ACCESS TO YIS
Yokohama International School is located in the heart of the historic foreign residential section of Yokohama, high on a bluff opposite Harbor View Park, overlooking the bustle of Japan’s second largest port city. Some of Yokohama's most popular neighborhoods for foreign residents are within walking distance or a short car ride, and there is convenient access to public bus, subway and train service. The Motomachi Chukagai Station of the Minato Mirai Line, a 5-minute walk from the school, connects with Shibuya in the heart of Tokyo in less than 35 minutes via Limited Express. Please note that we do not provide a school bus service.
Getting to YIS
Japan is known for its excellent public transportation system. Two major train/subway lines provide reliable and convenient access to YIS from all areas of Yokohama and elsewhere in Kanagawa Prefecture and Tokyo. The school is accessible from Motomachi Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai Subway Line (which runs as the Tokyu Toyoko Line to the north of Yokohama Station) and from Yamate , Sakuragicho and Ishikawacho stations on the JR Negishi Line (which runs as the Keihin Tohoku Line to the north of Yokohama Station). Use the Google area map to find directions from your location or see the directions from nearby stations below.
- From Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Minato Mirai/Toyoko Line)
- From Yamate Station (JR Negishi/Keihin Tohoku Line)
- From Ishikawacho Station (JR Negishi/Keihin Tohoku Line)
A 5-minute Walk
Exit toward the front of the train at the Motomachi end of the platform (not the Chinatown exit). Take the escalators up to street level and after going through the ticket gate, turn right and take either the escalators or elevator all the way up to the top, to Americayama Park. From there, it is a quick three-minute walk through the park and along the edge of the Foreign Cemetery to the Bluff Road across the street from the YIS Modern Languages Building. After you cross the street, walk left towards Harbor View Park and turn right at the traffic light near the public parking lots. Walk for about 50 meters to the main school entrance.
A 10-minute Bus Ride
There is only one exit at Yamate Station. Just across the street from the ticket gate you will see the bus stop. Take bus No. 20. Buses depart every 10 or 15 minutes. The bus ride takes approximately 8 minutes to the Harbor View Park (Minato no Mieruoka Koen-mae) bus stop, which is located just a few meters from the front entrance of the school.
A 15-minute Walk
Exit the South Exit at Ishikawacho Station, turn right out of the station by the taxi stand and walk about 150 meters to a large intersection. Cross over and walk straight along the Motomachi Shopping Street for about 10 minutes. Near the end of the shopping street, you will see a Starbucks on the left. About 50 meters past the Starbucks on the right side of the street is the entrance to Motomachi Chukagai station. Go into the station past the ticket gates and take the elevator/escalator up to the top, to Americayama Park. (See directions from Motomachi-Chukagai Station.) From there, it is a quick three-minute walk through the park and along the edge of the Foreign Cemetery to the Bluff Road across the street from the YIS Modern Languages Building. After you cross the street, walk left towards Harbor View Park and turn right at the traffic light near the public parking lots. Walk for about 50 meters to the main school entrance.