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Visit must-see tourism spots with the “Bungo Stray Dogs” stamp rally, a popular manga based in Yokohama!

Do you know about “Bungo Stray Dogs”, a battle action manga/anime featuring characters named after famous writers of modern Japan such as Osamu Dazai, Atsushi Nakajima, and Ryuunosuke Akutagawa?
This popular comic, based in Yokohama, sold over 4.1 million copies. Yokohama city and KADOKAWA came together to host the “Bungo Stray Dogs stamp rally in YOKOHAMA”, which is currently going on. (Until October 31st)
The 8 tourism locations in Yokohama, which the story is based on, are set as the rally points. If you show your stamp rally sheets, you can even get discounts at certain facilities.
It was a great autumn day, I walked around Yokohama visiting points from the “Bungo Stray Dogs stamp rally”.

Text:Rumiko Oseki

The 8 stamp rally points featuring character designs of “Bungo Stray Dogs stamp rally in YOKOHAMA” are as follows.


  • ・Yokohama Marine Tower 【Chūya Nakahara】
  • ・Sankeien Garden 【Ryuunosuke Akutagawa】
  • ・Yokohama Doll Museum 【Doppo Kunikida】
  • ・Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature 【Atsushi Nakajima】
  • ・Subway Yokohama Station 【Ranpo Edogawa】
  • ・Subway Sakuragicho station 【Kenji Miyazawa】
  • ・Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse 【Osamu Dazai】
  • ・Yokohama Cosmoworld 【Kyōka Izumi】


You won’t be able to fit it all in one day, but it would be nice to enjoy each location and do so efficiently rather than rushing from one place to the other.

So, today I will share with you the best route (probably) and information about the surrounding areas. The main means of transportation in this route is walking. I tried to keep vehicles to a minimum. Hope this helps.

1. Start from city subway, Yokohama station

If you are doing this with a friend, it would be best to meet here. Yokohama station for the Blue Line subway is located near the Sobu line platforms outside the east exit of JR Yokohama station.
The stamp point was near the entrance of JOINUS which is located on the right hand side facing towards the gates.

Stamp rally point for subway Yokohama station
Stamp rally point for subway Yokohama station

Get your stamp rally sheet here and acquire your first stamp! The character for Yokohama station is “Ranpo Edogawa”!

If you don’t want to walk too much to get around the rally points, I recommend the day pass!
You can purchase a “Bungo Stray Dogs original boarding pass” featuring an illustration of characters (Osamu Dazai/Atsushi Nakajima) wearing the city bus/subway uniform, so if you are a fan this is a must have item!



Bungo Stray Dogs original boarding pass

  • Price: One day pass for city bus/subway \830/ticket for adults
  • *No child ticket for sale.
  • Available quantity: 2 types, 1500 each (Total of 3000)
  • On sale: October 1st (Sat) 2016 to October 31st (Mon)
  • (Valid/refund by November 30th (Sat)
  • Location: Yokohama station/Sakuragicho station, City subway (During hours between the first train and last)

2. City subway Sakuragicho station

Get on the subway and get off at Sakuragicho, which is two stations away. On the platform of the station, you will find a huge illustration of “Bungo Stray Dogs”!
Want to know what the illustration looks like? There’s only one way to find out! The stamp rally point was right outside the gates.

City subway Sakuragicho station

The character for Sakuragicho station is “Kenji Miyazawa”!
By the way, each point features one page from the manga. The lines are edited to match the specific rally point. This is another way to enjoy this tour.

Reference: City subway Blue Line Yokohama station -> Sakuragicho station \206 (IC card) 3 minutes

3. Yokohama Cosmoworld

Go out from the Minatomirai exit at Sakuragicho station and go through the JR Sakuragicho station and you will see a huge Ferris wheel. The next destination is the foot of the Ferris wheel! Keep Nihonmaru on the right hand side and head towards the “International Bridge” along the water.
Cosmoworld has two areas. Today we want to get to the “Wonder Amuse Zone” where the Ferris wheel is, which is on the other side of the International Bridge.

Head towards the big Ferris wheel. Head towards the big Ferris wheel.

The third rally point is in the building at the foot of the Ferris wheel. The character for Yokohama Cosmoworld is “Kyōka Izumi”, the only female character for this stamp rally (although the real Kyōka Izumi is a man).

Here you will find cutout pictures of anime. Here you will find cutout pictures of anime.

Got the third stamp!

(I just noticed this, but if you are playing Pokémon Go!, you should turn it on because we will be walking a lot more!)

If the weather is nice, board the “Cosmo Clock 21” too. During the day you will get a great 360 degree panorama view of Yokohama city, the ocean, and the ports. During the night you can enjoy a great night view that looks like a jewelry box.

Yokohama Cosmoworld
  • Address:2-8-1, Shinko, Naka-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
  • Phone number: 045-641-6591
  • Entrance fee:Free
Ferris wheel “Cosmo Clock 21”
  • Fee: \800(3 years or up)
  • Open to: Ages 0 and up (*Guests in elementary school or younger must be accompanied by a guest 16 years old or up (must pay entrance fee))

4. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Leave Cosmoworld heading towards World Porters Yokohama. Go along the road and you will see a round footbridge called the circle walk. Behind the footbridge you will see your next destination, the Red Brick Warehouse. If the weather is nice you will be able to see the Bay Bridge, Oosan Bridge, Yamashita Park, and more. It is quite a nice place to take a walk.

Red Brick Warehouse, the symbol of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, the symbol of Yokohama

The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse was built during the Meiji/Taisho era. Since then, it has survived the Kanto earthquake, air raids, requisition by the Allied forces, and more. It is a symbolic building of Yokohama. After being used as a warehouse for a long time, it closed down due to aging. In the 90s the building went under an extensive repair and it was reborn as a cultural and commercial facility in 2002.

The stamp rally point for the Red Brick Warehouse is on the 4th floor of building 2.

The character for the Red Brick Warehouse is “Osamu Dazai”.

The character for the Red Brick Warehouse is “Osamu Dazai”. Here you will find a life size board of the character. It goes so well with the red brick wall. It’s quite nice!

There are many shops and restaurants at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. You probably walked a lot by now, so why not take a break?

bills

There are great stores like "bills", famous for scrambled eggs and pancakes, as well as "chano-ma", where you can lay down in a bed.

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
  • Address:1-1, Shinko, Naka-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
  • Phone: Information center for building 2: 045-227-2002
  • Hours:Building 1:10:00~19:00、Building 2:11:00~20:00
  • * The hours for the cultural facilities of building 1 and cafes/restaurants vary by stores.
  • Closed: Open every day during the stamp rally period (up to 10/31)

5. Yokohama Marine Tower

After the Red Brick Warehouse, let’s head to Yokohama Marine Tower! …Get out of the Red Brick Warehouse and head towards the Zou-No-Hana Terrace. When you see the Yokohama Customs, head toward the water and go over the Oosan Bridge and you will find Yamashita Park on the left hand side.

You came all this way, might as well enjoy the nice view of the ocean in Yamashita Park. Your next destination, the Marine Tower, is right in front of you.

The stamp rally point for the Marine Tower is on the observation decks, so purchase an entrance ticket. If you show your stamp rally sheet, you can get a discount!

When I went there it was lit up green because it was “Organ transplant awareness month”. When I went there it was lit up green because it was “Organ transplant awareness month”. The character for the Marine Tower is “Chūya Nakahara”
The character for the Marine Tower is “Chūya Nakahara”

The stamp rally point is on the observation deck on the 29th floor. But the life size poster of “Chūya Nakahara” was on the 1st floor. Next to it was an autographed poster of “Yuzu”, musicians from Yokohama.

The view during the day is nice too, but the night view is magnificent. If you have time, go to Marine Tower at the end and enjoy the sunset/night view.

Enjoy the magnificent night view of Yokohama. Enjoy the magnificent night view of Yokohama.
Yokohama Marine Tower
  • Address:15, Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
  • Entrance fee:Adults:\750→\675 with discount / Middle/high school students \500→\450 with discount
  • Elementary school students:\250→\225 with discount / Child:\200 /→\ 180 with discount
  • Hours:10:00~23:30(Reception open until 22:00)
  • Closed:None

6. Yokohama Doll Museum

Leave the Marine Tower and walk towards Motomachi to get to the “Yokohama Doll Museum”.

Yokohama Doll Museum

There are two important points here! The first is the stamp rally point, the other is the museum souvenir section.
You need to pay the entrance fee to get to the stamp rally point. Similar to the Marine Tower, you can show your rally sheet to get a discount.

There are both permanent and exclusive exhibits. You only need to pay for the permanent exhibit to get to the stamp rally point, but if you have time take a peek at the exclusive exhibits too. The “Kawaii Kokeshi Exhibit”, featuring pieces inspired by “Kawaii” from 70 craftsmen, is taking place until November 27th (Sun).

The permanent exhibit has dolls from over 100 countries. From Eastern antiques to traditional Japanese dolls and Rika-chan dolls, there is a lot to see.

A fun-filled stamp rally point A fun-filled stamp rally point

The stamp rally point is located in the event space on the 3rd floor. Here are some fun contents to enjoy inside the rally venue.

  • ・1/7 scale model/nendoroid of “Bungo Stray Dogs” under production and panels featuring the making-of Bungo Stray Dogs
  • ・Character information on the anime version of “Bungo Stray Dogs”
  • ・Dolls of “Bungo Stray Dogs” that have made an appearance up to that point.
The character for the Yokohama Doll Museum was “Doppo Kunikida”! The character for the Yokohama Doll Museum was “Doppo Kunikida”!

At the museum shop on the first floor, you can purchase various Bungo Stray Dogs products.



Yokohama Museum of Dolls
  • Address: 18, Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
  • Phone: 045-671-9361
  • Entrance fee:Adults \400→\350 with discount
  • Elementary/middle school students \200→\100 with discount
  • (Additional fee for excusive exhibits)
  • Closed: Every Monday (If Monday is a holiday, the next weekday)
  • Hours: 9:30AM〜5:00PM (Enter by 4:30)
  • Shop : 10:00AM~6:00PM
  • Café : 11:00AM~7:00PM
  • * Hours may change without notice.

Something might happen on October 29th (Sat)/30th (Sun) 2016!? Halloween event! ★The key word is “Trick or treat”
If you come with a Halloween costume, you can get free ice cream at the café if you say the key word! Costumes of “Bungo Stray Dogs”, featured at the collaboration exhibit, is welcome too!

★Click here for more details→ Yokohama Doll Museum – Yokohama Doll Museum Halloween event

7. Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature

Now we are down to 3 more locations including the finish! The next 2 are relatively far! First let’s head towards the “Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature”, which is near Oka Park where you can see famous spots and the port of Yokohama.
The hardest thing about getting here is the slope! But fortunately, they built a moving staircase to help you up the slope. First head to “Motomachi Chukagai station” on the Minatomirai Line and get on the moving staircase or elevator near exit 6 headed towards America-yama Park.

Once you go up you will see America-yama Park. Go through the park and move along the path. On the right hand side you will see the cemetery for foreigners. On the left you will find the entrance for “Harbor View Park”.

Go into the Harbor View Park and go through the rose garden on the right hand side. Then you will see “Mutekibashi”, an overpass made of bricks behind The Osaragi Jiro Memorial Museum. Cross the bridge and you will find the Museum of Modern Literature.

At “Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature”, you will find information on writers related to Kanagawa alongside their manuscripts, letters, and other valuable references.

Special exhibit until November 27th (Sun) “Shoutarou Yasuoka exhibit – From 'Myself' to 'History'” Special exhibit until November 27th (Sun) “Shoutarou Yasuoka exhibit – From 'Myself' to 'History'”

If you are a fan of “Bungo Stray Dogs”, there is a must-see exhibit here too!

Guide for the modern literature museums and a message book for famous writers nationwide Guide for the modern literature museums and a message book for famous writers nationwide

One of them is the guide for modern literature museums nationwide. This autumn there will be a Bungo Stray Dogs collaboration event at the Junichirou Tanizaki memorial museum in Ashiyashi, Hyogo. At the Akiko Yosano memorial museum in Sakaishi, Osaka, there will be a stamp rally from November 1st! There are many flyers for these events.

The other point is the message book for the editing department of “Young Ace” and Asagiri Kafka/35 Harukawa, authors of Bungo Stray Dogs. After the event, the museum will hand over the book to the authors!

I took a peek inside. It contained passionate messages and amazing colorful illustrations. It was a wonderful message book filled with love from fans.
During the weekend, they say fans come to visit and make a line to write in this book.

At the permanent exhibit, you will find collaboration illustration with Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature. This is another must-see for fans.

The character for Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature was “Atsushi Nakajima”, a famous writer close to Yokohama who is the main character of the series.
The character for Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature was “Atsushi Nakajima”, a famous writer close to Yokohama who is the main character of the series.
  • ・You can enter the stamp point for free, but you need to pay the entrance fee for the permanent exhibit. * You can get a discount with the rally sheet.
  • ・The first 2000 guests to enter the permanent exhibit will receive an original “Bungo Stray Dogs” post card.

Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature

  • Address: 110, Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
  • Phone:045-622-6666
  • Entrance fee:\600→\400 with discount
  • 65 or older・Under 20 and students \300→\200 with discount
  • High school students \100→Free/Free for middle school students and younger
  • Closed:Monday (Open on holidays), switching period for exhibits, new year’s season
  • Hours: 9:30AM ~ 5:00PM * Browsing room open until 6:30PM (5:00PM for Sat/Sun/Holidays)

~A small detour~

Since you came out all the way to Yamate, let’s check out the exotic cityscape of Yokohama. The autumn roses are very nice right now at the Harbor View Park.
Go back to the cemetery for foreigners and go along the path and you will see exotic eastern buildings like the Yamate Jubankan and Yamate museum.

Yamate

Turn left on the corner of Christ Church, Yokohama and you will find a store called Christmas Toys where it’s Christmas every day. The store is packed with Christmas products. Just looking at the store makes you excited!

Christmas Toys

It might be a bit early but why not pick out some Christmas presents as a souvenir?

Christmas Toys
  • Address:239, Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
  • Phone:045-623-1696
  • Hours:9:30~18:00 (~19:00 on Sat/Sun/Holidays)

8. Sankeien Garden

Ok! We are almost finished with the stamp rally! The next destination is Sankeien, the furthest location in this area. It is quite difficult to walk there, so let’s take a bus.

You can get to Sankeien Garden by getting on the Yokohama city bus #8 or #148.

An easy route from “Harbor View Park” is to go back to “Motomachi Chukagai Station”, go over the river, and hop on the bus from the “Yamashita Futo Iriguchi” bus stop near the “Yokohama Doll Museum”.

Or, although it is a bit difficult, you can take this route to get there faster.

although it is a bit difficult, you can take this route to get there faster.

Head towards the ocean from the Harbor View Park. Go left when you reach the square with the observation tower and you will find a narrow alley with the ocean on the right (It’s the road that is closer to the shore than the road with the mother/child statue of love). Go down that path and you will see a stair that leads you down to the shore. Go down and proceed until you hit a big road. Cross the road and keep going straight until you find a bus stop called “Yamatebashi” on your left.

Here the Yokohama city bus #8 and #148 will make a stop which will take you to Sankeien Garden. Hop on and get off at “Sankeien Iriguchi”, then Sankeien Garden is just a 5-minute walk away.

* If you are not familiar with taking buses, you might want to make Sankeien Garden the first destination and go there from Yokohama station or Sakuragicho station on the Yokohama city bus #8 or #148.
* There is a bus called “Burari Sankeien BUS” from the east exit of Yokohama station on Saturdays/Sundays/Holidays.

Reference:Yokohama city bus #8 / #148 Sankeien Iriguchi ↔Yokohama station \216(IC card)Estimated time 40 minutes

Sankeien Garden A beautiful Japanese garden featuring 17 historical buildings collected from Kyoto and Kamakura and nature.

Please purchase an entrance ticket. You can get a discount with the rally sheet.

Sankeien Garden was established in Meiji 39 by Sankei Hara, a successful businessman who specialized in papermaking and raw silk trading. Ryuunosuke Akutagawa who was a friend of Sankei’s oldest son often visited the garden. There are even Haikus he read at Sankeien Garden.

So, the character for Sankeien Garden was “Ryuunosuke Akutagawa”!

the character for Sankeien Garden was “Ryuunosuke Akutagawa”!

The garden is divided into two areas, the inner garden and outer garden. At the inner garden you will find numerous buildings with cultural values and beautiful nature that changes with the season.
At the outer gardens, there are many places to take a break such as the big pond and teahouse. You can enjoy light snacks such as udon and oden or sweets like dango or oshiruko. I recommend trying the “Sankei noodle” which was invented by Sankei Hara. You can only eat it here!

It is a famous spot for plum, cherry blossoms, rose bay, and foliage. In Yokohama, a popular city for foreigners, it is a prominent tourism spot where you can experience Japanese culture.
From October 26th (Wed) to November 23rd (Holiday), you can see the “Kikuna Exhibit” featuring over 500 Kikunas. From Ogiku to Kengai/Kogiku Bonsais, experience a versatile world of Kikuna.

Sankeien Garden
  • Address:58-1, Honmokusannotani, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
  • Phone:045-621-0635
  • Hours:9:00~17:00(Enter by 16:30)
  • Closed:12/29~12/31
  • Entrance fee:Adults \500→\400 with a discount
  • Elementary school students \200→\100 with a discount
  • Access:From east exit of “Yokohama station” or “Sakuragicho station”
  • City buys #8/#148 Get off at Sankeieniriguchi, 5 minutes on foot
  • Burari Sankeien Bus (Sat/Sun/Holidays only) Get off at Sankeien Garden

Finished!Yokohamastation east exit Animate Yokohama

All that’s left is the goal! Get on the bus from Sankeien Garden and go back to Yokohama station. Get off at the station before the last station, “Yokohamaekikaisatsumae”. Inside the Yokohama Plaza Hotel in front of the east exit of Yokohama station, you will find “Animate Yokohama”, the goal of the stamp rally.

The character for Animate Yokohama was “Francis F”.
The character for Animate Yokohama was “Francis F”.

Get your last stamp here to complete the rally! Get the souvenir can badge.

We are done!

Walking around popular tourism spots of Yokohama, it was a fun day. There is a sense of accomplishment in finishing the stamp rally too!
Next to Animate you will find the main Kiyoken store. Why not get some famous Yokohama siomai to take home?

The Bungo Stray Dogs stamp rally will be held until October 31st (Mon).

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