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.
World Porters is a huge complex housing shops, restaurants, a multiplex movie theater with eight screens and seating for 1,600, conference and meeting rooms, and exhibition halls. There are over 170 shops, many of which are import stores specializing in overseas fashions, and the prices are quite reasonable for Japan. The great variety of cuisine available among the over thirty restaurants gives you plenty to choose from when the shopping tires you out. If you want to catch movie while you are here, the eight-screen multiplex variety puts on road shows, recent Japanese blockbusters, cinema classics and reruns.
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.
On the first and second floor of Yokohama More's is Ships, a stylish clothing shop for men and women. Both the shops are uncluttered and well lit with wooden flooring and plenty of space. Women's wear includes dresses, tunics, shirts, sweaters and some party wear, as well as jewelry, hats, bags and comfortable designer shoes. The men's shop has a suit section, with formal shirts and ties, as well as a more casual range of sweaters, shirts and T-shirts. Men also have a wide selection of accessories to choose from, such as shoes, bags, leather wallets and watches. -AH
Jimbocho, or 'old book town', gets its name from the 140 secondhand bookstores located in the Kanda area. There are also 30 bookstores specializing in new publications, and nearly 500 publishing houses, one of them being the Isseido Shoten. Since many of Japan's foremost universities are located in this area, this bookstore is even more significant. A trip to Jimbocho wouldn't be complete without a stop at Isseido Shoten, known for an extensive collection of old and rare books and manuscripts. Browse for bargains or just to soak up the rich wealth of stored knowledge. English volumes as well as Japanese editions are available.
First opened in 1935, the historic Tsukiji fish market created an outer market region, thanks to its massive popularity. Known as the Tsukiji Outer Market, this vibrant landmark sells a variety of items like fresh produce, fish, utensils as well as ready to eat food. The market came into existence as a need to cater to non-wholesale customers, who were initially barred from entering the area for it was solely commercial. Even though the historic inner market has shut shop, you can still enjoy the unique shopping culture at the Outer Market.
Iseichi is one of the old family-run shops still standing in Isezaki Mall. It sells chocolates and candies from around the world, the different brands (Hersheys, Cadburys, Milka, etc) hustling for shelf space in the small store. These are not the novelties of a chocolatier, but the down-to-earth goods everyone remembers from childhood. There is something for everyone here. If you don't fancy chocolate, they also supply a variety of snacks such as dried fruit, crackers, biscuits and cookies, nuts and gummy bears. The other side of the shop sells a good variety of wines and liquors, including miniature bottles. The shop is closed on Tuesdays. -AH
Yurindo Co. Ltd. is a large bookstore located in Isezakicho, one of the most popular shopping districts in Yokohama. It offers an extensive general collection of books in English and Japanese. English best sellers abound, and there is an extensive collection of periodicals and newspapers in English and Japanese. Yurindo also has a wide variety of travel guides. Photo buffs will find a superb assortment of books in English on photography and the visual arts. Yurindo Co. Ltd. is a great place to browse for an interesting novel, a guide to your next vacation destination, or the latest copy of popular magazines. Some of the staff also speak a little English.
Isezakicho was just across the iron bridge from the foreign settlement area of Yokohama and developed as a theater and entertainment district with many types of amusement available. It was destroyed by fire during the war and US forces occupied the remaining buildings after the surrender in 1945. The area continued to develop with jazz clubs, theaters and shops for the military and their families. Nowadays Isezaki Mall is a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) long pedestrian precinct with many different shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, some of them long-established, like Yurindo Bookshop. The parallel streets contain more clubs, bars, amusement arcades and shows. It is a pleasant street to walk along, lined by trees and traffic free. There are often stalls set up, and at different times of the year there are often street entertainers performing. -AH
Hamaya is a fine tobacco shop located in the downtown shopping area of Izezaki-cho. Hamaya has a fine selection of cigars, all kept in a humidor. Hamaya offers some of the world's finest hand-rolled cigars, from Havana and elsewhere. Hamaya carries a fair assortment of pipes, including some expensive hand-carved Meerschaums, as well as more reasonably priced wood and briar pipes. The shop has a limited selection of pipe tobaccos. However, Hamaya stocks a full range of Japan Tobacco cigarette brands. It also carries a lot of paraphernalia for tobacco lovers, including lighters, flints, pipe cleaners, lighter fluid, and cigarette rolling papers.
This is a wonderfully friendly men's wear outlet. Even if your Japanese is minimal, the staff will go out of their way to help you find what you want. There is a limited, but well chosen selection of shirts, ties and accessories including names such as Burberry, Givenchy, Cartier plus some beautiful Japanese designed silk ties. The staff will measure you, advise you and generally make you feel pretty special. The largest size available is a substantial Large, but if you can speak a little Japanese, you may be able to order larger sizes.
Simplicity is the key here. Zone Press has a collection of unfancy, yet still stylish ladies semi-casual suits. The colors are little demur--dusty pinks, browns and greens--and the cuts are plain, but the overall effect is of elegance. The simplicity makes the style so versatile that the clothing will suit women of all ages. A little word of warning, however, the sizes are limited and generally a little on the petite side.