The Grand Mall Park is a very long park running through the Minato Mirai Central Area from north to south from between Landmark Plaza and Queen’s Square to Shin-takashima station.
It is a popular walking course because there are plenty of illuminations here. On the way back from Minato Mirai, there are a lot of people who walk home through the Grand Mall Park to Yokohama station rather than to the nearest Sakuragicho station and Minatomirai station.
This park is actually in line with five squares.
Because each square is unique, it is difficult for people not familiar with this place to recognize as “one park”. It seems that many people regard it as a boardwalk.
The five squares are as follows from the South in order.
Here is the map connecting these on the route. (End point slightly out of alignment due to setting reasons)
I will introduce these five squares in order from the south.
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The most south of Grand Mall Park is the Circular Square. A floor painting of a large compass is fitted in a round plaza, and the stairs surround it in a fan shape around.
This square is a street performance Mecca, and on the weekend it turns into an outdoor theater where stairs are substituted for the audience seats.
It looks like a hole in the back of the square is the Important Cultural Property’s DOCKYARD GARDEN. The building after that is the lower part of the landmark tower.
This picture is taken from Circular Square from the other side of the stairs.
There is street performance equipment in the center of the square. At this time the performer was at rest during a break.
You can see something like silver pipes tangled across the stairs, which is the art object of Yoyo Square.
It is a signboard of Hard Rock Cafe that stands out red on the left side of the square.
When approaching nearby, it is in the shape of a guitar firmly, it glows beautifully when the sunset.
Beyond that sign, there is the shop under Yoyo Square.
Yokohama is a place where street performances are popular, and performance is done in various places on the weekend, but I think that Circular Square is probably the best among them.
In this square, street performances are held on weekdays as well as weekends, and shoppers and people working in neighborhood sit on the stairs and are watching performance.
It is so busy with popular performances.
There are still many visitors around 8 o’clock in the evening.
The street performance schedule at this square is on the site Yokohama street performer.
Yoyo Square is right next to the Circular Square and is located up the stairs.
This square is located between Landmark Plaza and Queen’s Square, which is a spectacular shopping mall that contests No.1 and No.2 in Minato Mirai.
This picture was taken from above the escalator beside the entrance of Landmark Plaza.
There is an art object in the center of the square, and you can see the entrance of Queen’s Square beyond that.
This is Landmark Plaza seen from Yoyo Square.
The entrance is a little recessed, and before that there is a semi-outdoor double-height space. The pillars there are not usually conspicuous, but when I looked away, there was a height of 4 floors to the ceiling.
It is Queen’s Square on the other side.
The part where the light continues from the front glass wall to the back is the long passage of Queen Mall. From here it penetrates straight through the facility until PACIFICO Yokohama.
Although it is a bit hard story, in the city plan of Yokohama City, the Minato Mirai Central Area is supposed to provide three pedestrian flow lines, the Queen axis, the King axis, and the Grand Mall axis.
Among them, the Queen axis is a flow line connecting from Landmark Plaza to Queen’s Square, the Grand Mall axis is just Grand Mall Park.
The node between these two axes is Yoyo Square.
Huge art object
The huge art object of Yoyo Square is a stainless steel sculpture saying “Mokumoku – Wakuwaku – Yokohama – Yoyo”. The producer is Mr. Hisayuki Mogami.
It is the origin of the name of this square.
The height is about 17 m.
It will be lighted up at night, but it is not conspicuous in size and form because of its low light intensity.
Next to Yoyo Square is Art Square.
There is the Keyaki street between the two squares, but you can come and go with a connecting bridge straddling the street. Both squares are at the height of the second floor, so you may not notice that there is a street unless you know it.
This is a picture of Art Square from the bridge.
The Yokohama Museum of Art is located on the west side of Art Square and MARK IS Minato Mirai on the east side.
This is the Yokohama Museum of Art, the design is Mr. Kenzo Tange.
The facades spread across the square and the long colonnade is located at the bottom. Coupled with calm tones, it is a beautiful building.
This is MARK IS Minato Mirai. It is a somewhat casual shopping mall than Landmark Plaza and Queen’s Square.
It seems that here is No. 1 in popularity among 3 facilities. On the weekend, there is a long queue waiting in front of the parking lot.
Art Square was a good place with a calm atmosphere from a long time ago. But as the sunset it darkened and there was no one, I thought that it was a little wasteful.
When MARK IS opened in 2013, the situation changed completely. In the night the lights of the building shone the square softly, there was a very mood, and soon it became a popular spot.
Now, many people go and go day and night, in a sense it may be the most noteworthy place in Minato Mirai Central Area.
State of Art Square
Art Square is the largest of the five squares of Grand Mall Park, but it shows a slightly different expression between the middle street part and the art museum side, MARK IS side.
It is the middle part of the square. As the skyscrapers are lined up, it is strange to have a wonderful view and the view from here leads to the edge of the Grand Mall Park.
It is an interesting feeling, like looking at the slit of the city.
It is in front of the museum. The lawn spreads, it is a relaxing atmosphere compared with the center part and MARK IS side.
There is a fountain in front of the lawn, children are playing in the water from time to time. There is a notice that the water quality does not meet the sanitary standards, but well the child does not mind that kind of thing.
On the MARK IS side there are trees of Keyaki, benches like objects are arranged in spaces.
This tree shade is appreciated on sunny days.
Art Square is decorated not only for the Christmas season but also for various events.
Currently (May 2017) the national urban greening Yokohama fair is being held and it is colored with illumination which was entitled Crystal Fireworks by Team Lab.
In the evening, the illumination will gradually light up.
It is night. Light colors the trees.
It is crystal fireworks set in front of MARK IS. It seems that fireworks will be launched in conjunction with the operation of the smartphone’s App.
Light also overflows in the Keyaki ‘s grove.
Around the garden near the art museum, I was wrapped in light.
This illumination is being held until June 4.
Next to Art Square is Pier Square. A street runs in between, and there is no pedestrian overpass so we will cross the traffic lights.
This is a push button type signal, but please be careful as there are many people waiting for a long time without noticing it.
Until recently there was no name in this square, it seems that it was named during the re-maintenance.
The east side of this square is in contact with MID SQUARE THE TOWER RESIDENCE, part of Minato Mirai’s condominium street.
The part facing the square on the lower floor of the apartment is overhanging with a glass wall, and there is a complex shop of TSUTAYA and Starbucks there.
This store is open until 2 a.m. and it is a very grateful store for those who like to stay up late.
There is MM Grand Central Tower of the office building across the square from MID SQUARE. It is the place that appeared in the office scene of the drama “Nige-Haji”.
The lower floor is a restaurant mall called MM Terrace, open air terrace seating is available in square.
There was a small deck that continued to the apartment building of MID SQUARE in the middle of the square, I tried overlooking from there.
This is a picture of a straight square. This time it was after the rain stopped, so the stone’s road surface is a bit wet. Opposite is the front entrance of the MM terrace.
It is a picture that turned towards Art Square a little diagonally.
Compared to the previous 3 squares, Pier Square is a place of calm atmosphere.
Next to Pier Square is View Square, which is north of Grand Mall Park. It seems that it got its name recently.
On both sides of square there used to be a commercial facility Jack Mall, but it was demolished in 2012, and now i-MARK PLACE of the office building and the MUFG Global Learning Center of the training facility are built.
A dealer of Jaguar Land Rover is in the lower floor of the Global Learning Center.
In the square, bench and basin were established with recent improvement. Strangely, I have not seen a child playing water here.
There is a pedestrian bridge in the back of the square, this is the northern end of the Grand Mall park.
I looked back from the top of a pedestrian overpass. There is a Queen’s Tower in the distance and you can see that Grand Mall Park goes straight from here.
The introduction of the five squares of Grand Mall Park is over.
Anyway, it is a long park.
Around the Shin-takashima station
Though it is an unnecessary addition, I will introduce you where you crossed the pedestrian overpass.
Crossing this pedestrian overpass, you will be in the vicinity of Minatomirai Line Shin-takashima station.
This is equivalent to the King axis, one of the pedestrian flow lines defined by Yokohama City. However, as you can see, at the present moment (May 2017), development has not progressed at all and many vacant spaces remain between NISSAN Global Headquarters building that looks opposite.
However, recently the project entity of development has been decided in this area and construction has also started.
I think that it will be maintained cleanly in a few years.