Yokohama: Japan’s “Second City”
No movie has ever quite been able to perfectly capture the magic of Japan covered in snow. This time of the year is not the vacation for the masses, but it makes for a wonderful trip as the temperature is usually around 50 Degrees Fahrenheit and makes for comfortable weather when running around a big city. The beauty of the temped streets cannot be captured by a camera, but rather must be observed in person.
Yokohama is a metropolis known as Japan’s “Second City,” quite like our Chicago. Inhabited by three million people, it is hardly small and offers a quaint and more relaxed version of the Tokyo hustle and bustle.
The Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is an amusement park with aquariums, rides, and theaters. The aquariums are so spectacular, it is hard to match that experience with anything remotely close in the United States. The park is home to a multitude of creatures and does not skimp on the park rides. A Pirate Ship ride called The Viking swings you to and fro, higher than you can ever imagine, without inversion.
For the more science- minded tourist, there are lots of museums, including the Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum. It holds forward thinking marvels of all shapes and sizes, along with some of the coolest gadgets in the 21st century. This is fun for all ages too!
As far as appetite is concerned, there is no shortage of amazing dishes to try. One such dish is from the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, where they serve-you guessed it- Ramen Noodles! Far from our measly plastic packages, these noodles are cooked to perfection and served with a variety of mix-ins. The bowl is yours to fill as you please. Another wonderful dish you must try is called Nikuman. This is like a meat pie or pasty, but the dough is soft and fluffy and the insides are filled with meat and whatever else you may desire.
Yokohama is a destination for not only all ages, but for the timid and bold alike. There is something for everyone here and it would be a shame to miss out on traveling to a destination this amazing.