att.JAPAN Issue 39, March 2008
-Southwest gateway to Tokyo metropolitan district, boasting good access to Tokyo and Nagoya-
It takes only 15 minutes to Tokyo, 81 minutes to Nagoya and 132 minutes to Shin-Osaka by the bullet train. Shin-Yokohama is a good location to directly go to Nagoya and Osaka, as well as Tokyo and Yokohama. After the revision of the train timetables in March 2008, all “Nozomi” bullet trains will stop at Shin-Yokohama Station, boosting further still the convenience of Shin-Yokohama. The number of offices of foreign companies and IT-related companies around the station has been increasing and Shin-Yokohama is expected to flourish more and more.
att.JAPAN Issue 39, March 2008
Hotel Associa Shin-Yokohama
Hotel Associa Shin-Yokohama opens in a building which will be completed in March 2008 above Shin-Yokohama Station of the JR bullet train line. The 203-room hotel specializes in high-end lodging. Guests can go directly by elevator to the lobby on the 10th floor from the 2nd floor of Shin-Yokohama Station and not feel any hassle or stress, such as having to catch a taxi, and so on. An atrium from the 10th to the top floor presents an open and welcoming atmosphere.
All of the rooms are spacious double rooms or twin rooms and they are good for relatively long stays. Rooms facing the south command breathtaking views of Minatomirai and the Bay Bridge through a large window. Rooms also feature “Serta” beds, renowned for their comfort and said to be the No. 1 bed in the U.S., as well as a large bathroom. Corridors are also spacious and create an up-scale mood. Although the hotel is located above the station, you might feel as if you were staying in a resort hotel.
All rooms are equipped with PCs with Japanese OS and ones with English OS can be rented. You can freely access the Internet without charge. A multi-function printer and copy machine is equipped on each floor and printing out from the PC of your room is thus available. Fees for copy-machine copies are charged to your IC room key. Buffet-style breakfast, coffee and soft drinks are served in the lounge on the 12th floor which is open only for hotel guests. Hotel guests can freely use the lounge at no charge and at any time.
Not only is access to the hotel from the bullet train excellent, but even if you come from Narita International Airport, if you come to JR Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station by Narita Express and change to the bullet trains, hotel access is also very easy and convenient. And a limousine bus is available from Haneda Airport.
Mr. Junichi Yamauchi, manager of the hotel, says: “Narita Express is convenient and punctual, so it is good, especially for JR pass holders. I recommend using a Narita Express train which stops at Shinagawa Station and then changing to the bullet train there. Changing trains is much easier at Shinagawa than at Tokyo Station where the platform of the Narita Express train is located on the fourth basement level.”
This Hotel Associa Shin-Yokohama is operated by Associa Hotels & Resorts, which is a hotel chain of the JR Tokai group and which operates a total of five hotels, including Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel (Aichi Prefecture) and Hotel Associa Shizuoka (Shizuoka Prefecture) in the Tokai region. If you accumulate a certain number of points of the “Associa Advantage” membership program, you will be awarded a stay at the Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel.
Hotel Associa Shin-Yokohama
2-100-45 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Cubic Plaza Shin-Yokohama
Commercial facility “Cubic Plaza Shin-Yokohama” opens in the same building of the hotel, which directly connects to Shin-Yokohama Station, on March 26th. It houses some 80 shops from the first floor to the tenth floor, such as electronics retail store “BicCamera,” book store “Sanseido” and food specialty store “Takashimaya Foodmaison.” There are 15 restaurants of many kinds on the ninth and tenth floors, from Italian to Chinese to Shabu-shabu, and from a Japanese pub to tofu, sushi, yakiniku, soba, and curry restaurants, to name several.
Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum
This “sacred place” for ramen noodle lovers is located five minutes’ walk from Shin-Yokohama Station. Once you enter the museum, you will feel as if you were transported through time to the mid-20th century from the 21st. A town which reproduces one of the year 1958 creates a nostalgic atmosphere. There are eight ramen shops from all over Japan: Ide Shoten from Wakayama Prefecture with soy sauce soup based on pork-bone broth, Shinasobaya with soy sauce and salt soups, Keyaki from Sapporo, Hokkaido, with miso soup, Ryushanhai from Yamagata Prefecture with soy sauce soups topped with hot miso paste, Hachiya from Asahikawa, Hokkaido, with soy sauce, miso and salt soups, Harukiya from Ogikubo, Tokyo, with soy sauce and salt soups, Fukuchan-ramen from Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, with pork-bone soup and Komurasaki from Kumamoto Prefecture also with pork-bone soup. You have to wait in line at popular shops, but it is not so uncomfortable even though it might be raining, as you can wait inside the building. A nostalgic cafe, a small candy store, an old game store and a fortuneteller’s corner are also in the building. Why not take a souvenir picture with candy shop sellers wearing their distinctive dress?
Ramen history and famous local ramen of Japan are displayed at the show space on the first floor. Part of the space is now being renovated and will reopen in mid-May. After the renovation, explanations in English will be provided as well as in Japanese. Original ramen and original goods of the Raumen Museum are available, which are good for souvenirs or gifts.
Eating delicious ramen in the sunset retro which can no longer be seen in present Japan must be fun. Mr. Ryosuke Sato, who is in charge of public relations, says: “More and more people come to the museum from overseas. Please enjoy the great taste of ramen, which is one of the most popular foods in Japan.”
Shin Yokohama Raumen Museum
2-14-21 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Walking around Shin-Yokohama
Yokohama Arena, which is a multi-purpose event hall opened in 1989, is located on the north side of Shin-Yokoaham Station in the same area as the Hotel Associa Shin-Yokohama and Shin Yokohama Raumen Museum, surrounded by neat offices and other hotels. The 17,000-capacity hall holds concerts, sports events and various other events and visiting there depending on the event schedule is recommended.
On June 30th, 2002, the championship of the 2002 FIFA World Cup took place at Nissan Stadium (known as International Stadium Yokohama at the time). The kick-off was at 8 pm, with 69,029 spectators in attendance. Brazil won its fifth victory, which is the most in the world in this event. At this stadium, a total of four games, including the final game and the Japan-Russia game in which Japan first won in the world cup were held. You may feel the emotion of the athletes who played in the world’s top sporting event if you join the “World Cup stadium tour” of the stadium, with signatures of the victorious Brazilian players in the locker room, and so on. If you go up the steps to the pitch, you will be overwhelmed by the lush turf and the 72,000-capacity spectator stands. Photo panels, valuable balls with players signatures and uniforms are also on display.?
There is an athletic ground and a facility for exercise in Shin-Yokohama Park in which the stadium is located. Picturesque views of cherry blossoms can be enjoyed along the river nearby in spring and taking a walk is fun. Also you can easily go to Yokohama, Minatomirai and Motomachi in just 20 minutes on JR Yokohama line or Yokohama municipal subway. Why don’t you visit the Chinatown in Motomachi?
3-10 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
3300 Kozukue-cho, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture