading far south first to Kamakura and then spending the afternoon to late in the evening in Yokohama. It’s gonna be tiring, but so much fun for sure. And by the evening when you’re back in Tokyo, you’re gonna realize how crazy and amazing your day was.