Yokohama

Museums and Gardens

Sankei-en Garden

Opened in 1906, this traditional Japanese garden features streams and winding paths which lead to historically significant structures. One such building is the Shunsōro, a tea room built for Oda Urakusai, brother of the warlord Oda Nobunaga. Artists of the Meiji restoration congregated here to become a cohesive artistic movement.

Yamashita Park and the Hikawa Maru

After the Great Kanto earthquake, the rubble left behind was used to reclaim land on the waterfront. Yamashita Park was opened on this land in 1930 and the Hikawa Maru is permanently docked next to it. The Hikawa Maru had a successful career as an ocean liner and was converted into a hospital ship during WWII. The ship is now a floating museum, hotel and restaurant.

Yamate Area

Yamate is home to the Harbour View Park, the Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature and the Foreigner’s Cemetary. This area was home to foreign traders after Yokohama was opened to them in 1859.

Cultural Sites

Bay Star Stadium

This 30,000 seat stadium is home to the Yokohama BayStars baseball team. It is open air and an exciting place to catch a game.

Chinatown

The largest Chinatown in Japan can be found in Yokohama. It is tourist oreientated and many restaurants and street vendors serve authentic Chinese food.

Nissan Stadium

The final of the 2002 FIFA World Cup was played in this stadium between Brazil and Germany. The final score was 2-0 in favour of Brazil. It is the home ground of two J League football teams: Yokohama F. Marinos and Yokohama F.C.

Marine Tower

Yokohama’s Marine Tower is the third largest lighthouse in the world. The observation deck is 100 metres high and has a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji. The tower stands next to Yamashita Park and overlooks Yokohama Harbour.

Nogeyama Zoo

Nogeyama is located near to the convention centre and has free entry. This fantastic zoo houses one hundred different species over twenty-four acres of land. A section of the zoo is given over to the Makigahara Children’s Zoo.

Minato Mirai 21

This futuristic district is built upon reclaimed land and is well worth a visit. The Sky Garden at Landmark Tower offers stunning views of the city and on clear days Mt. Fuji can be seen. The Cosmo Clock 21 was the largest Ferris wheel in the world when it was built. It is now known for being the largest clock in the world and can be found inside Cosmo World, which is a small amusement park. There is also a shopping centre at Queen’s Square. Also in this district is the Pacifico Yokohama, which looks out over the bay and will house the Goldschmidt 2016 meeting.

Further Information

Yokohama offers so much to do, it cannot possibly all be accomplished within a week. Therefore, we advise you to visit other websites to learn about the many sights and events that are offered. The official Yokohama Visitor's Guide has a wealth of information on the city. Trip Advisor provides a list of the top attractions in Yokohama.

On sunny days it is pleasant to sightsee by boat. Information about the sea buses can be found on theYokohama Visitor's Guide

Getting around in Yokohama is made easy by the subway lines. The Transportation Bureau has more information on fares and routes.