Yokohama International Port Terminal
The Yokohama International Port Terminal is a major port where international cruise ships dock during their visit to Japan. The 70m steel structure was designed by Foreign Office Architects (FOA) in 1995, and its construction was finished in 2002.
Instead, they designed the terminal to beautifully blend with Yokohama’s harbor’s landscape and at the same time serve as a public space. The long structure was constructed as an extension of Yamashita Park and its surface welcomes many visitors every day.
The structural folds of the surface become the heart of the project. The open terminal floor allows visitors to use the space as they please.
People can walk onto the deck and carry out many types of activities beyond that of travel. When I visited I saw people jogging, families making picnics, people on wheelchairs enjoying some sunlight, young couples taking a romantic walk, etc.
The circulation system of the terminal is an important part of the project.
Instead of providing the specialized and isolated routes that usually discourage passengers to carry out other activities, the circulation system consists of a series of connecting paths, designed to increase opportunities for interaction between persons and present them with choices along their way.
Yokohama International Port Terminal is a great place to visit when exploring Yokohama.
- Address: 1-1-4, Kaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0002
- Tel: 045-211-2304
- Hours: Open everyday from 09:00 – 21:00 / *24h (rooftop, parking space)
- Closest Station: Kannai Station: JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line / Municipal Subway Line
Nihon-odori Station: Minatomirai Line
- Access fee: Free