Next stop on my photo tour of Yokohama is actually one of my favorites places in Yokohama: Shin-Yokohama. Shin Yokohama is a basically a city built around a Shinkansen station. No shinkansen, no Shin-Yokohama. At least no shin-Yokohama as we know it now.
Shin-Yokohama Station was opened on October 1, 1964 as part of the opening of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen. At the time, the surrounding area was completely rural, and the site was selected as it was the intersection of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen tracks with the existing Yokohama Line. The station was connected to the Yokohama Municipal Subway system on March 14, 1985. With the privatization of the JNR on April 1, 1987, the JNR portion of the station came under the operational control of JR East. In the 1980s, the area around the station saw an influx of mid-size companies including computer software firms set up offices there on thanks to increased stops by the Hikari and Nozomi services (from 1992) which offered shorter travel hours to Nagoya and Shin-Ōsaka. The station building was remodeled in 1998 (from Wikipedia.)
As you can see in the map above, aside from the Shinkansen, Shin-Yokohama has a number of attractions.
First, there’s Nissan Stadium, the site of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
It’s an awesome stadium, inside and out. In addition to being home to the Yokohama F. Marinos (soccer team), the facility also has restaurants, a fitness center and even a water park. And around the perimeter there’s an area for a nice picnic as well as a number of sports facilities and fields for soccer, baseball, tennis, and even basketball. You might even find Loco himself there Sunday mornings putting his old school moves on these J-fools. (-:
A nice walk from Nissan Stadium through the lovely tree-lined streets of Shin Yokohama will land you at another notable entertainment venue: Yokohama Arena
If you come here on the weekend, you’re bound to run into at least one wedding party. For some reason, in the 6 years I’ve been coming here I’ve yet to not see one, especially in spring or summer.
There are a number of very nice hotels in Shin-Yokohama, as well as in Yokohama (see: Hotels in Yokohama) but around the corner from the Yokohama Arena is the area’s landmark hotel, the Shin-Yokohama Prince Hotel, with its distinctive cylindrical shape. Within the hotel is the Prince Pepe Shopping plaza which contains a number of shops and restaurants, including one of my favorite pizza parlors: Mar de Napoli. Their brick oven pizza and pastas are off the charts (though the portions could use an upgrade.)
One other place of note is the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum…I didn’t stop there today but I have on a number of occasions, and I can assure you it’s worth the trip!
Well, that’s about it for my little day trip around Shin-Yokohama.
So, what do you do after you’ve worn yourself out and filled your belly?
Well there are a variety of places to stay in Shin-Yokohama. If you’re like me, and you’re with that special someone, I know just the place:
A love hotel by the name of: The Scene
It’s the best Love Hotel I’ve ever been to (and that’s saying something.) And, how convenient, it’s right here in lovely Shin-Yokohama.
To be continued…
But here’s a sneak preview:
Yep, that’s a King-sized bed, leather massage chair, HD Projection TV, surround sound speaker system, and that’s just the bedroom!