Attraction 15 Yamashitacho Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0023 Japan Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Marine Tower is special ?
Yokohama Marine Tower was opened in 1961 as a part of an event that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Yokohama to foreign trade. It aimed to become the symbol of the city of Yokohama. The tower functioned as a lighthouse, gently watching the port for almost 50 years, until its retirement on September 1, 2008.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of opening of the port to foreign trade, the tower was refurbished and born again as the new Yokohama Marine Tower. Visitors enjoy viewing the beautiful night views of Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama Bay Bridge, and a wharf called Honmokufuto from the observation platform where the entire port and city can be seen. Master artist Kiyoshi Yamashita created a mosaic wall art made with glass in the well-hole style entrance halls on the 1st and 2nd floor of the tower, which gives visitors a sense of purity.
What to explore at Marine Tower?
First, please check the time of tonight’s sunset. You should arrive at the tower 15 minutes before sunset. On the 1st floor, buy your tickets. After that, go up to the 2nd floor to catch the elevator to the top. But be careful: There are no restrooms on the observation deck, so do what you need to do NOW. As soon as the elevator doors close, the excitement starts to build. As you go up to the 30th floor (it takes one minute), you'll feel like you're passing through a clear capsule in a big pillar. That's because the elevator is completely transparent. If you're standing on the right side, you are already lucky. Through the right side glass window you can see Yokohama Bay. You can also see the Hikawa-maru Ocean Liner and the Yokohama Bay Bridge.
Before you know it you are on the 30th floor in a place 100 meters above the ground. Walk around the circular deck. Can you see the clear silhouette of Mt. Fuji and the big orange sun? Wow! You are on time! And you are now sharing this stunning view with your sweetheart. What excellent timing! Please take your time, and enjoy it! But don't forget the next step. When the beautiful sunset has almost faded from the sky, walk down together to the 29th floor to grab the best position for the night view.
On the 29th floor, there are several paired seats spread out around the deck. You definitely want one of the seats facing Minato Mirai. It's gorgeous at night: Landmark Tower, the three Queen's buildings, the Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris wheel, and a building that looks like a ship's sails (the Intercontinental Yokohama Grand). If you succeed in grabbing this love seat, everything is set. Just relax and admire this fabulous scene! You and your sweetheart will be speechless for a while.
How to get to Marine Tower?
When using a standard four-passenger taxi, fares typically start around 600-700 yen for the first two kilometers and increase by around 80-90 yen for every additional 300-400 meters traveled. The cost also increases when the taxi is not moving for a prolonged time. Late in the evening (typically 10pm to 5am), rates are raised by typically 20 percent. Eventual expressway toll fees incurred during the trip are added to the fare.
- NIce view of Yokohama and surroundings
- Yokohama's World's Tallest Lighthouse
- Great View of Yokohama
- For a good view of Yokohama
- Very nice gift shop
15 Yamashitacho Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0023 Japan