A Trip to Yokohama! (Part 3) – The Red Brick Warehouse and Yokohama Waterfront. 2020.09.30
Yokohama is famous for being "a port city", enjoying the fruits of a master plan that draws on and maximises its strength of a broad, gently sloping waterfront.
The city has much wider roads, better spaced buildings that allow the sea breeze and much sun to come all the way into the heart of central areas such as the Yokohama station area, Minato Mirai, Sakuragicho/Kannai and the Chinatown/Yamate Area. The result is a pedestrian friendly, climate comfortable and very livable town that routinely ranks top 3 in surveys of places Tokyoites would like to stay... even if it is not in Tokyo.
Although the entire city is well designed, the main draw still has to be the waterfront, which features more than half a dozen highlight attractions, at each of which visitors can burn a good few hours away.
These include :
Nissin Cup Noodle Museum,
Manyo Club Onsen
Yokohama Hammerhead Shopping Mall
The Red Brick Warehouses
Yokohama International Ferry Terminal
My favourite, and the one we visited last week, was the Red Brick Warehouses. The warehouses compose two three-storey warehouse buildings (Known simply as No.1 and No.2) that were constructed in 1911 entirely from Japan-made bricks to store import goods coming in fast as Yokohama developed rapidly into a major international shipping port. Their survived both The Great Kanto Earthquake and WWII and were eventually selected for conservation/redevelopment as a waterfront shopping attraction as the surrounding area was landscaped into the bustling city today.
Warehouse No.1 is an artistic venue, with a full sized theatre that frequently hosts art exhibitions, film and musical plays. It also doubles as a museum space that shows off the history of the port as well as the architecture of the warehouse.
Warehouse No.2 on the other hand is where there are shops, cafes and many restaurants. These shops are more trendy than those you find in your usual malls, and we had a good time looking through all the craft shops and small ateliers.
The cafes here are also more unique than most, including the slightly rare but always full (there was a huge line here) Granny Smith Apple Pie and Coffee as well as Australian favourite (but rare in Japan) Bills. In the end though, Rei and I settled for Nana’s green tea… Granny Smith’s Line was nuts.
I love the Houjicha from Nana’s
It really impossible to miss the Red Brick Warehouses if you are in the area - surrounding by other modern styles the bright red European styled building sticks out like a (beautiful) sore thumb. The steel fixtures and window finishings are also the stuff of instagram heavens, which is why you will many people taking photos from every angle, at every window.
I highly recommend a trip to the Red Brick Warehouse.
Ill definitely go again.
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