On our first evening in Japan, we took the train to Yokohama for the evening. It was beautiful and wealthy. M
We were going specifically to Yamashita park, to watch the sunset. This park hugs the waterline and is a popular picnic spot and concert venue. We could see why.
We admired the scenery, got some ice cream, and enjoyed being together.
A short walk from the park is a long wooden pier, unlike any other pier I had seen. It was designed for aesthetics as much as function.
The pier is pretty huge, with an outdoor amphitheater, a restaurant and a large lawn space above it. We arrived just in time for a girl band performance.
The above picture was taken directly above the stage. The “king,” “jack,” and “queen” are distinctive buildings from the Yokohama skyline that can all be seen from that spot. Can you find them?
Next stop, the train station. Which involved a walk further into the city.
Such a pretty evening! And Fred really piked the sign below. He took a ton of pictures of it!
These brick buildings are converted warehouses, currently housing restaurants and shops. We didn’t go in, but they looked really cool.
This ring shaped walkway was a surprise. As was the Cup Noodles Museum (where the tour ends with you creating your own cup of noodles), which was closed. But we could watch one of the displays through the window.
Last downtown surprise:
A theme park!
The train station was in the basement of a large mall. We found a ramen restaurant inside the mall and enjoyed our first bowls of real ramen, now a definite favorite! All in all, our first day in Japan was a great start! We were intrigued by the culture, smitten with the order and cleanliness, rebelling in the fellowship with our friends. And we were just beginning!