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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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A great walking area for shopping and eating. The old nicely restored red bricked buildings was part of the old customs house. It is now full of fancy shops and nice... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great walking area for shopping and eating. The old nicely restored red bricked buildings was part of the old customs house. It is now full of fancy shops and nice restaurants. In the courtyard between the two sets of buildings, they had a girls’ ramen festival. Lots of ramen stands serving what seemed to be special ramens along with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having grown up in the 1940's in Yokohama, I was fascinated by how beautiful this totally new part of the city has become.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nicely designed promenade in Yokohama with scenic views and leisure atmosphere. If you stay in one of the hotels in the Minato Mirai, this place will be a must visit during your stay.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

everything you need in one place and easy to move around. good connectivity to most of Yokohama. great restraunts

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recommend to visit MInato Mirai 21 area for taking a walk. You can walk from Yamashita park to MM21. Don't forget to stop at Yokohama Osanbashi Pier. The Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal is a major port where foreign cruise ships dock during international cruises. Surrounded by the sea, it features Yokohama’s best views of the Minato Mirai skyline,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Minato Mirai is extremely beautiful. No words can describe the beauty of Yokohama in general and this place in particular. Everything is plainly perfect.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Yokohama has different ambiance than Tokyo, its more relax and the skyscraper at Minato Mirai 21 look impressive during night. Its very beautiful and a must to visit, if you coming to Tokyo as its not too far via train.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Distinctive landscape of Yokohama. Majestic Mount Fuji is part of the landscape on a clear winter day. Beautiful by night, specially from Yokohama bay bridge. Must visit if you are in Japan, so many things to do. Take a leisurely walk or get a bargain while shopping at Landmark, Queens or Marine walk. Bring your family or love one to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the carnival atmosphere in Yokohama, a city that takes fun seriously. Surrounded by the Tokyo Bay, it includes the Pacifico convention centre, a few hotels Like intercontinental, Tokyo Bay hotel , marine parks , a few malls plus the Cosmo World amusement park. You can spend a day or two slowly exploring the carefree place and yet aware that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Daytime offers very little in terms of visual impact. The location is transformed when night falls, and it becomes like a light wonderland.

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