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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city of Kanagawa prefecture near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo and Yokohama with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Osanbashi Pier: the best sights in Yokohama!

June 3, 2015

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The roof of Osanbashi Pier

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A large passenger ship and Minatomirai district

Located in between Zou-no-Hana Park and Yamashita Park, Osanbashi Pier is an international passenger terminal found at the heart of Yokohama Port. The roof is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can enjoy the view of Yokohama's representative sightseeing spots such as the Minatomirai district, Yamashita Park and the Yokohama Bay Bridge. It is arguably the best place to sightsee in Yokohama!
Osanbashi Pier itself is an impressive piece of architecture. The floor of the roof deck is made of 100% wood, and there are green spaces with natural grass. It is a comfortable and open area. The roof area is affectionately called by its nickname, "whale's back" because of its appearance. If you are lucky, you can see a large passenger ship docking at the pier nearby. It is an impressive sight to see.


The view of Minatomirai district from Osanbashi Pier


The view of Yamashita Park from Osanbashi Pier


The view of the Yokohama Bay Bridge from Osanbashi Pier


The roof of Osanbashi Pier


There are a lot of green


A sightseeing telescope (1 minute and 30 seconds for 100 yen)


A large passenger ship berthing alongside the pier

On the 2nd floor are CIQ Plaza and the lobby, as well as souvenir shops and restaurants such as SUBZERO and HABOR’S CAFE. You can enjoy a great view of the Minatomirai district from SUBZERO and an equally great view of Yamashita Park from HABOR’S CAFE.


Souvenir shops


HABOR’S CAFE


A slope

Interesting information:

You can see the entirety of the Yokohama Three Towers from the roof. There are only four such spots where you can see all 3 towers at the same time and it is said that your dream will come true if you visit all of them. Additionally, if you lock a padlock on the fence at the view spot on Osanbashi Pier, then it is said your wish will most certainly come true! The fence is called "Heart Lock Spot" and you can get a padlock at a shop on the 2nd floor.


Heart Lock Spot

History

A steel pier (the predecessor of Osanbashi Pier) was completed in 1894. At the time, many international liners arrived in Yokohama Port because it was the main port for foreign ships to enter Japan. Charlie Chaplin also entered Japan through Osanbashi Pier. The presence of international commercial liners declined because of the emergence of air transportation coupled with the Oil Crisis in the 1970s, but cruises soon took their place. Today Osanbashi Pier is active as a port of call for many cruise ships. The total number of cruise ships entering Yokohama Port including Osanbashi Pier is the largest in Japan. The present Osanbashi Pier was rebuilt in 2002 to accommodate these larger cruise vessels.

For foreign visitors

As an international passenger terminal, Osanbashi Pier has Customs, Immigration and Quarantine facilities all combined into what is called the "CIQ Plaza". You are to go through the immigration procedures here when you enter Yokohama Port. After you are done with immigration procedures, buses and taxis are available just outside the lobby. If you're planning to go to your destination by train, you can get to Nihon _dori station (via Minatomirai line) in just 7 minutes or Kannai station (via JR Negishi line) in just 15 minutes from the terminal. The surrounding area is the representative tourist area of Yokohama so all the great sightseeing spots are well within reach for even the most impatient of travelers!


Lobby


A traffic square

In my opinion, the greatest view is available at Osanbashi Pier. Furthermore access to the roof is free and it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! If you ever come to Yokohama I highly suggest checking it out!


Outdoor Event Plaza


The tip of the roof


The roof and Yamashita Park


It is as if we are on the back of a whale

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