Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall

Kanagawa, Kanto

Historical building of modern Japan
built in the big port city of Yokohama

Construction of the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall was finished in 1917, paid for by donations from citizens. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of opening Yokohama Port. Since then, it is one of Yokohama’s popular symbolic buildings. It has kept its shape since it was founded, and is the only building used as the current public meeting hall. The building’s interior burned in the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake, but it was restored in 1927. The entire building is an Important Cultural Property of Japan. Its exterior uses face tiles, copper plates, red bricks, etc., so we can see today a beautiful building style of modern Japan. It has stylish hallways and stairways. Its stained glass in 2 places (walls of the second floor hall and central stairway) are very valuable works in Japan’s history of stained glass.

Its famous 36 meter tall clock tower is popularly called “Jack’s Tower.” It is called one of Yokohama’s 3 towers, along with Kanagawa Prefectural Government Building (King) and Yokoyama Customs Building (Queen). When there were still few tall buildings, seamen of foreign ships gave it this nickname from their playing cards. There is a legend that if you go to spots where you can see all these 3 buildings on the same day, your wish will come true.


1-6 Hon-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa
9:00 to 22:00
Closed the 4th Monday of each month (closed next day if that Monday is a holiday),
Closed for New Year holidays (December 29 to January 3)

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