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Why Yamashita Park is special ?
Yamashita Park is a public park that stretches about 750 meters along Yokohama's waterfront. The park is about a hundred meters wide, and consists mostly of open green space. It was constructed after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.
Strolling through Yamashita Park, it is hard to miss the massive ocean liner in the water beside the promenade. The ship is called the Hikawa Maru, and was first put into service in 1930 along the Yokohama-Vancouver/Seattle line. The ship had first-class cabins that attracted the likes of the imperial family and Charlie Chaplin for the transpacific journey. In 1960, after 30 years at sea, the ship was retired. It now serves as a museum, with informative displays and interiors in the style of the 1930s.
What to explore at Yamashita Park?
Yamashita Park is a great park to visit for a picnic, a nice long walk and general relaxing. There are street performers right at the entrance of the park during the weekend.
There are a number of nice statues and water features located in Yamashita Park. One of the most famous statues is called 'Girl with the Red Shoes' which is a small bronze statue close to the waterfront of Yamashita Park.
Just down from this statue is an impressive fountain called 'Guardian of Water' which was presented to the people of Yokohama by the people of San Diego in May 1960.
Moored in the harbour, right in front of Yamashita Park is the retired naval ship 'Hikawa Maru Yokohama'. This ship was built in Yokohama shipyard in 1930 to be used as a passenger liner. During World War II the Hikawa Maru was used as a hospital ship and at the end of the war it was used as a repatriation ship and then again as a cruise ship between Yokohama and Seattle. The Hikawa Maru crossed the Pacific Ocean 248 times pre and post war. In May 1961 the ship was retired and moored at the current location in front of Yamashita Park.
During Spring time and Summer time there are some amazing flower arrangements on display in Yamashita Park. These flower displays are a grea photo oppurtunity and appreciated by locals and tourists visiting Yamashita Park.
How to get to Yamashita Park?
Yamashita Park is a five minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station (8 minutes, 210 yen from Yokohama Station) on the Minato Mirai Line. The park can also be reached by foot from Chinatown in five minutes or from Minato Mirai in about 30 minutes.
The Akaikutsu Loop Bus stops in front of the Marine Tower (Marine Tower-mae bus stop) and in front of the middle of the park (Yamashita Koen-mae Bus stop). The loop bus connects many of Yokohama's sightseeing attractions and costs 100 yen per ride.
Yamashita Park can also be accessed by "Seabass" boats, which depart from Yokohama Bay Quarter (500 meters from Yokohama Station's east exit. The journey costs 700 yen one way, and half the boats travel directly (15 minutes) while the other half stop at Minato Mirai (35 minutes) along the way.
- Nice place to unwind
- Great place to walk around
- Great park and views of harbor
- A lovely waterfront stroll
- Beautiful Waterfront Park
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Yamashita Park is one of the larger park space areas along the waterfront at Yokohama Port. Many Tokyo-ites head to Yokohama on the weekend in nice weather to soak up the atmosphere and be down near the water. The park itself isnt extraordinary but it does usually have a quite a bit going on. It is frequently the venue on weekends for various food and beer festivals. Often you will find someone busking there. There is a historic Cruise ship permanently moored adjacent to the park which you can pay a small fee to enter. There are also various flower displays depending on the season. In good weather you will see many people enjoying the sunshine strolling along the waterfront admiring the excellent views of Minatomirai. At night, these views are particularly impressive and the park takes on a very different and more attractive light. At the end closest to Motomachi, there is an elevated area with a fountain and a walkway connecting you to the Doll Musuem. In spring there are sakura trees at the rear. Lining the park along the road are Ginko trees which turn a lovely yellow in autumn and are quite a sight. There is also a fountain of a woman with child which at night is lit up and quite scenic. If you make the trip to Yamashita Park, have coffee at a cafe across the road towards Motomachi called Elliots Cafe- they make great cafe latte- the best in Yokohama. The park is also a 5 minute walk to Chinatown (depending on what end of the park you are coming from) where there are a myriad of food options. The Park is also a 10-15 minute scenic walk to RedBrick Warehouse and Minatormirai as well as the Pier that you can walk out onto.
A nice seawall kind of park. Iconic views and interesting area. If you go, be sure to check out the ferry terminal.
This is a great place for a stroll or a run or, on a quiet weekday, to read a book. The view of the skyline is gorgeous pretty much anytime. I recommend walking from the Motomachi end of the park toward Minatomirai to really take it all in. You're mainly there for the waterfront view but many of the little and big monuments/statues have significance to local history, so look for the descriptions if that's your thing. Pro Tip: While the former railway bridge now an elevated strollway from the park toward Aka Renga Sōko (Red Brick Warehouse) is nice (especially if you like the Customs Building/Queen tower), walking under it lets you see a couple cool pictures of the area before earthquakes and bombings. But the view of the skyline from alongside the cool World Time building (Blue Blue Yokohama) with the boats in the foreground is really what I'm recommending this way for.