Landmark Tower and Nippon Maru

Unique combination of sailing ship and skyscraper

By Takako Sakamoto    - 1 min read

Humans are strange creatures. Since olden times they never ceased to be awed whenever they saw something gigantic, like dinosaurs, pyramids, big Buddhas, and in the 21st century, skyscrapers. No matter how often I see and want to ignore these skyscrapers, every time I see them I can't help looking up and saying to myself, 'wow', in a small voice.

The Landmark Tower is no exception. Every time I see it it makes me look up with my mouth wide open. It has been an icon of Yokohama Bayside since it was built in 1993. It was the tallest building in Japan (296.3 m/972 ft) until surpassed in height by Abeno Harukas in Osaka (300 m/984 ft) in 2012. At the foot of this modern-time pyramid, the Nippon Maru, a 20th century classic sailing ship, is docked. It was built in 1930, and after enjoying a colorful history retired in 1984. It has been docked here as a museum since then. Looking at these fruits of 20th and 21st century technology at the same time is quite an unique experience, and you can have that easily here in Yokohama Bayside Area.

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.