Wednesday, August 26, 2015

YOKOHAMA MARINE TOWER! Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster Was Here!

Yokohama Marine Tower was featured in Toho's kaiju classic Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964). Photo by Brett Homenick.

During King Ghidorah's raid on Yokohama in the popular Godzilla series entry Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), the space beast's gravity rays destroy a tower in one of the film's most impressive effects shots. That structure is Yokohama Marine Tower.

A closeup shot of Yokohama Marine Tower's observation deck. Photo by Brett Homenick.

Yokohama Marine Tower is accessible by taking Exit 4 from Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line. It's only about a minute walk from the station. It's also very close to Yamashita Park. Best of all, it's so big that it's impossible to miss!

The tower was completed in 1961, making it quite new when it was selected for destruction in the Godzilla series.

Godzilla fans from all over the world enjoy coming to Japan to get a firsthand look at some of the real-life places used in their favorite monster movies. Surprisingly, though, this one is often overlooked. It's certainly more impressive (and relevant) than some of the other locations that sometimes get highlighted.

Be sure to add Yokohama Marine Tower to your next trip's itinerary!

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