The word Kannai means “barrier to the inside”. Towards the end of the Sakoku period (Japan’s seclusion from the rest of the world), in the 19th century, a port in Yokohama was opened specifically for foreign trading. Therefore when foreigners started to reside around the port in Japan, a “barrier” (Kannai) was built in order to separate Westerners from Japanese residential areas.
If you’re a fan of Charlie Chaplin , you may want to visit the luxury passenger liner, that he was once a passenger on, at the NYK maritime museum.
If you enjoy seaside parks and long strolls, you would love Yamashira Park, which faces the Yokohama port, and spends one kilometer along the seashore. You can easily drop by from Yokohama’s Chinatown, a well-loved tourism spot.
Afterwards, you should stop by Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, the gateway of Yokohama Port. This award winning pier, commonly just known as Osanbashi, is the place to unwind and relax, as you can take in the entire spectacular night view of Minato Mirai 21 Area. The rooftop, open 24 hours, is also the ideal couple’s destination in the evenings.