Shopping Japan 〒225-0002 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama, Aoba Ward, Utsukushigaoka, 1−1−2 Published on: 28-02-2016
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Why Tama Plaza Terrace is special ?
The Tama Plaza Terrace is two storied through its horseshoe gallery, which is lined by palm fronds, and 3 or 4 four stories on either end. It feels very much like an American shopping mall, and has an equal array of shopping options, from Japanese classics like Muji and the upscale 100 yen store Seria to international mainstays like Starbucks and the North Face. Like any Japanese mall there are plenty of options in the way of clothing stores, especially for women, with the towers on either side almost entirely dedicated to female fashion.
What to explore at Tama Plaza Terrace?
There are several buildings that comprise the shopping area in and around Tama Plaza Station. Tama Plaza Terrace, the crown jewel, wraps around the train station itself like a horse shoe, while north and south towers jut out from either side (also hosting an array of shops),and an outdoor shopping gallery flanks either side East and West of the walkthrough. Finally, a multi-story Tokyu department building sits across from the station's north exit.
How to get to Tama Plaza Terrace?
Akai Kutsu Bus is a sight seeing bus around Minatomirai, Chinatown and Motomachi. It runs every 20-30 minutes and looks like an old red bus. A ticket costs ¥100, and a 1 day pass costs ¥500
A "sea bus" operates between JR Yokohama station (east exit), Minato Mirai and Yamashita Park, and is one of the nicest ways to get around on a sunny day. The fare is ¥340-700 depending on the distance.
Japan 〒225-0002 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama, Aoba Ward, Utsukushigaoka, 1−1−2
I stayed in the neighborhood in the surrounding area of the plaza with some friends for a few weeks, and I loved it. This review might be out of context to this site because the overall nature of this area is not geared towards tourists. Nevertheless, if you find yourself on the den-in-toshi line going to and from Shibuya, this is a fantastic place to stop and have a bite to eat or do a little shopping. The Plaza is small, and nothing compared to the Shopping Mecca known as Shibuya Crossing, but it does have a nice collection of Japanese and U.S. Brand clothing stores along with nice restaurants for all price ranges and grocery stores within the neighborhood. The surrounding area is a really nice neighborhood for the upper middle class. The area has many nice parks and it is a safe place to explore (good for morning runners). Understand though that people do live in this area and is not a place for tourists, so go a little bit out of your way to be extra polite and considerate if you do decide to explore the area. Like most of Japan, you will find that the people here don't speak english and are more reserved but genuinely kind all the same. Like i said, this place is small and there is not that much for people that don't live in the surrounding area. However it is a wonderful place to stop along your metro-commute with some good food, coffee, clothes and suburban parks. Overall I would say to give Tama Plaza a try, its deffinately worth it!
The best lunch place around here is the EARLY BIRD cafe, esp. on Saturdays!