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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Explore Yokohama's Historic Port

Above, a view of Yokohama's port from the Landmark Tower. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The port city of Yokohama often gets overlooked as a place to visit in Japan. But, there are things to see and do in Tokyo's next-door big city.

Japan Today has an article on exploring Yokohama's historic port.

They begin with:
YOKOHAMA —As you descend the stairs from the platform at JR Sakuragicho station, you notice two things. The music playing behind you to indicate that the train doors are closing is “I’ve been working the railroad” and on the walls are historical photos of the station over the past 143 years. For Sakuragicho is the original Yokohama station and one of the oldest train stations in Japan. As early as 1872, passengers arriving in Japan by ship would board the train for Tokyo from here. So it is only fitting that your exploration of Yokohama’s history as a port city should begin here.

Godzilla fans are keenly aware that Yokohama was the battle site in two movies: Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001).

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