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March 08, 2012

横浜港付近観光 Sightseeing Around Yokohama Port

この日はお天気もよかったため、市営バスの一日乗車券を駆使(?)して港付近を観光することに。一日乗車券は大人600円で一日乗り放題。最近いろんなバスに乗って,路線にも詳しくなりつつある私…。
It was such a beautiful day and we decided to look around Yokohama port making use of One-Day Pass of Yokohama municipal bus. It is 600 yen for adult. I use various busses these days and becoming an expert...


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ベイブリッジ渡っています〜。ちなみに、桜木町からベイブリッジを渡って大黒ふ頭へ行く循環バスは本数が少ないため、今回は降りずにそのまま乗って山下で降りました。大黒ふ頭にも公園があるので、次回はそこにも行きたい。ちなみに、鶴見方面へのバスは本数があるので、次回はそっちからだな。
We're crossing Bay Bridge! For your information, the round-trip bus from Sakuragicho to Daikoku Futo doesn't run a few times a day. So we continued the trip back to Yamashita. We'd like to visit the park in Daikoku Futo again so maybe we'll use busses from Tsurumi because which run more often.

こうして見ると、横浜が大きな港であることを再確認。ちなみに、休日に大黒ふ頭に行くバスはガラガラでした…。
We can recognize the fact that Yokohama is a large international port like this. The bus to Daikoku Futo was almost empty on Sunday by the way.

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山下から今度はマリンタワーへ。去年は区民半額デーに行きそびれてしまって残念だった…仕方ないので正規料金を払って。せっかくだから、氷川丸とのダブルチケットで850円というのにした。ちなみに、私は幼稚園の遠足ぶりでしたcoldsweats02
From Yamashita, we headed to Marine Tower. There were Citizen's Discount Months last year but we missed the chance... so we paid the full fee, but with a ticket to Hikawamaru boat which was ¥850 for adult. The last time I visited there... it was a school trip at kindergarten!!! Don't count the years.

ところで、前を歩いていたカップルの男性が、「マリンタワーって、ランドマークができる前の横浜のシンボル的な〜」と勝手な説明をしていて、「マリンタワーは現役のシンボルじゃ!!!」と後ろから蹴りを入れたくなりました。
By the way, there was a couple walking in front of us, and the man explained to his girlfriend "Marine Tower used to be a symbol of Yokohama before Landmark Tower". Hey! It IS a symbol of Yokohama!! I really wanted to kick his ass to make him understand.

右の写真は中央にうす〜く東京スカイツリーが写っているもの。
The photo on the right, Tokyo Sky Tree is in the center but very pale.

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氷川丸。中は多分初めて。停泊していますが、軽く船酔いしました。
Hikawamaru boat. I think I had never got inside before. Although it was moored, I was sea-sick.


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ゴージャスな一等船室の居間。The gorgeous salon of the First Class.

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機械室。全体的にタイタニックを思い出してしまう。
The machine room. It remedied me of Titanic (the movie, you know).

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ホテルニューグランドのThe CAFEで遅めランチ。これがこちらのホテル発祥というナポリンタンでございます。美味しかった〜。
A late lunch at The CAFE, Hotel New Grand. This spaghetti "Napolitan" is originated from the hotel. It was very good!

横浜シンボルタワーにも行きたかったけど、閉館時間でダメでした。。。息子の大好きな「あかいくつバス」に乗って家路に。このバスも乗車券でOKだし、もともと100円バスなのです。
We wanted to visit Yokohama Symbol Tower but it was too late. So we got on Red Shoes Bus, which is my son's favorite and headed home. We can also use the One-Day Pass. This little red bus goes round Sightseeing area of Yokohama and only ¥100.
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March 01, 2012

根岸森林公園、ポニーセンター Negishi Forest Park and Pony Center

最近、子連れで気軽に行ける近場の市内散策が趣味になりつつあり、地図を見ては、「今度はここへ行ってみよう!」となるわけです。
We like visiting interesting places in Yokohama since we can't travel to far places with almost-2-year-old boy. I look up a map and decide, "Let's go there this weekend!".

今回は根岸森林公園と、隣の馬の博物館にあるポニーセンター。ちょうど思い立った日に、乗馬体験ができるということで、お弁当もって行きました。
This time, we visited Negishi Shinrin (Forest) park and Equine Museum of Japan with stands right next to the park. I found that we can try a pony ride on the very day so we hurried to the park with sandwiches in a bag.

根岸駅から歩いてみたら、まぁ、急な坂で…今度はバスにしようかな、と思いました…。20分くらいで公園の入口に到着。まずは馬の博物館へ行って、入館料(大人100円)を払ってから、一度外に出て昼食。
We went there on foot from Negishi station, but it's on a hill and we had to go up the steep slope. Well, we should take a bus next time. We arrived at the entrance in about 20 minutes. We first went to buy the tickets to the museum (¥100 for adult) and had a picnic lunch in the park.


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馬の博物館、中から見た入口。The entrance of the museum from the inside.

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ポニーセンターにて。入館券を見せると、ポニーの馬車や乗馬体験(小学生)ができるとのこと。馬車は0歳児も大人と一緒に乗れるので、こちらに乗せてもらいました。カールおじさんは、アレルギーも心配なので、カメラ係。チケットのチェック等を子供たちがやっていたのだけど、乗馬クラブの子なのかな?かっこいいね。
At the pony center in the museum, we showed the tickets and can try pony carriage or pony ride (elementary school kids). Babies can ride the carriage with adults so we tried this one, without Carl who was worried his allergy and decided to be a cameraperson. There were many kids counting the people on the queue, stamping on tickets etc... I think they belong to the club of the center. That's cool.


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厩舎。The stable for horses.

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こちらは根岸森林公園。元々、洋式競馬場だったのが、戦時中に(見晴らしがいいため)軍の施設となり、敗戦後に米軍に接収されたらしい。そしてそれが返還され、広い公園になったそうです。だから、今も周辺に米軍の施設があります。公園のど真ん中にもゲートがあって、おそらく住居とかだと思う。
This is Negishi Shinrin Park. There used to be a Western style horse race course around here but the Japan Navy used the place because they can see across the port from there during the war. And then Japan lost and it was occupied by the US troops. It was returned, and the city made it a huge park. There are still some American areas around there. We found a gate in the middle of the park and there seems to be a housing area of the states.

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最も印象的なのが、旧一等観覧席。この建物の利用法は市が検討中らしい。
I was very much impressed by the former first-class stand of the racecourse. So big and gorgeous. The city is considering how to revive this building now.
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公園でピエは転んで、ひざを擦りむいてしまいました。ズボンも少しやぶけてた。かわいそうに。。。でもだいたい食べ物ですぐに機嫌が直ります。しばらくはお風呂の時に傷跡を指してた。
Pierre fell in the park and scraped his knee. His trousers were slightly torn, too. Poor boy, but he soon turns happy with some snacks. He pointed at the scar at bath-times for a while (curios?).

帰りは山手駅へ向かおうと地図とにらめっこしていたのですが、米軍施設から出てきたお兄さんのあとをつけたら、案の定駅にたどりつけました(笑)
On the way back, we wanted to go to Yamate station and I was looking for the short-cut in the map, then we saw a man walking down from the US area and we followed him to get to the station!


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