takes you into a completly different world. Maybe you enter through one of the chinese gates or maybe you enter through a sidestreet like I did and by the thousands of red lamions you will realize that you enter a different world there. I had been there at around 10.00pm, the steets were almost empty and i also sis not dare to enter any of the houses or restaurants and so I just did take some photos.
Japan's Largest Collection of Aqua Museum
Theme park surrounded by nature. Visit of the park is not complete without seeing the aqua museum and dolphin show.
Entrance around the park is free but if you wish to watch the dolphin show, ticket costs Y2400.
Opens from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
1. Adult - (18 yrs. old & above) - 600 Yen
2. High School Students - 300 Yen
3. Children (Elementary/Junior) - 200 Yen
20% discounts for group (30 persons or more)
Free for senior citizens (65 yrs. old & above) and handicapped.
Nippon-Maru Memorial Park
a traditional sailingship & museum
is one of the attractions in the port of Yokohama. You will be able to enter the ship, see some of the cabins and learn about the ship's history dating back to 1930. Untill 1984 11500 cadettes were educated there and the ship sailed 45 times around the earth. Read more about this ship and see some great photos in my link below.Unfortunately I had no time to get inside, I will do that the next time !
Minato Mirai 21 is the most modern part of the city-skyline of Yokohama and it is the area between the Landmarktower, that is the tallest building in Japan (see my next tip!) and Cosmoworld with the Giant Ferris Wheel. The 21 in the name of this citydistrict stands for the 21st century and you will find a lot of interesting, modern architecture there.
I was there around 09.00pm when all of a sudden thousands of employees ended their work obviously all at the same time and all of them headed for the train-station that is closeby. There seems to be even some sort of a working-uniform for people working in the Landmark-tower.
The Marine tower of Yokohama is considdered to be the highest lighttower on earth, that is at least what they tell us in the Guinness Book of records. The observation-deck is 100meters above the ground. This tower is quite close to the cruiseport and it is a pity that I did not have enough time to take a closer look.They also have a museum of beer-mugs inside the tower-building and it is open daily between 10.00am and 09.00pm. Entrancefee is 700 YEN.
Everyday when going to office we pass by ( while riding the walkalator) at the Nippon Maru however, I never had the chance to enter or visit the ship inside. I just wander and appreciate the beauty of the ship from the outside. They seldom bring down the sail of the ship and this is only done when there is a special occasion around Minato Mirai (national holidays or flea market around the area.
Entrance fee is Y600 for adults.
The Red Brick Warehouses are some remains of Yokohama's past and various goods had been stored there before or after they had been transported by ship. Some years ago these old buildings had been restored and partly rebuilt in order to make a shopping-centre out of them including restaurants and cafes.
It is really great to walk through these buildings and do your shopping !
Yokohama is a quick 30 minutes by train from Tokyo. There is the old and new part of this city of over 3 million. It was transformed from a fishing village to a major port to the rest of the world.
There are many convention and exhibition halls built on reclaimed land including an iconic giant ferris wheel. Had a really good unagi (eel) dish at one of the departmental restaurants. There is also a famous garden in the midst of this urban rapid build up.
Dont miss the new Cruiseport-building
of Osanbashi Pier!
because it has some really interesting architecture constructed with a great combination of wood, glass and steel. You get the feeling to see a small hill from your ship, as the construction is partly covered also by (artificial?) grass.
Inside of the construction you will find a large carparking, several shops and the port authorities.
1. Weekdays: 10:00 am -11:00 pm
2. Sundays, National Holidays: 9:00 am -10:00 pm
1. Weekdays: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
2. Sundays, National Holidays: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
a. Adult - 2,400 Yen
b. Children - 1,400 Yen
Each attraction has to be paid separately. Price range from 200 Yen to 1,000 Yen.
Cosmoworld is the name of a large theme-park and recreation-area around of the giant ferris Wheel. Unfortunately its gates were locked at night and while the giant wheel might still be turning around it will be impossible to take a ride then unfortunately. Maybe next time !
"500 of Chinese restaurants and shops are gathered within 500 meters around, one of the famous Chinatowns in the world. You can enjoy many kinds of Chinese local dishes and buy Chinadresses, souvenirs, crafts, etc. Each major entrances of the town has dazzling gate which welcomes you. On Chinese holidays, you can see the celebrations with lion dance or dragon dance."
All the above is true but it doesn't say that there are Nine gates to Chinatown. The picture show one of them
The landmark tower is a giant skyscraper in the modern part of Yokohama and you will see it from almost all parts of the city. There is a great restaurant with an excellent view there or you can go to Japan's highest observation deck (273m above the ground) by one of the many elevators. They also have the fastest elevator on earth, taking you up within 40 seconds. When the weatherconditions are perfect you can see from there the Mt.Fuji, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Metropolitan Government building
The Landmarktower is open for visitors :
daily 10.00am-10.00pm (Jul.-Sept.) Oct.-Jul.: only untill 09.00pm
entrancefee is 1000 YEN for adults
admission ends 30 min before closingtime
This is the largest Chinatown in Japan and worth a walk-about. The prices of the food is Japanese price and so much more expensive than what you will pay for in Hong Kong or San Francisco Chinatown.
Yokohama China town is surrounded by four main gates: Enpei-mon gate, Seiyo-mon Gate, Zenrin-mon Gate, and Choyo-mon Gate. A total of 10 gates.
JR line Ishikawa-cho Station/ Yokohama Subway Kannai Station