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Kan'nai area

Kan'naiKan'nai area mapYokohama port is one of the most important ports in Japan.
And after long national isolation by Edo government, Yokohama port was opened to trade with Europe and the United States in 1859.
So the year 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the openning.

The central area is located southeast of Yokohama station.
Minato Mirai 21 area is just located between the station and this port.

There is the main pier for passenger ships in the center of the port, and there are Yamashita park and some spots along the waterfront.
And the south side of the port is the original downtown of Yokohama city, and there are several historic spots in the area.
In this area, there are the prefectural office, the city hall and some government offices.

This area is called "Kan'nai".
After openning the port, some enclaves for foreign residents were built around Kan'nai area.
So there are some old European-style buildings of the time in this area.

Bashamichi street /1/

Bashamichi streetIt is a street one block north from the north exit of JR Kan'nai station, and runs toward northeast. The length is about 500 meters.
"Basha" means "horse-drawn buggy", and "michi" means "road".

After openning the Yokohama port in 1859, this street was a main road connecting an enclave for foreign residents and Yokohama port.
The foreigners had come and gone by horse-drawn buggy, but that was unusual for Japanese people. Therefore they called this street such name.

Along this street, gas lamps were installed for the first time in Japan.
And Japan's first ice-cream was selled at this street.

Here is one of the nice streets for a stroll.

Osanbashi pier /2/

Oosanbashi pierIt is the main international pier of Yokohama port for passenger ships, and is located the waterfront in the center of Kan'nai area.
There is Akarenga Park in Minato Mirai 21 to the west, and Yamashita Park is located just southeast of this pier.
It is the oldest pier in Yokohama, and it was completed in 1896. To meet modern demands, it was reconstructed in 2002.

On the pier, there is the international passenger terminal.
The building is unique, and it has no post, no beam, and no step.
The rooftop is opened free, and there are some view points. The nickname of the rooftop is "the back of a whale".

Osanbashi Yokohama official website

Yamashita park /3/

Yamashita parkIt is a park along Yokohama port, and is located just southeast of Osanbashi pier.
It is a little under 1 km long from east to west and is about 80 meters in width.

This park was built in 1930 using the rubble of city as the symbol of reconstuction after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923.

There are many statues and flowerbeds, and the view of the port is also nice. So always many people visit here.
And here is one of the most popular spots in the Yokohama.

Hikawamaru /4/

HikawamaruIt is a passenger ship moored at Yamashita park.
It had cruised the North Pacific route from 1930 to 1960.
The accomodations and the service were excellent, then many famous people had cruised by this ship.
In 1932, Charlie Chaplin came on board.

We can tour inboard.

Hikawamaru official website

Yokohama Marine Tower /5/

Yokohama Marine TowerIt is a tower located just south of Yamashita park.
It was built in 1961 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the opening Yokohama port.
The height is 106 meters, and there is the observatory at the level of 100 meters.

It was built as a lighthouse. So it had been in the Guinnes Book of World Records as the hightest lighthouse in the world.
But the function as a lighthouse was discontinued in 2008.

This tower has renewed in 2009 in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the opening Yokohama port.

Yokohama Marine Tower official website

Yokohama Bay Bridge /6/

Yokohama Bay BridgeIt is a cable-stayed bridge located about 2 km east of Yamashita park, and is build over Yokohama port from north to south in 1989.
The length is 860 meters, and this bridge is for cars.


Some historic buildings in Kan'nai area

  • Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History /11/ : The museum about the history of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is located along Bashamichi street.
    The building is the former Yokohama Specie Bank, and was built in 1904.
  • NYK Maritime Museum /12/ : The museum about marine transportation. NYK is a worldwide Japanese shipping company, and the formal name is Nippon Yusen Kaisha.
    This building is its former Yokohama branch, and was built in 1936.
    NYK Maritime Museum official website
  • Yokohama-shi Kaiko-Kinen Kaikan /13/ : The building built in 1917 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the opening Yokohama port. Now it is used as the public hall.
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How to get to here

By JR

  • Kan'nai station on Negishi Line.
    It is close to Bashamichi and the main station for touring around this area. To Yamashita park, about 15 minutes on foot.
  • Ishikawacho station on Negishi Line. The next station of Kan'nai.
    It is close to Chinatown and Motomachi area. To Yamashita park, about 10 minutes on foot.

By Minatomirai Line

  • There are 3 stations in this area.
    From west to east, Bashamichi (close to Bashamichi street), Nihon-Oodoori (close to Osanbashi) and Motomachi-Chuukagai (close to Chinatown and Yamashita park).

To Yokohama Bay Bridge

  • Some regular sightseeing buses run across this bridge.
  • To visit Sky Walk, go to Tsurumi station (between Yokohama and Kawasaki) on JR Keihin-Tohoku Line or Keikyu Line.
    Then get on the route bus to Sky Walk. It takes about 30-35 minutes on holyday, 47 minutes on weekday.



Bashamichi street
Gas lamp and old building along Bashamichi
Osanbashi pier
On the rooftop "the back of whale"
Yokohama Bay Bridge from Osanbashi
Yamashita park
Yamashita park
Yamashita park
Hikawamaru
A cabin in Hikawamaru
Yokohama Marine Tower
A view from Yokohama Marine Tower
Yokohama Bay Bridge
Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
NYK Maritime Museum Yokohama-shi Kaiko-Kinen Kaikan

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