I live in Sydney Australia, and this will be my first trip to Japan. Yokohama has an interesting history. I wonder whether it is an interesting city to visit. Would you advise it? How many days please?
Would you advise I stay at the Washington hotel, or somewhere else?
What is good to do around the hotel? Is it a good and charming area to wander around in? Has the area got a japanese feel or a big city feel?
What is a pleasant area to stay in if I were to visit Yokohama?
How can I get to the hotel from Tokyo please?
I cant speak Japanese.
Thank you for your kind help. Judith
If you would like to explore around just yokohama then only 2 or 3 days are enough I guess.
We have Red burick warehouse, some mueumes, a couple of beautiful parks, Marine tower and China town nearby. If you stay at our hotel, Yokohama Sakuragicho Washington hotel, you will be able to walk these spots about 10~20 minutes.
Kamakura is also a famous sightseeing area and its only 30 min by train from Sakuragicho staion.
How to get to here.... you mean from Tokyo station?
If so, you need to take JR tokaido line to Yokohama station and then transfer to JR keihintohoku line to Sakuragicho staion. It will take about 35 minutes.
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Yokohama is a very modern Japanese city but worth a look as it has a history important to japan.
I was on a business trip last time so there was a group of us. I had a twin room which was spacious enough but the bathroom was very small. Other members who had single rooms said their rooms were very small indeed. However location wise it is a good place to be in. You have a large selection of restaurants, Chinese, Japanese and western including TGI Friday which is very American. Starbucks is located near the entrance on the way to the station. Chinatown is walkable and further afield is the old European quarter. You are across the road from the Landmark tower which boasts the fastest lift in the world and gives you a great view of Yokohama towards Tokyo and Fuji. You also have very good shopping Malls with everything from Japanese shops through to the Disney store and Tiffany's. 10 minutes from the Washington is the Hard rock Café. If you have disabilities you should be ok as every thing is fairly flat or has escalators and lifts to get you up. Look out for the Japanese restaurants around the back of the station - although I would get references from Japanese about the best places to eat. The Washington has a little shop inside and a convenience store underneath. Its a safe area so have a good explore. Good luck.
PS you are only 1 stop from Yokohama station and a rail pass is essential.
Hi Judith, Yes I would definitely recommend Yokohama. I've been there 3 times and I wouldn't mind going back ! We always stayed around Sakuragicho because of the water and the entertainment and the shopping.
We usually stayed at a Toyoko Inn hotel but this time the Toyoko Inns in the area were all sold out and thus I opted for the Washington Hotel. Which looks nicer from the outside than from the inside. Nevertheless our stay was comfortable and the price was OK. Right outside the hotel and the subway station there are very cheap trolleys that will take you around. Not far from there is also the Art Museum. And Chinatown is a nice but longer walk as well.
Yokohama is pretty much the same as Tokyo, it almost the part of it. The Bay Area, where the Washington hotel, is a nice place to stay. There are a lot of expensive hotel around, but washington hotel is ok, if you can get a room with a bay view, thats the best choice.
Yokohama is a quite big city, you can walk around, there are a plenty of restaurants with local food. Any can easily go anywhere with the metro or JR.
From Tokyo there is a direct train (JR) from Tokyo station, and a lot of metro lines. I recommend you to use google maps public transport planning, it will even tell you which track do you need when you get on the train.
Japanese knowledge is not necessary, everything is in english. And japanese people are really kind and helpful. If you cant find something, or you feel you getting lost, just ask someone on the street, and he will defenetly helps you.