Yamashita Koen Park is not only a sightseeing spot that represents Yokohama, but also a place for citizens to relax. This is a place where people who want to visit Yokohama for the first time as well as those who have visited many times want to come again.
Yamashita Park opened in 1958 as Japan’s first seaside park. There are several relaxing spots such as lawn open space and rose garden in the large site that extends about 700 meters from the east side of Osanbashi Bridge to Yamashita Pier. Other highlights include the “Red Shoe Girl” and the “Indian Water Tower” donated by the Indian Association of Japan and the “Guardian God of Water” from San Diego, USA. You can see the depth of interaction between Yokohama and overseas cities just by looking at this.
The view of the Bay Bridge and the boats going to the harbor is romantic and recommended for a date. Many locals take walks and gymnastics early in the morning, and if you wake up early, you can take a morning walk. Depending on the season, it may be haze in the morning, creating a fantastic atmosphere.
Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal is the gateway to Yokohama Port. You can always see how large passenger ships in Japan and abroad are moored. Luxury cruise ships such as Nipponmaru, Asuka II, and Sapphire Princess are fun just to watch.
The rooftop of the terminal is a wooden deck inspired by the deck of the ship, making it ideal for a walk. There is a 2,000 square meter hall on the first floor of the terminal, and various events are held.
From the Yamashita Park, you can see the “Minato Mirai” area. You will be overwhelmed by the night view spots such as the Ferris wheel and red brick warehouse. In addition, the light of the ship going off the coast also creates a romantic atmosphere. If you move in the park, you can see various night views.
Yamashita Park is close to Tokyo, so you can enjoy it even on a day trip. It is also recommended that you visit Yamashita Park, which is full of the charm of Yokohama, while visiting other sightseeing spots such as Tokyo and Kamakura.
Yamashita Koen Park which is a representative tourist resort in Yokohama and is also one of the popular a date destination place for couples. The seasonal flower and green beauty which bloom in a park, wonderfulness of the view which overlooks the sea in Yokohama, such as the Bay Bridge and a large pier, they are spots of healing that leisurely atmosphere is felt and they make you forgotten to be in a city. In addition, there are the wonderful shops and restaurants which want to go and the place where the history of Yokohama are felt around the park.
The Yamashita park which is the first Japanese seaside park filled up the debris which generated by the Great Kanto Earthquake. The park which faces the seashore by a length of about 1 kilometer from the entrance of the large pier to the Yamashita wharf is famous as an unparalleled view spot which can overlook a whole view of the Yokohama harbor. There are a lot of tourist attractions including the sunk garden where a colorful rose is in full glory and the central open space colored with the flower of the season.
“Nippon Yusen Hikawa-maru” moored in front of Yamashita Park is a cargo-passenger ship of Japan which is uniquely existing from prewar days. It receives designation of tangible cultural properties in Yokohama-shi in 2003, and is exhibited as a museum ship at present. It is divided into three areas as displaying the history of the Hikawa-maru, “passenger ship area” which can look at the guest room, and “crew area” introducing the workshop of the crew, so you can learn the valuable history of the Hikawa-maru. A whole view of a large pier or Minato Mirai can be overlook from the outdoor deck.
Yamashita Park becomes the famous tourist attraction of Yokohama and is full of many crowds now not to mention a holiday even if it is weekdays. Families, groups, the high school student like the school excursion, coming people are a great variety of. Although there are also many foreigner’s figures, most foreigners who being see here seem to be not a tourist but a resident.
In addition, it is dotted with various outdoor sculptures and monuments in the park, and it is pleasure to see them with each episode one by one while walking. You could enjoy yourself, even if walking alone and visits with a family. It goes without saying that the wonderfulness of the night view from afternoon to evening and night.
|Name:||Yamashita Koen Park|
|Address:||Yamashitacho 279 Yokohama Naka-ku, Kanagawa 231-0023 Japan|
|Access:||Yokohama Kosoku Tetsudo Minato-Mirai-sen Line “Motomachi-Chukagai-eki” Station (3 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 45-671-3648 (Yokohama City koen park office)|
|Price / Charge:||Free|