The Yokohama Ma Zhu Miao Temple, located in the chinatown of Yokohama, is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. It features a large colorful gate with vibrant green, blue and gold colors. The many lanterns linking the gate and the temple are illuminated at night.
Yohohama’s foreign general cemetery has an history that dates back to 1853 when Commodore Perry first arrived in Japan. The death of a crewman aboard Perrys’ ship prompted the Japanese government to create a foreign cemetery at Perrys’ request. The cemetery was originally part of the Zotokuin temple. As the presence of foreigners in Japan grew, the demand for burial grounds increased as well so that the Japanese tombs and the temple itself were relocated somewhere else in Yokohama. Nowadays, the cemetery can be visited for a small donation amount. It may not be to everyone’s taste but I enjoyed learning about the very first Gaijins of Japan who must have had to overcome far greater challenges than today’s Gaijins to adapt to the culture of their new country.
A large ferris wheel, named Cosmo Clock 21, is located in the Minatomirai district, close to major attractions like the Landmark tower and the Akarenga. The wheel is especially noticeable at night thanks to the bright colorful lights installed on the wheel’s structure. The view of Yokohama it offers at the climax of the ride is amazing. Some special cabins have a transparent floor for a more thrilling experience. I suffer from vertigo so the regular cabin proved to be thrilling enough for me!
The Hikawa Maru is a Japanese ocean liner that was launched in 1929 and was used to transport goods and passengers from Japan to the United-States. Among the many illustrious passengers who stayed on the Hikawa Maru was Charlie Chaplin, who sailed on the Hikawa Maru for his trip around the world. During wartime, the Hikawa Maru was converted into a Hospital ship and in 1953 she was reconverted as a luxurious ocean liner. She finally retired to become a museum in Yokohama in 1961.
The Osanbashi Pier is the main international passenger cruise ship terminal of Yokohama. The design of the pier is modern and integrates organic elements like grass and wooden planks. Its structure is reminiscent of waves in the water. The top of the pier is a public space which offers an unbeatable view of Yokohama and the Minatomirai skyline. It is in my opinion the best place to take breathtaking photos of Yokohama during daytime, nighttime and the amazing sunsets in between. You can bring some snacks and your favorite drinks for a picnic with an unbeatable scenery.
The Nippon Maru is a museum ship that is anchored in Yokoyama harbor, right in front of the Yokohama Landmark tower. The Nippon Maru was launched in 1930 and was used for the training of naval officers. Visitors learn about the life of the ship’s crew and get a chance to visit the ship from the deck to the engine room.
Akarenga, or Yokohama’s red brick warehouse, is a historical building that was used originally as a customs building for Yokohama’s shipping industry. It is now used as a shopping mall which hosts many gift stores, fashion boutiques and restaurants. Special events, such as food festivals, are often taking place at the wharehouse outdoor plaza on weekends.
The city of Misaki is famous in the Kanto region for its high quality tuna. Dozens of restaurants in the city specialize in seafood and most of them participate in the Maguro train ticket deal. Some of the catches the fishermen bring back to the city are sold at the Misaki fish market. The tuna and seafood products offered there are very diverse. Should you visit on a warm day, don’t miss out the ice cream!
The Keikyu Misaki Maguro Pass includes the train pass from Tokyo, a meal in Misaki and a leisure activity. A visit to the onsen, renting a bicycle and purchasing crafts are some of the activities included. We elected to use our pass for a ferry ride connecting the port of Misaki to the island of Jogashima. The ferry ride only lasts several minutes, but is definitely a more pleasant way of heading to Jogashima compared to taking the bus or walking on the bridge linking Misaki and Jogashima.