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Best Landmarks in Yokohama

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Statue of Richard H Brunton

Richard Henry Brunton was born in Scotland in 1841. He was initially employed by the Japanese Government as an adviser to build lighthouses. He arrived in Japan in 1868 and left in 1876 after a disagreement. However, during his time in Japan, he designed some 26 lighthouses mostly in the area of Tokyo Bay. Additionally, Richard helped with the design and building of numerous other projects including bridges, waterworks, the Yokohama harbor and Yokohama Park, where his statue is placed. - AH

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Stone Lantern of Ganki-Ro House

A stone lantern erected near to the Japanese garden in Yokohama Park is reputedly from Gankiro House, which in the nineteenth century catered to the needs of the foreign residents and visitors to Yokohama. The Gankiro House, which stood approximately where the lantern is now, was a thriving business in a large property with bedrooms, reception rooms and a Japanese garden with a pond and a bridge. Furthermore, the house was destroyed in a fire in 1866, and moved to another location, until it was closed in 1884. The plaque next to the lantern explains it was presented by the Myoon-Ji Temple as a gift to the city archives, but does not explain how the lantern came into their possession. - AH

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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

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.

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Marine Tower

The Marine Tower is a 348 feet high lighthouse built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama as an international port. The Marine Tower is the tallest functioning lighthouse in the world and is the symbol of Yokohama. The observation platform, located 100 meters above the ground, offers a panoramic view of Yokohama Harbor. On clear winter days you might even catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji.

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Kishamichi Promenade

Kishamichi is a promenade that is located in the Minato Mirai 21 seaside park area. One end of Kishamichi Promenade starts next to the Nippon Maru Memorial Park. The promenade travels along abandoned rail tracks and crosses an old truss-style railroad bridge. The walkway is well lit and connects with Unga Park, a base for waterfront recreation. Inside Unga Park is the Train Road that leads to the old terminal island. In the past this man-made island served as an important warehouse and shipping area. The island's role in the history of Yokohama harbor is being commemorated by Aka-Renga Park. Other attractions on the island include the Hotel Navios Yokohama, Yokohama World Porters commercial complex, and the Yokohama Cosmo World.

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Osanbashi Pier

The Osanbashi Pier stands at the entrance to the Port of Yokohama from the greater Tokyo Bay. Osanbashi means "Big Wharf," and big it was. What we know today as the Osanbashi Pier was completed in 1894 and was known in its day as the Yokohama Harbor Pier. At the time it was biggest wharf in entire Japan. The Osanbashi Pier became the center of the booming port, and all the large ships were docked here. Consequently, it became the entrance to Yokohama for many visiting foreigners. Today the Pier still stands at the entrance to the Port of Yokohama and greets ships of all kinds from around the world.

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Landmark Tower

Landmark Tower is located in the ultra modern Minato Mirai 21 development on Yokohama's waterfront. It is Yokohama's showcase community of sleek high-rise buildings, ultramodern shopping malls, museums, hotels, convention centers, office buildings, and homes. There's even an amusement park with a huge Ferris Wheel that's perfect for sightseeing. As Japan's tallest skyscraper, Landmark Tower is the centerpiece for Minato Mirai 21 and is home to the Yokahama Royal Park Hotel Nikko, the Sky Garden Observatory, Landmark Mall with 190 shops and boutiques, a medical clinic, 48 floors of office space, a 230-meter moving walkway that connects Landmark Tower with Sakuragi-cho Station, and three floors of underground parking that accommodates 1,400 cars! Landmark Tower also features one of Japan's important cultural properties, the Dockyard Garden—an authentic replica of the stone dockyard originally constructed in 1896. This is a playful reproduction with scores of restaurants "hidden" behind the huge stone blocks of the drydock.

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British House

The British House, or the Igirisu-kan as the Japanese call it, is an elegant colonial-style building standing in the Harbor View Park on the crest of the "Bluff" overlooking Tokyo Bay. The British House was built in 1937. At that time Harbor View Park was known as British Hill, and the British House was constructed as the official mansion for the British Consulate General. Outside British House is a beautiful English Rose Garden. The City of Yokohama purchased the property in 1967, and today the house and garden are rented out to groups who want to stage special events.

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Bluff No.111 (Yamate 111 Ban Kan)

Bluff no. 111 is a Spanish villa style house, much in fashion after the 1923 earthquake, with a red tiled roof, white walls and an arched front terrace. It was built for an American businessman, Mr Laffin, by the architect J H Morgan, in 1926. Morgan also designed Berrick Hall, further along the Bluff. Inside the house, the atrium has an internal balcony in dark wood, and the dining room is paneled with a beamed ceiling and a fireplace. Admission is free and it is worth a look inside to see the elegant life style of wealthy foreign settlers in Yokohama. Downstairs is a tearooms overlooking Harbor View Park. It's worth to note that this building is closed every second Wednesday of the month and during New Year's. - AH

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Minato Mirai 21

Minato Mirai 21 Yokohama Pavilion was originally constructed for the 1989 Yokohama Exotic Showcase or YES Expo, which unveiled the details for the Minato Mirai 21 project. An estimated 13 million people visited the pavilion during 1989 YES Expo. The central feature was Gulliver Land, a model of what Minato Mirai 21 and the Yokohama Waterfront will look like in the 21st century. Gulliver Land contains scale models of over 3,500 buildings with 20,000 people walking through this futuristic vision. The lighting in Gulliver Land changes to simulate day and night. And, of course, the models illuminate in the darkness to create an image of a magnificent "City of Light". Admission is absolutely free.

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Yokohama Bay Bridge

Yokohama Bay Bridge is one of the prominent landmarks in Yokohama, not only because it spans part of Yokohama Bay, but because of its aesthetic design. The Yokohama Bay Bridge is a suspension bridge with 176 cables strung diagonally from two H-shaped support pillars. The bridge carries the six-lane Metropolitan Expressway and a pedestrian road 860 meters across the mouth of Yokohama Harbor. Its auspicious position led it to be deemed the "Gateway to the Port of Yokohama." Opened in 1989, the Yokohama Bay Bridge was designed to be one of the centerpieces of Yokohama's futuristic looking cityscape, and it certainly has realized that goal.

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Soji-ji Temple

One of the largest temples in eastern Japan, Soji-ji is a major temple belonging to the Soto-sect of Zen Buddhism. It was established in 1321 in Noto Province by Jokin Keizan (1268-1325), but after a disastrous fire, it was relocated to Tsurumi in 1911. Both the statue of Miroku Bosatsu, which dates to 1276, and the bell (cast in 1269) have been named important cultural properties. Along with Eihei-ji (in Fukui prefecture) in 1615, Soji-ji was named a major Zen center by the Tokugawa government. The public is welcome to participate in meditation sessions at this very active Zen temple.

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