Yokohama offers a wealth of different transportation options. You can arrive by train, car, or airplane; once arrived, you can travel around the city on foot or by train, bus, or taxi. For sightseers there are additional options, including a number of harbor cruises on the Marine Rouge and Marine Shuttle. The same company also operates the Sea Bass water taxi, which connects Aka-Renga Park and Yamashita Park. We took a cruise on the Marine Rouge.
Although the Marine Rouge has a number of elegant
dining rooms and offers lunch and dinner cruises (90 and 120 minutes
respectively), as well as a 90-minute sunset cruise, we took the afternoon cruise,
which (depending on whether I believe the Japanese brochure or the English one)
was a 90-minute cruise leaving Yamashita Park at 1:30 p.m. or a 60-minute
one leaving at 2:30. The time stamps on my photos, however, suggest a 60-minute
duration, and the tickets seem to have been purchased at 2:00 (moreover, Barney
and I were checking out at FamilyMart at 1:23/1:24). The map at left
(click to enlarge) shows the routes taken by the Marine Rouge
I don’t recall that we even went inside; it’s possible the dining rooms were closed. Instead, we stayed up on the Sky Deck and observed the passing scene, which included the following:
skyline at a greater distance. The two most striking buildings are the Yokohama
Landmark Tower (left), the tallest skyscraper in Japan, and the Intercontinental Hotel The Grand Yokohama
(the distinctively curved building in the center).
Yokohama Bay Bridge. This 860-meter-long bridge linking Honmoku Pier and
Daikoku Pier was opened in 1989 and is one of the largest suspension bridges in
the world. The Sky Walk
connected to the bridge at Daikoku Pier offers a panoramic view of Yokohama Port
as well as Mount Fuji and the Boso Peninsula.
of the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s
Thermal Power Station, a CCGT (combined-cycle gas turbine) plant, which
(liquefied natural gas). We were told (obviously erroneously) that the towers
were garbage incinerator chimneys.
Park in the foreground; in the background are the many hotels lining it along
Yamashitakoen-dori (Yamashita Park Street). The Novotel (where we stayed) is the
light-brown one just to the right of center.
Hikawa Maru, a classic luxury liner now
permanently moored (next to the Marine Rouge dock) as a tourist