Tag Archives: Cosmo World

Exploring Japan: Day and Night view from Landmark Tower – March 26, 2010

Watching the city change while the sun goes down is an interesting thing to see.  Everything goes from light to dark, while all the lights turn on.  I was in the Sky Garden at Landmark Tower when the sun was setting, and this was a great opportunity for some pictures.  Enjoy the photos!

Looking toward Queen's Square and the Grand Intercontinental Hotel at Minatomirai.

Here's Cosmo World with the big ferris wheel and Aka-Renga area.

There are plenty of new condo buildings here, as well as Pacifico Yokohama and Rinko Park.

This is looking toward Yokohama Station.

Looking west over Yokohama, toward Minami Ward.

Down there is Sakuragicho Station and the new TOC Minatomirai building. It's starting to get darker out.

Here's the harbour area. More lights are coming on.

Looking south toward the Kannai area.

This big blue tunnel of lights was part of a lovers event in Landmark Tower.

Now that the sun has set, we revisit the Yokohama Station view.

And finally, the same view as the first picture. I like both day and night views.

Interested in finding this place?  Check out this map:

This post is taking part in the always wonderful “Show Me Japan!”

11 Comments

Filed under Japan, Kanagawa, Nishi-ku, Yokohama

Exploring Japan: Naka Ward, Yokohama Part 5 – Zou-no-Hana Park, Aka Renga and more!

Here it is, the final part of this long walk.  This time, it’s a variety of things.  First, it’s Zou-no-Hana Koen, which means Elephant’s Trunk Park.  There’s a breakwater portion that’s shaped like an elephant’s trunk.  The park was created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yokohama Port’s opening.  In the process, they discovered some old railway tracks under an old building.  After Zou-no-Hana, it’s Aka Renga, the Red Brick Warehouse.  I’ve already shown pictures of this area from the Y150 expo, but there are more pictures here!  This includes La Machine, though from a distance.  And finally, a walk past World Porters (big shopping centre) and Cosmo World (amusement park).  So, here are the pictures!

This area used to be an old building, but is now part of Zou-no-Hana Park.

This area used to be an old building, but is now part of Zou-no-Hana Park.

The breakwater part (the elephant trunk) of Zou-no-Hana Park and Osanbashi Pier.

The breakwater part (the elephant trunk) of Zou-no-Hana Park and Osanbashi Pier.

More Zou-no-Hana Park with Minato Mirai behind it.

More Zou-no-Hana Park with Minato Mirai behind it.

Artwork by Zou-no-Hana Park, showing a historical view of the area.

Artwork by Zou-no-Hana Park, showing a historical view of the area.

Dragon Boat, a Chinese themed sightseeing boat at Zou-no-Hana Park.

Dragon Boat, a Chinese themed sightseeing boat at Zou-no-Hana Park.

More Zou-no-Hana Park.

More Zou-no-Hana Park.

A large open space in Zou-no-Hana Park.  There's a historic spot in the middle.  Let's take a look!

A large open space in Zou-no-Hana Park. There's a historic spot in the middle. Let's take a look!

Looking down through the glass, there are old railway tracks that were used after the port opened 150 years ago.  They were rediscovered when the building here was demolished.

Looking down through the glass, there are old railway tracks that were used after the port opened 150 years ago. They were rediscovered when the building here was demolished.

Another view of the railway tracks.

Another view of the railway tracks.

A view of Osanbashi Pier from Zou-no-Hana Park.

A view of Osanbashi Pier from Zou-no-Hana Park.

This is trick art in Zou-no-Hana Park in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the port.

This is trick art in Zou-no-Hana Park in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the port.

A sideways view of the artwork.  It looks odd this way.

A sideways view of the artwork. It looks odd this way.

Upside-down, the artwork looks really strange.

Upside-down, the artwork looks really strange.

Sailing ships docked at Osanbashi Pier.

Sailing ships docked at Osanbashi Pier.

Here's the grassy area of Zou-no-Hana Park.

Here's the grassy area of Zou-no-Hana Park.

Zou-no-Hana Park with Landmark Tower in the background.

Zou-no-Hana Park with Landmark Tower in the background.

Tanemaru, the mascot of the Y150 Expo.

Tanemaru, the mascot of the Y150 Expo.

This is where La Machine is kept near Aka Renga.

This is where La Machine is kept near Aka Renga.

Here's Aka Renga, the Red Brick Warehouse.

Here's Aka Renga, the Red Brick Warehouse.

There's La Machine!  I saw this in September up close, but this was the first time I saw it back in July.

There's La Machine! I saw this in September up close, but this was the first time I saw it back in July.

La Machine is alive!

La Machine is alive!

Here's the big globe that gets lit up at night at Y150.

Here's the big globe that gets lit up at night at Y150.

La Machine keeps moving.

La Machine keeps moving.

La Machine's putting on a show.

La Machine's putting on a show.

In this picture, you can see Y150, Aka Renga, Osanbashi Pier with the sailing ships and Yokohama Bay Bridge.

In this picture, you can see Y150, Aka Renga, Osanbashi Pier with the sailing ships and Yokohama Bay Bridge.

I guess Americans are lazy?  This store is in World Porters.

I guess Americans are lazy? This store is in World Porters.

The big ferris wheel at Cosmo World.

The big ferris wheel at Cosmo World.

And that’s it for that day’s walk in Naka Ward.  Coming soon will be some pictures from Tokyo.

Leave a comment

Filed under Kanagawa, Naka-ku, Yokohama

Flashback: Minato Mirai at Golden Week 2005 – Part 3

And now for part 3 of the Minato Mirai tour.  This time, I walked around to Kisha-michi Promenade, to Akarenga, near Cosmo World, then over to Rinko Park on the eastern end of Minato Mirai.  Finally, I headed over to Yokohama Station for dinner with other teachers.  Please read parts 1 and 2.

A view of Minato Mirai and Cosmo World from Kisha-michi Promenade

A view of Minato Mirai and Cosmo World from Kisha-michi Promenade

A view of Queen's Square from Kisha-michi Promenade

A view of Queen's Square from Kisha-michi Promenade

Landmark Tower from Kisha-michi Promenade

Landmark Tower from Kisha-michi Promenade

A view of Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel

A view of Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel

This is Tokyo Bay from Akarenga, near Cosmo World

This is Tokyo Bay from Akarenga, near Cosmo World

I took this picture of the map so I wouldn't get lost on my way to Yokohama Station

I took this picture of the map so I wouldn't get lost on my way to Yokohama Station

A view of Minato Mirai from near Pacifico Yokohama

A view of Minato Mirai from near Pacifico Yokohama

Another view of Minato Mirai, including the NTT Docomo building

Another view of Minato Mirai, including the NTT Docomo building

A view to the north from Minato Mirai.  There are no buildings here yet.

A view to the north from Minato Mirai. There are no buildings here yet.

Rinko Park in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Rinko Park in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Rinko Park in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Rinko Park in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Rinko Park in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Rinko Park in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Rinko Park in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Rinko Park in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

A view of Minato Mirai from Rinko Park

A view of Minato Mirai from Rinko Park

Yokohama Bay Bridge from Rinko Park

Yokohama Bay Bridge from Rinko Park

Rinko Park in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Rinko Park in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Rendering of buildings in Minato Mirai.  They have since been built.

Rendering of buildings in Minato Mirai. They have since been built.

Construction site in Minato Mirai.  Since 2005, there has been a lot of development.

Construction site in Minato Mirai. Since 2005, there has been a lot of development.

Nabe dinner after my Minato Mirai walk.  It was a dinner for many teachers in Yokohama.

Nabe dinner after my Minato Mirai walk. It was a dinner for many teachers in Yokohama.

This is a sign in Nishi Ward, Yokohama, near Yokohama Station.  Beer Communication!

This is a sign in Nishi Ward, Yokohama, near Yokohama Station. Beer Communication!

That’s it for pictures!  Next up is a video in part 4.

Leave a comment

Filed under Kanagawa, Naka-ku, Nishi-ku, Yokohama

Flashback: Minato Mirai at Golden Week 2005 – Part 2

Welcome back for part 2.  If you haven’t read part 1 yet, it’s below this post.  Please read it first.  For part 2, we’ll have a look at Minato Mirai and area from Landmark Tower.  I went up to the 69th floor, which is an observatory called Sky Garden.  It has amazing views of Yokohama!  The elevator going up to the Sky Garden is the 2nd fastest in the world.  You can feel your ears pop on your way up.  So, here are the pictures.

Looking north from Sky Garden in Landmark Tower, including the Yokohama Art Museum

Looking north from Sky Garden in Landmark Tower, including the Yokohama Art Museum

A view to the north from Sky Garden toward Yokohama Station

A view to the north from Sky Garden toward Yokohama Station

Looking northeast from Sky Garden, including Yokohama Pacifico convention centre

Looking northeast from Sky Garden, including Yokohama Pacifico convention centre

A view to the west from Sky Garden.  One of those buildings is the Bank of Yokohama.

A view to the west from Sky Garden. One of those buildings is the Bank of Yokohama.

A west view from Sky Garden in Landmark Tower

A west view from Sky Garden in Landmark Tower

A view to the south from Sky Garden toward Naka Ward and Yokohama Bay Stadium, home of the Bay Stars baseball team.

A view to the south from Sky Garden toward Naka Ward and Yokohama Bay Stadium, home of the Bay Stars baseball team.

A view south from Sky Garden, toward Naka Ward

A view south from Sky Garden, toward Naka Ward

A view south from Sky Garden toward Naka Ward.  Kisha-michi Promenade is a walkway across the water.

A view south from Sky Garden toward Naka Ward. Kisha-michi Promenade is a walkway across the water.

A view south from Sky Garden toward Cosmo World and Yokohama Port in Naka Ward

A view south from Sky Garden toward Cosmo World and Yokohama Port in Naka Ward

Straight down from the Sky Garden, it's Nippon Maru

Straight down from the Sky Garden, it's Nippon Maru

An eastern view from Sky Garden, including Cosmo World and Queen's Square

An eastern view from Sky Garden, including Cosmo World and Queen's Square

An eastern view from Sky Garden, there seems to be a performance happening

An eastern view from Sky Garden, there seems to be a performance happening

An eastern view from Sky Garden.  You can see Queen's Square, Yokohama Pacifico and the sail shaped Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel

An eastern view from Sky Garden. You can see Queen's Square, Yokohama Pacifico and the sail shaped Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel

Looking southeast from Sky Garden, you can see Cosmo World, and in the distance, Yokohama Bay Bridge

Looking southeast from Sky Garden, you can see Cosmo World, and in the distance, Yokohama Bay Bridge

From Sky Garden, there's Yokohama Bay Bridge

From Sky Garden, there's Yokohama Bay Bridge

An eastern view from Sky Garden, you can see Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel

An eastern view from Sky Garden, you can see Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel

View of Cosmo World from Sky Garden.  It's 3:48pm, according to the ferris wheel/clock

View of Cosmo World from Sky Garden. It's 3:48pm, according to the ferris wheel/clock

A night view to the north of Landmark Tower...okay, it's a photo inside Sky Garden

A night view to the north of Landmark Tower...okay, it's a photo inside Sky Garden

The same view from Sky Garden to the north

The same view from Sky Garden to the north

Stay tuned for part 3, which I will post in a moment.  Part 3 will contain the final part of my Minato Mirai tour.

Leave a comment

Filed under Kanagawa, Naka-ku, Nishi-ku, Yokohama