Discover Hidden Yokohama

Exploring Yokohama’s unknown attractions

By Rey Waters    - 2 min read

Many visitors, even Yokohama residents, are not aware of the beautiful parks outside of the main tourist spots. An example begins at Kamoi Station. Walk to the Tsurumi River and head towards Shin-Yokohama. During the spring, there is a wonderful display of Sakura with many park benches where you can just sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

After about 3 kilometers there is a bridge you can cross to Egawa Seseragi Ryokudo for one of the best Sakura and Tulip views in the city. The name means Small River, with a quiet flow, along a green road. Until 1955 this area was filled with rice farms that they were quickly overrun with residential development. The water along the river became very dirty; however the new residents decided to clean it up. In 1985 they planted 200 cherry trees along the stream. The local sewer company in 1995 fixed the pipes and made a creek with high quality clean water and walkways to enjoy the outdoors. The local school kids were encouraged by Yamazaki Bread Company to plant tulips along the creek sides. They were rewarded with gifts of bread for their efforts. Today it is like walking through a fairyland, especially in early spring when the sakura and tulips bloom simultaneously.

The walkway ends near the local IKEA. From there, go an additional 2.7 kilometers to Kozukue Castle Ruins. Here is another spot that is mostly unknown even by the locals. The castle was founded by the Uesugi Clan in 1438. During the Odawara Siege of 1590 the castle was given up without a fight. When the war was over the castle was demolished. Today you will walk through a bamboo forest and see many signs with information about the castle. Meander along the moat, look up on the hills and visualize what is was like back in the early days before the castle was destroyed. The trails have many up and down steps giving you some good exercise, and even includes a wildlife habitat where you may catch a glimpse of some forest creatures.

To walk all three areas is about 9.7 kilometers or 6 miles. And yes, there are buses you can take that will shorten your walk considerably.

Yokohama covers 437 square kilometers or 169 square miles. This is just three of the many hidden gems you will find throughout the city.

Getting there

Start at Kamoi Station, walk along the Tsurumi River to the Kozukueo Bridge, cross over and walk to Egawa Park, then head south to Kozukue Castle Ruins. See map in picture section.

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Rey Waters

Rey Waters @rey.waters

Born in the U.S.A. - Worked 30 years in executive management high tech Industry, owned a management consulting firm and a wildlife art publishing company.  In 2012 completed the Ultimate Travel Writer’s course and published my first article Tower Hopping in Japan with Travel Post Monthly.  Since then I have published travel related articles and books in the U.S., Japan, and Costa Rica. As of 2018 I have traveled all 8 regions in Japan.   My objective in writing articles is to expose prospective tourists to areas of Japan outside the Tokyo - Kyoto corridor.   I enjoy writing about the outdoors, festivals, crafts, museums, local food, history, and the wonderful people I have met along the way. Residing in Yokohama for over seven years, I have explored the entire city by foot and have written about my experiences.   There is so much to see in Japan.

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Sherilyn Siy 9 months ago
Egawa Walkway looks glorious with the combination of sakura and tulips. Tulips are some of my favorite spring flowers.
Bonson Lam 9 months ago
A wonderful story of urban renewal, with everyone from kids to adults joining in. The juxtaposition of the tulips and cherry blossoms is very unique, almost symbolic.
Kim 9 months ago
So much springtime beauty - really enjoyed your photos!
Elena Lisina 9 months ago
Wonderful shots! I envy as we still have snow.
Lynda Hogan 9 months ago
I love these off the tourist trail spots, especially in this time of Covid. Beautiful photos.
Sleiman Azizi 9 months ago
I concur. Off the tourist trails and you find just as many tourist-worthy spots but, yep, without the tourists. Good stuff.