The following travels were more to familiarize ourselves with our surroundings than anything else but we had some fun along the way.
Our first stop after our usual bus/train rides was near Zushi a beach town about 20 minutes from Yokosuka. Supposedly the beaches rival Hawaii but we didn't make it there. We stopped at Ikego a Navy housing area.
Here we are having a little picnic and playtime there.
After checking out Ikego we decided to head to Yokohama
We had no idea what we were doing
Somehow we figured it out and made it to this remarkable park. I think it is called Negishi Forest Park.
The kids did a lot of rolling down hills and running free
A lovely pond with the biggest koi I have ever seen
The camera did not really capture it. They were HUGE.
Up the hill is the Negishi Navy housing annex it is built on an old horse racing track. The emporer banned racing in the 40's. The U.S. soon after leased the land from the Japanese and built a bunch of military housing there. They are slowly returning the land to the Japanese. About 300 homes still remain and the entire development should be gone in about 10 to 15 years. These pictures are of the old abandoned grand stand.
We checked things out in the housing area and then headed back to Yokohama station to walk around(it was getting late and we were getting tired). I have never seen anything like it. Once again pictures don't really capture the size of things. Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan. I have never been to New York or Paris but am certain that this place would rival them both. The station is a HUGE shopping mall. Way bigger than any mall I have ever stepped foot into. We didn't buy anything. Just looked around.
Trying to capture the sea of humanity
It was a good and informative day.
Now that we know better how to get there we will try and make another trip to see more of the city. We'll keep you posted.