Yokohama Landmark Tower, located in the Minato Mirai district of Yokohama, is the second tallest building in Japan! This impressive 70-floor skyscraper, completed in 1993, stands 296.3 meters tall and is an unmistakable staple in the area’s skyline. The tower is visually intriguing with defined corner posts and a slightly flared base; the building is an engineering feat with a flexible structure that absorbs earthquake shocks. Amazingly, these earthquake building tactics are similar to the ones used to construct traditional Japanese multi-story pagodas.
Yokohama Landmark Tower is a hub of memorable activities with destinations such as the Sky Garden Observatory, Yokohama Royal Park Hotel, and Yokohama Landmark Plaza.
<p class="spot-highlight__description">Sky Garden Observatory, located on the 69th floor of Yokohama Landmark Tower, offers guests incredible 360-degree panoramic views of the city, Yokohama Port, Tokyo Bay, Tokyo City, and Mount Fuji on clear days. The expansive composition of organized skyscrapers, roadways, water, and sky meet at the distant horizon to create a mesmerizing perspective of city life. At night, the scene transforms into a dazzling sea of lights and color. The ride up to the observatory is a thrilling journey as the tower is home to Japan’s fastest elevator, which ascends 69 floors in under 40 seconds!<p> <p class="spot-highlight__description">Apart from the spectacular views, the 69th floor also features the Sky Cafe. Guests can enjoy a number of delicious options, such as white-and-blue soft serve ice cream and sky float drinks that are colored to match the clouds and sky. Visitors can even have a bottle of beer as they drink in the amazing views.</p> <p class="spot-highlight__description">Admission to the Sky Garden Observatory costs 1,000 JPY for adults, 800 JPY for high school students and seniors (65+), 500 JPY for elementary and junior high school students, and 200 JPY for children under four years old. The floor’s normal business hours are from 10:00 to 21:00 with the last admission at 20:30.</p>
For a unique stay, visitors can lodge at the Yokohama Royal Park Hotel. The hotel’s rooms occupy the 52nd to 67th floors of the tower, providing guests incredible city views regardless of the level. The hotel is a truly luxurious stay with a plethora of activities above the skyline, including a traditional tea room on the 65th floor, a fitness club, and a rejuvenating spa. The hotel also has no shortage of delicious eats with French, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine options, as well as bars, cafes, and even a cake shop! Yokohama Royal Park Hotel is a stunning building, perfect for events, weddings, or simply an incredible stay in Yokohama.
<p class="spot-highlight__description">Yokohama Landmark Plaza is a five-story mall situated at the base of Landmark Tower and is connected to the skyscraper’s first, third, and fifth floors. The plaza is an exciting collection of restaurants and shops featuring local and international brands, making it a fashion lover’s dream. The plaza’s open floor-plan, abundance of natural lighting, and white-stone decor elevate visitors’ shopping experience and make it a spot for public promotions and performances. During Christmas time, the plaza embraces the festive season by displaying an 8-meter tall Swarovski crystal tree and hosting a snowfall event as well as a light-and-music show.</p> <p class="spot-highlight__description">Art enthusiasts can also check out Moku Moku Waku Waku Yokohama Yo Yo, which is a twisted stainless steel art sculpture featured at the base of the Landmark Tower that is reminiscent of a roller coaster. While in the area, shoppers can also visit the nearby Queen’s Tower A, which includes additional shops and restaurants and the Yokohama Art Museum.</p> <p class="spot-highlight__description">Yokohama Landmark Plaza is open from 11:00 to 20:00 for shopping and 11:00 to 22:00 for dining.</p>
2-minute walk from Minatomirai station
The Landmark Tower in Yokohama is actually the tallest building in Japan (not the tallest structure though), and I used to work at a company located in this tower a few years back. The views of the building itself and the views from the building, both left a very positive impression on me and I wanted to share some snaps of the tower in this photo story. The area is also ideal for a family trip, as the Cosmo World Amusement Park sits just next to the building and it offers exciting roller coasters and other attractions for kids to enjoy. If you prefer shopping, no problem, visit the Queen's Square with a good selection of well-known brand shops.
The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum combines museum with foodcourt with ramen to create an educational and filling event. The museum opened in 1994 and is dedicated to all things ramen. From the processing of noodles to the variations of broth soup. There is much to learn in the museum’s small, yet full, gallery. With broth soup taste samples daily on the first floor, guests can taste for themselves the differences between three types of broth. The interior of the ramen museum is also notable for resembling 1958 Japan, the year that instant noodles were invented in Japan. These basement floors are the real attraction for many visitors and especially foodies. By purchasing a ramen ticket at a machine in the center of the indoor courtyard (separate from the cost of entry), you’ll be able to enjoy a steaming hot bowl of one of the country’s famous ramens. Choose from eight different types of ramen to satisfy your noodle needs. Flavors of ramen also come in half sizes so that you can fill yourself up on as many varieties of ramen as you like.
The Yokohama Museum of Art was founded in 1989 and is one of the largest museums in Japan. The facility contains a total of seven galleries: 3 for permanent exhibitions, 3 for special exhibitions and 1 for photography.
Yokohama Cosmo World is an amusement park in the center of the Minato Mirai district, which also includes the ferris wheel that characterizes the skyline of the area World, and it still holds the record as the world's largest ferris wheel with a clock. Families, friends and couples in particular visit Yokohama Cosmo World and take advantage of the multitude of rides and attractions. The park itself offers free entry, but you have to buy tickets for individual rides. Yokohama Cosmo World is divided into three zones. The Kids Carnival Zone has rides and slot machines that are suitable for smaller children. In the Burano Street Zone you can try a little wilder rides, get lost in a hall of mirrors or explore a haunted house. The Wonder Amuse Zone is the main area of the theme park and offers the most exciting rides (roller coaster, flume, 360 ° 3D theater, etc.).
The Interactive Instant Noodle Museum (“ Cup Noodles Museum ”) in Yokohama is dedicated to instant noodles and cup noodles. The museum was opened by the company Nissin Food, whose founder Momofuku Ando invented instant noodles in 1958 as a quick and convenient food shown using a combination of bizarre exhibits and practical workshops. A short film about the history of noodles is shown and there is also a visual timeline of instant noodle products from around the world. Nissin also created space ramen for astronauts. The most popular is the workshop where visitors can make their own cup noodles. Here, flavors and numerous additional options can be combined. There is also a playground for children and a noodle bazaar that looks like an Asian market at night. Various pasta dishes from around the world are served here and you can try a variety of flavors.