Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Amalfi Dolce Cafe Shichirigahama

This is the best place to eat ice cream by the beach in Shichirigahama after a long day cycling. The shop is on the second level, offering a wonderful view of the coastline. On the outside of the shop there is an interesting ancient Hawaiian catamaran.

Cycling in Shonan

Cycling is a fun way to see the coastline of Japan. Bicycles are available for hire in Shichirigahama Shonan. Here is one of the smallest shops in Japan hiring bicycles. Simply catch the JR train from Tokyo and walk 5 minutes to the beach to find a bike hire  shop.

Cheap Alcohol Japan

Alcohol in Japan is much cheaper than in western countries. Here is a bottle of Suntory whiskey for under 1000 yen. Higher quality whiskeys sell for about 2000 yen per bottle. Avoid buying alcohol in airport duty free shops. Supermarkets in Japan are cheaper.

Yokohama Free Space

Despite Japan being a crowded place to live, large cities still have some empty land. Here is a large undeveloped block of land in the bay area of Minatomirai Yokohama. Minatomirai is one of the best areas to live in Japan. Many of Japan's top companies have their coporate headquarters located in this area.

Port of Yokohama Logo

These distinct blue Port of Yokohama logos are 
 found on sidewalks all over the Minatomirai area. It was Japan’s first port to trade with foreigners.

Dock Garden Park Yokohama


The port of Yokohama once had a thriving ship building industry. At the Dock yard garden there is a surviving ship yard to visit. It is called Number 2 Dock. The stone wall of the dock has quite unique looking stones that contain an assortment of colors. Afterwards you can head over to the hard rock cafe for lunch, which is located just across the street.

Landmark plaza Minatomirai Yokohama

The  Landmark plaza in Minatomirai Yokohama is a multi storey  shopping complex. It is the best place to shop in the bayside area. There are hundreds of retail shops including fashion and food. Furthermore at the top of the building is the famous Sky Garden. It was the highest Observatory in Japan up until the opening of Abeno Harukas in Osaka.