A Must Visit Trendy Spot! How to Enjoy Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
The popular Yokohama spot, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, is a cultural and commercial facility in historical structures that were built more than 100 years ago. Here are some ways of enjoying it, such as shopping, art appreciation, and eating.
What is Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse?
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a popular tourist destination representative of Yokohama that is housed in old brick buildings. It is a facility where you can enjoy shopping, gourmet food, art, and a variety of events. It consists of Building No. 1, Building No. 2, and an Event Space, and is surrounded by a verdant park.
The buildings are historical structures that were built more than 100 years ago. They were originally built as government bonded warehouses, and in 2002, were reborn as cultural and commercial facilities.
Participate in Activities in the Event Space
A variety of events are held in the Event Space all year round, including gourmet food festivals and events with lots of flowers and plants.
In the spring and fall, the beer festivals, Yokohama Fruhlings Fest and Yokohama Okotberfest, are hugely popular. In the summer, a liberating event of food and drinks under the theme of "resort" is held. In the winter, a Christmas Market modeled on German Christmas markets is held. There is a fun event for every season.
Appreciate Art in Building No. 1
Building No. 1 is recommended for the art lover.
In this building, you can experience art through the plays, concerts, dances and visual art exhibits held in the hall and multipurpose space. The events that are held change throughout the year, so be sure to check in advance.
The building also has many shops that represent the Yokohama spirit. There is a wide range of shops from those selling products by established Yokohama brands, to others selling small items and sweets perfect as souvenirs.
Shop in Building No. 2
Go to Building No. 2 if you want to enjoy shopping and eating. More than 50 different shops, ranging from fashion stores and beauty shops to restaurants, are in this building that retains vestiges of its days as a warehouse.
Nihon Hyakkaten Akarenga, which has a wide selection of items hand-made by craftsmen across Japan, is a must see! Souvenir Gallery YOKOHAMA, which sells original coin purses, bags, and small cloth items that are made in Japan, is also recommended.
The Cafe & Restaurant Floor has a wide variety of eateries including a restaurant where you can enjoy live music by Japanese and international bands and a pub you can patronize as a restaurant or bar.
Stroll Around Yokohama Red Brick Park
The area around Building No. 1 and Building No. 2 is a liberating space maintained as Red Brick Park. It faces the shore, so why not take a walk while enjoying the port view? You can see Osanbashi Pier up close, and Bay Bridge in the background. There is a lawn area so you can sit and relax on a sunny day.
Remains from the time the warehouses were built, such as old cobblestones, platforms from the old Yokohama Station and rail tracks, can be found around the grounds, so you can walk around and look at them as well.
Enjoy Eating with a Beautiful View
If you are having dinner or lunch, select a shop that can offer a fabulous view with your meal!
Some of the cafes and restaurants on the third floor of Building No. 2 have balcony seating with great views. During the day, you can see a bright and refreshing view of the Minatomirai area with the Yokohama Landmark Tower looming high and the Port of Yokohama. In the evening, you can enjoy a romantic view with a nightscape of the buildings and Ferris wheel spread out in front of you.
*Balcony seating is available from March to November only.
The appeal of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is its retro atmosphere unique to an old building, and the many ways in which you can enjoy it. It is also definitely worth seeing at night when both buildings are beautifully lit up.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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