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Yokohama Sea Taxi

Posted in Places by tokyobling on February 1, 2014

One of the things that makes Yokohama one of the most interesting cities in Japan right now is their great use of the city’s prime oceanfront location. There is a great network of sightseeing boats, cruise ships and sea taxies crisscrossing the harbor and if you feel like you need to save your legs while sight seeing or want to try something else than a train or subway ride back to Yokohama station, then the Sea Taxi might be worth checking out. It is not that much more expensive than other public transportation and certainly cheaper than a normal taxi (although not cheaper than a rental bike or bicycle taxi).

I went on the little Sea Bass, the speediest sea taxi in Yokohama bay to save me from walking all the way back to a station and then get on a train back to Yokohama station. At 580 yen (children half price) the ticket price was not too much, especially considering that the night time view of Yokohama from the ocean is pretty sweet.

The Sea Bass commutes from Yamashita Park – Pier Akarenga – Minatomirai Pukari Sanbashi – Yokohama Station East Exit. On the way you will see all these destinations and more. In the last two decades there has been massive development in this area of Yokohama and I see new buildings every time I pass through, for example several new upscale apartment houses and a brad new commercial center at the east end of Yokohama Station. Well, brand new for me at least! You also get a good view of the Japan Coast Guard ships anchored at harbor and the opportunity to spot a lot of other ships and boats coming into or out of the harbor. In winter this ride was pretty chilly but it is fantastic in summer!

Here is a visitor guide to all the tour boats in Yokohama harbor, and here is the official site of the Sea Bass.













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  1. Lilichan06 said, on February 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Yokohama by night… really a great view!
    And even more from a boat I think!! 🙂


  2. Mustang.Koji said, on February 2, 2014 at 8:46 am

    You took some wonderful photographs! Very difficult lighting to boot. My second cousin lives there and my father was stationed at the now Customs House during his time in the US Army back in ’47.


    • tokyobling said, on February 2, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I took quite a lot of photos that were too blurred to use. It was a smooth ride but still…. (^-^;) Your father must have great stories of that place. There are quite a few different customs houses still left in their original (now very worn out) state. The big one where your father was stationed still looks the same (as you already know! I have looked a lot at your photos for reference to historical Yokohama!).


      • Mustang.Koji said, on February 3, 2014 at 3:43 am

        Dad is either silent or has largely forgotten about his Army days, unfortunately. And I hope one or two of those old photos came in handy. 🙂


        • tokyobling said, on February 3, 2014 at 4:07 am

          I love old photos! Especially of times that are so completely under-documented as Japan 1945-1950. Thank you posting it all!


          • Mustang.Koji said, on February 3, 2014 at 5:26 am

            LOL. His shoebox has hundreds of photos… 95% of which are credit card sized B&Ws. 🙂


          • tokyobling said, on February 3, 2014 at 6:51 am

            No negatives? That would be photographic gold..!


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