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Yamashita Park is a five minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai Line, located in the  …

Yamashita Park is a five minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai Line, located in the southwest part from Tokyo(about 50min). The park can also be reached by foot from Chinatown in 5 min or from Minatomirai in about 30 min.

 

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The first seaside park in Japan located right in front of Yokohama Port, stretching almost 700 meters from the east side of Osanbashi to Yamashita Pier. It was opened in 1930 by land filling with the rubbles from the Great Kanto Earthquake.

The park includes a grass field, a rose garden, the “Little Girl With Red Shoes On” statue, the “Guardian of Water” statue which is a gift from San Diego, a sister city of Yokohama, and the “Kamome no Suihei-san (Seagull Sailor)” song monument, water stairs and a stage. The former cargo and passenger ship Hikawa Maru is anchored here.

Near the Hikawa Maru, and also hard to miss, stands the Yokohama Marine Tower. It is located just beside the park and extends 106 meters into the air. Although not as high as the Landmark Tower sky garden the Marine Tower’s observatory also has a 360 degree view, located 100 meters above ground.

 

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One of the park’s main features is a wide path that runs along the water. It is usually quite busy, with many people enjoying the view of the bay and the ships passing by. At the park’s southern end, the path leads into the Rinkosen promenade, which passes by the Osanbashi Pier and leads to Minatomirai. The walk is a pleasant way to travel between the areas. A few fountains and an eclectic group of monuments are distributed throughout the park: an Indian memorial, a monument to a Filipino general, a girl scout statue, two monuments to particular Japanese children songs, and a statue of a large head commemorating the introduction of the western-style haircut to Japan. Please check it out!

 

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