We were finally into the last leg of our Japan trip. This was also the last day that our Japan Rail Pass was valid, so we had to make the best use of it. The moment we landed in Tokyo, we decided to hop on a train to Yokohama. This trip was free for us as we had the Japan Rail Pass. Had we decided to go the following day, we'd have to pay.
Yokohama is a short 25 minute train ride from Tokyo. The journey time can be lesser depending on the train you choose. We randomly jumped onto the first train we saw and were packed like a tin of sardines!
The first place we checked out was the Ramen Museum. At this museum, you get to know how one of Japan's most loved dish is made. The place is designed to give you a feel of old Tokyo from when ramen became popular. For those who fancy eating ramen, you can visit any restaurant within the museum and try it out. We skipped this because the queues outside each restaurant were insane!
Next, we visited Motomachi - one of Yokohama's famous shopping areas. Although the only shopping we did was window shopping, we did go on a bit of an eating spree. In addition to that we got to see some of Japan's cutest fur babies proudly shown off by their owners.
In Yokohama, we spent most of our time at Chinatown. This is supposedly Japan's largest Chinatown and we could easily see why. Every little lane basically branched out into more lanes. I could easily spend a day here. Besides a couple of shops selling goods, people were more drawn towards the food joints. The food here was insane. We tried out some delicious steamed buns, nearly burnt our tongues after gorging on some dumpling looking things and tried a variety of other dishes ... some of which we didn't even know the names of. Basically, everything here was written in Japanese or Chinese and no one spoke English. If we saw a crowded restaurant, we'd rush there assuming that the food was good. It was fun!
We concluded our short trip to Yokohama but visiting Osanbashi Pier. This is Yokohama's Marina, where cruise ships dock and take off from. They say that from here, on a clear day, you can see Mt. Fuji. But sadly, we didn't. We did have a lovely walk though on the waterfront promenade and admired the Minato Mirai skyline. There's a lovely garden too thats worth checking out.
We covered Yokohama in about 5 hours. If you'd like to spend more time there - maybe explore more of Chinatown or see Osanbashi Pier are night, you could consider spending a night.
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