The Bankokubashi is an arch bridge crossing a canal on the way from Bashamichi to Shinko Area.
It is an old bridge made of concrete which does not have such features at first glance, but in the past it used to play its role in the international trade of Yokohama Port as a point of contact between the Shinko Pier and the mainland. There are facilities such as refurbished bonded warehouse in the surroundings, and the remnant of the time is kept.
This bridge is now famous as a shooting spot, and speaking of the night view of Minato Mirai this place gets up.
When I actually went there, thanks to the canal, there was a clear view towards Minato Mirai from here, so I could see the main buildings such as the Landmark Tower.
In sunset, the sun will sink just behind the Landmark Tower, the silhouette of the building will emerge in the twilight sky. At the same time, the illumination of Cosmo Clock begins and it make a good picture by giving movement to the scenery.
The current bridge is the second generation. The first generation was built as a steel truss bridge in 1904, after that, it was able to withstand the Great Kanto Earthquake, but with the increase in traffic volume it was replaced by the present concrete arch bridge in 1940.
This time I will introduce about Bankokubashi as well as the surroundings.
Table of contents
- 1 How to get to the Bankokubashi
- 2 See all over the Bankokubashi
- 3 The view from the Bankokubashi
- 4 Around the Bankokubashi
How to get to the Bankokubashi
From the Bashamichi station
The nearest station of the Bankokubashi is the Bashamichi station of the Minato Mirai line.
Since there is one ticket gate of Bashamichi station, after going out, proceed towards Motomachi-Chinatown station and go up the escalator. There is one more escalator.
From the exit of the escalator, go to the left (the right in the picture) and go to the ground from exit 4. If you proceed along this route you can use the escalator to the ground.
Most other exits have stairs only, so it will be a little exercise.
This is the ground entrance of exit 4 of Bashamichi station.
Walking from the 4th exit to the Shinko Area, you will arrive at the Bankokubashi in about 100 meters.
On the way, the building which treated the brick on the left side of the sidewalk is former Raw Silk Inspection Office and is now used as the second joint government building in Yokohama.
From Sakuragicho Station
When you walk from the JR Sakuragicho station on the Kishamichi Promenade, the vicinity of the Bankokubashi is the end point.
Although this route has some distance, it is recommended because it is a popular walking road.
For Kishamichi Promenade, please have this article.
See all over the Bankokubashi
It is a picture taken from the sidewalk along the canal after coming from the Bashamichi station and crossing the bridge. The ivy covers about half of the arch of the concrete.
When I look closely, the revetment around the bridge was a stone work. There was also a remnant of the time when it was created.
This picture was taken along the canal a little after walking to Yamashita Park side.
Landmark tower has a presence over the bridge. On the other hand, the bridge has no conspicuous design and it seems to miss if you do not know.
Before the bridge, the corner on the left side of the canal is the ship reservoir of the houseboat.
It is a picture taken from the Canal Park by turning to the other side of the bridge. There is no ivy on this side
It is the balustrade with stones. The road surface of the bridge has been paved with asphalt, but this balustrade remains at that time as it was erected in the Showa era.
It is also the newel post with stone. The name written on the bridge name board is “Bankokubashi”. Even though reading was the same, it was another kanji.
The view from the Bankokubashi
Minato Mirai side
This is the view of the center of Minato Mirai over the balustrade.
From this point of view, it can be seen that the ridgeline of the building is designed to fall down in turn from the Landmark Tower to the Queen’s Tower A, B, C.
Evening landscape / Night view
Bankokubashi is famous for its night view, so I took some pictures.
This is a picture taken just before the sunset.
The beauty that the faint light of the window is lined up in the silhouette of the building. The fun that it is projected on the waterside. In addition, the light of Anniversary and Cosmo Clock adds glamor.
Indeed, there are plenty of night view elements.
This is after the sun has completely fallen. There is also a camera setting, but the color of the sky changes considerably.
Yamashita Park side
Bankokubashi is famous for the view on the Minato Mirai side, but Yamashita Park side also has a scenery stretching along the canal, it is quite tasty.
This is a picture before the sunset. Although it is small, you can see the Queen’s Tower of Yokohama Customs on the center on the right and the top of the Osanbashi Pier Building on the left.
This is a night view. Unfortunately the amount of light was insufficient and the shadows crushed.
Around the Bankokubashi
On the side of Yamashita Park in Bankokubashi, old warehouses are lining along the canal, leaving the vestige of when it was a pier once.
It is interesting that there are such completely different landscapes in the vicinity of Minato Mirai representing modern in Yokohama.
About 10 houseboats are moored just beside the Bankokubashi.
There is a pier like this picture, but the passenger’s stand is not here, it seems to board from the Benten Bridge near JR Sakuragi-cho station, or from the Pukari Pier near the Intercontinental Hotel. (According to the website)
It is a Youtube video of Suzuyoshi, one of houseboats.
The building on the front of the ship reservoir is “Creation space Bankokubashi SOKO”.
It is an office where renewed bonded warehouse, and there are many companies with creative work there.
Bankokubashi Conference Center
The building that is protruding to the canal is the Bankokubashi Conference Center. The 4th floor and the 5th floor are lending conference rooms, and on the other floors there is the Tokyo University of the Arts Yokohama Campus and Hello Work.
This building has a bold structure that puts in the foundation in the water, and I examined the circumstances of how it was developed, but unfortunately, no information was found.
There was a guide board of the conference room for rent in the back of the building. Because it is a weekday, the schedule was quite occupied.
BankART Studio NYK
Walk a little along the canal, there is BankART Studio NYK.
It is an art space diverted from NYK warehouse, where there are galleries, cafes and art book stores.
When returning from the Bankokubashi to the Bashamichi station a bit, there is Araiya Bankokubashi, a long-established Gyunabe. The establishment of this shop is in 1895.
The second joint government building in Yokohama (the former Yokohama Raw Silk Inspection Office)
It is the second joint government building in Yokohama which was in the line of exit 4 of the Bashamichi station. It is designated as a historical building in Yokohama.
The main building is a skyscraper visible at the top of the photo, and the lower layer that treated bricks in the foreground is the site of the former Yokohama Raw Silk Inspection Office. It is a facade that reproduces the building built in the Taisho era.
Before the front entrance there is an information board of the former Raw Silk Inspection Office.
The introduction of the Bankokubashi is over.