Find out 4 recommended culture spots in Yokohama



1 Historical architectures park called Sankei-en

2 Do you know the Japanese performance called Noh

3 A shrine in Yokohama

4 A temple in Yokohama

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1 Historical architectures’ park called Sankei-en

Sankei-en (park) was organized by Sankei Hara (1868-1939) who made a fortune as a businessman trading a silk-thread manufacture. The park was publicized in 1906. There are the extensive grounds covering 175,000㎡ and it is well-arranged several historical valuable architectures reconstructed from Kyoto, Kamakura and so on. They include 10 Japanese important cultural properties and 3 Yokohama’s tangible cultural properties.

In Sankei’s lifetime, the park was the place where brings up and takes care of some fresh artists, afterwards the representative art-works of Japan were born a lot there.

Taking advantage of being done the park great damage by war, the park’s ownership was handed over to Yokohama city established Sankei-en foundation in 1953. Then It has been restored them until the present.


  • OPEN 9:00-17:00 FEE 500yen Closed days 29 30 31 / Dec
  • TEL 045-621-0635
  • 10 minutes by bus and 10 minutes on foot from at JR Negishi station
  • There are a tea café and a restaurant in the park
  • You can experience and enjoy Japanese green tea ceremony with extra
  • You need well-walk shoes
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2 Do you know the Japanese performance called Noh

Noh stage called Yokohama Noh-gaku-dou is located where walking up along the slope from Sakuragi station.

It was built in 1875 and reconstructed in 1919.

The exterior of the building is an ordinary looking but Noh stage in the building is a beautiful antique structure, it is also Yokohama’s tangible cultural properties.

Then, do you know what Noh is? Noh is one of traditional and classical Japanese theatre in which songs, dances, and mine are performed by people wearing masks.

I think it is the most sophisticated of all theatrical art genre.

Yokohama Noh-gaku-dou is well known by highly planning ability and creating ability. It stages not only a classical Japanese theatre but also creating new art-works by collaborating with overseas.



  • Open 9:00-20:00
  • 9 minutes on foot from Sakuragi-cho station by JR Negishi Line
  • TEL 045-263-3055
  • You might have a look around inside for free if it has no stage day.
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3 A shrine in Yokohama

There is a shrine called Iseyama-kohtai-jingu (shrine) which is familiar around in Kanagawa prefecture.

Once, Yokohama was a very poor city, it promptly developed by trading overseas after opening a port in 1870.

Kanagawa prefecture considered they would need supporting their mental and moral as Japanese for incoming foreign cultures. Then they started to build it.

All facilities of the shrine precinct were built in 1871.

The shrine precinct has 12,900 ㎡ and it was structured Japanese traditional style using a cypress.

Then all collapsed in 1923 by a devastating earthquake. All suffered tremendous damage. The present shrine has restored in 1928.


  • 10 minutes on foot from Sakuragi-cho station by JR Negishi Line
  • It says that ice cream was spread out all over the country from this shrine
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4 A temple in Yokohama

There is a temple at Yokohama city in Kanagawa prefecture called Sohji-ji (temple) which was located in Ishikawa prefecture at the first.

A virtuous priest called Keizan-zenji changed it to the new name as Sohji-ji in 1321. It says that it is the origin of this temple.

It was almost burnt down by suffering from a big fire in 1898, then reconstructing at Yokohama city in 1911.

Afterwards, coupled with easy to reach by public transport, it became a famous international training hall called Doh-jo to practice the silent meditation called Zen. So it conducts itself with great dignity for any visitor even foreigners.

・TEL 045-581-6021

・FEE 400yen

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