Yamashita Park

A seaside park in the port city of Yokohama where you can see large passenger ships

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From this seaside park facing Yokohama Bay, you can see the Yokohama Bay Bridge and Osanbashi Pier. It’s one of the main tourist spots in Yokohama with the museum ship Hikawa Maru, and surrounded by classical architecture such as the Hotel New Grand.
Address
山下公園,Yamashitacho Naka-ku Yokohama-shi Kanagawa
Phone
(045) 671-3648

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A park built from the debris of an earthquake is a famous place for roses

Yamashita Park was built as a recovery project from the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. 70,000㎡ of waterfront rubble were buried to create the park, a fact that is not well known. The view of the moored Hikawa Maru and Yokohama Bay Bridge is popular, day or night. The park is also famous for its roses of which approximately 400 plants of 60 types are planted in flower beds.

Plenty of sightseeing spots around Yamashita Park

Osanbashi Pier is the home of the Yokohama International Passenger Terminal where large-scale cruise liners dock. The rooftop plaza has wood decking and grass while the 2nd floor has restaurants, a hall and the departure lobby. The terminal is open 24 hours a day so it’s also popular as a spot to view the nightscape.

The NYK Hikawa Maru is a large passenger vessel docked in front of Yamashita Park. Until 1960, it was in actual operation in the northern Pacific and was called The Queen of the Pacific due to its beautiful appearance. With admission, it is possible to tour the interior where you will be taken by its Art Deco style and feel the atmosphere of an elegant cruise. Yokohama Marine Tower rises 106m in height and was built in 1961 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Yokohama Bay. It was renovated in 2009 and has an observation deck, a restaurant, a souvenir shop, a café and other establishments. The Hotel New Grand is a classic hotel that is more than 80 years old. The 2nd floor lobby of the main building that retains its classic atmosphere can be visited by tourists. Within this atmosphere, you can view Yamashita Park through the windows. It’s also an ideal venue to take a break in its cafés and restaurants.

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a year ago
Great view
It's a pretty great park. Enjoy walking along the long road in the park while viewing the sea view. You can also see the great view of the buildings on the other side.
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4 years ago
Every time I see red shoes, I think of her
The park is on the waterfront, which is sadly cast in shadow by Hikawa Maru, an ocean liner that blocks the sunshine and is needlessly massive. These days it serves as another museum, and eclipses the park with inconsideration. The reason I came to this park, however, was because I saw a sign for another point of interest that intrigued me, the Statue of Guardian God of Water. It is no secret that I enjoy irony, so I find it incredibly amusing that the statue here stands within a construction site, inside a small pond full of bricks, and is completely absent of any water whatsoever. I can’t imagine the statue is best pleased with its surroundings. Also within Yamashita Park, is Statue of Little Girl with Red Shoes On. I don’t really know what it was I was expecting to see here, but the description on the sign was pretty accurate. The girl is here to represent a children’s song from 1922. The song was written by Ujō Noguchi, and is called, ‘Akai Kutsu’, translating to mean, ‘Red Shoes’. "A young girl with red shoes, was taken away by a foreigner. She rode on a ship from Yokohama pier, taken away by a foreigner. I imagine right now she has become blue-eyed, living in that foreigner’s land. Every time I see red shoes, I think of her. And every time I meet a foreigner, I think of her." I am not too sure what the song is about, and the only explanation offered by the sign here is that Yokohama City want this statue to become a cherished landmark for its countless visitors. Sadly, the visitors appear to just walk along, not giving the statue a second glance.
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