Yokohama Bayside Nightwalk

Magical illumination every night, 365 nights a year!

By Takako Sakamoto    - 1 min read

Yokohama's Minatomirai area is one of a few places within Japan's big cities where you can relax and enjoy a leisurely time. There are plenty of open spaces stretching out to the sea and even on weekends you don't see big crowds here (except for special occasions like firework festivals). While enjoying shopping or a relaxed stroll you forget about time, and then you look up as the sun sets and night falls. That's when mesmerizing lights hit you. All the buildings, boats and playground facilities are brilliantly lit up illuminating the night sky of Yokohama Bayside. And this dream-like transformation occurs 365 nights a year - every single night!

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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.