Packed with seaside fun, meditative retreats, quirky museums, exquisite green spaces, hipster buildings, and gastronomic escapades, Yokohama is a Japanese harbor town located south of Tokyo.
A wonderful amalgamation of historical charm and pop culture is always on display in the streets. Whether you’re an outdoorsy, an art connoisseur, or an audiophile, you’ll never be short of things to do in this charming town.
Make your own ramen at the Cup Noodles Museum, enjoy a little retail therapy at Marine & Walk Yokohama, delve into Japanese history and tradition at the Yokohama Noh Theater, have a culinary adventure in Japan’s biggest Chinatown and revisit the 20th century at Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum.
Yokohama’s ever-evolving sleep scene incorporates swarms of fantastic digs, from conventional Japanese hotels to homespun guest houses. Here are our top cool and unusual hotels in Yokohama, Japan (in no particular order)...
1. The Westin Yokohama – a chic, contemporary and trendy upscale hotel that offers majestic views of the iconic Mount Fuji
The latest addition to Yokohama’s hospitality scene, The Westin is a lifestyle and wellness hotel with replenishing amenities and eclectic gourmet offerings. Housed in a streamlined, versatile building with alpine vistas, this choice hotel puts you close to some of Yokohama’s best museums.
The accommodation comprises 373 opulently appointed club-level rooms with superlative amenities, such as access to a VIP lounge.
Satisfy your discerning palate at five sophisticated restaurants and bars specializing in distinctive cuisines. Head over to the integrated wellness floor for a deep-tissue massage or a soothing soak in a geothermal bathtub.
Address: 4 Chome-2-8 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-0012, Japan
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2. The Kahala Hotel & Resort Yokohama – a very Instagrammable resort hotel that offers 5-star facilities such as onsite shops, a spa and a fitness center
Named after a reputable hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii, The Kahala Hotel & Resort Yokohama brings a harmonious blend of excellent hospitality and urban elegance to the Yokohama waterfront.
Modern sophistication and luxury blend seamlessly in this luxe hotel’s guestrooms to offer you an otherworldly stay. Standard amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, sitting areas, and coffee makers, are offered in all rooms, while premium units come with lavishly appointed living rooms, chandeliers, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering bay and city views.
Delicious food, coupled with fine dining is the forte of the two classy restaurants on the premises. An extensive range of cocktails are offered in the hotel’s chic lounge. Guests also have access to a ballroom, a heated indoor pool, and a top-tier spa with a hot tub, a sauna, and spa treatment rooms.
Address: 1 Chome-1-3 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-0012, Japan
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3. HOTEL The Scene – a charming, cool and hip hotel located in the district of Kohoku Ward in beautiful Yokohama
Steps from Shin Yokohama Station lies this quaintly fashioned hotel in an imposing, industrial-chic building with a myriad of great restaurants nearby. It is hands-down the most hip hotel in the entire city.
While some rooms feature funky decor with kaleidoscopic elements, some have a consistent look throughout. Pattern-tiled walls, block-printed carpets, and quirky gewgaws come together to create an arty-crafty look in some rooms.
All rooms are a little cramped yet comfortable and provide all modern conveniences, from flat-panel TVs to mini-fridges and microwaves.
Address: 222-0033 Kanagawa, Yokohama, Kohoku-ku Shinyokohama 1-20-5, Japan
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4. Hotel Edit Yokohama – a cool, modern and hip hotel that offers stunning views of Ōoka River, located in the center of Minato Mirai
There are not many hotels in Yokohama that balance funky aesthetics with business amenities as wonderfully as Hotel Edit Yokohama. The biggest draw of this contemporary hotel, in my opinion, is its riverfront location close to some of the city’s most prominent attractions.
Besides its convenient location, the business-friendly hotel offers top-grade accommodation with every amenity you could hope for in a luxury hotel.
You can treat yourself to an authentic Japanese meal prepared with locally sourced produce at a minimalist restaurant on the premises. They also offer an eclectic selection of Western-style liqueurs.
Address: 6 Chome-78番地1 Sumiyoshicho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0013, Japan
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5. Hyatt Regency Yokohama – a chic, refined and stylish hotel perfect for business and leisure, located near Negishi Bay
Combining traditional Japanese splendor with a cosmopolitan vibe, Hyatt Regency Yokohama guarantees an unparalleled lodging experience with all modern comforts and amenities.
Each of the 315 guestrooms at this chic hotel boasts an eclectic decor incorporating both Japanese aesthetics and Western design. A grand headboard folding screen is fixed beside the bed to welcome guests in a traditional samurai’s way. I recommend this hotel to vacationers who find downtown hustle and bustle invigorating.
Delight in mitarashi dango, yakitori, and other classics at an onsite grill restaurant. Even if you’re craving an exotic, you don’t have to step out – the hotel also has a modern buffet restaurant with a sizable menu.
Address: 280-2 Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-8340, Japan
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6. Pasela-no-Mori Yokohama Kannai – a charming and cozy hotel that features rooms with a Bali-style decor and many complimentary services including snacks and drinks
Situated about a mile from Yokohama Museum, Pasela-no-Mori Yokohama Kannai offers four unique types of accommodation, ranging from Double Rooms to Platinum Suite Rooms.
All rooms at this refined hotel are outfitted with private bathrooms, fridges, microwaves, air purifiers, and 55-inch flat-screen TVs with a blu-ray and VOD player.
Freebies include a sightseeing guide, creative drinks until midnight, and a continental breakfast.
Address: 231-0044 Kanagawa, Yokohama, Naka-ku Fukutomi-cho Higashidori 40-4, Japan
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7. The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu – a gorgeous urban oasis that provides personalized service set in the heart of the Minato-Mirai area
Bask in the finest of amenities at The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu in the Queen’s Square Yokohama complex. Overlooking Tokyo Bay, the five-star hotel welcomes affluent travelers to a world of timeless luxury.
Guests sojourn in resplendent rooms filled with extravagances and comforts. While you’re not indulging in the magnificent cityscape from your balcony, de-stressing at the hotel’s deluxe spa, or sipping innovative cocktails at the in-house lounge, I expect to see you familiarizing your tastebuds with authentic Chinese cuisine at an onsite restaurant.
If you’re not big on Chinese food, you can try any one of the hotel’s other three restaurants. There’s also a cute flower shop on the premises if you want to fetch some roses for your partner.
Address: 2 Chome-3-7 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-0012, Japan
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8. Oakwood Suites Yokohama – an intimate, trendy and sleek aparthotel based in Yokohama’s tallest residential building
Get lost in the spectacular views of Yokohama Bay at this ultra-modern hotel on the top floor of a towering building, located across the street from Bashamichi train station with Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse reachable within a 13-minute walk.
Each of the self-contained 175 apartments at this top-notch hotel comes with cutting-edge facilities, such as fully functional kitchens, well-appointed living rooms, and spacious bedrooms.
Address: 5 Chome-57-2 Kitanakadori, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0003, Japan
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9. GRAND CAVE YOKOHAMA – a homely and informal hotel close to major shops and restaurants
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly place to stay with your friends, GRAND CAVE YOKOHAMA may be an ideal choice.
Each of the quadruple rooms at this one-off property comprises three single beds and a sofa bed, sleeping up to four people. All rooms come fitted with private bathrooms, kettled, TVs, and fridges.
The best part is that you’ll be minutes from Ishikawacho station.
Address: 3 Chome-108-1 Ishikawacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0868, Japan
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10. Yokohama HY House – a casual and laid-back guesthouse close to many top tourists spots including Showa no Kurashi Museum and Ushioda Park
Located six miles from Showa no Kurashi Museum, this folksy property features allergy-free rooms, a furnished terrace, and a restaurant.
Each family room at Yokohama HY House comes with a private bathroom, four futon beds, a fridge, a coffee machine, a work desk, and a microwave.
Guests are served an Asian breakfast every morning in the room.
Address: 230-0041 Kanagawa, Yokohama, Tsurumi-ku Ushiodacho
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