This may be Japan's second largest city
, but the atmosphere could not be more different than that of Tokyo
Perhaps due to the low-rise skyline and it's location just by the sea
, Yokohama has a very spacious, unrestrained air about it.
Having been a major port for centuries
, it is also one of Japan's most cosmopolitan cities with European, Chinese and Asian influences
PLACES TO VISIT
Sankeien Garden (Main Image)
Opened by businessman Sankei Hara in 1906 in Yokohama, the Sankeien Garden is known as one of the most outstanding examples of Japanese gardens
from the area, offering beautiful sceneries throughout the four seasons. With a size covering a massive 175,000 square meters
, the garden is also home to an amazing 10 important cultural property buildings
. The buildings were moved from locations such as Kyoto and Kamakura, and each one has an important historical and cultural heritage.
Each season brings with it entirely new colors to the park, including Ume (plum) tree blossoms, lit-up evening Sakura (cherry) tree blossom displays, moon watching parties, chrysanthemum competitions, and autumn leaves, creating breathtaking atmospheres
with the view of the historical buildings.
Minato Mirai 21 Area is a town of the future
full of modern high-rise buildings. The most famous ones of all are the Yokohama Landmark Tower
and Queen's Square Yokohama
. The Landmark Tower is a 296-meter-high, 70-floor building, which represents the city of Yokohama. You can have a magnificent view from its observatory floor (the 69th), Sky Garden.
Minato Mirai 21 Area is also a mega-shopping town
, crowded with large shopping malls
and amusement spots
. The gorgeous night view of Minato Mirai 21 Area is a must-see. Yokohama Cosmoworld
, with one of the world's largest Ferris wheels in the center
, and high-rise buildings are illuminated, which gives an effect of the whole area floating in the night sky.
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is a huge man-made island
with the area of 240 thousand square meters
. On the island, there are Aqua Resorts
which consists of three aquariums and an amusement park, Pleasure Land
as well as restaurants, shops and a hotel.
The best feature is Aqua Resorts, the three aquariums. The first one is Aqua Museum
which is one of the largest aquariums in Japan
, and 100 thousand creatures of 500 species live there
. Aqua Museum has a distinctive pyramid-like shape
and consists of five floors.