|Hours||10:00 - 21:00 (Last entry at 20:30)
Open till 22:00 every Saturday and during summer vacation.
|Height||273 meters (Tower: 295.8 meters)|
|Website||Yokohama Landmark Tower|
|Entry||Adult 1,000 yen
High School and 65+ 800 yen
Junior High and Elementary 500 yen
4 and up 200 yen
|Access||[Train] The tower is a 3 minutes from Minato Mirai Station and 5 minutes from JR Sakuragicho Station.
[Car] Underground parking (1400 stalls) is available at the tower. It is 260 yen for 30 minutes.
Yokohama Landmark Tower is part of the Yokohama City's Minato Mirai 21 waterfront redevelopment. It is the tallest habitable building in Japan (295.8 meters). Its construction began on March 20, 1990 and the aptly named building was completed on July 14, 1993. While some towers are light ethereal things with little substance, this tower should only be introduced as the world's most manly tower.
The observation floor of the Yokohama Landmark Tower is 273 meters above the ground. The second fastest elevators in the world transfer tourists up and down the tower. On average, the elevators pass one floor per second and have a top speed of 750 meters a minute.
The tower houses a hotel on floors 49-70 and commercial offices and services occupy the floors in-between it and the clinics on floor 7. Below this, there are restaurants on the 5th floor.
The view is a 360 degree panorama, but, only half contains anything more recognizable for most people than endless urban carpet. The best views are found overlooking the east side. Directly below is the Yokohama Maritime Museum with the Nippon Maru. World Porters, a large shopping mall, Cosmo World (amusement park), and the historic red brick warehouses. While its hard to pick out Yokohama's Chinatown, a few other attractions can be easily seen down the coast.
The north side is the second best view. The Queen's Square Yokohama buildings, the Pan Pacific Hotel, Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel and the world's largest conference center, Pacifico Yokohama, are all located in Minato Mirai 21. Further out, several islands and the expressway bridges that island hop to Haneda Airport can be seen.
On clear days, Mt. Fuji is visible on the western side.
Unlike many viewing platforms, the Yokohama Landmark Tower is fairly spacious. There's room for a full sized cafe called the Sky Cafe and the Tower Shop has a vast selection of souvenir trinkets and famous Yokohama food and candies.
Yokohama Landmark Tower is a 3 minutes walk from Minato Mirai Station (Minato Mirai Line). JR Sakuragicho Station is farther away but a horizontal escalator cuts the walking time to only 5 minutes.
Underground parking is available. It is 260 yen for 30 minutes and there are 1400 stalls. Spending 2,500 yen at a single store in the Landmark Plaza or Queens Tower A will net you 1 hour free parking. Other parking deals can extend your free parking if you're prepared to spend.
Submitted by mbystedt on Sun, 04/17/2011 - 22:11