Yokohama, the city that opened its port in Japan at first to the world and is full of unrivaled charm, is now offering you high-value-added experiences!
Enjoy Yokohama’s Super Japanese Story to the fullest!
City of Yokohama- Yokohama is the most populous city in Japan as a regional municipality. Do you know of experiences that explores the deep history of Yokohama?
Let us begin to introduce you two of Super Japanese associated with Yokohama.
-Basically a businessman, known as an art collector and tea master. He began collecting art around the age of 25, amassing a collection of over 5,000 pieces. He also founded the Hotel New Grand and served as the first president of the Bank of Yokohama. Sankeien, Sankei’s final residence, is a huge Japanese garden that has retained its reputation as the Katsura Imperial Villa(Katsura Rikyu) in the east and has become a place of relaxation for citizens in Yokohama nowadays.
-Potter, ceramic artist. One of the most famous Japanese potters of the Meiji era, who was an actual founder of Makuzu-Ware (Makuzu-yaki, sometimes people called it Yokohama-yaki in those days. At the age of 35, he studied Satsuma ware, which was initially popular in Europe and the U.S., and developed a new technique called “Taka-Ukibori” (high relief). Makazu-yaki made with this technique was exhibited at the World’s Fair in Philadelphia and was highly praised by many countries, making Makazu-yaki and Kozan Miyagawa well known throughout the world, as a pride of Japan.
This program has been proceeded under the business of Japan Tourism Agency.
Still can’t forget the excitement!
（An investor in his fifties）
I often take a walk from Minatomirai area to Yamashita Park. We take a walk for no particular purpose, but even so, I am originally highly satisfied with Yokohama because of its various views and atmosphere.
What I remember most from this trip is that we exchanged a contract with each other to properly enjoy this trip. And when I heard that it was really the place where Admiral Perry signed the treaty, I was impressed that he thought of it so well. There were many things I did not know about classic hotels like the Hotel New Grand when they explained its history to me, and it was obvious that the building itself is of great historical value, especially the ballroom, which even made me feel nostalgic. I am also interested in art, so the story of the Makazu-Ware collector was compelling and very unparalleled. There were many people who tried to make it big in Yokohama from the end of the Edo period to the beginning of the Meiji period, and it was a valuable opportunity to look at their life stories from a bird’s eye view.
When it came to Sankeien Garden, I was amazed at the scale of the garden and wondered how a single individual could create such a garden! What a guy!
It was an opportunity to learn more about Yokohama, a city both near and far from Tokyo!
（A family business in his fifties）
I live in Tokyo, even if Yokohama is only 30 minutes away by car, she has the ocean view and I have deep memories of my student days there, but I am surprised that I don’t know more about it.
This trip was my first visit to the Yokohama Archives of History and Sankeien Garden, and I was reminded once again that such wonderful places were so close by! I was very impressed with Perry’s gastronomy, and if you unravel Yokohama starting with the history of the opening port, you can tell dozens of different gastronomy stories! That would be one of Yokohama’s fortes! I didn’t even know about Makazu-Ware, but it renewed my awareness that Japan has much more to be proud of, and that it is so close by…..
Sankeien Garden is probably one of the finest Japanese gardens, and I think foreigners would be pleased with it. I was also surprised to see the existence of the MacArthur Suite at Hotel New Grand. What a history Yokohama has!
It is here! Yokohama you never experienced!
Since Admiral Perry’s arrival in Japan, Yokohama has been the first opening port and gateway to the rest of the world, welcoming different cultures while also undergoing major changes of its own and fostering a unique culture now we called “YOKOHAMA”.
In the pioneering period when the Port of Yokohama opened and the influx of different cultures began to swell, two great men we can call them Super Japanese from Yokohama, Sankei Hara and Kozon Miyagawa, have left their footprints firmly behind. It goes without saying that the story of these two men is at the core of the existence value of “Yokohama,” which has been passed down to the present age, as they shaped different cultures into their own while responding to the turbulent times from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji and Taisho periods.
Deep dive into Yokohama’s history leads to digging deep into Japan’s History! Many talents from all over Japan came to Yokohama at the time!
For example, cherry trees blooming along the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. The sponsor is Jokichi Takamine from Toyama, but the fact is that the seedlings departed from the Port of Yokohama!
It has been about 170 years since Admiral Perry landed in Yokohama. Although it was in Uraga that Perry first arrived, the fact is that the camphor tree tree at YOKOHAMA Archives of History, where the Japan-U.S. Treaty of Peace and Amity was signed, has become a MAKKAH for tourism!
What’s YOKOHAMA TRUST？
This time, we have mixed the strengths of Yokohama, such as a number of “mono-no-hajime” (the beginning of things), Super Japanese that Yokohama has created, and created once-in-your-lifetime experience called “YOKOHAMA TRUST,” a signature product that can only be experienced in Yokohama. A hidden-gem of a two-day / one-night tour including custom-made Japanese cultural experiences in a huge Japanese garden!
An exclusive guided experience after business hours at the Yokohama Archives of History where Japan-U.S. Treaty of Peace and Amity was signed.
“Special Signing Ceremony as a guest of YOKOHAMA TRUST” under the camphor tree where the signing ceremony actually took place.
Yokohama History Asset NFT Presentation Ceremony.
The “Admiral Perry Dinner Experience,” a Michelin-starred dinner inspired by the menu that was served to Admiral Perry at the actual dinner venue at the time.
The “Sankei Breakfast Experience,” a special menu including food not currently offered at the Hotel New Grand, the hotel where Sankei Hara founded.
Hotel New Grand Nostalgia” to experience various aspects of the hotel’s history exclusively by the hotel concierge, including the General MacArthur Suite, etc.
“Makuzu Experience” with an exclusive guide by a famous collector at the Makuzu Ware Museum, where you can view one of rare surviving pieces of Makuzu ware by Kozan Miyagawa.
Sankeien Garden Experience” at Sankeien Garden with “Memorable Experience” where you can enjoy Sankei soba noodles and hear directly from his descendants at the Sankeien’s Taishunken restaurant.
“Sankei Art Collection Experience” where a curator guides you through the collection of Sankei Hara exclusively.
“On-site Experience” at Rinshunkaku, which will be renovated in 2022, normally you cannot enter.
“Green Tea Tasting” by Swedish tea master Brekell Oskar; and other custom-made Japanese cultural experiences such as incense-smelling ceremony, flower arrangement ceremony, and old carpentry experience named Miyadaiku specialized in repairing shrines and temples only.
We are always waiting for you in Yokohama with fabulously unrivaled Omotenashi Experiences!
Why not join us for Biz owners!
Why not join us for second honeymooners at the first opening port!
Why not join us for art oriented travellers!
YOKOHAMA TRUST features…
The program is a hidden-gems of a two-day and one-night that allows you to experience Japanese cultures, which even Japanese nowadays do not know.
A gastronomy experience on the motif of Admiral Perry’s Dinner.
The “Admiral Perry Dinner Experience” by Michelin Star, inspired by the actual dinner menu that the Shogunate in Edo era entertained Admiral Perry at the time of his arrival.
Yokohama welcomes you with the best hospitality. You will enjoy it to your heart’s content. The “Contract Experience”, a signing ceremony at the actual place where Japan-U.S.Treaty of Peace and Amity was signed.
Makuzu-Ware experience highly appreciated as The Pride of Japan.
It is only at YOKOHAMA TRUST that you can hear rare stories directly from owner-collectors in a wonderful private museum.
Unparalleled in-house Experience at Rinchunkaku facility in Sankeien Garden.
You can go inside the renovated Rinchunkaku. Special viewing is available, which is not normally allowed.
There are other experiences that can only be experienced at YOKOHAMA TRUST!
Can’t introduce you all on this pages!
Special customized plans are also available for second honeymooners and business owners to welcome you.
Here you can find the short movie of YOKOHAMA TRUST