10 hours of exploring Yokohama - a modern touch in cultural integration
We will continue to explore the rest of Yokohama through the Cosmos World theme park, Red Brick Warehouse, Japan's largest Chinatown and indulge into the picturesque sunset by the port right now!!
Yokohama's charm is not only from the traditional features of the Land of the Rising Sun, but also from its unique beauty that are integrated by many different countries of the world
In the previous post, I had discovered the gentle and historical beauty of Yokohama through the charming Sankeien Garden, the unique Cup Noodle Museum and the panoramic view of the port city from the 69th floor the Landmark Tower. In this post, let's continue to explore the cultural beauty of the town of Minato Mirai with me!
4/ Explore the Cosmos World theme park (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
From the Cup Noodle Museum to the theme park, we had to go along the seaside so we caught a lot of beautiful scenes. From afar we could see the giant ferris wheel next to the gorgeous twin towers, or the World Porters Shopping Mall right opposite. I wanted to stop and take a picture of each of the sight, not just passing by.
The ticket for the theme park was 700円/ pax.
Just went past the gate of Cosmos World, I had already heard the children's laughs, seeing their blooming faces when being with families and their sweat. Although I had already grown up, I was still exhilarated as there were many activities, for example, the roller coaster was the ride that I feared the most but also liked the most.
Though it may look so so in the picture, the ferris wheel was gigantic in real life. It was one of the biggest ferris wheel in the world that can carry up to 500 passengers. However, as you could see, there were many people lining up and it was quite sunny so we skipped that.
5/ The Red Brick Warehouse (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Just as it was called: Red Brick Warehouse - a warehouse with red brick wall. This was a real warehouse used in maritime trade between Japan and other countries. The warehouse was built simply with bricks, no paint coating so its beauty brought me an antique vibe.
What impressed me was the European architecture, unlike the style of Japan or of any other Asian countries, the Warehouse gave me the vibe of an English or French school. As I said in the previous post, this must be one feature of cultural integration when a country open its gate to the world.
I thought this was a great place for walking. If I lived here, I would go for a stroll and enjoy the smell of the sea and the afternoon sun, it would feel so relaxed. Just a few laps around and you got an "European style" photo!
Nowadays, the Red Brick Warehouse wasn't used as bonded warehouse anymore but a cultural center, where local events are held. If you come here in festive season such as Christmas, Tet, you could experience more activities.
A friend of mine told me about the Beer Garden where people eat and drink together, enjoying beer from different countries - just hearing about it made me wanted to try it for once.
6/ Sunset on the port (5:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
Since you come here, try to stay and indulge in the beauty of Yokohama's sea. Unlike other places with blue sea and white sand, the Minato Mirai's sea had sailing ships, flying birds and even the sound of the ships' horns. Sunset by the sea made me adore this place dearly!
The moment the sun set down always filled people with emotions. For me, it was nostalgia. I didn't know why a question just popped in my head: "Would those ship stop by my hometown?"
7/ Dinner at Japan's largest Chinatown (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Japan and China seemed to have a close relationship. This was not the first time I had seen a Chinatown in Japan, but none was as large as this. Chinatown has many entrance, and each was this extravagance.
I was very fond of Chinese culture so I really liked the atmosphere here. From the stores, the roads, to the food and the style of the merchants were so Chinese. I loved the small roads with lanterns and shops close-together with red lights. I also loved food so I ate a lot: dumplings, skewers, milk tea,...
Travelling to Yokohama really benefited me, from Japan, to Europe, and even China!
This had been a super long day for me. I traveled around Yokohama tirelessly. I just wished there had been one more day, I would go slower and more leisurely, taking in more of this beautiful city.
Only Sankeien Garden was the furthest, other places were around Minato Mirai so what I had to do was simply turned on Google Map and walked. Yokohama had so many things to discover and each place had its own features that made this coastal city so diverse and interesting.
And one indispensable thing when coming here: a full-battery camera/phone because you would have to take tons of pictures. Don't miss this "hot" tourist destination!!
Hi guys, my name is Huong Giang. I love travelling and Japan is the place that I can do what I desire to do. I hope my experiences will inspire you and it would be glad if we can share our things in common <3
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