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Yokohama Negishi Racecourse

In the middle of a neighborhood of Yokohama, not far from Tokyo, proudly stands one of the most famous ruins of Japan: the Negishi Grandstand. In 1866, the Emperor Meiji ordered the construction of a horse racecourse and an English architect was commissioned to build this grandstand. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 destroyed most of Tokyo and Yokohama but this place survived it. A few years later, in 1929, it is rebuilt by J.H. Morgan using techniques designed to withstand the earthquakes. The building has been visited many times by the Emperor Meiji himself and even more often by his successor, Emperor Hirohito.

This building is famous as a haikyo, not only because its architecture is impressive but also because it is an impenetrable fortress. It lies between the United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka and the Park of Negishi and it is monitored by surveillance cameras. If that wasn’t enough, it is also surrounded by a barbed wire fence, curved inward to inflict damage to its potential intruders. The Negishi Grandstand seemed like an impossible haikyo to visit until a friend suggested me to follow him. On a winter day, we met at 5AM in front of the building. It was completely dark but I was so thrilled – I was about to discover the secret entrance of this place.

The story continue on Infiltration of the Negishi Grandstand.


  • 1866 – 1983
  • Nippon No Haikyo #90