40 minutes from tokyo
Shibuya Station (Tokyu Toyoko Line *Minatomirai Line Direct)
->Bashamichi Station *Approx. 30 minutes, Fare: Adults 440 yen, Children 220 yen
Yokohama Station (JR Negishi Line)
-> Kannai Station *Approx.2 minutes, Fare:Adults 130 yen, Children 70 yen
1: Feel the olden days in Yokohama's night views
The City of Yokohama has continued to promote the lighting up of various historic buildings since 1988. Enjoy night views of classic architectural beauty.
Kanagawa Prefectural Government’s Office, also known as the “King” from its majestic features.
The Kanagawa Prefectural Office built in 1928 boasts an Imperial Crown Style structure, fusing oriental and occidental design. The building earns its nickname the “King” from its stately presence. The “King” was designated as a tangible cultural heritage building (night time light ups are only on Fridays and weekends). Popular as a shooting location for dramas and movies.
Yokohama Customs Office, also known as the “Queen” for its curved lines.
Built in 1934, this building has a characteristic tower with a mosque-like appearance. The circular lines of the building give it the nickname of “Queen” in contrast to the angular Prefectural Office building. While lit up during the night, the design lends the building with a noble lady-like timbre.
Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall, also known as the “Jack”.
A building in the neo-renaissance style that opened in 1918. The tip of the clock tower is lit with lights that over-pass the intersection. The lightshow on the red bricks takes you back in time to a different age – Yokohama in its golden era. The orange reflection from the lighting on the bricks is superbly beautiful, and is bound to make you smile. It is close to a Minatomirai Line station, making the building a good starting point for visiting Yokohama night views. Also nominated as a “Japan Heritage Night View”.
Yamashita Park, Yokohama’s most famous park.
The most well known park amongst all the parks that opened in 1930. The illuminated ship Hikawamaru, Yamashita wharf to the right hand side, and the Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal to the left. Recommended view spots are the central plaza or in the India Water Tower area. The light from the Osanbashi and Hikawamaru reflect and mingle beautifully on the ocean surface. The view from the park is designated as a “Japan Heritage Night View”.
Yokohama Santo(tri-tower) Legend
Legend goes that after viewing all “King”, “Queen”, and “Jack” from the three places that allow you to see them at the same time, your wish will be granted. There are two stories that became the basis for this legend. The first involves a foreign sailor who prayed for safe seafaring with all three towers in view. The other praises the sturdiness of the three towers that withstood the Great Kanto Earthquake, and those in difficult relationships seek the buildings for moral support, paying homage to symbols that have endured hardships. – Both stories are quite charming.
Enjoy the Night View of Historic Buildings
1.Kanagawa Prefectural Government’s Office (King)
2.Yokohama Customs Office
3.Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall
Alte Liebe Yokohama
With great music and great food, the Alte Liebe is a French restaurant located in a luxuriously styled heritage building. You can spend quality time at a leisurely pace.
The 180 degree panorama view from the 13th floor spans Yokohama Port, while you enjoy the fantastic casual French dining.
The perfect restaurant for a classical Scandinavian cuisine. The first floor is casual. The second floor has a formal feel with sculptures on the wall – you can choose according to the occasion. You can see the Yokohama Port Opening Square from the 2nd floor seats. A must try dish is the 3 hors d’oeuvre with marinated herring.
The restaurant is situated inside the hotel, which opened after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1927 along the coastline of Yokohama (where the damage was most severe) as a symbol of recovery. The wooden interior emanates warmth, providing customers with a relaxed atmosphere. “Western food” or western cuisine adapted to Japan such as the “Spaghetti Napolitan” and seafood doria are said to have been first served in this restaurant. The restaurant is also open for tea and light meals, making it a convenient and fully satisfying dining experience.
Restaurant with a Night View
1. Alte Liebe Yokohama
2. Escale (Hotel Monterey Yokohama)
4. The CAFE (Hotel New Grand)