Travel Back in Time When You Visit These Places in Yokohama

Experience Japan's glorious past.

When you talk about Yokohama’s History, you can find a lot of spots that relate to it at the port city in Naka-ku. Relive the period from the Jomon to the Kofun Era when you visit the Yokohama City Santonodai History Museum, visit the oldest temple in Yokohama, Gumyoji, and a Japanese Garden that opened during the Meiji Era, Sankeien.

Yokohama City Santonodai History Museum
4-11-22 Okamura, Isogo District, Yokohama City, Kanagawa
Contact: +81-45-61-4571
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from October to March. The museum is closed on Mondays. It is closed on the following day if the Monday falls on a holiday.
The entrance is free of charge and parking is available for five cars at a time.
How to get there: It’s a 6-minute walk from the Gumyoji circulating bus for Mitsugaoka Chuo from Exit 1 of Gumyoji Station on the Yokohama City Subway, and a 3-minute walk from the Santonodai Park bus stop.

Due to aging, the three pit dwelling houses at the museum are going to be rebuilt in 2019.

In Meiji 30, shell heaps were found around the area. About 270 pit dwelling houses from the Jomon and Kofun Era, on the other hand, were found during the excavation in 1961. These became national heritage sites in 1966. The archaeology museum opened in the following year.

The reconstructed houses show the characteristic and cultures of the Jomon, Yayoi, and Kofun periods.

At the exhibition, several remains from the Santonodai ruins are displayed.

267 Gumyojicho, Minami District, Yokohama City, Kanagawa
Contact: +8145-711-1231
Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The temple has no closed days.
There is an admission fee for entering the temple and free parking is available for 20 cars (may not be available during festivals).
How to get there: It’s 2 minutes on foot from Keikyu Main Line Gumyoji Station, 7 minutes on foot from Yokohama City Subway Gumyoji Station

The front of the main temple is made of copper. The ancient floorboards remain intact even after its reconstruction in 1766.

is known as the oldest temple of Koyasan Shingonshu in Yokohama. The name of the temple eventually also became the name of its town and station. Goma Training is held at 2 p.m. on each date that has an “8” in it every month, and Shoten Yokuyukitou is held at 11:30 a.m. on each date that has “3” in it every month.


The main temple is where the Statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon, a national treasure, is located. Amulets called purse-string amulets (¥700) are available at the temple. They have four kinds of charms that supposedly make your wishes come true, and bless you with a good marriage, children, and wealth.

There are Kongo-rikishi statues (Nio Gaurdians), designated cultural properties of Yokohama City, on each side of the Nio gate.

58-1 Honmokusannotani, Naka District, Yokohama City, Kanagawa
Contact: +8145-621-0634
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Admission is possible until 4:30 p.m.)
It is closed from December 29 to December 31.
Admission fee costs ¥700 for adults. Parking is also available for 70 cars (¥500 for 120 minutes)
How to get there: It’s a 10-minute bus ride through the Yokohama City bus 58, 99, 101 from Negishi Station, and a 10-minute walk from the Honmoku bus stop.

The Sankeien was built in 1906 by Sankei Hara, an industrialist who worked in Yokohama from the end of Meiji period to the Taisho period. There, you’ll find 17 historical buildings in the natural Japanese garden that were transferred from various places.

Aside from this, the temple became a national site in 2007 and its garden was also considered a cultural property.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Yokohama Walker™ (24 October 2018)

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