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Yokohama's Nihon-Ōdōri

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Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors of gingko trees lining this historic avenue

Kanagawa Prefecture, Tourism Division



The historic port of Yokohama, which neighbors Tokyo, was one of the first places in Japan to open up to the world in the mid-19th century. Parts of the city retain an old European atmosphere from this time, such as the central, gingko tree-lined avenue Nihon-Ōdōri which is only seven minutes from Yokohama station by train.


Nihon-Ōdōri, the first western style street in Japan, was completed in 1870 and designed by British engineer R. H. Blanton. The avenue is lined with stately historic buildings including the Kanagawa Prefectural Government building, the Yokohama Archives of History, Yokohama District Court, the Mitsui & Co. Ltd. Yokohama building and the old Kantō Local Finance Bureau. There are various places to eat, stay, and go shopping along Nihon-Ōdōri which is a particularly popular destination in autumn when the leaves of the gingko trees turn golden yellow.


It is easy to walk from Nihon-Ōdōri to other top local sightseeing spots such as Yokohama’s Chinatown, Yamashita Park, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouses and Ōsanbashi Pier. So, as well as the beautiful day time sight of golden ginkgo trees contrasting with blue skies, at night along Nihon-Ōdōri you can enjoy the gorgeous view of the twinkling lights of the bayside Minato Mirai area.


How to get there


A 1 minute walk from Nihon-Ōdōri Station or 7 minutes from Yokohama Station by train.



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