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Around Yamashita Park

Stretching 750 meters along the picturesque Yokohama waterfront, Yamashita Park is the city’s unofficial backyard. The park's large strolling path, neverending seaside views, and sprawling green lawns are home to an eclectic parade of both visitors and locals. Centrally located, just a short walk from Yokohama’s famous Chukagai aka Chinatown, and Cosmo World amusement park, and backdropped by glittering lights of the Minato Mirai District's skyscrapers, it’s easily accessible from all corners of the city and one of the first points of call every visitor to Yokohama should make.

Around Yamashita Park
  • Around Yamashita Park

    Around Yamashita Park

    Officially opening in 1930, the park was built following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 which left a significant portion of Yokohama city destroyed in its wake. During the rebuilding, the city government decided to build the park utilizing the excess rubble collected from the nearby Kannai commercial district. By reclaiming the former waterfront as a rejuvenated open public space, Yamashita Park is a proud symbol of the city’s resilience and an embodiment of Yokohama’s innovative prowess.

    Around Yamashita Park

    Around Yamashita Park

    One of the park’s most striking landmarks is the massive Hikawa Maru ocean liner which permanently sits beside the promenade. In a previous life, the boat was a fully functioning luxury cruise ship which traveled along the Yokohama-Vancouver/Seattle line. First put into service in 1930, its high-end reputation was solidified by the celebrity guests it transported. Charlie Chaplin and the Imperial Family were just some of the names who graced the cruiser’s first-class cabins. After 30 years of service it was retired and now spends its days as a floating maritime museum. Still decked out in 1930-era design, it’s open to guests from 10am - 5pm every day except Monday.

    Around Yamashita Park

    Around Yamashita Park

    Yamashita Park’s wide footpath that runs along the waterfront is a magnet for all sorts of guests; joggers, couples strolling, pet owners, and tourists it’s an excellent people watching spot. Taking some time to wander along the path is the best way to soak up the city views as it connects the Hikawa Maru ocean liner with Osanbashi Pier and leads to Minato Mirai and Cosmo World. If you continue from east to west along the path, it won’t be long before you find yourself at Akarenga aka Yokohama’s Red Brick Warehouse District and the Nissin Cup Noodle Museum.

    Around Yamashita Park

    Around Yamashita Park

    Dotted throughout the park, you’ll find a number of statues. Many of these are dedications to figures from the city’s international history. Keep a look out for some of the park’s more unique monuments including the girl scout statue, Filipino general, and the statue of a large head, that latter of which was interestingly erected as a commemoration to the introduction of the western-style haircut to Japan. Throughout the year the park also plays host to many festivals and celebrations. A highlight of the festival season is the Yokohama Sparkling Twilight Fireworks Festival, when in mid-July thousands set up evening picnics in the park to watch around 3,000 fireworks light up the summer night sky.

    Around Yamashita Park

    Around Yamashita Park

    Yamashita Park is easily accessible via public transport and is an excellent starting point for exploring Yokohama city. It’s a five-minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station, a train station which also backs on to the city’s famous China town district. From Yokohama Station to Yamashita Park it takes less than 10 minutes on the Minato Mirai Line and costs 210 yen each way.

    Yamashita Park
    Address
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Yamashitachou 279
    Phone
    NYK Hikawamaru
    Address
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Yamashitachou Yamashita Park area destination
    Phone
    0456414362
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