Have you heard of Anpanman? It’s pretty much a Japanese sensation that every kid loves and knows about as soon as they are born. It’s a toddler/kid favorite and they happen to have a museum called the “Anpanman Museum” in a few locations across Japan.
My daughter is also now into anpanman and we couldn’t wait to take her here. We visited the Yokohama Minato Mirai location and she absolutely loved everything about it. It’s like Disneyland for little kids but it’s not as big and a lot more compact so it’s easier to get around and still tires your little one out :D
There’s plenty of stimulation for your child from shows, things to see, interaction play area, game centers, food, shopping, even kids haircut. The museum is 1500yen per person (for both adults and kids above age 1). Even if you don’t go into the museum though, there’s plenty of free areas just to have fun so it’s totally worth visiting. In fact, the dancing show was the highlight for our daughter and it was in the courtyard which is in the free area so you can keep coming back but not enter the museum part if you’d like.
If you have a young child, this is definitely a fun place to come explore :)
Address // 4-3-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 045-227-8855
Website // http://www.yokohama-anpanman.jp/main.html
Moomin Stand is an adorable sweets drink place inside of Landmark Tower in Minato Mirai, Yokohama. This is similar to Tapioca Milk Tea/Boba/Pearl Tea, and has quite the selection to choose from.
The store is filled with Moomin goods and they also sell a few snacks to go with your drink if you want something sweet.
I ordered the regular milk tea which felt a little on the sweet side since I’m really into authentic Taiwanese Milk Teas but it was still refreshing and also quite a popular place to grab a quick sweet drink.
Check it out if you’re close by!
Address // Land Mark Tower 1F,
2-2-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 045-227-6326
Website // http://www.benelic.com/moomin_cafe/moominstand/
This Yakitori place in Yokohama is only open for dinner time. Yakitori Torigen is located about 3 min walking distance from Yokohama Station Nishiguchi exit (West exit) on the B1 floor. The place gets quite packed for dinner time as they are famous for their generous portion of yakitori which is both good and affordable.
As you can see, we had quite a variety of yakitori which were all yummy. They even had Toriwasa (715yen) – the chicken sashimi, which was pretty good as well. The menu is written in Japanese but has a few photos of their popular items which you can point to.
If you happen to be by Yokohama station or if you are looking for a decent yakitori spot in Yokohama, check this place out.
hours // 5 – 11pm
Address // B1F SG Building, 2-11-5, Tsuruya-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi,
Kanagawa-ken, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 045-322-3635
Website // n/a
We were at Minato Mirai in Yokohama over the weekend and wanted to enjoy some good food so my friend suggested this Mabo Tofu place which turned out to be owned by one of the most famous Chinese chefs, Chen Kenichi. Chen Kenichi is best known for his role on the television Iron Chef. He is the only Iron Chef to have held his position throughout the entire lifetime of the show. He was born in Japan to ethnic Han Chinese parents of Japanese nationality (according to wikipedia). His restaurant is spelled like this in Japanese: 陳建一麻婆豆腐店.
Anyhow, all of us got the classic mabo tofu lunch set for 1050yen and LOVED it. It was delicious. We were told that even the “regular” is very spicy so we ordered the “non-spicy” version and it was still a little spicy…haha The set comes with Mabo tofu, rice, soup, and za-sai(搾菜). Whenever I crave mabo tofu, I’m definitely coming back here!
Just a tip, when you are ordering, don’t forget to mention the free dessert coupon! You can print it out or just show it from your smart phone here! You can choose between mango pudding and anintofu(杏仁豆腐/almond jelly). (Not sure how long the coupon lasts but seems like a very common coupon that everyone uses.)
Address // 2-2-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 045-222-5111
Website // www.sisen.jp/outline/branch.html
I went to this awesome Shanghainese place inside of Yokohama Sogo on the 4th floor with some friends. We went on the weekend for lunch and It was packed with older women and housewives and if you sit by the window, you get a great view of the Yokohama Bay. We got there around noon and the place was already almost packed with only a few open tables left. I had the Vietnamese Cold noodle plate with oolong tea for 1150yen and my friends both had the special of the day which was a cold sesame noodle lunch set that comes with a hot tea and dessert for 1500yen. Everything was delicious and I recommend this place if you want decent Shanghainese food near Yokohama station.
Address // Yokohama Sogo 4F, 2-18-1, Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 045-465-3176
Website // http://www.chayu.net/yokohama.html