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山下公園 Yamashita Park

  • Walk around (Squares / Parks)
  • Around Yokohama
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District
Around Yokohama
Address
279 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 231-0023, Japan
Category
  • Walk around (Squares / Parks)
Opening Hours
24hours
Closed
Open Every Day
Website
http://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/kankyo/park/yokohama/kouen008.html
Tel.
+81-45-671-3648
Date of post:2015/06/15

The Yamashita Park

  • Walking

Yamashita Park is a very pleasant place located in the Yokohama Bay Area. It is said to be one of the first waterfront parks in Japan made in the 1930s. With the broad walkway and pleasant view of the bay, you can spend some relaxing time in the park.

There is a huge foreign cruise ship at Osanbashi Pier next to the park. Hikawa-maru ship is not an active ship. This 12,000t ship built in 1930 was used as an international cargo liner. After stopping operations, it was once used as a unique youth hostel. Now you can visit the ship. It is opened to the public as a museum.

Next to the park, you will find the Marine Tower, one of the symbols of the area. It was constructed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Yokohama Port in 1961. This 106 meters tall tower has been used as a light house and is registered in the Guinness Book as the tallest light house in the world. You can go up to the 100 meters observation and enjoy the magnificent view of the Yokohama Bay.

Date of post:2015/06/15

Feel the breeze from the sea

  • Walking

Yokohama is the first port which was opened to the world after the Japan’s policy of seclusion during the Edo period. Yamashita Park faces the port and is a starting point for sightseeing in Yokohama.

The park is one kilometer long along the seaside, and it has a flower garden and a fountain, where you can relax around while admiring the landscape. During the weekdays, employees from companies close to the park often have llunch there. There are some events and street performances during the weekends.

Hikawa-Maru is the retired liner which ran between Yokohama and Seattle. It was first a passenger and cargo ship, but later it played an important role as a hospital ship. After finishing its role about 50 years ago, it’s been anchored here and started a new life as a museum ship. You can take a tour inside of the ship where occasionally some events are held, and you can even have a wedding ceremony on the ship.

If you take a look at the land side, you’ll see Yokohama Marine Tower, which was renovated on the occasion of the 150 year anniversary of the opening port. There are restaurants and a souvenir shop, as well as an observatory. Also, you can see a time-honored hotel, the Hotel New Grand, which is designated as a historical building in Yokohama. Opened in 1927, it’s been known familiarly as a land mark and welcomed many customers; Charlie Chaplin and Jean Cocteau were among them. In addition to the appearance from the outside, the European style interior is stunning as well.

Yokohama Bay Bridge also catches your eye on the right with your back to the land. Although during the day the landscape is nice, the night view is also worth visiting.

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