last update: August 12, 2021
Ōsanbashi Pier (大さん橋, ōsanbashi) is the main international passenger dock in the Port of Yokohama. Originally built between 1889 and 1896, a renovation project was initiated in the 1990s which led to the inauguration, in 2002, of an avant-garde architectural structure. Today the Ōsanbashi Pier is not only the main landing place for cruise ships that stop in the city, but also a walking place for citizens and tourists from which to enjoy a splendid view of the city.
Things to do and things to see at Ōsanbashi Pier
The pier is open to anyone, not just those who have to embark or cruise passengers. The architecture of the terminal has a minimal visual impact on the surrounding environment. The structure is equipped with a basement, dedicated to parking, a second floor dedicated to procedures relating to the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers, an area with some shops and a space for events, and a roof that is the real attraction of this wharf. Conceived as a place to relax and stroll, it is characterized by a wooden floor with a curved and asymmetrical design, interspersed with green lawns.
Ōsanbashi Pier from above
inside the cruise terminal on Ōsanbashi Pier
view of a cruise ship docked at Ōsanbashi Pier
Ōsanbashi Pier is one of the most beautiful places to take pictures and admire the Yokohama waterfront, being right in the center between the Minato Mirai
area to the west and the Yamashita Park
to the east. Also to the east, you can see in the distance the Yokohama Bay Bridge
and the giant Gundam statue of the Gundam Factory
. Ōsanbashi is finally considered the best observation point of the so-called "Three Towers of Yokohama
", a nickname that refers to three historical towers, in turn nicknamed "The King" (Kanagawa Prefectural Office), "The Queen "(Yokohama Customs building) and" The Jack "(Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall).
Minato Mirai from Ōsanbashi
Yokohama Bay Bridge from Ōsanbashi
How to get to Ōsanbashi Pier
As already mentioned, the Ōsanbashi Pier is located between Minato Mirai
and Yamashita Park
. It is easily reachable on foot from both areas along the pedestrian path that connects them. Alternatively, the nearest station is Nihon-Odori
along the Minato Mirai Line
(6 minutes from Yokohama station).
Map of Ōsanbashi Pier, Yokohama
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