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Minato Mirai 21

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Address: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
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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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strong winds, nice view

the view was nice but the strong and cold winds prevented us from staying out for too long. the walk to the harbourview and the redbrick warehouses was long but interesting.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

the view was nice but the strong and cold winds prevented us from staying out for too long. the walk to the harbourview and the redbrick warehouses was long but interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Being here alone for business purposes I found this district very accessible with nice sceneries (the wheel, the gorgeous nippon maru, skyscrapers and such) and much to do (shopping, eating and drinking). Absolutely worth a visit when you are here! You will not fill a day here and the best time for a visit would be around 4-5 pm and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful place to take a walk and relax from the busy city. I strongly recommend to go to "Osanbashi Pier" to have a great view of Yokohama.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was there on the night, it's very photogenic. free to entrance but hard to find some machine drink or street food, you must go to supermarkets or cafes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Simply WOW! From the Osanbashi pier, the skyscrapers and the view of the Yokohama's CBD is a sight to admire. It is a must-do when in Yokohama :-)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Minato Mirai (Yokohama) last year for a day trip and I fell in love with this place, so decided to stay here as a base for 5 nights. The overall stay was simply amazing. Christmas lights and decorations everywhere made the experience and ambiance wonderful! Minato Mirai is basically a seaside urban area which was previously a shipyard many... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is one of the most beautiful place I have ever seen..When I went there,there ware lot of Christmas light ups and it is very beautiful...dreaming to go there in again someday..lovely place

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a relaxing place walking along the waterfront! Coming from Tokyo, you will find yourself some breather in this place in Yokohama. You could find a place of solace, reading a book or just sit down with a beer enjoying the sea breeze with your loved ones! While I was there, I could see many young families, especially, bring... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

Just strolling around in this area . Walking distance to the main attraction in yokohama . 2 stations away from yokohama station.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

It’s a great area for walking around with many things to see and do. The tallest building in Yokohama, Landmark Tower, is located here and has an observation deck on the 69th floor. There’s an amusement park, Cosmo World, the Cupnoodles Museum, and several other museums here. Yamashita Park and Chinatown are close by also. We took the train from... More 

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