Yokohama, second largest city in Japan...
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Well, as part of my weekend excursion I spent a day on a tour bus driving around Yokohama and seeing its various touristy spots. The company I did the tour through was ran by the city so the first problem with this was that they only spoke Japanese during the whole tour, haha. So, needless to say inbetween going to places I was listening to my ipod. However, we start out from the Yokohama Station promptly at 9:45am. We were then driven to the Minato Mirai 21 District to pick up some other people at a very fancy hotel, I guess they are too rich to meet the rest of us at the bus station, haha. We didn't get off here actually, we just drove around the area for the beginning. We saw the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world however it was not running at the time because of the typhoon.
So we continued on to the Bay Bridge. It wasn't really a touristy thing to see as it was just a bridge you could drive over, haha. It was a little windy on the bridge so you could feel like bus swaying, not a pleasant feeling because you are about 3-4 stories over the ocean, but we survived. After this was our first real stop.
Sankei-en Garden which is a very large and would have been pretty area when it wasn't raining.
Then we drove over to the Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen area where it just had a nice view of the harbor and of bay bridge.
After this we went to Chinatown which is suppose to be extremely beautiful. And you know what, it was, the sun decided to come out for a little while so everything was nice and bright, the temples looked really nice and colorful and the inside of the temples were full of decorations that just glistened. Here we had lunch and it was pretty good Chinese food. After this we went into the 5 story tourist trap which was okay. Top floor they had a panda exhibit and then the next flower down we had some entertainment.
So, after China town we went to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse which was the site of an old customs house that burnt down and they were doing an excavation to put up a building and they found the foundation and so now they built these little warehouse buildings and filled them with shops and restaurants. This whole area was in the Mirai 21 district so you had a nice view of the area and it was all quite pretty because the sun was still out.
Well, that is the whole touristy stuff, I stayed in an area called Tsurumi and there wasn't a lot to do at night there, but there are a lot of Japanese bars that offer 'extra' services that are quite expensive.