Attraction 3 Nihonodori Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0021 Japan Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Yokohama Archives of History is special ?
The Yokohama Archives of History was opened in June, 1981. The Archives preserves and exhibits historical materials from the Edo period to the Taisho-Showa era A visit to the Archives provides a unique opportunity to know Yokohama's role as an entrance door to Japan and a prominent city for international trades.
The archives holds about 250,000 items related to the history of Yokohama, including documents and records, newspapers and magazines, photos, and ukiyo-e. Besides permanent exhibitions, the archives holds special exhibitions four times a year in the Special Exhibition Room.
What to explore at Yokohama Archives of History?
The museum is composed of two buildings: An older building which housed the British Consulate General in Yokohama, and a newer building which has an exhibition hall, lecture hall and reading room. The older building is a historical record in itself. The original waiting room, a corridor and a small booth for a telephone are open to the public. When you walk on the floor, it creaks under your feet. The coat of arms of the British Consulate General hangs on the wall of the corridor. These are all a mix of replicas and the real thing from 150 years ago.
The first floor of the new building mainly displays what the global situation was like when Perry first knocked on Japan’s doors. The history of Yokohama, the lives and culture of its citizens, and old maps and documents are exhibited on the second floor. If you are interested in historical objects and photos of Yokohama, please visit the reading room in the basement. 250,000 items of interest are stored here. The librarian will help you find out what you want to see.
How to get to Yokohama Archives of History?
From Shibuya take the Minato Mirai line (the old Toyoko line that used to go to Sakuragi-cho) bound for Motomachi-Chûkagai to Nihon Oo-dôri station (the second to last stop). Take exit number 3. The Broadcasting Library and Newspaper libraries are in the same building as the exit. Cross the street you are facing as you emerge, and continue straight, the museum is on your right.
- Nice small museum on the opening of Japan
- Nice reading room
- Experience Yokohama’s history
- Impressive dislay
- Famous tree in the central courtyard
3 Nihonodori Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0021 Japan
Tips for you
This small museum has some interesting and nicely presented exhibits on the opening of Japan and the subsequent development of Yokohama as a trading port and an entry point to Japan of western ideas. The regular displays are in both Japanese and English. They also had a special exhibition while were there, but unfortunately all the descriptive material was in Japanese. Cost is 200 Yen.