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Exploring Sankeien Garden, Markets And The Mall In Yokohama – Japan – Hand Luggage Only

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Lloyd

After last nights drinks at Miyakobashi Shotengai Street, we decided it best to have a little lie-in before hitting the town.

Now, there was once spot I really wanted to visit since we arrived in Yokohama and that is the Sankeien Garden that opened over a hundred years ago.

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Now, the thing that makes this garden so special isn’t just how gorgeous it looks, but it’s also the historic buildings and history that it houses within its grounds.

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You see, tea houses, a daimyo and the oldest wooden pagoda in this region (Which was saved from Kyoto’s old Tomyoji Temple).

There are even a few houses from Kyoto that date back hundreds of years.

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It’s one of those places you just have to visit when in Yokohama, even if the weather is swelteringly hot. Even the ravens were trying to cool off in the shade!

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After a little wander around the Shunsoro, Tenjuin and the Main Hall of Old Tomyoli, we decided to take the short ramble towards the wooden pagoda upon the hill.

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Now, this might not look like a fair distance to ramble, but in sweltering heat and humidity, it kind of felt like an eternity. That being said, it was totally worth it to see.

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The Wooden Pagoda is just so typically Japanese and to beautiful to miss up when exploring the city.

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Plus, on most days at 2 pm, the gardens have a free English speaking tour so you won’t have to rely on Google Translate to decipher all the texts for you. 😉

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After a little wander around the top (and a quick drink), we decided to pop over for a little shopping in the city. First up, we popped on over to the Yokohamabashi Shopping District that’s been a local haunt for almost 100 years.

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It’s got everything you think you could ever need, want or eat! It’s the kind of market that has a cornucopia of everything.

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Now, it’s not the kind of place you go shopping for your souvenirs or gifts but it’s certainly a local spot to see if you’re passing by the area. Plus, a little stroll here will only take around 10-minutes or so.

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Afterwards (and on the way back to the bay area), we decided to pop by the Isezaki Mall, which has a shop for everyone. It’s got some neat little grocers, funky little stores and some nightlife joints that are just on the fringes of the Mall itself.

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As we walked down Isezaki Mall, we could smell a whole heap of different stalls and shops selling their goodies. And, this all led to one thing… two very hungry tummies!

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Thankfully, we remedied with another trip to our favourite haunt in Minato Mirai for a hefty portion of udon noodles and prawn tempura.

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Oh, and an ice-cold Kirin Beer, too.

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Neither of us could resist all the food before heading out to catch the sunset at Osanbashi Bridge.

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Honestly, it’s a stunner of place to just relax and chill with a coffee or something a little stronger. Plus, it’s the perfect place to see the city change from day to night, especially with the city vista.

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For us, we’d always bypassed Yokohama when visiting Japan and even Tokyo itself, even though it’s a mere 30 minutes from them both. This is something of a mistake for us and I’m so glad we finally got to experience some of the pretty nifty, fun and historic sites in the city. 

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We had a great time in the city and can’t wait to return.

Lloyd
Lloyd

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