Surprising History of Famous Park in Yokohama  

Curated by :  daisuke tamashiro

Hello everyone!

Today I'd like to introduce about Yamashita Park.

First, let me tell a story about this park briefly for ones who don't know much about this place・・・

Yamashita Park

Yamashita Park is located in Naka ku, Yokohama prefecture. It's a famous public park that stretches about 750 meters along Yokohama's waterfront. The former cargo and passenger ship "Hikawamaru" is anchored here. The park includes a grass field, a rose garden, the “Little Girl With Red Shoes On” statue, the “Guardian of Water” statue which is a gift from San Diego, a sister city of Yokohama, and the “Kamome no Suihei-san (Seagull Sailor)” song monument and etc.

Does everybody know why Yamashita Park was built?

It started from 1923(or 12th year of Taisho era). there was a great earthquake occurred on September 1st, off the coast of Kanto with its focus deep beneath Izu Oshima Island in Sagami Bay of Kanagawa prefecture. This earthquake devastated Tokyo, the port city of Yokohama, and the surrounding prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa, and Shizuoka, and caused widespread damage throughout the Kanto region. And this Yamashita park was built as the symbol of the reconstruction of Yogohama at that time. 

Now it's passed for 93 years already. . .

In addition, it's not only a place for relaxation and  refreshment for Yogohama people, around  the park, there are such as Marine Tower, Hikawamaru and etc. which has always gotten attention from many visitors as the famous spots of Yokohama.

Yamashita Park and Hikawamaru


And there are many various kinds of events that always held inside and outside the park such as parade, beer festival, street performing and etc. so, apart from strolling in the park, it's definitely that you can enjoy many events around.! ! !

From the evening to the over the night  you can enjoy the scenery of the Minato Mirai(harbor of the future) which is as very beautiful as this picture. The atmosphere of this spread view is so romantic which completely different from the day time. So very impressive!

Night view of Yamashita Park and Minato Mirai

Now, the climate has become warmer so, that is so perfect for leisurely strolling around. !
Strolling around while thinking of the history of this Yamashita Park, who knows! may be you can find a new discovery!

Yamashita Park's access information
・Yokohamakosokutetsudo Minatomirai line from "Motomachi Chinatown station" walk about 3 mins
・JR Keihin Tohoku・Negishi Line from "Kannai Station" walk about 20 mins
・Yokohama Shiei Blue Line from "Kannai Station" walk about 20 mins

Recommended hotel near by Yamashita Park

"Hotel New Grand"


Hotel's Exterior

This time, I will introduce about Hotel New Grand which located across the street from Yamashita Park.
The classical antique European style of the main building was designed by Mr. Hitoshi Watanabe who designed such as Ginza Wako. The main building (front side building of the photo) has been witness to the history of the exotic port city of Yokohama as Japan's leading hotel since 1927. And in 2007, It was chosen and certified by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as one of modernization industrial heritages.

The main building (front side building of the photo) has been designated as a historic building by Yokohama City which remains unchanged from its opening since 1927. And in 2007, it was also designated a Heritage of Industrial Modernization by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry because of its main dining hall and ballroom.

Menus which originated from Hotel New Grand

Spaghetti Neapolitan, Seafood Doria, Pudding A La Mode

All of these menus above originated from this Hotel New Grand! While you're strolling, you may feel of hungry so , I think it's a good idea to leave your stomach with the original taste of foods at this restaurant. !


Tower Twin Room(32.0㎡)

The Tower building of the Hotel New Grand is always be used in novels, dramas, CM and many medias. All tower guest rooms can enjoy a view of the harbor. Some rooms offer a beautiful view of the Yokohama Bay Bridge while others offer a panoramic view of Yamashita Park, one of the symbols of the City of Yokohama. 

If you come to stay here, it's interesting to try stay in both kinds of building to experience the different. !

By the way, the main building, will be under renovation from June 1, 2016 (Wednesday) to September 30, 2016 (Friday). Don't miss to the try to stay at the brand new Hotel New Grand! !


By car: please use Metropolitan Expressway "Shin Yamashita Ramp" or "Koen Ramp".
By train:
Via Minato Mirai Line get off at「Motomachi Chukagai station」walk about 1 minute
Via JR Negishi Line get off at「Ishikawa Cho Station」walk about 13 minutes

From Haneda Airport: take Keikyu limousine bus bound for "Yamashita Park・ Minato Mirai district・ red brick warehouse" about 24 minutes and get off at Yamashita Park.


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