Osanbashi Outline
  1. The Terminal can accommodate up to four LOA 200-meter class vessels or two 300-meter class vessels at the same time.
  2. The height of the building is designed to allow passengers to comfortably get on and off vessels, but at the same time it hovers on the horizon so as not to interrupt the view of the Port. The rooftop is gently curved as if it was symbolizing rolling waves.
  3. The floors of the second floor and rooftop are finished with wood to give a feeling of a ships deck. The wood used here is a Brazilian wood called Ipe, which has excellent strength and durability as well as a specific gravity greater than that of water. The rooftop also has natural grass lawns. This way, the Terminal is designed to serve as a working pier as well as an enjoyable and relaxing park-like public facility for Yokohama residents.
  4. The building is steel framed, consisting of main beams (girders) on the two sides and a triangular pyramid (folded plates) system to support the roof and floors. This results in a massive column-less interior space, with external walls all made with tempered glass. In short, wood, steel and glass are what constitute the Terminal.
  5. The building has no stairs to create a barrier-free environment. This means that visitors can move comfortably between the two levels using ramps and elevators. The glass-walled elevators are operated hydraulically, a technology hardly employed in or outside Japan. This eliminated the need for an elevator machine room on the rooftop which therefore avoided disfeaturing the wave-like rooftop curves and impairing the green park atmosphere.
  6. As the pier projects into the sea, visitors coming from the land would usually have to walk to the end of the pier and return all the way back again towards the land to leave the pier. Given this, the Terminal has diverse passages for better navigability based on the concept of serving as a citizens’ park.

Location 1-1-4 Kaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa 231-0002, Japan
Month/Year Completed December 2002

Structure & Dimensions

Two-stories above ground and one-story below ground
Steel-frame construction
Length approx. 430m
Maximum height approx. 15m
Width approx. 70m
Total Floor Space approx. 44,000m2
Terminal Facilities Basement Level Machine Room
1st Floor Parking
2nd Floor Passenger Terminal
Entrance & Exit / Buses / Taxis
Lobby Information Counter,
Ticket Counter, Lounge,
Cafe and Shops
CIQ Facilities Customs, Immigration and Quarantine
Osanbashi Hall
Roof Level Rooftop Plaza, Visitors Decks, Outdoor Event Plaza
Berthing Capacity Berths A & B Length: 450m, Depth: 12m, Apron Width: 20m
Berths C & D Length: 450m, Depth: 10 to 11m, Apron Width: 20m
Four boarding bridges
Architects Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Farshid Moussavi