Yokohama Ōsanbashi Pier

It’s not every day you’d find me talking about a ferry terminal, but bear with me, this one’s pretty special. The Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, or Ōsanbashi Pier (大さん橋) as it’s known, is located between Minato Mirai and Yamashita Park along the waterfront. 

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

It’s a short distance from the old Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (横浜赤レンガ倉庫) and Yokohama Customs Museum and couldn’t be more different if it tried.

Port Drop Off

Looking like a cross between an emerging submarine and a futuristic spaceship, wooden decking fluidly envelopes the roof and walkways.

Ōsanbashi Pier Rooftop

From ground level, the decking leads visitors up to an open-air plaza which is open 24 hours and provides great views of the ships and the surrounding city.

Awaiting Departure

I don’t think there’s a single right angle in the whole structure, I bet the carpenters involved have nightmares about the project.


The different levels of the building organically flow together by means of bifurcated folds in the floor which allows for barrier-free circulation without the need for stairs. This also provides certain continuity between the interior and exterior surfaces.

Deck Gangway

Natural grass compliments the grey of the beautiful Brazilian hardwood. It strangely reminded me of a Vietnamese restaurant I used to enjoy in Shenzhen!


The steel frame of the building allows for a massive column-less interior space.

King, Jack, Queen

There’s also a large outdoor event space which can be used as a stage, with the surrounding steps functioning as audience seats.

Pier Port

It was designed by the now defunct London-based Foreign Office Architects (FOA) and completed in 2002.

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    P. Nakamura

    We are arriving at Oasanbashi on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and need transportation from the cruise terminal to Haneda (Tokyo International) Airport. I understand that the Keihin Kyuko Bus company has airport buses that leave from the Red Brick Warehouse. Is there a Keihin Kyuko ticket office at the Red Brick Warehouse where we can pay our fare, and where in the Warehouse is the office located?


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