Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse 横浜赤レンガ倉庫
From customs warehouse to thriving cultural community center
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a key part of the scenery along the shores of Yokohama Bay. Once used as the city's main shipping hub, this historic site is now a bustling and vibrant center of local culture and community.
The area offers a grand view of Yokohama Bay
It's also known as Yokohama Akarenga Soko
The building was originally a customs inspection house for shipping boats
How to Get There
The area is easily accessible by a number of trains and located close to many of Yokohama's other attractions.
The closest stations are Bashamichi and Nihon-Odori on the Minatomirai Line. It takes about 40 minutes to reach the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse from Shibuya via the Tokyu Toyoko Line.
If you have a JR Rail Pass, Sakuragicho and Kannai are the closest JR rail links. They're both about a 15-minute walk from the warehouse. JR can get you to Sakuragicho in about 45 minutes from Shinjuku and in just over an hour from Tokyo Station .
Japan opens up to the world
When Japan opened its market to the rest of the world in the late 19th century, Yokohama was initially the primary port through which trade flowed in and out of the Tokyo area. The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is actually a pair of structures that served as a customs-clearing house to control the flow of goods passing through the port.
A center of modern-day community life
Today, the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse serves a versatile role for local community and businesses. The Event Plaza hosts markets and other outdoor festivities. Meanwhile, Warehouse No. 1, the smaller of the two buildings, has several event halls for concerts, exhibitions, and more.
Red Brick Park is a wide-open grassy space where you can spread out, relax, and take in a view of the bay and ships passing through.
Exploring the shops
Before you leave, you might want to set aside some time to explore the many shops in the two warehouses. Along with several stores selling clothing, bags, and accessories, one shop that might pique your interest is Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya, which sells replica foods like the ones you often see outside restaurants in Japan. You'll be amazed at how realistic they appear. Elsewhere, browse through cute stores selling Japanese stationery, arts and crafts, and gorgeous dishware and ornaments.