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A neighborhood where vestiges of Japan's rapid Westernization still linger

Yokohama, Kawasaki 6h45m

In Yokohama, where many of Japan's firsts remain, you'll be looking back on Japan's Westernization while at the same being captivated by the exotic side of the city.

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Gas Lamp Monument

In 1872, Nihon Gas Shachu Company started by Takashima Kaemon built Japan's first street gas lamp. The gas lamps went on to light the roads and city. The pillars for the lamps were imported from Glasgow, but the lamp itself is said to have been made by Japanese craftsmen.

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The name Bashamichi (Horse-drawn Carriage Street) is derived from the fact that carriages carrying foreigners frequently went up and down this street at the time of the opening of the port. Upon passing below an iron arch with carriage designs, a tranquil street and many historical buildings will welcome visitors.

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NYK Maritime Museum of History

This museum presents the history of how ships transferring people, goods, and culture have opened up the sea route from Japan to overseas since the Meiji period. Inside the artistic building which has been used as the Yokohama branch of a shipping company, Nippon Yusen Kaisya (NYK Line), visitors can enjoy videos and a display of a large scale model of a luxury liner of the 1920’s. Free t...

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Yokohama Customs (Queen’s Tower)

Built in 1934, this building has a characteristic tower with a mosque-like appearance. The circular lines of the building give it the nickname of “Queen” in contrast to the angular Prefectural Office building. While lit up during the night, the design lends the building with a noble lady-like timbre.

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Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall (Jack’s Tower)

A building in the neo-renaissance style that opened in 1918. The building is affectionately nicknamed “Jack”. “Jack” is designated as a historical heritage building, and also currently serves as the Nakaku Ward Hall. The tip of the clock tower is lit with lights that over-pass the intersection. The lightshow on the red bricks takes you back in time to a different age – Yokohama in its golden er...

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Kanagawa Prefectural Government's Office (King's Tower)

This building nicknamed “King’s Tower” stands with an exceptional dignity in an area filled with exotic air. Built in 1928, it was influenced by the Art Deco architectural style which was popular in Europe back then. The imperial crown style and the exterior scratch tiles give it distinction. It is particularly beautiful when the building is lit from sundown to 22:00. Often us...

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Yokohama Archives of History

Displays materials on Yokohama history from the end of the Edo period/Opening up of the port period to the beginning of the Showa period. The building was formerly used as the British consulate until 1972. There is a historical camphor tree in the courtyard. *Includes a cafe.

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Hotel New Grand

Established in 1927, this classic hotel is reminiscent of Yokohama in the past when the port was first opened. As a renowned hotel of Yokohama, the international city, this hotel continues to serve VIPs from around the world.

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