This uniquely cosmopolitan city on Japan’s pacific coast is waiting to welcome rugby fans from the UK.
With plenty to offer visitors both in the city itself and in the surrounding area, as well as fantastic access to the rest of the country, Yokohama is the ideal venue for rugby fans to start their Japanese adventure.
Welcome to Yokohama
Welcome to one of Japan’s most vibrant and exciting cities, where you can take in a view of Mt Fuji from a trendy bayside café, enjoy the hustle and bustle of Asia’s biggest Chinatown, and relax in the mixed Japanese and European-style old town of one of Japan’s most beautiful urban areas, all in walking distance of your hotel.
Although just 30 minutes by local train from downtown Tokyo, Yokohama has a very different character of its own, as you would expect from Japan’s second largest city.
Yokohama was one of the first gateways to Japan from the outside world and even today has a distinct international flavour and warm welcome for foreign visitors.
Rugby in Yokohama
As the home biggest stadium in Japan, Yokohama is a fitting venue for important rugby matches next year.
The International Stadium Yokohama has previously played host to the final of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and has a truly incredible atmosphere with 70,000 fans on a big match day.
The stadium is just a short walk from two stations and only minutes away from central Yokohama.
Make sure that you are going to the right stadium!!!
Yokohama’s much beloved baseball team – The Yokohama DeNA BayStars – have their home ground at the confusingly similarly named Yokohama Stadium, which is right in the city centre. This is not the venue for the rugby!
Rugby matches will be held at the International Stadium Yokohama (also known as Nissan Stadium) in Shin-Yokohama.
Things to do in Yokohama
With its gorgeous bayside location, life and leisure in Yokohama naturally centres on the waterside.
The most popular place for both tourists and locals to explore is Minato Mirai (the bay of the future).With it’s stunning location right on the water, a combination of restored European-style buildings and sparkling new skyscrapers, great restaurants, theatres, galleries, amusement parks and more, this area has become the centre of shopping, fun and entertainment in Yokohama.
Yokohama is also home to some fascinating museums, with something for every taste and interest.
There is the Cup Noodle museum, Nissan’s Global HQ, Orbi Yokohama – a unique natural experience from SEGA and the BBC, the Raumen Museum with its nostalgic 1950s food court, Zen temples, Japanese gardens, Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, the World Beer Museum and much, much more to entertain all comers!
Eating & Drinking in Yokohama
Yokohama is a uniquely cosmopolitan city in Japan and is often at the top of lists of the most popular places to live. Food & drink are at the heart of that appeal.
One of Yokohama’s biggest attractions is that it is home to Asia’s biggest Chinatown, and is packed full of delicious treats. Walking through the crowded and lively streets of Chukagai as its known to locals, you are surrounded by amazing sights and smells that can’t fail to make you hungry.
From streetside stalls selling steaming hot pork buns and dumplings to eat-as-much-as-you-like buffets, traditional-style regional specialties to luxurious modern Chinese cuisine, if you like Chinese food, Yokohama Chinatown should not be missed!
If you’re looking for something a little quieter, next-door Motomachi, with its cobbled streets and European-influenced architecture is home to highly rated, beautiful restaurants and cozy, atmospheric bars.
For a change of pace after dinner, why not head to nearby Noge, where you can find a huge selection of tiny izakaya(Japanese pub/restaurant) packed along its side streets and alleys. These typically Japanese places are mostly packed with locals enjoying the craft beer, fast food and friendly atmosphere any day of the week and can provide a hearty welcome and enjoyable, memorable night.
YOKOHAMA BEER MAGAZINE http://www.welcome.city.yokohama.jp/ja/tourism/beer/
Where to stay
InterContinental Yokohama Grand www.interconti.co.jp/yokohama/en
Yokohama has a wide variety of accommodation options to suit all tasters and budgets.
There are trendy, bijou hostels in Chinatown and Kannai, business and boutique hotels all across the city, luxury five star palaces overlooking the bay in Minato Mirai and beautiful resorts by the sea just outside the city centre as well as a selection of hotels in Shin-Yokohama in walking distance from the International Stadium.
For more information on accommodation see the following website:
Getting to Yokohama
Yokohama is easy to get to from most parts of Tokyo as well as being in easy reach of Tokyo Haneda Airport and being a major stop on the Bullet Train network.
The Tokyu Toyoko Line runs from Chinatown and Minato Mirai through Yokohama station, on to Shibuya in Tokyo and then to Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and various parts of Saitama.
A number of JR lines connect Yokohama, Kannai and Sakuragicho with various parts of Tokyo including Shinagawa, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ueno, Ebisu and Shinbashi.
Getting around Yokohama
The International Stadium Yokohama can be reached by the Subway Blue Line or JR Yokohama Line to Shin-Yokohama or Kozukue.