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Minato Mirai 21

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Address: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 45-682-4403
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When Japan emerged from centuries of isolation in the mid-19th century,...

When Japan emerged from centuries of isolation in the mid-19th century, Yokohama was a tiny seaside village, home to only 100 people or so. But as the tide of internationalization rose, a port was established and Yokohama began to grow as a gateway to Japan. Yokohama is now a leading international trading port, the second largest city in Japan after Tokyo. Situated just a short distance along the coast from the Japanese capital, and within easy reach of Haneda Airport, Yokohama is now a magnet for tourists not just from Japan but from every corner of the world; it's a place everyone wants to visit.

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 70 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.

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We enjoyed the shopping and dining at Minato Mirai. Beautiful shops and good restaurants all over the place. Super modern and lots of fun! The high rise hotel lights are a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Yokohama, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the shopping and dining at Minato Mirai. Beautiful shops and good restaurants all over the place. Super modern and lots of fun! The high rise hotel lights are a spectacular view at night. The panoramic view from atop Landmark Tower is wonderful too, lots of things to do for all ages!!

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Yokohama, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lot of shopping options for all age groups... !!... also, since the sea is very near, u can do a small boat ride.... there is a cosmo park - for adventure rides.... overall a full day of fun... !!

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Yokosuka, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a dense entertainment area all within a couple minutes of walking from attraction to attraction. You will find Cosmo World, an amusement park, and a bunch of shopping districts such as Queen's Square and Porters. There is also the Cup Noodle museum right by Porters within a 3 minute walk. Bring your camera and snap a picture at... More 

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Thank Thomas C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although this may not appeal to all taste I found Minato Mirai 21 one of the most interesting places to visit in Yokohama. Pictures at sunrise can be impressive.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the Yokohama Bay Hotel which was part of the whole development consisting of offices, malls, exhibition centres and amusement parks etc...very interesting indeed...could not have guessed that the entire area is almost 30 years old as the buildings still look new...very clean area...lots of malls and eateries to satisfy one's taste...

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Mirfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a delightful part of the city to stay, or visit. There are so many great places to see at this part of the city, from the big Shopping Mall at the train station with well known shops and brands, the small adventure park, but best of all - the superb walks along the water front with the bay... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perfect place to spend the time in Yokohama. It's packed with walkways, sculptures, ships, hotels, shops, restaurants, museums and parks and even a big-wheel. Very clean, easy to get around and lots of facilities. Seems it was first developed over 30 years ago for the World Expo - but it still appears 'so new'.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

風の少ない晴れた日は、本当にただ歩くだけぶらぶらするだけ、おススメです。疲れたらTSUTAYAのスタバでお茶が良いですよ!登録が必要ですが、ベイバイクが便利。 It's a nice place to just walk or to jog, if the wind is not too strong. It's even better if you rent a Bay Bike, it takes you to other interesting Yokohama area faster and cheaper, such as China Town or Yamashita Park. But registration is needed beforehand, that's a little time consuming. It's 150 yen per 30... More 

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Yokohama, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This is a very beautiful modern area for yokohama. My husband and I lived in Minato Mirai for three years, our apartment over looked Yokohama Harbor, It's a must to visit if in Yokohama, there is so much to see and do, excellent shopping, landmark tower, red brick warehouse, boat tours, ocean walk, beautiful parks, museums and great restaurants.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

The name itself implies this is a port of the future. A rather futuristic look is available in here especially when Cosmo 21 Ferris wheel is lit up. * You can walk here from Yamashita Park or take Minatomirai Line to Bashamachi Station.

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