A Grand Cruise from the Yokohama Osanbashi Terminal

first_imgTake a walk from the Minato Mirai area, near the Yokohama port, and you’ll find a terminal where huge ocean liners come to dock, a place where ships from all over the world come and go.The Osanbashi TerminalThis is the largest terminal in Japan, which opened in 2002. Cruise ships from all over the world visit this port. Along with the Red Brick Warehouse and the Zou-no-hana Park nearby, it’s one of the major sightseeing spots in Yokohama.The rooftop deck, where you can enjoy the view of the Minato Mirai area, is also a popular place for going out on a date.■An Elephant comes to Yokohama Port. The “Zou-No-Hana (Elephant Nose) Park.”The Rooftop Wooden DeckThe parking lot is on the first floor; a vast space for customs, immigration and quarantine, along with shops, is on the second floor; and a spacious deck is on the rooftop.You must visit this stylish deck, which boasts a grand view of the Yokohama port.The deck consists of wood and artificial turf, curving like a rolling wave. You can also enjoy the view of the high-rise buildings in the Minato Mirai area.On the opposite side is the Yokohama Bay Bridge. This deck also offers a great night view as well. It’s a perfect spot for a romantic evening.The Maritime Goods ShopThe great view isn’t the only reason to visit this terminal. There are many shops inside with goods that you can only buy here.The unique “Samurai Store,” where you can buy Japanese armor, is also located here.And from the cafe and restaurant in the terminal, you can enjoy the night view of the Yokohama port over dinner.The “Heart Lock”This sign, on the rooftop deck, comes with an urban legend.The legend goes that if you see the three towers in Yokohama, known as King, Queen, and Jack, (the Kanagawa Prefectural Government, Yokohama Customs, and the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall, respectively) in one glance from this spot, your dream will come true.This spot is also known for lovers “locking up” their feelings for one another. You can see the number of “heart locks” attached to the handrails. The locks are sold for 520 yen, at the second floor store.You don’t need to go on a cruise to visit this terminal, so go to the cafe, or sit down with someone you hold dear in the rooftop deck, and take in the view.InformationOsanbashi Yokohama International Passenger TerminalAddress: 1-1-4 Kaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama CityAccess:Seven minutes’ walk from the Nihon-odori station (Minatomirai Line)Fifteen minutes’ walk from the Kannai station (Yokohama Municipal Subway and JR Line)Open Hours: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (The rooftop deck is open at all hours.)*The terminal opens every day, and there is no entrance fee.Wi-Fi: AvailableForeign Language Signs: DisplayedTelephone: 045-211-2304Official HP: http://www.osanbashi.com/index.htmllast_img read more