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We stopped in this museum in Nippon-maru Memorial Park when a heavy shower suddenly changed our plans. We didn't even know what the building was. At first we thought it was a terminal building for the Nippon-maru ship outside! We were surprised to learn it is a museum and enjoyed around an hour meandering about and conversing with the friendly and helpful staff. We did not board Nippon-maru, because of the rain, but I definitely would go back just to explore the ship.They have information leaflets in English, but the volunteer guides can tell you anything you need to know and some of them speak English. They are very friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and helpful. They have an English webpage too. The museum has different areas of which one, at the entrance is actually free. You can view giant floor maps of Yokohama. This was surprisingly the highlight for my four kids who were aged between 1 and 6 years old at the time of visiting. The rediscover zone is probably most interesting in the learning zones, for smaller children. They hold events for children in the museum too.It is open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday. A combined ticket to see the ship and for the museum costs 600 yen normally, but it is only 400 yen in winter. School aged children cost 300 yen normally and 200 yen in Winter. A ticket into one or other (the ship or the museum) costs 400 yen March to November and 200 yen from December to February. You can not bring a buggy / stroller into the museum you have to leave it at the door. The museum is partially barrier free, with ramps, slopes and elevators. There is a ostomates accessible restroom, which is a multi-purpose restroom with changing facilities.
Try this Japanese style onsen at heart of the city. If you are looking for a relaxing time this is perfect for you. Be ready for you will go nude all the way ,but its okay everybody will do the same. Don't worry for the towels, shampoo, body wash its all free. and the body lotion and face cream its all there. And if you are hungry after the relaxing bath, you can go to the restaurant and there are lot of foods to choose from. And after eating you can go at the roof top to have little drink while watching the view outside. Then if you feel sleepy they also have a place to lie down and relax watch tv or just listen to a music. But if you want to go overnight just ask the reception area of the rate because I haven't tried it yet. Thats all I can share with you guys I hope you can try this Japanese style onsen.
Despite being free this is a really decent sized zoo with a great selection of animals. The thing I liked best about it is that they have designed it in such a way that during visiting hours the animals are up close and visible even to the smallest of children. The zoo has been around a long time and was the first zoo in Japan to enjoy success in housing a number of foreign animals including leopards, sloth bear and lemurs. They still have the latter (lemurs) but currently there are no sloth bears or leopards. They do have other bears, and a lion and tiger. You can see them up close and personal. They have a fantastic petting area where you can meet, touch and hold a variety of small animals such as mice, guinea pigs, chickens and snakes. Beside that area they have a few penguins with low barriers for easy viewing. They currently have a good selection of monkeys. The red pandas are supposedly the most popular especially at feeding time. In total there are about 1500 animals of 100 different species. They have a list of all animals on their website.The zoo is quite hilly, but there are ramps that people with strollers can use. I sometimes had to go around a longer way due to the buggy, but I didn’t find it hard to navigate and it was only a minor problem. There are plenty of toilets, one of which is a family toilet with a child’s toilet, urinal, changing area and regular toilet. There are rest areas and drink and food vending machines. There are some fun areas within the zoo for kids, such as the old train that is turned into a rest area or the old polar bear enclosure which kids can explore.Open 9.30 am to 4 pm, Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays. It is about 10 minutes walk from Hinodecho Station on the Keikyu line or about 15 minutes walk from Sakuragi cho on the JR Negishi Line. Only a couple of parking spaces for disabled drivers only.
Designed as a cultural centre, this bright airy modern building with large terrace is a nice relaxing space on the original quayside of Yokohama. The shop / cafe / museum / terrace / workshop is on the site of the 2nd port Commodore Perry landed which was one of five ports to make up the original port of Yokohama . Back when the port of Yokohama was being developed the area of the site of this cafe and terrace was known as Zou no Hana, literally Elephant's trunk. Supposedly at that time the dykes that used to be in the area were said to resemble elephant's trunks. Hence, the interesting name of the shop and its most popular product: ice-cream in the shape of an elephant's face. There is a life sized wooden elephant on display and outside there are some small elephant statues. There is usually some sort of pop-up shop or stall there at the weekends, often selling home-made produce. The cafe is a permanent fixture and other than ice-cream sells a few other things. The menu is quite small and in terms of meals there is only two things on offer; curry or sandwiches. They do have some nice desserts including a roll cake with the centre filling shaped like an elephant. They also have a choice of beverages, including locally brewed beer and a nice selection of tea. Beside the cafe there is an open space which is used for a multitude of things such as art exhibitions and displays. The centre runs different workshops too, for both adults and children. Some of the staff speak good English and are willing to use it. There is some English on their website. It is open from 10 am to 6 pm Sunday to Friday, closed on Saturdays. It is about a 5 minute walk from Nihon-odori station on the Minato Mirai line. There is charged parking nearby.
Step into Anpanman's world in this bright, colourful and fun museum near to the port and many other attractions. The museum is charged, but the mall around it is free and open to the public. The mall has a number of different Anpanman themed shops as well as some play equipment. They even hold a free show sometimes with the Anpanman characters.If you are new to Japan, Anpanman is the most popular animation for young children. The cartoon holds the Guinness World Record Holder for the most characters in an animation show. From memory it is well over one thousand characters. They may all very well be represented in the museum in one form or another, but it is only really the main characters that are highlighted in the museum and that participate in the popular "live stage". The museum is best suited to children under four in my opinion, but the mall is suited to all ages. You wouldn't need more than 3 hours in the museum. There isn't that much to play with in terms of equipment in the museum, it is more visual and prop like attractions rather than playground equipment. There are some stepping stones, a colourful 5 slide ride and a good kids room with Anpanman toys. Children under one are free, everyone else is 1500 per person. Parking is 520 yen for the first hour, then 270 yen per every extra half hour. Buggies aren't allowed in the museum, but you can use them in the mall. They have a few nursing areas and nappy changing areas. I didn't see any English information, but I wasn't exactly looking for it either! The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm.