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Ocean travelers will appreciate this small, but beautifully appointed museum on the waterfront in Yokohama. In 1896 Nippon Yusen Kaisha inaugurated the European route when their first passenger ship, the Tosa-maru, left Yokohama headed for London. Service to Melbourne, Australia, and Seattle, USA, also began later that year. The displays include officers' uniforms, crockery, cutlery, furnishings, biographies of the many foreign ship captains, ship models, photographs of famous passengers, and the first dining room menu from 1896, which featured Western food. Mention must be made of the fine library collection, which has several shelves of books in English on shipping and ocean liners. The tea lounge is a remodeled cabin.
Zou No Hana Park encompasses the area where Commodore Perry landed in 1854 on his second visit to Japan. The area became the main port of Yokohama and was the center of international trade in Japan. It was established as a park when changes in shipping rendered the city seafront too small for container ships. The port business was moved to the specially built quays on the outskirts of the city. The park was named after the dykes in the area, which were shaped like an elephant's nose (zou no hana means "elephant's nose" in Japanese). Today the park consists of a grassy slope overlooking the water and a paved area where exhibitions are often held. The terrace has a small café and a gallery space inside. Around the park are information boards in English and Japanese that give a history of the port's development. The foundations of warehouses and a railway line are also visible. -AH
Only 200 metres from Motomachi-Chukagai Subway Station and a 5-minute walk from Chinatown, Rose Hotel Yokohama features French and Chinese restaurants, massage services and a seasonal outdoor pool. Rooms have free wired internet and a minibar. The air-conditioned rooms at Yokohama Rose Hotel are spacious for Japan, and include an LCD TV with movies available for purchase. All rooms have a desk and a seating area, some with a sofa. Each en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub. Yamashita Park is about a 5-minute walk from the hotel, and Yokohama Stadium is a 10-minute walk away. Yokohama Cosmo World is a 15-minute walk. Guests can enjoy a massage at the spa, soak in the (seasonal) outdoor hot tub or get sightseeing help from the concierge. The 24-hour front desk stores luggage and offers currency exchange. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, Brasserie Milly LaForet is open for all meals. Old-fashioned elegance is the tone at Chungking Chinese Restaurant, open for lunch and dinner.
Originally built in the early 20th century as a customs warehouse, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is now the most fashionable shopping complex in the waterfront Yokohama. Inside the building you will find the variety of boutiques, restaurants, and bars. Outside the building is great harbor view of Yokohama. most suitable for sightseeing and dating.
Nippon Maru is one of the oldest ships, built in 1930, anchored in front of Sakurgicho Station. The ship was built as a training ship, and has been a prop in coaching over 12,000 cadets in a span of 54 years. The ship has sailed an equivalent of almost almost 45.5 trips around the globe. Nippon Maru stopped sailing and training in the year 1984, and was docked at Yokohama City. Nippon Maru is now open to public, who can go about the ship, through every deck, read about its history and know what being on a ship feels like. Nippon Maru is a great way to learn and experience something unusual, historical and impressive. There are volunteers on board to guide visitors with information related to Nippon Maru. Various events are held around Nippon Maru, the Full-Sail Exhibition, where Nippon Maru’s beauty is unrolled to all the viewers, the Brass Band Concerts where local schools and various bands perform. A must visit and a great getaway with families and friends.
Just behind the World Porters shopping center is a large brick building with glass windows along the top. This is the Cup Noodles Museum, a museum dedicated entirely to the history of instant noodles as invented by Momofuku Ando in 1958. The spacious interior begins with a display of noodle packaging and the Momofuku story, including a re-creation of his workshed. A series of interactive displays under will keep the children amused. On the next floor is a cup noodle factory and chicken ramen factory, both of which require an extra fee to enter. On the next floor is a play area and food court serving ramen noodles from around the world. There is a brochure in English, and the titles of exhibits are in English. The museum is very popular on weekends. -AH
Fukuzo is a clothing shop for the whole family located in Japan's tallest building, the Landmark Tower. The clothing has a polished, yet relaxed look to it; sharp looking, but casual. The Fukuzo collection for women includes cotton knits, sweats, wool knits, blouses and skirts, and skirts and pants. There is also a large children's collection. For men there is a selection of coats and jackets. In addition there is a collection of designer towels.
Yamate Park is the first Western-style park in Japan. It was originally known as Bluff Gardens and was opened in 1870 on land leased from the government. In order to help pay the rent, the ladies in the settlement formed the Ladies Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in 1878. The club is now known as the Yokohama International Tennis Club, and the courts cover much of the park area. However, a series of paths lead down through the trees and it is a pleasant area, shaded by Himalayan cedars imported from India and planted over 100 years ago. The Yamate Museum of Tennis is located in the park. -AH
Boasting three roller coasters and one of the world's largest Ferris Wheels, the short trip out to Yokohama's Cosmo World will put smiles on everyone's faces. Yokohama is a great area, with clean air, nice breezes, lots of art, and its own amusement park just a hop, skip and jump from the station. Located along the port, Cosmo World ain't Disney World, but for a nice day of enjoying some rides, playing some games, maybe meeting some Japanese characters (a la Anpanman), grabbing some park food as well as the great view from atop their world class Ferris Wheel, Cosmo World does it all. Not enough? Then there are flume rides, a haunted house and a some 3-D movies - not bad for a small park! -Stephen Lebovitz
Nogeyama Zoo is a public park that includes a zoo, a Japanese garden, and broad tree-lined promenades. The Nogeyama Zoo has more than 1,500 animals, mammals, birds and reptiles representing at least 250 species. The bear cage and elephant compound are two of the more popular attractions. There is a traditional Japanese garden that is reminiscent of court gardens in Kyoto. The Japanese garden has a carp pond, complete with brightly colored koi. In spring the garden is bright with pink sakura (Japanese cherry blossoms) and yellow azaleas. Tree-lined lanes circle the park. Admission is free, making the Nogeyama Zoo one of Yokohama's most popular sightseeing spots.
InterContinental Yokohama Grand is a stunning hotel overlooking Yokohama Bay. The hotel boasts stylishly designed, spacious rooms that offer luxurious amenities as well as spectacular views of the city or the bay. The hotel comprises multiple elegant restaurants, lounges and bars, as well as an indoor pool and fitness and wellness facilities. The hotel also provides a variety of well-equipped event spaces that are ideal for hosting private and corporate functions. Overall, this lovely hotel is perfect for a leisurely stay as well as a business trip.
Orbi shows you the Planet from a perspective so much closer to your senses: BBC World's footage about Nature and its wonders take a new leap with state-of-the-art visual graphics of Obri's Theatre. The interactive and informative displays of the museum, being tad different from conventional exhibits, are actually videos that you can watch as you tour the museum. This experience should not be missed to get a glimpse into Earth's most, beautiful terrains, waters, skies, animals, trees and plants, just a touch away from you, at Orbi.