Excursion YOK1 - 5 Hours - £125pp
Yokohama, literally translates to "Horizontal Beach" and is the second largest city in Japan by population, after Tokyo, and the most populous municipality of Japan. It is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture and lies on Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo, in the Kantō region of the main island of Honshu. It is a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area.
This excursion will provide a panoramic overview of the city and provides you views of the Yokohama three towers, a group of historical towers at the Port of Yokohama, given the nicknames The King, The Queen and The Jack.
A visit will be made to Sankeien, a spacious Japanese style garden in southern Yokohama which exhibits a number of historic buildings from across Japan. There is a pond, small rivers, flowers and wonderful scrolling trails that make you think you are in Kyoto rather than Yokohama.
The garden was built by Hara Sankei and opened to the public in 1904. Among the historic buildings exhibited in the park are an elegant daimyo (feudal lord) residence, several tea houses, the main hall and three storied pagoda of Kyoto's old Tomyoji Temple.
You will be invited to join a Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, this is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial, chorographical ritual of preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea along with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea.
The Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum is a food court which opened in 1994, located in the Shin-Yokohama district of Kōhoku-ku. The "museum", or rather, food court, is devoted to the Japanese ramen noodle soup and features a small recreation of Tokyo in the year 1958, the year instant noodles were invented. Within the museum are branches of famous ramen restaurants from Kyushu to Hokkaido. Here you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch in the restaurant of your choice (at your own expense).
To understand the extent of the Japanese love for instant noodles the cup noodle museum in Yokohama is a great starting point, here you will have the opportunity to build your own cup noodle and learn of the history of this staple food product!
- Panoramic city sightseeing by private charter coach
- Experienced and knowledgeable Japanese/English speaking guide
- Entrance and walk through Sankeien gardens and Japanese tea ceremony
- Entrance to the Ramen Museum and free time for lunch (lunch at own expense)
- Entrance to Cup Noodle Museum and participate in ‘make your own’ take-away cup noodle