Look, eat, and shop during Christmas in Yokohama!
Glittering illuminations, beautiful Christmas trees .... Christmas in Yokohama is wrapped in one of the most brilliant colors in Japan. Especially in the Minato Mirai District 21 Area, well-kept orderly streets and historic buildings exist side by side. There are many commercial facilities, and during Christmas season, various events are held. We enjoyed strolling around Yokohama with its glamour lasting just for a short period of time.
Enjoy “Landmark Plaza,” under the theme of Peter Rabbit this year!
We first went to the Yokohama Landmark Tower, which is 5 minutes by foot, using the moving walkway, from JR Sakuragicho Station. It has 70 stories, and is 296m high, and is the symbol of Yokohama. The lower part of the tower is a shopping mall with approximately 170 specialty shops.
The “Kaze no Todai (lighthouse in the wind)” at the entrance close to the moving walkway.
For this year's Christmas event, Peter Rabbit who has been loved for more than a century, is the main theme. Until Monday December 25th, they will have an 8m Christmas tree decorated with ornaments depicting Peter Rabbit and friends with the title “Landmark Bright Christmas 2017 A Christmas Party with Peter Rabbit™.
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There is a “photo spot” where you can take photos with Peter Rabbit and his friends, and also a “Christmas market” will open, selling Peter Rabbit items from England you won't get anywhere else. You'll want these items you can get only here, only during this limited time.
Examples of some Christmas event limited original items
In the remains of a stone-made dockyard for merchant vessels, they have “Dock Yard Garden illumination” using a stone wall in the shape of a ship, which is 10m in height and 29m in width, and is a must-see.
“Mickey Mouse and Friends” welcome you at “Queen's Square.”
We passed under the huge and unique art work “Mok Mok Wak Wak Yokohama Yo Yo” and walked to Queen's Square Yokohama. It is a shopping town with the main street “Queen Mall” running through the middle, and in October 2017, two shopping facilities were integrated to become “Minato Mirai Tokyu Square,” with about 120 specialty stores.
The heart shaped bouquet celebrating their 20th anniversary makes a great photo.
Here, until Monday December 25th, there will be a “Queen's Square Yokohama Christmas 2017.” As part of a collaboration between Tokyu Group and Disney named “Tokyu Christmas Wonderland 2017 – Disney DREAM MOMENTS,” there will be illuminations in various places within Queen's Square under the theme “Mickey Mouse and Friends.” Especially the 12m Christmas tree on the 2nd floor of Queen's Mall, there will be a 5-minutes show 5 times a day. The show using sound and light, and makes you feel joy and blessed.
A Christmas tree and the ice skating rink welcome you -- “Yokohama Aka Renga Soko”
Yokohama Aka Renga Soko (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse) is located about 15 minutes walking distance from Queen's Square. On your way, you'll enjoy the giant ferris wheel “Cosmo Clock" of Yokohama Cosmo World, Yokohama World Porters, and more.
At Yokohama Aka Renga Soko, there will be a “Christmas Market in Yokohama Aka Renga Soko" at the event plaza until Monday, December 25th. It started as an event where people can enjoy the atmosphere of Germany, home of the Christmas market, and this year will be their 8th.
They have a 12m real fir tree decorated with numerous illuminations, and at the end of the boulevard, there are 25 hutte (wooden huts) imported from Germany. They sell food and drinks such as “Glühwein (hot wine),” that will warm you up, “sausage,” and “Stollen,” and also general goods such as Aka Renga original design mug cups.
Between Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 and Sunday February 18th, 2018, an ice skating will be set up, named “Art Rink in Yokohama Aka Renga Soko ‘caricature’ on ice.” The ice rink will be set up for the 13th time, and this season, art club students of Yokohama Hayato High School and Middle School have been invited as artists to create art under the theme “caricature on ice” using their vivid sensitivities, and color Yokohama's winter feature.
At “Nippon Hyakkaten Akarenga” in Warehouse No.2, we found the perfect souvenir. Old fashioned tin toys made by “Sanko Seisakusho,” the only tin toy manufacturer in Tokyo, a sake cup with a drawing of an ogre on the outside and a happy face on the inside, and colorful and warm knitwear, which were knitted while slowly taking in air, made by a manufacturer in Gunma Prefecture. You will surely find your favorite items or souvenirs at this shop, which gathers excellent items from all over Japan.
Tin toys, sake cup, and knitted scarf and hat made by Matsui Knitting Crafts Mfg., Ltd.
●2-2-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
●Shopping: 11:00-20:00; Cafes and restaurants: 11:00-22:00; Mirai Yokocho: 11:00-23:00
●Open year-round (may differ for some shops)
“Queen's Square Yokohama”
●045-682-1000 (weekdays: 9:00-19:00; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10:00-19:00)
●2-3, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
●Shopping: 11:00-20:00; Cafes and restaurants: 11:00-22:00、
●Open year-round (may differ for some shops)
“Yokohama Akarenga Soko (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)"
●045-211-1515 (Warehouse No.1); 045-227-2002 (Warehouse No.2)
●1-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
●Warehouse No.1: 10:00-19:00; Warehouse No.2: 11:00-20:00
●Open year-round (depends on event or shop)
“Nippon Hyakkaten Akarenga”
●1-1-2, Yokohama Akarenga Warehouse No. 2, 1st floor, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
●11:00-21:00 (Holidays are the same as Akarenga Warehouse No.2)
*The above information was last updated November 24, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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