Since the restoration to change Japan to one of the modern states occurred in 1868, the port city of Yokohama played an important role to lead Japan in the field of business as well as in adoption of western culture. Silk trade conducted through Yokohama port brought enormous wealth to Japan. Yokohama has now become the second largest city in Japan, but the history so far has been so turbulent.
What to Expect
Outline of the Tour
You will be able to see many things to testify the history of Yokohama along the tour course.
The tour will start at the Sakuragicho station, the first station laid down in Japan in 1872 as a railway to connect Shinbashi of Tokyo to Yokohama. Meanwhile, two big warehouses made of bricks will come in sight. These warehouses were mainly used for the stock of silk products made in Japan, which gained a big popularity among western people and American people. The silk products made in Japan were selling like hot cakes. Passing through the warehouses, you will be aware of several exotic towers on your right side, which stand out among ordinary buildings. Each one of the towers has a special name like a royal family, such as the tower of King, the tower of Queen and the tower of Jack.
Next coming will be a big park like a Central Park of New York and a building standing at the back side of the park. It stands there as if it tries to hide itself from public eye. The park is Yamashita Park and the building is New Grand Hotel. The New Grand Hotel is the first hotel in Japan. Neapolitan, a well-known Italian recipe at present originated in this hotel. Yamashita Park is a date spot for young couples as well as an Oasis for many families. From there you can see the Hikawamaru to be anchored in one corner of the harbor near a big pier named Osanbashi. It was operated as a cruise ship in a luxurious cruise ship era of 1930s.
Then, the highlight of the day's tour will wait for you as a main dish of a full course. It is Yokohama hillside. It is a special district which was opened as a foreign settlement and people now call it Beverly Hills in Yokohama because of the high-quality atmosphere specific to the residential area. After having lunch in China Town, you will be taken to the Yokohama Sankeien garden by bus, a unique garden constructed by Mr. Sankei Hara. He is almost a legend in Yokohama. You will be fascinated by the exotic and gorgeous garden he constructed. You will never find any other gardens like this in the world.
The tour will be conducted by walking all the way from beginning to the ending to enjoy scenery which will come into sight on the way. public transportation, bus will only be used for the trip to/ from Sankeien Park. Please note it will be almost 7 km in total. Once I had guided an old lady of Philippine for the tour, but there was no problem with her. Anyway, in case of more than 10 people who will participate in the tour, I will ask for cooperation to my acquaintance as an assistant to secure safety on the way. Therefore, please be reassured.
Guide fee: 20000yen up to 4 persons of a family group. When the number of the participants will be more than five, the additional charge will be differently treated between the family members and non-family members.
In the case that the additional participants will be the family members, it will be 3000yen per person. But, in the case that the additional participants will be
non-family members, it will be 5000yen per person.
As already mentioned, the meeting place will be at Sakuragicho station of JR Keihintohoku line. But, if you want me to pick you up at some hotel in Tokyo, I want to ask you to pay another 2500yen to cover transportation to go from Yokohama to/from Tokyo to picking you up there. And also if you need me to send you back to Tokyo after the tour, you will be requested to pay another 2500yen.
What‘s not included
Bus fare from Chukagai to Sankeien :@220yen per person for one way. 440yen for round trip
Same price of 440yen for the guide
lunch for the guide: 1500yen
lunch for the clients: payment on site
Admission fee for Sankeien Park:
700yen per person(above high school students)
200yen for students of junior high school and elementary school
Sakuragicho station of JR Keihintohoku line
same as above. Sakuragicho station
09:30 AM ( recommended ) Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people Flexible