Ramen, Games, and Guns: I Discover Yokohama

June 28th, 2013By Category: Living in Japan

What better way to enjoy my first trip to Yokohama than to hang out with Anthony Joh and the crew from ACTV to produce a travel video for GaijiPot? It was a super fun shoot and I learned so much about Yokohama. It’s really beautiful… I kind of want to live there now.

So here’s where we went, and few behind-the-scenes shots.

First we took the Sea Bass Ferry to Yamashita Park.

yamashita

Then we checked out the stellar, 360° view of Yokohama Bay from the Marine Tower Observation Deck. The view is amazing and we got to see the Minato Mirai 21 area where we would end up at the end of the day.

yokohama-bay

After our visit to the tower, Anthony went to the Mitsubishi Industrial Museum to play with tech toys and I went to play with toy pandas and get a fish pedicure (!!!) at Daska in Chinatown. This is by far the cleanest Chinatown I’ve ever been to.

chinatown

But… if you only eat at one place… eat at the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. I ate two HUGE bowls and then challenged Anthony at the shooting gallery. He won more candy prizes, but I won this SWEET tiara! (in case you’re wondering why I’m wearing one in the ramen scene…)

tirara

After lunch I was so full I thought I was going to explode, so I decided to work it off by doing some shopping at the Red Brick Warehouse. It’s a fun place to browse for gifts and I was told that in the winter they set up an outdoor ice skating rink.

Then, while still packed with Ramen…. We played carnival games and went on the giant ferris wheel at Cosmo World.

ferris

It was an awesome day and a super easy day trip or an overnighter from Tokyo. There are a number of train lines that run between Tokyo and Yokohama but the easiest one for me was to take the Keihin-Tohoku line direct from Ueno Station to Sakuragicho Station. This is a short 30 minutes train ride and dropped me off right by my hotel.

Check out the video and let us know what city you would like us to visit next!

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Cynthia Popper

Writer/model/actor by day, English teacher by night, Cynthia covers JP Life 101 from the newbie POV. When she’s not stalking beauty trends or giving model-ly advice on her blog, she can usually be found in the Shimokita thrift shops or eating more than a reasonable amount of green tea Galbo minis.

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