To tell the truth, I didn't want to tell you about this park. It's my favorite place in Yokohama and I'd prefer to keep the crowds away! But only for you, the readers of Japan Travel, will I share its secrets. Italia-yama Park, only a 5-minute-walk from JR Ishikawa-cho Station on the Kehin Tohoku Line, is a beautiful place to enjoy the sunset. It also has a beautiful wide-open view of Yokohama, from the skyline of Minato Mirai to Marine Tower and Yokohama Bay Bridge. Actually, it is not busy at all except on the day of the yearly summer fireworks festival. There are two lovely houses in the park, the Diplomat’s House and Bluff No.18, and the Italian Consulate General's office was situated on this hill from 1880 to 1886.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。