Yokohama Three towers

nekkunn

Mar 3, 2017

The Yokohama Three Towers are, as the name implies, a group of three historically-significant towers in Yokohama. Interestingly, they’re nicknamed The King, The Queen and The Jack. And not even all the local folks are familiar with them!

The first tower, The King, is the Kanagawa Prefectural Office, and was built about 90 years ago. The second, The Queen, is the Yokohama Customs Building, which has a history of about 80 years. And the last, The Jack, is the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall, which was built over 100 years ago. Said to be where foreign ships entered Yokohama Port, this tower is also designated as a historical heritage building of Japan.

Some would say that the three towers have been eclipsed by taller modern buildings, but they still bear cultural significance. It’s been said that if you go to a spot where you can see all three towers at once, it will grant you your wishes and bring you bliss. Why not give it a try?

横浜市民でも知らない人がいる「横浜三塔」。
その名の通り3つの塔のことで、1つは約90年前に完成した「神奈川県庁本庁舎」の塔。
2つ目が、80年以上の歴史がある「横浜税関」の塔。
3つ目が100年以上前に建てられ、国の重要文化財に指定されている「横浜開港記念会館」の塔。

かつては、横浜港に入る外国船の目印になったと言われています。そうで、この3つの塔をチェスの駒に例え、
神奈川県庁は「キング」、横浜税関は「クイーン」、横浜開港記念会館を「ジャック」という愛称がつけられ、
今でも親しまれています。今は高いビルが立ち並び目立たなくなった横浜三塔ですが、
実は、市内に三塔を同時に見られるスポットがあり、
その景色を見た人は幸せになれるという言い伝えがあります。ぜひトライしてみてください!

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