The birthplace of the railways is the starting point for tourism in Yokohama
Sakuragicho took its name from the Sakura River, which used to flow nearby. In 1872, Japan's first railway line was opened, running between the stations at Shimbashi and Yokohama. In fact, both stations were sited in different places from their present-day locations, and Shimbashi Station was in what is now the district of Shiodome. Meanwhile, Yokohama Station was located at what is now Sakuragicho Station. In 1914, as a result of changes to the route of the Tokaido Main Line, Yokohama Station was relocated to Takashimacho, and the original station was renamed Sakuragicho Station. A monument has been erected at the station, commemorating its status as the birthplace of Japan's railways. In front of the station is Minato Mirai, a 186-hectare district that is home to office buildings, commercial facilities, and hotels. Work began in 1983, with a view to the area's redevelopment as a waterfront city, and Sakuragicho is now the bustling gateway to Minato Mirai for travelers on JR lines and on the Yokohama Municipal Subway.
Sakuragicho Station is also a convenient access point for Yokohama's various tourist attractions, including Nogeyama Park, famous for its cherry blossoms, Nogeyama Zoological Gardens, and the Yokohama Bay Bridge, which spans the Port of Yokohama. The Sakuragicho Tourist Information Center can be found within the station precincts; as well as offering CyberPetit internet terminals, which cost 100 yen for 10 minutes, the Tourist Information Center provides support to tourists in 11 languages.
Address: Sakuragi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa
Phone: 045-211-0111 (09:00-18:00 Tourist Information at Sakuragicho Station)
Directions: Train: Sakuragicho Station on JR Negishi Line (40 minutes from Tokyo Station)
Car: Minatomirai Lamp on the Shutoko Expressway Kanagawa Route 1 (Yokohane Line) (50 minutes from Tokyo Station)