Yokohama ‐ the start point of the Meiji era

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  • Yokohama spots 1

    Since Yokohama was one of the first ports which opened after the sakoku policy, it is worthwhile to visit this big city. With a population of nearly 4 million people, it is the second largest city of Japan.
    Although the city of Yokohama is Japanese for sure, foreign influence is in its blood. If you happen to walk down Sakuragicho, Minato Mirai or Motomachi, you can clearly see a strong foreign influence.

    Yokohama Landmark Tower

    Yokohama spots 2

    Being the second largest building in Japan, one famous place is Yokohama Landmark Tower. Located in Minato Mirai 21, floors 49-70 contain a five-star hotel with a total of 603 rooms. Floors 1-48 have shops, restaurants, clinics and offices. It is especially beautiful at night, together with the ferries wheel and the iconic buildings around it.

    Yokohama Landmark Tower access

    Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris wheel

    Yokohama spots 3

    The Ferris wheel, which is the largest clock and used to be the tallest in the world, was built in 1989. At night it is magnificent to look at due to its colourful animated illumination, and one of the reasons why it is popular among couples to take a walk there.

    Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris wheel access

    Yokohama Museum of Art

    Yokohama spots 4

    In comparison to others, this museum is a rather new one, since it opened in 1989, but it has an impressing collection of modern artwork, from Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and many more, having especially Dadaist and Surrealist works. Japanese artists are featured too, for example works from Imamura Shiko Kanzan, Shimomura and Chizuko Yoshida, who have a connection with Yokohama.

    Yokohama Museum of Art access

    Conclusion

    There is so much more to explore in Yokohama. Beautiful parks, tons of museums, great restaurants, famous temples and shrines, and not to forget China Town. There is even a Shinkansen station – Shin Yokohama station, if you happen to come from a different city. Hope you can enjoy this beautiful city of Japan!