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The tallest ferris wheel 105m

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.

pretty pond
  Attached to the ferris wheel is a small roller coaster which looked like a lot of fun, but again not running.  So the first stop would have been Yamashita Park which is a small area along the ocean with just some touristy things to see.  Nothing special but we didn't get off the bus because of the rain. 

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.

entrance view of Sankei-en Garden
  However, at the entrance of the grounds there is a very beautiful pond full of lotus flowers, it was very pretty, that was probably the most color in the whole garden!  The grounds are huge and there is a lot of walking involved.  There are nice little houses inside the grounds that belong to silk merchants.  There is a 3 story pagoda which is 500 years old, and it definately shows.  It was pretty dissappointing because it is at the highest spot of the garden, ontop of a small hill, but it is surrounded by trees so you could neither see it very well and it doesn't exactly have the best view of the garden. 

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.

the most colorful thing in the garden
  Nothing really special, pretty nice grounds, nothing breath taking.  There was a house on the grounds that belong to a British PM or something, pretty nice house, but now it is used as a office, so, yeeah. 

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.

Sankei-en Garden
  A women played a Chinese guitar, it was nice and then there was another women that did some typical Chinese dancing.  All very nice.  At the bottom you have the shopping, lots of shopping, lots of food and the typical tourist stuff, nothing good just over priced.

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.

Sankei-en Garden
  I did find a bar called GCG, German something something, I dont remember.  But this seemed like where all the younger people went, it was great, they had great food, all kinds of beers and a great atmosphere.  It is close to the Tsurumi train stop in an area called Bay street, but it was no where near the bay.  Oh well, all in all a very nice trip, highly recommed it, but you really don't need more than 2 days there.  Cheers and travel safe!

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The tallest ferris wheel 105m
The tallest ferris wheel 105m
pretty pond
pretty pond
entrance view of Sankei-en Garden
entrance view of Sankei-en Garden
the most colorful thing in the gar…
the most colorful thing in the ga…
Sankei-en Garden
Sankei-en Garden
Sankei-en Garden
Sankei-en Garden
self explanatory
self explanatory
Sankei-en Garden
Sankei-en Garden
yup
yup
Sankei-en Garden
Sankei-en Garden
Sankei-en Garden
Sankei-en Garden
Sankei-en Garden, bamboo alley
Sankei-en Garden, bamboo alley
me and rainy!
me and rainy!
Sankei-en Garden buddha
Sankei-en Garden buddha
you know
you know
3-storied pagoda
3-storied pagoda
3 story
3 story
Sankei-en Garden
Sankei-en Garden
turtle!
turtle!
pond at Sankei-en
pond at Sankei-en
Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen
Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen
bay bridge, you can actually see i…
bay bridge, you can actually see …
interesting tree
interesting tree
Bay bridge, cant you see it?
Bay bridge, can't you see it?
Landmark Tower, tallest building i…
Landmark Tower, tallest building …
Pacifico Yokohama, has the Grand I…
Pacifico Yokohama, has the Grand …
The red brick warehouse
The red brick warehouse
Chinatown, the 5 story tourist trap
Chinatown, the 5 story tourist trap
Chinatown
Chinatown
Chinese instruments
Chinese instruments
Chinatown, temple
Chinatown, temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Cool cravings
Cool cravings
Temple
Temple
carving
carving
temple, Chinatown
temple, Chinatown
temple, Chinatown
temple, Chinatown
overlook of Mirai 21 district
overlook of Mirai 21 district
it stopped raining, so nice view
it stopped raining, so nice view
ditto
ditto
red brick warehouses
red brick warehouses
bay bridge, quite pretty
bay bridge, quite pretty
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