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横浜赤レンガ倉庫 Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

  • Buildings (Other Historical Buildings)
  • Around Yokohama
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District
Around Yokohama
Address
1-1 Shinko, Naka-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 231-0001, Japan
Category
  • Buildings (Other Historical Buildings)
Opening Hours
[Building 1] 10:00-19:00; [Building 2] 11:00-20:00
Closed
Open Every Day
Website
http://www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/en/
Tel.
+81-45-211-1515
Date of post:2015/06/15

Old red brick warehouses turned into a unique shopping complex

  • Sightseeing

There are two photogenic red brick warehouses on the seaside of Yokohama; they used to be bonds warehouses, which were built in the early 20th century. Now they have been renovated in house shops, restaurants, café and a gallery, which attract lots of visitors all year long.

During the Meiji period, after the phase of isolation, it was essential for Japan to catch up with Western countries. The government developed the port and state-of-the-art warehouses equipped with elevators and sprinklers, and the place became a distribution base. One of the characteristics of red brick is that there are strong with fire but prone to earthquake. An architect who designed the building introduced the way to make the structure stronger by putting iron materials into the bricks. About 10 years later, the Great Kanto Earthquake happened, and they were damaged but the damage of the building was minimal.
Later they were restored and started working as a warehouse again. Also they were once a property of America during the war, then returned to Japan, 80 years later after they were built; they finished their role as a warehouse. Then they were renovated and started a new history. Red bricks were used a lot after the Meiji period, and you can see some of the buildings with red bricks in Yokohama.

If you are interested in architecture, there are some pieces of equipment left inside and outside of the building, and you can look at them and see what they were like. The premise of the red brick warehouse is like a park as a whole, which is facing the sea.

You can see Osanbashi pier and several ships and there are several restaurants and cafes. Some international events like Oktoberfest are held sometimes.

Opening hours: (shops and cafes) 10:00-19:00

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