Down near the port area you’ll find the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouses. These two buildings that you can’t mistake, are totally made from red bricks hence the name.
These two buildings used to be the Customs Inspection House’s for Yokohama back in the 1920’s. Today they have been converted into a popular destination for locals & tourists, young or old.
What you’ll find in the left Red Brick Warehouse (when facing the water) is predominantly shops and restaurants, spread over three levels. The other Red Brick building is often used for events, concerts etc.
The area outside of the warehouses is used for many different things. In winter, an ice rink is usually set up, in autumn the October Beer Festival is here, while other exhibits and even open air events take place during the year.
The Red Brick building with the shops is a shoppers paradise. It has many different small boutique-style places with plenty of unordinary things. It’s certainly not your standard shopping center, and a variety of dining venues are dotted around. It was rather busy throughout the building when we were here for a visit, even without anything special going on.
A good place to spend time wandering through shops, especially on a rainy day. Another great place to shop on a rainy day would be at the Landmark Tower, plus here you can ride the fastest elevator to the Sky Garden and take in panoramic views of the city.
Just as the outside of these buildings have kept their shape, style, and appearance, the inside has also kept some of the rustic old warehouse styles. Thick solid walls separate the areas between shops and the huge solid sliding doors are still there. Pipes and metal roofing as well as the red brick feature in areas.
If you are visiting Yokohama, then a visit to the Red Brick Warehouse to shop, eat or just look around would be worth it.
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