Yokohama Cruise Port

Yokohama Cruise Ship Port

Osanbashi pier, Yokohama, Japan

Westerdam in Yokohama, Japan

Osanbashi Pier in Yokohama, Japan is an attraction in itself with green spaces and a rooftop park with floorboards that mimic rolling waves. Though the architecture resembles a skate park skateboarding is not allowed. The pier is open to the public and visited by people not on cruise ships who come to the port area for the skyline views as well as the nearby shops and restaurants.

Osanbashi Pier

Osanbashi Pier near the cruise terminal entrance

Cruise ship passengers do need ID to get into the secure area leading to the ship. There’s even a small events hall at the pier, though nothing was going on there when our ship was in port. The pier is close to Chinatown and bus and train stations. On our visit they provided a free shuttle to a train station for cruise ship passengers who wanted to take a train into Tokyo or to explore the area near the station. Runners and walkers frequent the pier because the parklike area on top connects to a trail around the bay.

cruise terminal and park all in one

the port terminal building has greenspace and walking areas on top

There is an information booth at the pier with maps of the local area and of Tokyo too. Yokohama has more to see and do within walking distance of the ship than the average cruise ship passenger could experience in one day so it’s a great port for people who like to go out and do things on their own. Japanese ports also often have money exchange available right at the port.

Osanbashie Pier

ship model inside the cruise terminal at Osanbashi Pier

Yokohama is a full service cruise port where ships can embark or disembark passengers at the start or end of a cruise as well just stopping for the day for a port stop. The Holland America Westerdam did both with some passengers leaving, new passengers arriving, and about 700 people carrying on to the next cruise. Passengers not disembarking were given a special in transit pass to enable them to avoid the boarding lines of newly embarking passengers when returning to the ship after spending time on shore.

loading the Westerdam for the next voyage

resupplying the ship in Yokohama

Things to do in Yokohama

From the pier it’s an easy walk by waterfront promenade to the Minato Mirai 21 neighborhood, which translates to Harbor of the Future and contains shopping centers, hotels, a convention center, an amusement park, a relaxation center with natural hot spring baths, museums and access to the Sea Bass boats that provide transportation around the area.

Yokohama Sea Bass Boat

Sea Bass Boat in Yokohama

The waterfront promenade also extends the opposite direction from the port to nearby Yamashita Park, which also has access to the Sea Bass boats. The park is mostly open green space, but it has some attractions like an old ship turned museum and some fountains and monuments. The park’s admission fee includes the museum.

amphibious waterbus in Yokohama

amphibious waterbus in Yokohama

From the port it’s about a 10 minute bus ride to Sankeien Garden, a traditional Japanese Garden. Other things to do in Yokohama include a zoo, aquarium, ramen and cup noodles museum, beer factory tours, and the historical Yamate area where westerners were originally allowed to live when Japan first opened opened to interactions with foreigners in the 1850’s. Most buildings there were built after 1923 because an earthquake destroyed earlier structures, but the cemetery dates back to the 1850’s.

cupnoodle museum

Cupnoodle Museum in Yokohama, Japan – The yellow line in the sidewalk is for blind people to feel their way with a cane and was common in all the Asian ports on our cruise

The Cupnoodles Museum has an area where people can make their own ramen or cupnoodles as well as exhibits about the history and invention of instant ramen and cupnoodles (which were previously called cup o noodles in the USA, but no longer are.)

Cosmoworld, Yokohama

Cosmoworld Amusement Park is within walking distance of the ship

The wheel at Cosmoworld amusement park is visible from the ship so it’s quite easy to find. At night it is brightly lit with ever-changing colored lights. Cosmoworld has roller coasters and other rides and games as well as the giant Ferris wheel. There’s no admittance fee to get in, but each attraction has a price. The Cupnoodles Museum is right across the street from Cosmoworld making it just as easy to find from the ship since all you have to do is look for the wheel.

old ship museum

old ship turned museum located near the amusement park

Trains into Tokyo include regular and bullet trains, which leave from different stations. When disembarking and traveling with luggage taxis are recommend to the train station. Without luggage the shuttle bus is an option if the port happens to provide one for cruise ship passengers that day and if it is going to the right train station. There are 2 airports so those disembarking and flying out need to know which one they are going to. Passengers can arrange for a luggage service to take their bags to the airport if they prefer to travel by subway or shuttle (if available) since taxis in Japan can get quite expensive.

red brick warehouse shops in Yokohama

red brick warehouse shops

Ship’s Excursions in Yokohama

The Westerdam offered one excursion in Yokohama for people disembarking that day which had a visit to a shrine, temple, and shops in Tokyo with airport transfer. The ship also had optional direct transfers to either Narita or Haneda airports.

how to use a sit toilet

Sit-down Japanese public toilets often have instructions on how to use a sit-down toilet because squat toilets are common there and in China. Some tourists there have never seen a sit toilet before. Some restrooms in Japan had both styles.

For those continuing onto the next cruise the ship had 3 tour options. Best of Tokyo had stops at the Imperial Palace, Senso-ji Temple, and the Ginza district. Temple & Shrines of Kamakura went to Koutokuin Temple to see the great Buddha and Hachimanu Shrine for the god of war. Old Town Tokyo went to a museum, shrine, garden, and market.

Yokohama at night

Yokohama skyline at night taken from our cabin window on the Westerdam

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5 Responses to Yokohama Cruise Port

  1. Anna Koss says:

    I have been to Yokohama a few years ago and went to the Cup Noodle Museum and it was sooo worth the visit. It is very interesting and there is an area where you can sample different noodles from different regions of the world. Very yummi! We went there by train from Tokyo and it is very accessible and easy to get to.

    • We thought it was pretty interesting too. And really easy to get to from the port since you just walk to the wheel and there it is. Good to know it is also easy to get to from Tokyo.

      • Anna Koss says:

        It is. We took a cruise from Tokyo and were told that the port is in Yokohama. But on the day the ship was not there. We called the cruise line again and then we were told that it is in Tokyo. We just took the regional train back to Tokyo as they are very frequent as well and luckily still made it. The cruise port in Yokohama has a webcam and you can actually check online if the ship is there or not. That’s what we did.

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