The Beautiful Step-Sister [Yokohama]

It took us at least 18 months to get to Yokohama, and when we finally did, we wondered why we had waited so long. It feels open, and smells like the sea and doesn’t have the weird feel that accompanies being on Odaiba (you know what I mean if you’ve been there).

It makes a fantastic day trip, or break in the adventure when heading South. It has a market area similar to Hobart, small food vans, a giant Ferris Wheel and an awesome international passenger terminal.

Also, as an aside, a one way non-reserved shinkansen trip to Shin Yokohama costs around Y1200! It is by far the cheapest and most convenient way to satisfy any shinkansen loving children you might have.

Oh, and you can play games with Fuji-san. Now you see it, now you don’t. On a clear day, it plays peek-a-boo behind all the buildings.

More about the passenger terminal. Ōsanbashi Pier is an award winning design, which features no stairs! The wooden boards are designed to look like undulating waves. Somewhat surprisingly, it receives a 4.5/5 stars according to Goggle, which is not something many geniune tourist attractions can boast of!

There is also weird food like soft serve in the shape of an elephant, and delicious local chocolate to enjoy.

Plus, nearby there is the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. Opened in 1994, it is also the world’s first food-themed amusement park based on the amazing bowl of goodness that is ramen. Bowls come in half-size portions, so you can on a good day sample at least 3 bowls before rolling home.

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