Attraction Minatomirai Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 220-0012 Japan Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Minato Mirai 21 is special ?
Minato Mirai 21 is a modern urban development that was created, and continues to evolve, on 186ha of land. A shipbuilding facility that used to divide Yokohama's two main urban centers on Tokyo Bay was relocated, and additional land was reclaimed from the sea. In 1989 an exposition was held to mark the 100th anniversary of Yokohama's city status and the 130th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port. Following that event development gathered momentum, and now the area boasts office blocks, commercial facilities, hotels, amusement parks and convention facilities, as well as such cultural amenities as art museums and concert halls. This, the new face of Yokohama, offers an entire spectrum of urban functions and attracts more than 50 million visitors every year.
Minato Mirai 21 is full of great experiences. The liberating expanse of Tokyo Bay and the dynamic appeal of the contemporary architecture contribute to the area's strikingly unusual beauty, which you can enjoy from the elegant surroundings of several first-class hotels. For the shopper, more than 600 stores offer an astonishingly broad selection of goods ranging from top fashion brands to animation character merchandise. Apart from excellent Japanese cuisine, delicious food from around the world is available at more than 200 restaurants. Theme parks offer exciting rides, parks a place to sit and enjoy the seascape. Packed with pleasure, Minato Mirai 21 is a fun place to visit with family and friends at any time of year, on any occasion, and for so many different reasons.
If you move on to the area beyond Minato Mirai 21, you'll find intriguing glimpses of a fascinating history in the Kannai district, which developed quickly in the second half of the 19th century after the Port of Yokohama opened, and beyond Kannai you'll arrive at Japan's largest Chinatown. Yokohama offers points of interest that no other city can match. And just a day trip away are some of the best hot spring baths in Japan at Hakone, as well as the globally renowned beauty of Mt. Fuji. So after a day of fun in Minato Mirai 21, you can spend the night at one of the area's great hotels and then the next day you can be soaking in an onsen or admiring a view of Mt. Fuji. That is the special appeal of a relaxing holiday based in Japan's new leading tourism and leisure destination: Minato Mirai 21.
The name "Minato Mirai 21" was one of many proposals submitted by members of the public in response to an appeal. "Minato" means "port" and "mirai" means "future." "Port Future 21" thus embodies the dream that Yokohama will enjoy a bright future in the 21st century.
What to explore at Minato Mirai 21?
Minato Mirai 21 Area is a new town created where Yokohama Exotic Showcase was held in 1989. Minato Mirai 21 Area is the town of future full of modern high-rise buildings. The most famous ones of all are the Yokohama Landmark Tower and Queen's Square Yokohama. The Landmark Tower is a 296-meter-high, 70-floor building, which represents the city of Yokohama. You can have a magnificent view from its observatory floor (the 69th) Sky Garden.
Minato Mirai 21 Area is also a mega-shopping town, crowded with large shopping malls and amusement spots. The gorgeous night view of Minato Mirai 21 Area is a must-see. Yokohama Cosmoworld, with one of the world's largest Ferris wheels in the center, and high-rise buildings are illuminated, which gives an effect of the whole area floating in the night sky.
West of JR Sakuragicho Station, you can find Nogeyama Park, which has the Nogeyama Zoo, with about 1,500 animals of 90 species. Yokohama Nigiwai Za opened in 2002. It is a center specializing in Japanese entertainments such as 'rakugo' (comic monologue), 'manzai' (comic dialogue), and performance, and conveying the tradition of Yokohama, in which a number of theaters and playhouses were crowded with their fans, to today's guests.
How to get to Minato Mirai 21?
The most central station is Minato Mirai Station on the Minato Mirai Line, which is located in the basement of Queen's Square and is two stations from Yokohama Station (3 minutes, 180 yen).
Minato Mirai is also easily accessed from Sakuragicho Station on the JR Negishi Line (Keihin-Tohoku Line), which is just one stop from Yokohama Station (3 minutes, 140 yen). The station is also served by the Yokohama Subway Line.
The Akaikutsu Loop Bus connects Sakuragicho Station with the nearby Landmark Plaza, the Pacifico Convention Center, World Porters, the Red Brick Warehouses and other sights in central Yokohama. It costs 100 yen per ride.
Minato Mirai can also be accessed by "Seabass" boats. They depart from Yokohama Bay Quarter (500 meters from Yokohama Station's east exit) and stop at the Pacifico Convention Center (15 minutes, 420 yen) and the Red Brick Warehouses (25 minutes, 600 yen) before continuing on to Yamashita Park. Boats depart about once every 15 minutes, but only half of them stop at Minato Mirai, while the others travel directly to Yamashita Park.
- Nice place for a walk
- A Nice Area For A Day Visit
- Bay side area for Shopping and walking
- Great views and location
- Big open modern space
Minatomirai Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 220-0012 Japan
Tips for you
This will be especially attractive during spring and summer where one can roam freely around the seafront and the surrounding attractions. Within a 60min walking radius, it offers all the attractions, food, shopping and entertainment. The whole areas is modern, visually pleasing and designed for easy walk around. Worth spending at least one day to explore.
This place is awesome! This was the very first place that ever visited upon arriving to Yokohama and still remains a favorite place in my life even till today. Great games, food, sights & sounds. Especially the crepes!! The Ferris wheel is pretty awesome as well by day or night. Tons to do and see in a very walkable area. Street performers, Japan's fastest elevator... so much to do here. Great for couples our the family.