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Dolls from everywhere at the Doll museum
Price: 400 yen
The Yokohama Doll Museum is a paradise for all doll lovers. The museum has dolls from all over the world and diffrent time periods (from very very old to the newest generation). You can also see some amazing small dollhouses from europe, which look so real.
The museum also always offers some special exhibitions like the exhibition about Rika-chan anniversery or the dollhouse exhibition.
The museum is an adventure for small and big children and of course also for adults who love dolls.
In the Area
Of course this store gets five stars from me; it has a PLAY AREA. And a seating area. And sea views! It takes a lot to surprise me after 16 years living in Japan, so this one gets a gold star for accomplishing just that. Located in Yamashita Park on the sea front, this is a convenience store like no other. However, in saying that I am not sure how "convenient" it really is as unlike most convenience stores it doesn't have a parking lot and isn't suited to a quick visit. It is great for a relaxing visit though and given its location at the entrance to a park it is convenient for park goers. It is usually fairly busy and it is not uncommon to have to queue to be served. The seating area around the play area is always jammed too, but on a fine day you can enjoy the sea breeze and sit outdoors. There is a courtyard out one side of the store with plastic tables and chairs. The play area is partially made from recycled crates. It is mainly a climbing type play area, where the kids can climb up and tunnel through box like structures. There is soft padding on part of the ground. They have a good choice of take away food such as onigiri and sandwiches as that is a large part of their trade. Once you purchase something in the store you can use their seating area. It is known for having a good choice of beer too, but I can't confirm that! Sometimes street performers perform outside the shop.The store is open from 7 am to 11 pm. It has an ATM machine. It also has fax, a copier and photo printing services. "Lawson Free Wifi" is available.
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.
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.
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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.