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Address: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
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Description: 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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This pier has been rebuilt to accommodate cruise ships and tourists/sightseers. The upper section is for sightseers and the reconstruction has made this a wonderful place for a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This pier has been rebuilt to accommodate cruise ships and tourists/sightseers. The upper section is for sightseers and the reconstruction has made this a wonderful place for a walk to take in views of the city and of a very busy harbour. In my mind this is one of the better attractions in the city and it does not cost... More 

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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is a very modern clean and picturesque area which if your stuck in the middle of Yokohama can give you a welcome break, Landmark Tower, Queens Buildings for shopping, access to River Taxi (well worth using for great photo opportunities goes from Bay Quarter to Motomatchi to Park). Near to World Porters shopping, amusement park , Hard Rock café... More 

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Beijing, China
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This place is pleasant to walk around. The waterfront is lovely, and there's lost of shopping all around.

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Pottsville Beach
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Good shopping, a mix between luxury stores and basics like American Eagle, Gap, Disney, Snoopy etc. Not so much typical Japanese shopping though.

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Port Orchard, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

My husband and I had the joy of living in Minato MIrai for a month. It was an incredible experience. The city is quite nice, and during the day you will see people scurrying around in their business suits. It is an incredibly clean and convenient area to enjoy lunch, waterviews, or just people watch if you are into that... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Minato Mirai is clean, convenient and well laid out with great dining, shopping and tourist attraction options and access to public transportation. In addition, it has the advantage of being relatively compact and walkable and quite pretty. Tokyo is great but it sprawls all over the place and it can be a little confusing as to know what to do... More 

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This district of Yokohama is the embodiment of modernity and at the same time a beautiful bay area. Enjoy the seaside view, many shops and restaurants and learn a thing or two about the history of this port.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A new district of Yokohama with a nice shopping mall, a convention center, several good hotels and various parks at the seaside, also some restaurants on the water. An amusement park with a rollercoaster is located in this area, also the Red Brick Warehouse - and a soup museum! Easy access with the metro, station in the mall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Everything you need in one location. Shops, restaurants, cinemas and museums. You don't need to go to Tokyo ever just shop and eat till you drop in Yokohama.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Whenever I come to Yokohama Bay Area, this is the place I spend most of time. You can find everything you need you might want in Tokyo with fewer crowds in a more relaxing way with sea breeze.

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