It so happened that for 2 consecutive days we went to “best dating spots” – the day before it was Daiba, now on the third day of the trip we went to Yokohama (where the port area is a famous dating spot).
There are a few railways that connect Tokyo and Yokohama, which is approximately 30 to 60 minutes away depending on the departing Tokyo area. Our choice was departing from Shibuya, taking the Tokyu Toyoko Line(TY / 東急東横線) to Yokohama – Tokyu Rail offers a discount ticket, round trip from Shibuya to Yokohama plus 1-day unlimited use on the Minatomirai Line (みなとみらい線, in Yokohama) for 860 yen. Like Shinjuku, there are a few different railway companies running in Shibuya, and the station itself also spawns like a multi-storey spider web. So it’s important to follow the direction signs!
Day trip ticket, don’t lose it!
We took the train all the way to the end, Motomachi-Chūkagai Station (元町・中華街駅) where the biggest Chinatown in Japan is located. Took a walk and had a not-so-nice meal, we walked pass a cemetery and headed to the Harbour View Park (港の見える丘公園). View from there was the industrial part of Yokohama.
Must-have architecture in all Chinatowns around the globe
View from the park up the hill
Since the 1-day train ticket on Minatomirai Line was for unlimited use, we got back to the station and took the train to Bashamichi Station, to start our tour at the port area. First stop was the Red Brick Warehouse, which used to be warehouses and now became shops.
Top: Red Brick Warehouse by the harbour. Bottom: View of the harbour
We walked pass amusement park (or parks), the Cup Noodle Museum (which we wanted to go but it was closed for the day), and the Nippon Maru (a sail training ship). Apparently the evening/night view of the port area should be magnificent, seemed we arrived at Yokohama a bit too early that day. Waiting for sunset would be too much.
Ferris wheel. Huge
This roller-coaster springs out (or enters?) from bottom of a pool. Was not running so no idea which direction it goes.
Baby roller-coaster for kids
Nippon Maru, sail training ship
Manhole cover with Nippon Maru
Time to go back to Yokohama Station area (again by train of course) for ramen! We found a ramen place at a back alley near the station, they served great ramen!
Ramen place on an alley (left)
This ramen’s good
This day was actually the last day of our stay in Shinjuku, Tokyo. How can we not go to the golden street alleys, or Golden Gai, in Shinjuku before leaving the city! It’s a small area in Shinjuku/Kabukicho area with numerous tiny bars. We went to an upstairs bar through a steep staircase that could seat 10 people, already quite big in the area. Hosted by a Korean girl, it was a joyful night.
Steep staircase to a tiny bar
Our final stop was the west exit from Shinjuku Station, just to check if there were still ramen trucks. Only one left now.
Ramen truck @ Shinjuku Station West exit