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Address: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 45-682-4403
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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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Great place to take in the sights, shop, eat and have fun

I came here early in the morning as a day trip from Tokyo, unfortunately, things open late on a Saturday morning. I walked over to Osanbashi Pier which is amazing and then headed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I came here early in the morning as a day trip from Tokyo, unfortunately, things open late on a Saturday morning. I walked over to Osanbashi Pier which is amazing and then headed back. There's museums along the way, lovely parks and gardens, plenty of places to shop, an amusement park, and of course restaurants. Plenty to keep one entertained.

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Kawasaki, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

When I was there, there was some kind of festival - live music, stands with Japanese snack etc. Nice place to walk if you're already in Yokohama.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Lots of things to do and places to go in Minato Mirai Area. It encompasses the port of Yokohama, and includes various shopping malls such as Queen's Square, Landmark Plaza, Mark Is, World Porters, etc. Nearby is the Cup Noodle Museum (hilarious), Aka Renga (where there are often events on weekends) and a small pay-by-attraction theme park (the two main... More 

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Yokohama, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Minato Mirai is a great place to spend the day or an entire weekend. You don't need to make plans, just show up. There are various types of restaurants and food available for all palates. Service is always top-notch as is the standard in Japan. There are a lot of very nice stores as well. Latest fashions, crafts, shoes, clothing,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

When in Yokohama, this is definitely one of the places to stop at. I usually take a break here for lunch/dinner, whether it is to sit at one of the many eateries found in the area, or to pack a lunch and eat it outdoors. The area is exceptionally pretty at night, around Christmas, as it'll be bedecked in charming... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The area is charming due to the beautiful views of the bay you get from many corners. It has also got a large commercial centre full of shops and restaurants but, I have not found them of great quality or interest

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Nice place to visit while spending time in Tokyo, with great landscape, shopping and full of places to leisure.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We came on a sunny hot day which probably ruined the experience. But I agree that it is a nice area to go to if you haven't been. It's an unique area with very wide spread new commercial buildings, very spacious and clean and not a lot of people. Lots of Motor shops if you are a car fan. I... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We walked here from China Town, and it was a lovely walk through some interesting parts of this big city. I am not sure where all the interesting buildings are here, we saw some with interesting design features but mostly it was an area of shopping centres and a theme park. Still worth a walk through.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Paid visit to Mirato Mirei b/c for biz trip and stayed in Inter Grand nearby. Great area to take a walk and shopping, highly recommend for night walk - this area has beautiful night sky.

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Address: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 45-682-4403
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Kanagawa Prefecture  >  Yokohama

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