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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

Pleasant waterfront park with exotic mood

  • Walking

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

Sometimes you may feel some exoticism to find huge foreign cruise ship at Osanbashi Pier next to the park. But Hikawa-maru ship that you can see all the time in the park is not an active ship. This 12,000t ship built in 1930 was used as an international cargo liner. After stopping operation, it was once used as a unique youth hostel. Now you can visit the ship. It is opened to the public as a museum.

Statue of the Girl with Red Shoes which is related to children’s song also invokes exoticism.

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

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Date of post:2015/06/15

Feel the breeze from the sea

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

The park is one kilometer long along with the seaside, and it contains a flower garden and a fountain, where you can relax around while viewing the landscape. During the weekdays, we see some salaried workers having lunch here. There are some events and street performances during the weekends, sometimes you see a crowd of people who are watching the performance.

One of the features of the landscape is Hikawa-Maru, 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-honoured hotel, 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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