Osanbashi Pier is home to Yokohama's International Passenger Terminal (橋国際客船ターミナル), otherwise known as Osanbashi- or Yokohama Port. Located between Minato Mirai and the Yamashita Park/Chinatown area, Osanbashi Pier acts as the main international port terminal for Japan, given its close proximity to Tokyo.
It is common to see foreign cruise ships dock here as well as domestic cruises that tour the islands of Japan.
The vast construction was designed by UK-based Foreign Office Architects (Alejandro Zaera Polo and Farshid Moussavi) for its 2002 re-opening, though the original construction dates back to 1894.
Inside, the venue is home to a variety of shops, restaurants and event space, while also catering to the huge numbers of cruise ship passengers that embark/disembark here.
Outside, the pier has become a destination in its own right thanks to an abstract-designed rooftop with wooden decking and grass areas that provide panoramic views of Yokohama's bay area.
Known as Kujira-no-senaka (whale's back), the rooftop here features some of Yokohama's best views of the city’s skyline. This long walkway is also an ideal place to indulge and relax at the end or at the beginning of your cruise.
Enjoy fine dining with panoramic views of the bay at the 'Subzero' Italian restaurant on the edge of the pier, or more regular fare, an evening bar and speciality coffee line-up at Blue Terminal.
Come across a variety of Japan brands, like Motomachi's Kitamura fashion brand, souvenirs from Royal Wing, or bags by Sensui Kobo.
Osanbashi's inner hall plays host to a variety of seasonal events, often held on weekends, including Beer Fest, held every September.
By train, Osanbashi Pier can be reached via a seven-minute walk from Nihon-Odori Station (Minato Mirai Line) or 15-minute walk from Kannai Station (JR, Yokohama Subway).
By bus, Osanbashi Pier is accessible via the Akai Kutsu sightseeing bus (stop C15), from the Motomachi/Chinatown area heading towards Sakuragicho Station.
On foot, Osanbashi Pier can be easily accessed from nearby sightseeing spots, between Yamashita Park and the Minato Mirai. The Akarenga Red Brick Warehouse is a 10-minute walk.
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