The Bashamichi, Kannai, and Nihon-ōdōri areas still maintain the look of Yokohama back in 1859 when the port was opened. The retro looking Western buildings and the historic feeling streets are very fun. This area is a perfect fit for people who want to get a taste of the calm and tranquil atmosphere.
- 1. Spot Ranking
- 5th Sea Bass
- 4th Elephant Nose Park
- 3rd Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
- 2nd Yokohama Factory Night Cruise
- 1st Osanbashi Pier
- 2. Getting In
- 3. Other Area List
1. Spot Ranking in Osanbashi Pier, Bashamichi and Nihon-ōdōri area
5th Sea Bass
The Sea Bass is a tourist boat that starts from Yokohama Station’s east exit and is connected to many famous sightseeing spots like the Minato Mirai area, the Red Brick Warehouse area, and the Yamashita Park area. Each area is about 5-10 minutes apart.
You can move smoothly between the areas while enjoying the view of the port town of Yokohama from above the sea. There are 1 to 2 boats in operation each hour. You also can find a detailed timetable on the official homepage. The entrance fee is different for each area. One area is about 350 to 420 yen.
Leaving from Nihon-ōdōri Station, the Pier Akarenga platform is the closest and it will be just a 10 minute walk to your destination.
4th. Elephant Nose Park
Elephant Nose Park got its name because its shape resembles an elephant’s nose when looking at the seawall from above. “Elephant’s Nose Terrace” in the middle of the park, is a place where you can rest. There is free Wi-Fi and a cafe that has meals. So, let’s have a break while enjoying the events held there every day.
I recommend that you buy the soft-serve ice cream there that they sell in the shape of an elephant. You are free to walk around the park at will. “Elephant’s Nose Terrace” is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. It is open all year round and there is no entrance fee.
It is a 3 minute walk from Nihon-ōdōri Station.
3rd Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a warehouse that was built between the latter half of the 1800s and the first half of the 1900s. There is Building No. 1 and Building No. 2. In Building No. 1, there are plays, concerts, dances and many performances held all year round. In Building No. 2, there are over 50 different restaurants and shops. There are seasonal performances held in the event plaza.
There are famous events held there like the fall “Yokohama October Fest” and in the winter you can enjoy the outdoor ice-skating rink and Christmas skating. The Red Brick Warehouse is a peaceful place, but in the evening you can enjoy the illuminated lights and night view. During the daytime, please enjoy shopping and at night have a dinner date. Building No. 1 is open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Building No. 2 is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (the cafe and restaurant are open until 11:00 pm). You are free to walk around the inside of the Red Brick Warehouse. There is no entrance fee.
It is a 6 minute walk from Nihon-ōdōri Station.
2nd. Yokohama Factory Night Cruise
The Factory Night Cruise is a tour for seeing the night view of different factory areas from the top of the boat, such as the Keihin industrial area. The navigator will happily guide you around during this tour. The illumination of the factories suddenly appears from the darkness like a space station from a fantasy. The chimney blowing flames out from the industrial area packs a punch.
Although there are many companies doing cruises, the one being introduced to you now is said to be the cheapest. It is the “Industrial Area Night View Minato Mirai Cruise”. The cruise leaves at 7:30 pm and you can enjoy a 1 hour and 20 minute ride.
Operating days are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. Tickets are 3,000 yen for adults and 2,000 yen for children. You must make your cruise reservations by 5:00 pm the day before. Although you can make your reservation through the website, please note that it is only written in Japanese.
It is about an 11 minute walk from Nihon-ōdōri Station to the Yamashita Park Pier, which has the boarding platform for the “Industrial Area Night View Minato Mirai Cruise”.
1st Osanbashi Pier
Yokohama Osanbashi is a gateway to the port of Yokohama welcoming in all people of the world. It is a terminal for large domestic and international ships. There are 4 ships in the 30,000 ton class: “Nippon Maru”, “Fujimaru”, “Pashifuiiku Biinasu” and other types of passenger ships such as “Asuka II” and “Sapphire Princess”. Two passenger ships can be docked at the same time.
The plaza on the roof of Osanbashi is a space designed in the shape of the deck of a ship. This is a park where people visiting Yokohama can go and take it easy. The scenery of Minato Mirai unfolds before your eyes and can be enjoyed all day.
We recommend that you go to the Blue Terminal Cafe on the 2nd floor of the facility. You can spend lunchtime having fries, thick juicy hamburgers, and a delicious latte. The terminal is open from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm. The roof is open 24 hours a day. There is no entrance fee to get on to the roof.
It is about a 7 minute walk from Nihon-ōdōri Station.
2. Getting to Nihon-ōdōri Station from Yokohama
Take the Minato Mirai Line from Yokohama station to Nihon-ōdōri Station. It will take about 7 minutes in total and cost about 210 yen.
Getting to Yokohama station from Tokyo
3. Other area list
Minato Mirai 21
Osanbashi Pier, Bashamichi and Nihon-ōdōri
Yamashita Park and Motomachi – Chukagai (Chinatown)
Yamate – Ishikawachō
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum