If you’re one to climb the tallest buildings in every city you explore, then Yokohama’s Landmark Tower is the perfect place for you. Standing just shy of the big 300 at 296m tall, it is the tallest building in the greater Tokyo area, and second tallest across Japan, just beaten by the recently built Abeno Harukas Skyscraper in 2012.
The height of buildings in Japan is relatively modest in comparison to global standards, due to the stratospheric price of labour and materials and highly strict building code and structural guidelines to protect against earthquakes. Which is probably the main reason why they are only recently pushing the limit of 300m.
The building spans a total of 73 floors high including a luxury hotel on floors 49-70, with floors 48 and below holding a collection of stores, restaurants, medical clinics and office space.
The five-star hotel located on the upper levels of the tower is called the Yokohama Royal Park Hotel, and caters for weddings, private functions and has a variety of premium rooms. Obviously, the main feature on offer is the sweeping views of Yokohama city, plus its incredibly picturesque harbour. In addition to this, you can dine at one of the many restaurants in within the hotel limits and enjoy the scenery at the same time. The hotel also boasts the usual array of amenities from a fitness centre, room service and in-room aroma-therapy sessions.
SkyGarden on Level 69
On level 69 you can access the SkyGarden floor which includes the SkyCafe, a gift shop and a special Chef Store. The cafe itself offers breathtaking sights of Yokohama’s Minato Mirai area, lit up in spectacular fashion. Climbing to the top will cost an adult 1,000 yen, while children’s prices start from 200 yen.
The Observation Deck accessible from the SkyGarden floor on level 69 offers 360 panoramic views, whose beauty is pretty much self-explanatory, day or night. On a clear day, you should also be able to catch a glimpse of Japan’s sacred treasure Mount Fuji in the distance.
Among the lower levels of the building, you can find an assortment of shops, featuring brands like Gap, H&M, Banana Republic, Laura Ashley, Jins and more. There is also a vast array of restaurants including well-known chains like McDonald’s, Sizzler and Starbucks, but also cafes, supermarkets and other Japanese food outlets.
How to Get There?
If you become a regular visitor you may also want to consider applying for their ‘Minato Mirai’ point card, which offers a bunch of campaigns and specials on stores within the shopping complex area.
The tower is located in the Minato Mirai 21 area of Yokohama, a short walk from Sakuragicho train station. Directly next to the Yokohama Museum of Art. You can also find it via our link on google maps.
For more information check out their website which is automatically translated into English.