Yokohama is Japan's most populous city, and is under an hour away from Tokyo station. My uncle happens to work there, so I tagged along and explored the city for half a day.
Around 9am, I headed from the subway station to Yamashita Park. The park stretches along Yokohama’s coastline, and provides a lot of green space to an otherwise busy city. Although it was rainy and overcast, I still appreciated the reprieve from congested urban areas.
There are a lot of restaurants, shops, and other sights to see along the coastline, and my favorite was the Hikawa Maru, a moored ship that's open to the public. After really enjoying the moored ships at Hyde Street Pier, I have grown to appreciate naval and sailing history. The Hikawa Maru especially had a lot of cultural significance in restoring postwar US-Japanese relations, and, not to mention, has been kept in tiptop condition.
Around noon, I kept walking west along the coastline and stumbled into Marine Tower. To preface, I really didn't plan anything for the day cause I actually thought my uncle worked in Shinjuku. Spontaneously finding a tower with not only an observation deck but also a low admission fee really made my day. The views of an overcast Yokohama were well worth the 750yen.
After making my way to Marine Tower, I was pretty close to Yokohama's Chinatown. I didn't stay long, considering that I was going to Beijing the next week, but it was quite lively and had many cool shops.
The long morning of extensive walking and exploring went by quickly, but ultimately the empty feeling in my stomach prompted me to check my watch. After realizing it was past 2pm, I headed to Yokohama Landmark Plaza where I enjoyed a soba lunch, and proceeded to window shop in the mall. With the rain outside, I really didn't have the energy to go outside again.
Around 6pm, my uncle got off of work and took me to the observatory deck of Landmark Tower, which is much taller than Marine Tower. While two towers in one day and one city seems redundant, I really wanted to get an evening glimpse of Yokohama. I absolutely did not regret taking my uncle up on his offer, and got some great shots of a really great city. If you have the time in your itinerary to make a trip to Yokohama, I would highly recommend it!