Marine Rouge Cruise

Osaka Castle
Osaka Dome
Osaka Grand Cube
Universal Studios Japan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Shukkeien Garden
Golden Pavilion
Heian Shrine
Kasuga Taisha
Toji Temple
Nishi Hongwanji
Toshogu Shrine
Irohazaka Drive
Meiji Shrine
Asakusa Kannon
Girl with Red Shoes On
Hikawa Maru
Marine Rouge Cruise
Kaiko Promenade
Yokohama Museums

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.

Here the Marine Rouge is seen in front of the Marine Shuttle, as viewed from the bayfront promenade in Yamashita Park.

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 cruises.

I dont recall that we even went inside; its possible the dining rooms were closed. Instead, we stayed up on the Sky Deck and observed the passing scene, which included the following:

The Marine Shuttle, with the Minato Mirai skyline in the background.

The 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).

The 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.

The underside of the bridge, showing the Sky Lounge at the end of the Sky Walk.

The freighter Bright Pescadores, registered in Panama.

The Tsurumi Tsubasa bridge. It was given its name because it spans the Tsurumi River like the wings (tsubasa) of a bird.

Part of the Tokyo Electric Power Companys Yokohama Thermal Power Station, a CCGT (combined-cycle gas turbine) plant, which operates on LNG (liquefied natural gas). We were told (obviously erroneously) that the towers were garbage incinerator chimneys.

Automobiles for export, awaiting shipment to the rest of the world (Yokohama Bay Bridge approaches in the background).

A lighthouse sort of thing in the harbor.

Yamashita 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.

The Hikawa Maru, a classic luxury liner now permanently moored (next to the Marine Rouge dock) as a tourist attraction.

The Yokohama Novotel (center) behind the Hikawa Maru.