Course: Museum Tour

about the course

Yokohama, whose port opened up to the outside world at the end of the Edo period, is itself a whole museum. The witnesses of the history will talk to travellers. The tour will take you to historical buildings and museums, wrapping it up with some flavours of Yokohama where a variety of cultures once met.
Enjoy a time travel for a little while, feeling the history nicely breathing in the air.

features
Old buildings made easy to get in to.

1.JR Kannai Station South


about
Your journey starts here at Kannai station.
We’ll take you on a journey to search for a new aspect of Yokohama!
address/access
〒231-0048 1 Horaicho, Nakaku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
JR Negishi Line, Keihin Tohoku Line, Yokohama Line

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2.Yokohama Stadium

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Needless to say, this is Yokohama’s home stadium, and it’s also where Japanese baseball started.
The stadium, loved by lots of baseball fans, has an unexpected history.
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There’s a little garden next to the stadium: Yokohama Park.
There used to be brothels here, but they burned down due to the Great Fire.
Looking towards the ocean, an aqueduct needed to stop fire in the past is on display.

closed
December 29 to January 4
address/access
〒231-0022 Yokohama Koen Park, Nakaku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken(TEL:045-661-1251
・3 minutes’ walk from JR Kannai Station
・3 minutes’ walk from Nihon Odori Station, Minato-Mirai Line
・3 minutes’ walk from Kannai Subway Station

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3. Nihon Odori Station, Minato-Mirai Line


about
〒231-0021 Nihon-Odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
・Minato-Mirai Line

address/access
〒231-0021 Nihon-Odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
・Minato-Mirai Line

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4.Yokohama Museum of EurAsian Cultures


about
The museum preserves cultural documents from all over EurAsia.
It includes six sections: ‘Across Deserts and grasslands’, ‘Color and Shape’, ‘Technique’, ‘Adornment’, ‘Word and Image’, and ‘Interaction’.
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This is Nihon-Odori Station here. As you enter, a huge rotary printing press welcomes you.
Walk farther down here to Yokohama EurAsia Museum.
The building is a former telephone bureau built in the early Showa period. The exhibits were donated by scholar Namio Egami.
It features a variety of one-off events, but the maps by the periods are permanently there and they’re interesting to look at.
closed
Open from 9:30 to 17:00 /last admission by 16:30
Closed on Mondays / following weekday if Monday is a holiday / Dec 28 to Jan 3
fee
200 yen per adult 100 yen per elementary school and junior high school students
※1 Free admission every Saturday for elementary school, junior high school and high school students.
※2 Free admission for Yokohama City residents 65 years and older with ID such as Hamatomo Card.
※3 Free admission for those who have ID of physical disability, intellectual disability, and mental disorder, and their carers if IDs are shown when entering.
address/access
〒231-0021 12 Nihon-Odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-City, Kanagawa-Ken TEL:045-663-2424
・Just outside Exit 3, Nihon-dori Station, Minato-Mirai Line
・10 minutes’ walk from the South exit, JR Kannai Station
・About 10 minutes’ walk from Exit 1, Kannai Subway Station

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5.Port Opening Square


about
Located on the corner where the Osanbashi Pier and Yamashita Koen Dori Street meet, the Kanagawa Treaty was signed at this park.
Look at the monument and think of the historic moment.
address/access
〒231-0023 1 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
・2 minutes’ walk from Nihon-Odori Station, Minato-Mirai Line.
・15 minutes’ walk from Kannai Subway Station.
・15 minutes’ walk from JR Kannai Station.

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5.Yokohama Archives of History



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Based on the collective documents ‘Yokohama Shishi’, or the ‘History of Yokohama City’, commemorating a century since the opening of the port, it opened in 1981.
The tree in the courtyard has watched over the city since before the signing of the Kanagawa Treaty.
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Out through a little park, it’s Yokohama Archives of History, famous as the venue for the signing of the Kanagawa Treaty.
It’s overwhelming to think that Japan set off here.
closed
Open 9:30 – 17:00 / Last entry at 16:30
※The reading room is open from 10:00 to 16:30 / Taking out, bringing in and copying documents are allowed until 16:00
Closed on Mondays / following weekday if Monday is a holiday
※The reading room is closed on Tuesdays / following weekday if it’s a holiday, certain days at the end of the month, and in the document organising week other than Mondays.
fee
200 yen per adult / 100 yen per elementary school and junior high school students
Group of 20 or more: 150 yen per adult / 80 yen per elementary school and junior high school students
※1 Free admission every Saturday for high school students and under.
※2 Free admission for Hamatomo Card holders – please show the card when entering.
※3 Free admission for those who have ID of physical disability, intellectual disability, and mental disorder, and their carers if IDs are shown when entering.
address/access
〒231-0021 3 Nihon-Odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken TEL:045-201-2100
・2 minutes’ walk from Nihon-Odori Station Exit 3, Minato-Mirai Line.
・Approx. 15 minutes’ walk from JR Kannai Station.
・Approx. 15 minutes’ walk from Kannai Subway Station.
・Take the bus at JR Sakuragi-cho Station, get off at either Nihon-Odori Eki Kenchou Mae or Osanbashi, walk for 1 min.

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6.Kanagawa Prefectural Government


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The office that supports Yokohama Prefecture. The main building is nicknamed ‘king’.
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I wouldn’t have been able to get in by myself, but a guard saw me and swiftly put out a ramp for me. It was perfectly barrier free, in a way.
closed
Open Monday – Friday 8:30-17:15 Except holidays and Dec.29 to Jan.3
※ Some facilities may have different schedule.

address/access
〒231-8588 1 Nihon-Odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken TEL:045-210-1111
・Just outside Exit 1, Nihon-Odori Station, Minato-Mirai Line.
・Approx. 10 minutes’ walk from JR Kannai Station.
・Approx. 10 minutes’ walk from Kannai Subway Station.

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7.Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall / Jack’s Tower


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Made with bricks and granite, this building is designated as an Important Cultural Property.
The architecture, built in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the port, has a clocktower fondly nicknamed Jack.
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Their entrance is a bit different from others; there’s a cute elevator in the courtyard.
However, what’s great about the Yokohama City is that they remodelled only what they really needed to. The lavatory is fitted in the way so as not to disturb the surrounding atmosphere, as well.
closed
Jack’s Tower
Open 9:00-22:00
Open to public 10:00-16:00 
※Volunteer guide April to September 10:00-16:00/October to March  10:00-15:00
Closed every fourth Monday / the following weekday if Monday is a holiday / Dec. 29 to Jan. 3

address/access
〒231-0005 1-6 Honcho, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken TEL:045-201-0708
・1 minute walk from Exit 1, Nihon-Odori Station, Minato-Mirai Line.
・10 minutes’ walk from South Exit, JR Kannai Station.
・10 minutes’ walk from Exit 1, Kannai Subway Station.

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8.Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History


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The only museum that deals with the culture and history of Kanagawa altogether.
It takes you on a journey through the history of Kanagawa via five different themes: ancient times, medieval times, early modern times, modern and contemporary/tribes.
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The building of Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History was first built as the headquarters of the Yokohama Specie Bank in 1904, Meiji 37, but it opened as a museum including an additional part in 1967, Showa 42. It’s the only museum where you can comprehensively see the culture and history of Kanagawa. It’s full of treasure!!
There’s a long ramp at the opposite end from the Bashamichi entrance and that serves as the entrance if you’re a wheelchair user.
It consists of two parts: the old building of Neo-Baroque style built as the headquarters of the Yokohama Specie Bank, and the new building added in time of opening the Yokohama Prefectural Museum, and is designated as an Important Cultural Property. The structure itself is already a history museum.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t eat in, but I found a cool cafe there.
closed
Open 9:30-17:00 / Last entry 16:30
Closed on Mondays – open if Monday is a national holiday
New Year’s holidays Dec. 28 to Jan. 4
Documents organising days
Other temporary occasions
fee
Contemporary sections: 300 yen per adults, 200 yen per students / under 20 years of age, 100 yen per high school students / 65 years old and over, free for junior high school students and under.
Groups of 20 people and over 250 yen per adults, 150 yen per students / under 20 years of age, 100 yen per high school students / 65 years old and over
Collection exhibitions: all free
Special exhibitions: all free
※1 Show your ID at the reception for discount.
※2 Free admission for those who have ID of physical disability, intellectual disability, and mental disorder, and up to two of their carers if IDs are shown when entering.
address/access
〒231-0006 5-60 Minami Naka-Dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken TEL:045-201-0926
・1 minute walk from Exit 3 or Exit 5, Bashamichi Station, Minato-Mirai Line – escalator available at Exit 5 only.
・8 minutes’ walk from JR Kannai Station or Sakuragi-cho Station
・5 minutes’ walk from Exit 9, Kannai Subway Station.

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9.Katsuretsuan Bashamichi the main branch


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A good old katsuretsu, Japanese cutlet style, restaurant opened in 1927.
First brought in to Kannai by a foreign cook, the first restaurant owner rearranged it to the Japanese style.
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The Rokudonotsuji intersection, which no longer exists, is where Katsuretsuan is.
There is an old phone booth and tiled water tank in front of the Bashamichi Jyubankan restaurant, and across the street is Katsuretsuan. On the uneven pavement, I opened the door vigorously, heard ‘Irasshaimase’ said by male and female, nice smell of katsu hit my nose.
What shall we have ? Pork loin! It’s got to be pork loin.
Now, I’m gonna pour lots of source on the cabbage and a little bit on the cutlet. It’s so greasy and the batter is crispy.
I try hard not to let the meat come apart, but I can only surrender to the artisan’s skills.
closed
11:00-21:30 (LO:21:00)
open every day
fee
recommended: Katsuretsu combo 1,600 yen
address/access
〒231-0014 5-58-2 Tokiwa-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken TEL:045-681-4411
・5 minutes’ walk from North Exit, JR Kannai Station.
・1 minute walk from Exit 9, Kannai Subway Station.
※No car park

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