Plans for a cableway in the port city
As the Japan Times report, the Yokohama’s city administration supports the plans to build a 600-meter-long cableway between the JR Sakuragicho Station and the city district of Minato Mirai 21. Minato Mirai 21 is Yokohama’s central business district. In addition to a theme park, Cosmo World, it also houses other tourist attractions, such as the Red Brick Warehouse, the Cup Noodles Museum and the Yokohama Landmark Tower. Senyo Kogyo Co., an Osaka-based manufacturer of amusement rides and operator of, among other projects, the Yokohama Cosmo World theme park, would like a cableway to open up its parks and tourist attractions.
The central business and amusement district Minato Mirai should be opened up with a cable car. Photo: Fotolia/ f11photo
Although decisions on some details, including the exact completion date, remain to be made, Senyo Kogyo promises that its gondolas will offer visitors a nice view of the waterside promenade and Yokohama’s skyline. “The cable car will not only serve as a means of transport but will also promote tourism – an important part of prospering city development,” says Shogo Takashima, company manager for Senyo Kogyo’s Tokyo branch. After all, this would not be the first cableway Yokohama has seen. A temporary installation was built here in 1989 for the city exhibition Yokohama Exotic Showcase (YES’89) which operated in the same city district, Minato Mirai 21.
Plans for another cableway
Senyo Kogyo’s current plan is one of nine transport proposals from the private sector received by the municipal building authority after it had invited enterprises to submit ideas for a masterplan Transport to Boost Tourism in December 2017. The other projects include ferries, open-roof buses, and one even more extensive cableway network to connect the JR Yokohama Station with the Yamashita Pier.
Keita Matsui, Project Department Director, believes that these proposals, along with ongoing projects, such as a bike-sharing service and the renovation of the Shinko Pier, will make traveling through Yokohama a more pleasant experience.
In addition, the city expects that the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in 2020 in Tokyo will represent a great opportunity to improve the city’s international standing and attract more tourists, both domestic and foreign. According to the recently published city statistics, 36.3 million tourists visited Yokohama in 2017. By 2020, the port city will succeed in bringing in even more as it will host the Olympic baseball, softball and soccer games.