Standing high above Yokohama’s Minato Mirai district, Yokohama Landmark Tower is one of the most recognizable features of Yokohama’s bayside skyline. At just over 296 meters tall, it is the second tallest building in Japan (the first is the Abeno Harukas skyscraper in Osaka).
The tower has some shops and restaurants on its lower floors, while the Yokohama Royal Park Hotel occupies floors 49 to 68 and also floor 70. However, the main attraction for tourists is the Sky Garden observation deck on the 69th floor from which visitors can enjoy sweeping panoramic views over Yokohama’s cityscape.
The entrance to the observation deck is on the 3rd floor of the tower. After buying your tickets you will take an elevator from the 2nd floor. These elevators are the fastest in Japan, traveling at 750 meters per minute and carrying passengers all the way up to the 69th floor in under 40 seconds.
The 69th floor is 273 meters high and has large windows on all sides from which you can look over the city.
Apparently, on a clear day it is possible to see Mount Fuji.
On the southwest side there is a café where you can buy sandwiches, snacks, and simple meals along with cocktails, beer, soft drinks and ice cream.
This café also has a seating area where you can continue to enjoy the view while having a drink or something to eat.
There is also a shop where you can buy all kinds of Landmark Tower and Yokohama themed souvenirs and goods.
Yokohama Landmark Tower Location
Yokohama Landmark Tower is a 2 minute walk from Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line and a 3 minute walk from Sakuragicho Station on JR East’s Negishi Line and Yokohama Municipal Subway’s Blue Line. Other nearby attractions include Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama Port Museum (which includes the Nippon Maru sailing ship), and the Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum.
Regular Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00（Last entry at: 20:30）
On Saturdays and during Golden Week, summer vacation, and the Christmas period the opening hours are extended to 22.00.
Adults (aged 18 – 64): 1,000 yen
Seniors (aged 65+): 800 yen
Senior High School Students: 800 yen
Children: 500 yen
Infants (aged 4 or younger): 200 yen
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.