High Hopes: Yokohama's Skywalk Set To Reopen This Year

High hopes: Yokohama's Skywalk set to reopen this year

YOKOHAMA--The Skywalk footpath beneath the Yokohama Bay Bridge will open as early as March for the first time in nine years in anticipation of increased visitors eager to watch cruise ships.

The city government intends to promote the observation deck as a sightseeing spot where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Yokohama Port and passenger vessels up close.

Let's Go To The Museum / Yokohama's Municipal Trams Recall Bygone Era

Let's go to the museum / Yokohama's municipal trams recall bygone era

By Yuki Miyashita / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterYOKOHAMA — The first thing you encounter at the Yokohama Tram Museum is seven Yokohama municipal tram cars, each with a conspicuous ad on its front. Such ads were common when the municipal tram network was in service, and the ones in the museum include ads for the weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun and Shin Sankyo drugs.

The tram cars have chic wood-finished interiors and are slightly larger than buses. In some cars, you can push a switch with your foot, producing a sort of "ring ring" sound. Two such bells were the signal for departure, while a single bell indicated the train would stop.