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att.JAPAN Issue 53, September 2010

A walk of two parks, enjoying the sea and harbor

The sea and harbor are representative scenic attractions of Yokohama. Let's walk around a park where you can enjoy the sea breezes and a park where you can enjoy fine views overlooking the harbor.

When you go to the seaside from Nihon Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Line through Kaiko Hiroba (Open Port Square), you will find Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal. In 1975, the famous British cruise ship the Queen Elizabeth II came here. The Rooftop Plaza offers panoramic views and the ocean breeze makes you feel cool and refreshed. You can see Yokohama Port spread out in front of you, the Red Brick Warehouse and a cluster of high-rise buildings in the Mitnato Mirai 21 area to your left, and Bay Bridge and boats that pass under the bridge on your right hand side. If you look further right, Yamashita Park, the Hikawa-maru, which is a retired luxury liner/museum moored at the park, and Yokohama Marin Tower will come into sight.

Yamashita Park stretches about 1 km from the entrance of Osanbashi to Yamashita Pier, facing the seaside. You can have a relaxed time simply lying down on the grass, looking around at seasonal flowers in bloom, or strolling about seeing various sculptures and monuments in the open air.

Walking in the refreshing sea breeze from spring to summer is, of course, good, but walking in autumn is also very enjoyable. Particularly in late autumn, bright yellow-tinged leaves create a fascinating landscape. From the pedestrian bridge connecting Yamashita Park and Yokohama Doll Museum, you can enjoy a splendid view of ginkgo trees along Yamashita-Koen-dori Street.

Yokohama Doll Museum houses about 13,000 dolls from 140 countries around the world, and special exhibits are also held from time to time. Why not drop in?

Minato no Mieru Oka Koen (Harbor View Park) is on the hill commanding a view of Yokohama Port. It has a different appeal from that of Yamashita Park, which is along the seafront. Military personnel of the U.K. and France were stationed here when Japan opened Yokohama Port to foreigners in the mid-19th century. Walk along the trail through a wooded area called France Yama (“French mountain”) to the observatory, the top of which commands a sweeping view of the port. The night view is outstanding. Osaragi Jiro Kinenkan (Memorial Hall), Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature and Igirisu-Kan (English House) are on the south side. About 1,800 roses bloom beautifully in the Rose Garden, especially in May and October. Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery and some historic Western-style houses, which are popular sightseeing places, are not very far from here.

Enjoy a leisure walk in two fine parks of Yokohama!



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