Yokohama Bay Area Parks 横浜 ベイエリアの公園

There are eight pleasant parks along or near Yokohama Bay. Compared to other cities in Japan, this area certainly doesn’t feel cramped, and is rich in blues and greens. This series invites you to enjoy a pleasant walk along the shore near downtown Yokohama.


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1 Minato-no-mieru-oka Park: A hilltop park in the Yamate Bluff district
2 Yamashita Koen Park: The most popular park in Yokohama
3 Zo-no-hana Park: A park with uniquely shaped jetty
4 Aka-renga Park: A park flanking the red brick warehouse
5 Shinko Park: A park where locals relax
6-1 Rinko Park : Just behind the Pacifico Yokohama (convention hall)
6-2 Rinko Park : Fireworks Festival in mid summer

7 Yokohama Park & Garden: A cozy park in the center of the city
8-1 Osanbashi Pier: Strolling along on the back of the “Whale”
8-2 Sunset at Osanbashi Pier: Easy access, wide open view, and photogenic scenery!

1 港の見える丘公園:山手の丘から眺めるベイエリア
2 山下公園:ヨコハマのすべてがここにある
3 象の鼻パーク:おススメの港町ウォーク
4 赤レンガパーク:イベントとショッピングとおしゃれなカフェ
5 新港パーク:のんびり散歩に最適!
6-1 臨港パーク:パシフィコ横浜に隣接する海浜公園
6-2 臨港パーク:横浜の花火はここから☆
7 横浜公園:横浜スタジアムとチューリップ
8-1 大さん橋 国際客船ターミナル:『くじらのせなか』をのんびり散歩
8-2 大さん橋の夕陽:ベイエリアNo.1のビュースポット

Yokohama Yamate Western Houses 横浜 山手西洋館

The Yokohama Yamate district used to be a thriving foreign settlement for Europeans and Americans. You can feel a different atmosphere from other residential areas in Japan when you take a walk around this neighborhood.

After Yokohama Port opened, more than 2000 business people from Europe and America flooded in and started to live and work here. They were given official permission to find living and working space by the Japanese government. However, they were prohibited from going outside of a very strict set of physical boundaries, which the government had established. British, American, French, Italian, German, and other foreigners were all living together in the district. I often wonder how exciting it would have been if I too could have walked and lived there among them!

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1-1 Diplomat’s House: Gorgeous American Victorian style house
1-2 Video: Diplomat's House & Italia-yama Park
2 Bluff No. 18: With an orange roof, white walls and green window frames
3 Yamate No. 68: The history of tennis in Japan started here
4-1 Berrick Hall: An impressive residence
4-2 The history of Berrick Hall: Bertram Berrick & J.H. Morgan
4-3 Video: Berrick Hall
5-1 Ehrismann’s House: An unique fusion of Western and Japanese styles
5-2 Ehrismann's House: Raymond's Principles
5-3 Video: Ehrismann's House
6 Yamate No. 234: Former shared living quarters for foreigners
7 British Consular Residence: Stately and beautiful
8-1 Yamate No. 111: Morgan and Yamate
8-2 Christmas in Yamate No.111: Elegant Spanish style house


Yokohama three face card Towers 横浜三塔

Yokohama has three famous old towers. They are called King, Queen and Jack, like familiar friends. King was built in 1928 with scratched unglazed tiles, and the emerald green roof decoration. The elegant Queen was built in 1934. Jack was built in 1917 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Yokohama Port.


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1 King : The Prefectural Office
2 Queen : The Yokohama Custom House
3 Jack : The Port Memorial Public Hall

1 キング 神奈川県庁本庁舎
2 クィーン 横浜税関本館庁舎
3 ジャック 横浜開港記念会館


Kamakura Shoreline series 湘南ルート134のビューポイント

This is the series about the area between Kamakura and Enoshima along Route 134, where there are five beautiful shoreline spots, each with its own unique face.


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1 Zaimoku-za Shore: A popular bathing spot for over 130 years
2 Yui-ga-hama Shore: A quiet and relaxing place for locals
3 Inamura-ga-saki Shore: Stunning Enoshima sunset view
4 Shichiri-ga-hama Shore: Surfer’s paradise
5 Koshigoe Fishing Port: A fishing port since the year 1189

1 材木座海岸:130年前からずっと人気の海水浴場
2 由比ケ浜:馬蹄形の海岸線に緩やかな波が寄せるおしゃれな海
3 稲村ケ崎公園:美しい海岸線と夕陽スポット
4 七里ケ浜:サーファー憧れの波
5 腰越漁港:新鮮な地魚と江ノ島ビュー

Enoshima Island's mythology

Enoshima Island is a hot spot for sightseers that has been well maintained since the Edo era. Before then, the island itself was treated as a holy place and was protected by the Emperor and other influential people.

In the Edo era, huge numbers of people paid a visit to Enoshima shrine to worship, simply because only worshipers could get a pass easily from the government. After that, Enoshima was forgotten for quite a while. Before that however, Enoshima was an island brimming with mythology.

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1 An attractive island brimming with mythology
2 Enoshima-Jinja Shrine
3 Enoshima’s Iwaya Caves
4 Enoshima’s Iwamoto-ro Inn

Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine

Tokugawa Ieyasu was the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate and his political power continued for more than 250 years (1603-1867). When he knew that he was on the brink of death, he drew up a project to be carried out after his death-this great shrine. Actually, building Tosho-gu in Nikko was only part of his plan. Tosho-gu Shrine itself is one of the most popular "World Heritage Sites" in Japan. It contains a lot of secret magic, which is described in this series.

The creation of Tosho-gu was set in motion by Ieyasu, and physically set in place by priest Tenkai. Kano Tanyu designed the carvings for its structures. And another designer, Kobori Enshu, arranged the landscape plan for Tosho-gu.

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1 Supreme power spot produced by Ieyasu and his followers:
 Magic lines & the path to Poralis
2 Hidden signs behind its many carvings:
 5173 sculptures & carvings
3 “Unknown” Western methods used in ground's design:
 Perspective, Vista, and Golden ratio
4 The Beauty and Wonder of Tosho-gu:
Enjoy the Magic of this World Heritage Site


Foreign Footsteps in Japan  異人たちの足跡

The concept behind this series is to go back in history, to the time before and after Commodore Perry’s black ships “nudged” Japan into opening her doors to the rest of the world in 1854.

Before the floodgates were open, only a handful of visitors were able to enter Japan.

But after that, people from all over the globe came to Japan to do business, spread the word of God, and to help Japan engineer a new and modern infrastructure.

The series (originally published at JapanTravel) introduces more than 20 key people that had a strong and lasting influence on Japan. And in fact, remnants of their influences still exist in one form or another today. Please enjoy Japan's modern history through the eyes and footsteps of her foreign visitors.

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1Yokohama Yamate’s Berrick Hall: British businessman, Bertram Berrick
2 Enoshima’s Samuel Cocking Garden: Irish businessman, Samuel Cocking
3 Motomachi Waterworks & Brick works: French businessman, Alfred Gérard
4 Yokosuka’s Verny Park: French technologist, F.L. Verny
5 Memorial of the blue-eyed Samurai: British sailor, William Adams
6-1 Kurihama’s Perry Park: U.S. Navy commander, Commodore Perry
6-2 Yokohama Archives of History: Perry's strategy
7-1 Nojima Koen Park: Italian-British photographer, Felice Beato
7-2 Kanazawa Hakkei's Chiyomoto: Beato's short trip
8 The Hotel New Grand’s “The Café”: Swiss chef, Saly Weil
9-1 Yamate History Archives: British newspaper reporter and painter, Charles Wirgman
9-2 Yamate Juban-kan French Restaurant: Wirgman in the settlement
10-1Yamate Koen Park: British Jack of all trades, William H. Smith
10-2 Yamate Museum of Tennis: Women on the Bluff
11-2 Negishi Racetrack Grandstands: American architect, J. H. Morgan
11-2 Yokohama's Yamate No. 111: Morgan and Yamate
12-1 Yokohama Beer Pub, Spring Valley: Norwegian American beer specialist, William Copeland
12-2 Hakone’s Matsuzaka-ya Inn: Copeland and Umeko
13-1 Yokohama Kamon-yama Park: British railway engineer, Edmund Morel
13-2 Old Shimbashi Station: Morel's contribution
14 Walk the Old Hakone Highway: German physician, Engelbert Kaempfer
15 The Gaiety Theater & Iwasaki Museum: Dutch businessman, MJB Noordhoek Hegt
16 Shinagawa’s Tozen-ji Temple: British surgen, William Willis
17 Former Iwasaki Residence & Garden: British architect, Josiah Conder
18 Chamberlain’s Hakone Promenade: British Japanologist, Basil Hall Chamberlain
19-1 Nikko’s Italian Villa Memorial Park: Czech architect, Antonin Raymond
19-2 The Ehrismann Residence: Raymond's principle
20-1 Nikko’s Chuzen-ji Lake: British diplomat, Sir Ernest M. Satow
20-2 Chidorigafuchi Walkway: Satow's cherry trees
21 Nikko’s Kanaya Hotel: British Victorian adventurer, Isabella Bird
22-1 Sumida River Water Bus Route: Representative of Swiss government, Aimé Humbert
22-2 Asakusa's Traditional Hagoita Fair: Humbert's inspection
23-1 Nikko’s Nishi-Rokuban Park: Scottish businessman, T.B. Glover
23-2 Nagasaki Glover Garden: Glover & Samurai
24 The Italia Ken Hotel in Niigata: Italian chef, Pietro Migliore
25 Honno-ji Temple and Oda Nobunaga: African samurai, Yasuke
26 Katsura Imperial Villa: German architect, Bruno Taut
27 Sealed Buddhist Statue of Horyu-ji Temple: American scholar of Oriental study, Ernest Fenollosa

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