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Yokohama


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Yokohama


The port of Yokohama is a perfect example of Japan's trading ports, and the unique look of the town lends considerable charm to the area.
But there is also an exciting atmosphere as new businesses along with shopping and entertainment centers are constructed one after another around the port.

Japan closed its doors to world trade in the 17th century, and it was not until the end of the 19th century that the country opened its doors again, starting with the port of Yokohama. People arriving from overseas put down roots in Yokohama as an enclave for foreign residents and much of the overseas culture first came to Japan via Yokohama.

After the Second World War, 90% of the port facilities and 27% of the urban area were taken over by the Allied Command. Reconstruction of the city was delayed, but by rapidly absorbing overseas culture, a new youth culture was born around jazz, rock music and movies.

Enjoy the many sightseeing spots, old and new, based on the fascinating history of this port.
*Traveling
30 minutes from Shibuya Station. Go to Minato Mirai Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Limited Express (30 minutes).
Each station on the Tokyu Line sells a Minato Mirai ticket (round-trip from Shibuya 840 yen) with which you can get on and off as many times as you like between Yokohama Station and Motomachi Chuka-gai Station.

25 minutes from Tokyo Station to Yokohama Station on the JR Tokaido Line.
28 minutes from Shinjuku Station to Yokohama Station on the JR Shonan Shinjuku Line.
21 minutes from Shinagawa Station to Yokohama Station on the Keihin Kyuko Line.
On any route, change at Yokohama Station for the Minato Mirai Line.

Examples of fares:

When using the Tokyu Toyoko Line -
Shibuya to Minato Mirai: 440 yen
When using the JR Line -
Shinjuku via Yokohama to Minato Mirai: 720 yen
Tokyo via Yokohama to Minato Mirai: 630 yen
When using the Keihin Kyuko Line -
Shinagawa via Yokohama to Minato Mirai: 460 yen

Minato Mirai 21, the Landmark Tower
The Sky Garden of the Landmark Tower is the highest observation deck in Japan. Why not take a ride up to the 69th floor on Japan's fastest elevator? You can enjoy a thrilling 360° panoramic view. There is also a cafe and souvenir shops.

Forty percent of the Minato Mirai 21 area where the Landmark Tower stands is reclaimed land.
Shopping and entertainment facilities as well as gourmet spots are all gathered here, and about 210 shops including restaurants can be found in Queen's Square Yokohama.
Entertainment facilities include the Yokohama Museum of Art that focuses on modern and contemporary art, the Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum where you can learn about the universe and energy, and Warner Mycal Cinemas Minato Mirai multiplex movie theaters. The Cosmo World amusement park has the world's largest Ferris wheel, which also functions as a clock.

Admission: 1,000 yen

*Traveling
Catch the sea breeze as you stroll along the Kishamichi Promenade. Kishamichi translates as a long train route, i.e. the remaining railroad and railway tracks that were used to transport freight on the docks. When the Yokohama Expo was held in 1989, a train ran along this remaining track. Now the artificial island and bridge have been combined and improved. Approx. 10 minutes.

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
This protected building is about 100 years old and contains restaurants, a jazz club and a gallery. Various events are held here utilizing its wonderful atmosphere.
It is recommended for evening walks because the building is very romantic when lit up.

*Traveling
Walk along the Yamashita Rinkosen Promenade.
This promenade uses the overhead freight line and provides a good view, so you can enjoy the port scenery from here.

Visiting Yokohama Kaiko Shiryokan (Yokohama Archives of History)
You can learn about the history of Yokohama here. This building was constructed in 1931 and was later used as the British consulate.
The inner court was where the Anglo-Japanese Friendship Treaty was signed, prompting Japan to open its doors to the world.

Admission: 150 yen

*Traveling
Approx. 20 minutes from the Nihon-odori-eki Kencho-mae Bus Stop, which is within a short walking distance using the No. 8 city bus route. Get off at Honmoku Sankei-en-mae. A 3-minute walk.

Bus fare: 210 yen

Visiting Sankei-en Garden
This is an extensive Japanese garden that opened about 100 years ago and covers an area of 175,000 square meters. Some of its buildings have been painstakingly moved from Kyoto and Kamakura and 10 of them are designated as important cultural assets. You can have matcha (green powdered tea) in the lobby of the Sankei Memorial where a collection of Japanese art is displayed.
It takes about 90 minutes if you explore slowly.

Admission: 500 yen

*Traveling
Take the No. 8 city bus route from the Honmoku Sankei-en-mae Stop. Get off at Chuka-gai Iriguchi and walk about 3 minutes.

Bus fare: 210 yen

Make your way through Yamashita-koen Park to the cruise embarkation point.

Enjoy a cruise around the Port of Yokohama
Enjoy a marine cruise on the Marine Shuttle or Marine Rouge.
There is a trip that includes a meal, but you can also just take the cruise.
You can choose the length of cruise you want, from 40 minutes to 120 minutes.
We recommend a twilight cruise for the exceptionally beautiful scenery when Yokohama Bay Bridge is lit up.

Fare: 40-minute trip 900 yen, 60-minute trip 1,400 yen (Marine Shuttle)

*Traveling
Go to Chuka-gai (China Town) on foot.

Dining in Chuka-gai
There are a lot of fun things to do including visiting the Kaibyotei dedicated to a Chinese warlord of 1800 years ago or the Yokohama Daisekai (DASKA) Chinese theme park, or go shopping at the many different shops.
Yokohama is also a lively music town. If you have time till late at night, drop in at one of the wonderful jazz clubs.

*Traveling
Return home from Motomachi Chuka-gai Station on the Minato Mirai Line. Approx. 35 minutes to Shibuya Station. Change at Yokohama Station to the JR Line for a Tokyo Station-bound train.




 

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