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Yamashita Park

Escape the city and enjoy fresh air at this buzzing seaside park, which is popular among locals and tourists alike.

The most well-known park in Yokohama, Yamashita Park, stretches 2,460 feet (750 meters) along the city’s waterfront. It’s a relaxing place to go for a walk or enjoy the street performances that typically take place near the park’s entrance. In addition to offering pretty views of the bay, the park is home to a number of interesting attractions that are worth investigating as you stroll past the greenery.

Opened in 1930, the park was built using landfill from the remains of buildings destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. The park has thus come to symbolize the city’s recovery from this destructive earthquake. 

Look for a few of the park’s noteworthy monuments as you wander around. One statue, called Little Girl Wearing Red Shoes, is based on a popular Japanese children’s song. You’ll also see the Guardian of the Water statue, which was given to Yokohama by its sister city, San Diego. View the statue of a girl symbolizing Japan-U.S. friendship and an unusual statue of a head commemorating the introduction of Western haircuts to Japan.

It’s almost impossible to miss the enormous Hikawa Maru ocean liner, which is docked in the water beside the park’s promenade. Established in 1930, the ship’s elegant first-class cabins once transported Charlie Chaplin, as well as Japan’s imperial family. It later served as a hospital ship during World War II. Take a look inside the ship, which has been converted into a museum and restored with the art deco furnishings of its glory days. 

Head to the top of Yokohama Marine Tower, located beside the park. The tower, which also functions as a lighthouse, has an observation deck that offers 360-degree views over Yamashita Park, Minato Mirai and the bay. Be sure to see the tower at night when it’s illuminated with a colorful, ever-changing light display. 

Spring and summer are particularly excellent times to visit Yamashita Park, when the area brightens with colorful flowers. The park is located a short walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station. It can also be reached by taking the Akaikutsu Loop Bus or the “Seabass” boat.


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APA HOTEL&RESORT (YOKOHAMA BAY TOWER) ¥4,959
APA HOTEL&RESORT (YOKOHAMA BAY TOWER)

APA HOTEL&RESORT (YOKOHAMA BAY TOWER)

5-25-3 Kaigandori, Naka, Yokohama, Kanagawa
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Minatomirai, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yokohama Cosmo World and Cupnoodles Museum. Landmark Tower and Pacifico Yokohama are also within 15 minutes. Sakuragicho Station is 12 minutes by foot and Isezaki-chojamachi Station is 20 minutes.

    Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
    Yokohama Royal Park Hotel

    Yokohama Royal Park Hotel

    2-2-1-3, Minatomirai, Nishi, Yokohama
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Minatomirai, this luxury hotel is steps from Sky Garden, Tokyo Bay, and Landmark Tower. Pacifico Yokohama and Anpanman Museum are also within 15 minutes. Sakuragicho Station is 5 minutes by foot and Takashimacho Station is 12 minutes.

      Sakuragicho Washington Hotel ¥4,959
      Sakuragicho Washington Hotel

      Sakuragicho Washington Hotel

      1-101-1 Sakuragi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Minatomirai, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tokyo Bay and Landmark Tower. Pacifico Yokohama and Yokohama Cosmo World are also within 15 minutes. Sakuragicho Station is only a 3-minute walk and Hinodecho Station is 10 minutes.

        Hotel New Grand ¥15,702
        Hotel New Grand

        Hotel New Grand

        10 Yamashita-cho Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is steps from Yamashita Park, Tokyo Bay, and Yokohama Marine Tower. Yokohama Stadium and Red Brick Warehouse are also within 15 minutes. Ishikawacho station is 14 minutes by foot and Isezaki-chojamachi Station is 23 minutes.

          Isezakicho Washington Hotel ¥3,967
          Isezakicho Washington Hotel

          Isezakicho Washington Hotel

          5-53 Choja-machi, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Kannai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tokyo Bay and Yokohama Stadium. Red Brick Warehouse and Landmark Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km). Isezaki-chojamachi Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hinodecho Station is 9 minutes.

            Hotel Monterey Yokohama ¥6,281
            Hotel Monterey Yokohama

            Hotel Monterey Yokohama

            6-1 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Chinatown, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yamashita Park and Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal. Yokohama Stadium and Landmark Tower are also within 2 mi (3 km). Ishikawacho station is 15 minutes by foot and Isezaki-chojamachi Station is 23 minutes.

              Rose Hotel Yokohama ¥7,438
              Rose Hotel Yokohama

              Rose Hotel Yokohama

              77 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Chinatown, this romantic hotel is steps from Motomachi Shopping Street and Tokyo Bay. Yamashita Park and Yokohama Marine Tower are also within 10 minutes. Ishikawacho station is 11 minutes by foot and Isezaki-chojamachi Station is 19 minutes.

                Hotel JAL City Kannai Yokohama ¥4,835
                Hotel JAL City Kannai Yokohama

                Hotel JAL City Kannai Yokohama

                72 Yamashita-cho Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yokohama Stadium and Yokohama Marine Tower. Yokohama Cosmo World and Landmark Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km). Ishikawacho station is 10 minutes by foot and Isezaki-chojamachi Station is 16 minutes.