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Travel News Yokohama Skywalk to reopen this year

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The Skywalk footpath beneath the Yokohama Bay Bridge, closed in 2010 due to a lack of visitors, is set to reopen this year.

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High hopes: Yokohama’s Skywalk set to reopen this year

The city government intends to promote the observation deck as a sightseeing spot where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Yokohama Port and passenger vessels up close. City officials and other parties will host tours when the luxury cruise ship Queen Elizabeth makes a port call and on other occasions. The Skywalk is a city-managed pathway that opened in 1989 running under the Yokohama Bay Bridge, which is part of the Bayshore Route of the Shutoko Expressway. It consists of the 320-meter Sky Promenade walkway, with the Sky Lounge observation facility at the far end offering a 360-degree view of Yokohama Port. The Skywalk had been open throughout the years, charging a 600-yen ($5.50) admission fee for adults. But it was closed in 2010 owing to a slowdown in the number of visitors. City officials have been making efforts to attract cruise ships to Yokohama Port. A new cruise ship terminal will be completed at Daikoku Pier in April and another at Shinko Pier in autumn. Coupled with the existing passenger terminals at Osanbashi and Yamashita piers and other facilities, Yokohama Port will be able to accommodate seven large cruise ships at a time, the most in the world, in 2021.


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