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Address: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 45-682-4403
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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A Nice Area For A Day Visit

The scene that strikes you while here is that it is less crowded but still metropolitan. It was a nice change from the frantic pace of Tokyo. A stroll by the promenade is pretty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Krakow, Poland
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106 reviews 106 reviews
69 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

It's a nice place to chill out and have a walk. It's also a good place to take photos. If uou come to Yokohama from Tokyo, take a short walk from train station to the harbour and you will not miss it.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The scene that strikes you while here is that it is less crowded but still metropolitan. It was a nice change from the frantic pace of Tokyo. A stroll by the promenade is pretty good even on a Sunday as the locals spend a relaxing day out with the family. A good way to spend a leisurely day out shopping... More 

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Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I usually went to Minato Mirai because it is not so crowded such a Shinjuku, Shibuya in Tokyo. Also weekend is nice, more people than weekdays but still better than Tokyo. There are more than 5 big shopping.

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Singapore, Singapore
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful location and well designed buildings. Combination of shops, restaurants, offices, hotels and railways. Modern state of the art atmosphere.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

My husband and I always go here when we are both in the Yokohama area. We have been here multiple times and enjoyed everything from the Ferris wheel to the coaster to the orther rides and enjoying the arcade and little village. Beautiful place to take pictures. It is right next to the landmark plaza which has a lot of... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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