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* In this column, Marubeni Group staff provide a glimpse of the cities in which they are living and working.
The most famous place in Yokohama now would be the Minato Mirai District. But there are also many other places where you can enjoy the atmosphere and take a stroll. So here are some such places to go.
About 30 minutes by bus from Yokohama Station or Sakuragicho Station. The garden was opened to the public in 1906 by Sankei Hara, a businessman in the silk trade. Historically significant buildings from Kyoto, Kamakura and other places have been reconstructed and arranged in the garden. The place is very tranquil, and quite different from Yokohama’s current image. The views vary by the season—cherry blossoms in spring, fire flies in summer, colored leaves in fall, and snowscapes in winter. Weddings are sometimes held in the garden, so you may get to see a beautiful bride in a white or gorgeously patterned kimono.
The Negishi Shinrin Park is a 15-minute climb up the hill from JR Negishi Station. Japan’s first western-style horse racing was held here, and the site was formerly the largest racetrack in the East. Now, it is a forest park with a large patch of lawn in the center, with the only remains being the first-class viewing stand (entry restricted). The fantastic tree-filled scenery attracts many visitors, especially during the cherry blossom season. You can also find the Equine Museum and a stable, and see horses up close.
A climb up the hill from JR Ishikawacho Station (Yokohama is full of hills...) takes you to the Yamate area, the settlement for Westerners when the Yokohama Port opened. On the green hill that overlooks the sea, there still remain many Western buildings built during the late Taisho to early Showa eras (around the 1920s). It is pleasant just to walk along the elegant streets, where cafes and restaurants also entice you with their romantic atmosphere.
As you descend from Harbor View Park and walk alongside Motomachi, you will reach the famous China Town. You might be wondering where to dine, since there are so many restaurants. Truthfully, any place with people waiting in lines, or well-known restaurants (may be a bit pricy?) will have great food. You should keep in mind that many Chinatown restaurants close early. Please enjoy yourself when you visit Yokohama.
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