Boasting a history of more than 130 years as the "gateway to the sea" since the opening of the Port of Yokohama, Osanbashi has long been a symbol of the port in leading Japan's trade and transportation. The terminal has undergone six expansions and renovations with the current terminal completed in 2002, making it the seventh generation.
The exterior features a streamlined shape reminiscent of waves and ships while the interior is a huge indoor space with no pillars or beams, forming a novel and unique architectural design that was selected from the best entries in the largest international design competition held in Japan at the time.
Currently, it is one of the leading cruise ship terminals in Japan, with cruise ships from all over the world calling at the port. With large domestic and foreign cruise ships frequently docking here, the rooftop, which is open 24 hours a day, allows visitors to get a close-up look at the powerful luxury liners, giving them an "extraordinary experience and excitement" that normally does not happen.
Yokohama's Representative Tourist Attractions
Osanbashi is a famous tourist attraction in Yokohama, visited by more than 3 million people annually.
The view from the sea of Yokohama with its tourist attractions such as Minatomirai, the Red Brick, and the Bay Bridge is famous for its sight to behold as well as its beautiful night view. It is also a popular spot for filming for TV, magazines, and music videos.
The rooftop is a spacious park-like space with a wooden deck and grassy area, where visitors can freely stroll and rest inside the place. You can also enjoy a delicious meal at the restaurant while taking in the expansive view and the ocean up close. Perfect for sightseeing, dates, and outings with children.
The Charms of Osanbashi Terminal
Great view over Yokohama
The night view of Osanbashi offers a 360-degree panorama of Yokohama's tourist attractions. From the skyscrapers of Minatomirai to the Red Brick Warehouse and the Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris wheel, you can see the bright lights clearly. The rooftop is open 24 hours a day, free of charge, so anyone can enjoy the spectacular view at any time.
As a spot for outings
There are many attractions within the Osanbashi Terminal. Visitors can relax in a café while taking in the scenery, shop for souvenirs and go shopping, or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants surrounded by a view that can only be experienced here. It has become a popular date spot that is away from the densely populated Yokohama area.
Main Hall for beautiful space and time
The hall has a distinctive glass front as the view of the Port of Yokohama through the glass creates a wonderful moment during both day and night. The lines of the floor and walls are beautifully curved, forming an original structure. Events can be held in a variety of event spaces here to suit the needs of users such as seminars and parties.
View Luxury Liners
The scale of the ships entering Osanbashi is as that of a powerful passenger liner.
When a ship arrives at the port, many people gather to catch a glimpse of its difference in scale on a global scale. It is also one of the most popular events in which anyone can join in on the arrival and departure.
Perfect opportunity for shooting.
The rooftop plaza offers many photo opportunities, with Osanbashi attracting many photographers every day. The view that seems to condense Yokohama can only be seen here in this one-of-a-kind spot. It is used for pre-wedding and post-wedding shoots, as well as for a wide variety of filming for TV dramas and movies.