After Tokyo, Yokohama is the largest city in Japan and one of Japan’s more popular cruise ports. For most of history this was nothing but a small fishing village, but in 1859 it was opened up as a port, and grew by leaps and bounds. Before that time Japan had held a strict seclusion policy starting in the 1600s where no foreigners could enter and no Japanese could leave. Once opened, the city flourished and was even mentioned in Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Today the city still has Japan’s largest port and a large foreign population, but has become more of a suburb to nearby super city Tokyo. Cruise to Yokohama for an unforgettable, immersive experience.
- Explore the history of Japan at Sankeien Garden, which is home to over a dozen historic buildings that were once spread throughout Japan, including a villa built in 1649 and a farmhouse built in 1750.
- Learn about silk, which was Japan’s largest export when it first opened its borders to trade, at the Silk Museum.
- See Mt. Fuji (on a clear day) from Marine Tower, which is thought to be the tallest inland lighthouse in the world at over 338 feet tall.
- Get a thrill at Yokohama Cosmo World, an amusement park with one of the largest ferris wheels in the world.