Last Thursday, December 10th, 2009, I went to Minato Mirai 21 District in Yokohama with my friend. On Thursday, I don’t have any class and neither do my friend, and on that day the weather was good, it was not raining but it was also not hot, so we decided to go to Yokohama. Yokohama is an old port in Japan, which lies on Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo. The port of Yokohama was opened in 1859 and quickly became the base of foreign trade in Japan. Minato Mirai 21 was constructed from 1983, there were Cosmo Clock 21, ferris wheel, and Yokohama Bay Bridge constructed in the Minato Mirai 21 District. (from Wikipedia)
In order to go to the Minato Mirai 21 District, we took a train from Fujigaoka Station (藤が丘駅) to Sakuragichou Station (桜木町駅). We changed from Den-en Toshi line (田園都市線) to Yokohama line (横浜線) at Nagatsuta Station (長津田駅). Actually we didn’t know where to go, so we just looked at the map to see what places were interesting. And then we decided that we would go to the Minato Mirai 21 where there was the Cosmo Clock 21. (At that time we didn’t even realize that it was the Minato Mirai, the advertisement of which we had seen a lot in the trains).
In the Minato Mirai District there was Nippon Maru (日本丸) and Yokohama Port Museum(横浜みなと博物館). We didn’t go into the museum because we had to pay. We were looking for places where we could go for free. So we just took some pictures in front of the Nippon Maru ship.
Another famous place was the Cosmo Clock 21. It was a ferris wheel with a large digital clock at the center of the Ferris Wheel. We didn’t get on the ferris wheel, we just took a picture from a bridge where we could see the Cosmo Clock 21.
There was also Red Brick Warehouse. There were many shops restaurants in this old red brick building. The restaurants were placed at the outer parts of the warehouse where the customes could see outside through the whole-glass window.
We walked from this red brick warehouse and finally arrived at the Osanbashi (大さん橋) Pier. From this Osanbashi Pier we could see the beautiful Yokohama Bay. This Osanbashi Pier has a hall inside it where people usualy use for marriage. These are the photos from the top of Osanbashi Pier taken for four directions.
From the Osanbashi Pier we walked to China Town in Yokohama. It was quite a crowded place where many Chinese foods and other souvenirs related to China were sold here. There were many accessories which were shaped as panda, like panda dolls, panda handphone accessories, panda clothes, panda home slippers, and so on. The popular food which could be found in the China Town was まん in Japanese or 包子 in Chinese. There were even panda shaped 包子(パンダまん). There were also some restaurants specializing in selling Chinese food from certain places in China like 四川菜,北京菜, etc. I didn’t buy many things in China Town, I just bought 新竹米粉 which was from Taiwan.
There was also China Museum Food Entertainment in China Town. We bought something called Blue Light Yokohama (ブルーライト横浜). We didn’t really know what it was, it just seemed to be something quite delicious for us, so bought 1 box which contain 12 “something” for 630 yen.
From China Town we went back to our dormitory by taking train from Ishikawachou Station (石川町駅).