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Minato Mirai 21 (みなとみらい 21) is a seaside urban area in central Yokohama whose name means "harbor of the future". It has many large high-rises, including the Landmark Tower, which was Japan's tallest building from 1993 until 2014. The area was a large shipyard until the 1980s, when development began to turn it into a new city center.

Minato Mirai is blessed with a great location along the water and has a wealth of attractions. Visitors to the area will be able to find shopping centers, hotels, a convention center, an amusement park, a relaxation center with hot spring baths, museums and park space.

Located along the waterfront, the buildings of the Minato Mirai Chuo district ("central district") form the distinctive skyline of Yokohama. At 296 meters, the Landmark Tower is the most recognizable feature. The three Queen's Towers are located beside, each one being a little shorter than the next, followed by the Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu and the Pacifico convention center, one of the largest in Japan, which includes the rounded Intercontinental Hotel. The district extends inland, where redevelopment is still ongoing.

Connected to the Chuo district, across from the Pacifico, is a large man made island which constitutes the Minato Mirai Shinko District ("new harbor district"). The most recognizable feature of the island is the Cosmo World Ferris Wheel, which displays the time and was for a period the world's largest clock.

Entertainment

There are many options for entertainment in the area. The Landmark Tower has an observatory on its 69th floor called the Sky Garden. The Cosmo World amusement park is spread out along the waterfront beside the Queen's Towers and on the man made island of the Shinko District, and offers both exciting roller coasters and attractions for kids. For more sedate entertainment there is the Manyo Club, a great place for relaxation.

Sky Garden Observatory

Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 (until 22:00 on Saturdays)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.
Admission: 1000 yen
Located 273 meters in the air, the Landmark Tower's Sky Garden is one of the highest observatories in the country. The elevator that takes visitors up to the observatory was the fastest in the world when it was built. There is a bar at the observatory with impressive views of the surrounding area.

Cosmo World

Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 (longer on weekends and in summer, shorter in winter)
Closed: Most Thursdays (see calendar)
Admission: No entrance fee, attractions cost 300-900 yen each
The Cosmo World amusement park has a handful of roller coaster rides, carnival attractions, a kid's zone and a large Ferris wheel that doubles as a clock. In the evening the park is illuminated, and adds to the night view of the city.

Manyo Club

Hours: Always open
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 2750 yen (many services require additional fees)
The Manyo Club is a spa and relaxation center, offering hot spring baths with water brought in daily by truck from the Izu Peninsula. Paid services include acupuncture, foot pressure therapy and various styles of massage. Other services include restaurants, internet access and relaxation rooms.

Shopping

Minato Mirai offers a wide range of shopping opportunities to visitors. The Landmark Plaza and Queen's Towers have many floors filled with the typical sorts of shops and restaurants that one would expect to find at shopping malls. On the man made island in the Shinko district, shoppers will find a more unique selection of goods at the World Porters Mall and Red Brick Warehouses.

Queen's Square

Hours: Most shops open 11:00 to 20:00 (most restaurants until 22:00)
Closed: No regular closing days
Queen's Square is located in the lower floors of the three Queen's Towers. They offer a variety of shops and restaurants, including various well known brand stores. The Minato Mirai Station is located in the basement.

Landmark Plaza

Hours: Most shops open 11:00 to 20:00 (most restaurants until 22:00)
Closed: No closing days
The Landmark Plaza is located just beside Queen's Square and is located adjacent to the Landmark Tower. The five floors of the Landmark Plaza feature a similar variety of shops and restaurants to those found in the Queen's Towers, including a Pokemon Center on the 4th floor.

World Porters

Hours: Most shops open 10:30 to 21:00 (restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00)
Closed: Two irregular closing days per year
The World Porters Mall has six floors, with each one dedicated to a certain theme. From the ground floor up, they are food, fashion, sports and hobby, home and living, broadway (cinema), relaxation and interiors. The broadway floor has a movie theater and amusement center. The food floor includes an extensive supermarket.

Red Brick Warehouses

Hours: Most shops open 10:00 to 20:00 (restaurants open longer)
Closed: No closing days
The Red Brick Warehouses (akarenga soko in Japanese) used to serve the area when it was a port, but have since been converted. They now offer a unique atmosphere for shopping. The two buildings have a number of shops that offer interesting products, as well as some restaurants and floorspace dedicated to events and exhibitions.

Marine & Walk Yokohama

Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 (restaurants until 23:00)
Closed: No closing days
Marine & Walk Yokohama is a pleasant open-air shopping mall along the waterfront with trendy boutiques and food options. Using red bricks, the complex' design blends in nicely with the nearby historic warehouses.

Museums

There are several museums in the Minato Mirai district, including the municipal art gallery and museums on the port of Yokohama, shipping, industry and technology.

Nippon Maru and Yokohama Port Museum

5 minute walk from Minato Mirai and Sakuragicho Stations
Museum closed from June 7, 2021 until April 2022 for renovations
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a holiday), December 29 to 3
Admission: 400 yen
Built in 1930, Nippon Maru is a retired sailing ship that is permanently docked at Minato Mirai and is open to the public. Across from the ship is the Yokohama Port Museum, focusing on the port's history and broader marine topics.

Cup Noodles Museum

10 minute walk from Minato Mirai and Sakuragicho Stations
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:00)
Closed: Tuesdays (or following day if Tuesday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 500 yen (workshops extra)
This fun museum follows the history of instant noodles with interactive exhibits, modern art and hands on experiences. For a small fee visitors can design their own cup noodles or make instant ramen noodles from scratch (reservations required). There is also a food court that serves noodle dishes from around the world.

Yokohama Museum of Art

5 minute walk from Minato Mirai Station
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
Closed: Thursdays (or following day if Thu is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 500 yen (does not include special exhibitions)
The Museum has seven galleries; three for displaying works from the permanent collection, one for photography, and three for special exhibitions (four per year). The museum focuses on contemporary art as well as Yokohama itself, the city, its role as a port, and its artists.

Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum

5 minute walk from Minato Mirai Station
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Tuesdays (or following day if Tuesday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 500 yen
The museum has six zones: space, ocean, transportation, daily life discovery, environment and technology quest. The present and future of each zone's theme is presented, with many interactive elements like computer simulators. The museum seems generally geared towards kids.

Getting there and around

The most central station is Minato Mirai Station on the Minato Mirai Line, which is located in the basement of Queen's Square and is two stations from Yokohama Station (3 minutes, 190 yen).

Minato Mirai is also easily accessed from Sakuragicho Station on the JR Negishi Line (Keihin-Tohoku Line), which is just one stop from Yokohama Station (3 minutes, 140 yen). The station is also served by the Yokohama Subway Line.

The Yokohama Air Cabin is an urban ropeway that connects Sakuragicho Station with the Shinko district of Minato Mirai (1000 yen one way or 1800 yen for a round trip).

The Akaikutsu Loop Bus connects Sakuragicho Station with World Porters, the Red Brick Warehouses and other sights in central Yokohama, while the Bayside Blue Bus connects Yokohama Station with Minato Mirai and other sights in central Yokohama. They cost 220 yen per ride or 500 yen for a day pass.

Minato Mirai can also be accessed by "Sea Bass" boats. They depart from Yokohama Bay Quarter (500 meters from Yokohama Station's east exit) and stop at the Pacifico Convention Center (15 minutes, 440 yen) and the Red Brick Warehouses (25 minutes, 600 yen) before continuing on to Yamashita Park. Boats depart about once every 15 minutes, but only half of them stop at Minato Mirai, while the others travel directly to Yamashita Park.

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Hotels around Yokohama

    • Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
      The Yokohama Royal Park Hotel is located on the waterfront of Yokohama Bay. The grand hotel contains a halal restaurant and a tearoom with spectacular views of Mount Fuji.
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    • Guest House FUTARENO
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Noge district in Yokohama, GuestHouse FUTARENO is a 5-minute walk from Sakuragicho and Hinodecho stations. The renovated traditional Japanese house offers a cosy atmosphere with free property-wide WiFi. Popular attractions like the Nogeyama Zoo is a 8-minute walk away. The Minatomirai area and the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse can be reached within a 23-minute walk from the property. Numerous bars can be found within a 5-minute walking distance. Guestrooms come with bunk beds and features wooden decor. Bathroom facilites are shared with other guests. Free luggage storage is available at GuestHouse FUTARENO. Guests can make use of the shared kitchen to prepare meals or relax at the shared lounge.
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    • Oakwood Suites Yokohama
      Luxury
      Set 1.8 km from Yokohama Marine Tower, Oakwood Suites Yokohama offers a fitness centre, a shared lounge and air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. Featuring a kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge, each unit also comes with a satellite flat-screen TV, ironing facilities, desk and a seating area with a sofa. There is a private bathroom with bidet and a hairdryer in each unit, along with free toiletries. Guests at the aparthotel can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. Popular points of interest near Oakwood Suites Yokohama include Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama Cosmo World and Cupnoodles Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu
      Luxury
      In the heart of the Minato-Mirai area, just a minute's walk from Minato-Mirai Station, The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu offers spacious rooms with a balcony, spectacular views of Minato-Mirai and free WiFi. It features 6 dining options. Concierge services are available. Rooms have a luxurious interior with floor-to-ceiling windows, a seating area and an LCD TV. Amenities include a fridge, a safe and nightwear. Guests sleep in 2 extra -long double beds. Guests at the Tokyu Bay Yokohama can unwind in the sauna or relax with a massage treatment. The hotel offers ticketing services, as well as currency exchange. Facilities include a 24-hour reception, a babysitting centre and a jewellery shop. French cuisine can be enjoyed at restaurant Queen Alice, while Japanese dishes are offered in a serene Japanese-style dining area at Oshima. The hotel also offers a caf?-restaurant and 2 bars. The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu is located in the Queen's Square Yokohama complex, which includes a concert hall, shops and spacious gardens. It’s directly connected to Minatomirai Subway Station, and only a 30-minute drive from Haneda Airport or a 90-minute drive from Narita Airport.
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    • Hare-Tabi Traveler's Inn Yokohama
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Yokohama, within less than 1 km of Yokohama Marine Tower and 5 km of Sankeien, Hare-Tabi Traveler's Inn Yokohama offers accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is around 11 km from Nissan Stadium, 1.5 km from Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and 1.6 km from Minato Mirai 21. The property is 1.2 km from the city centre and 2 km from Yokohama Cosmo World. The shared bathroom is fitted with a bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Popular points of interest near the hostel include Yokohama Stadium, Hikawamaru and Yamashita Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from Hare-Tabi Traveler's Inn Yokohama.
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    • Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
      Luxury
      Located above the 52nd floor of Yokohama Landmark Tower, all rooms at Yokohama Royal Park Hotel offer free WiFi and views of Yokohama City or the Yokohama Bay Bridge. Guests can take a swim at the indoor pool at the fitness centre, enjoy various cuisines at the 8 dining venues or request soothing massage treatments for an extra cost. Minatomirai Subway Station is a 3-minute walk and JR Sakuragicho Train Station is a 5-minute walk away. All spacious air-conditioned rooms are located between the 52nd and 67th floor, featuring carpeted floors and a flat-screen satellite TV. Each comes with a minibar and an electric kettle with green tea bags. The en suite bathroom includes a bathtub and nightwear is provided for all guests. The 24-hour front desk provides dry cleaning services, luggage storage and daily newspapers. Guests can use the business centre or make travel arrangements at the concierge desk. Local gifts can be purchased at the hotel’s souvenir shop, while Japanese green tea can be enjoyed at the tea ceremony room. Landmark Fitness Club is located on the 49th floor, and guests can use the facilities at a surcharge. There is also a barber and beauty shop, as well as a photo studio at the property. Offering spectacular views from the 68th floor, restaurant Shikitei offers Japanese dishes, and French full courses are served at Le Ciel restaurant. You can enjoy a late-night cocktail with panoramic views of Yokohama Bay at the Sirius Lounge, located on the 70th floor. Royal Park Hotel Yokohama is a 20-minute walk from the Red Brick Warehouse and Yokohama Chinatown. The Pacifico Yokohama convention centre is an 8-minute walk away. Guests can take a 50-minute limousine bus ride to Haneda International Airport or a 2-hour limousine bus ride to Narita International Airport (charges apply).
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    • Hotel New Grand
      Luxury
      Situated right in front of Yamashita Park and looking out to the Yokohama Bay, Hotel New Grand is a renowned classic hotel with nearly a century of first-class hospitality. Motomachi-Chukagai Subway Station is just a 1-minute walk away. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Featuring chic ambience and large windows offering ocean or city views, rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, fridge and electric kettle. Minibar and an electric kettle are also provided. The en suite bathroom includes a bath tub and toiletries. While staying at New Grand Hotel, guests can receive massages at the aesthetic salons or purchase gift items at the Sundry Shop. Currency exchange and concierge services are offered. Luggage can be stored at the bell desk for free. Yokohama China Town is a 2-minute walk, and Motomachi shopping area is a 5-minute walk away. The lively Minato-mirai area and JR Yokohama Station are both within an 8-minute subway ride from the property. Le Normandie serves classic French cuisine in an elegant setting with antique interior. Il Giardino offers colourful Italian dishes, while delicately prepared Japanese meals can be enjoyed at Yugyo-an restaurant.
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    • Richmond Hotel Yokohama Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Richmond Hotel Yokohama Ekimae is situated in Yokohama, within 6 km of Yokohama Marine Tower and 8 km of Nissan Stadium. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Local points of interest like Pacifico Yokohama and Yokohama Landmark Tower are reachable within 3 km and 3.2 km, respectively. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel rooms have a wardrobe and a private bathroom. American and Asian breakfast options are available each morning at Richmond Hotel Yokohama Ekimae. Sankeien is 10 km from the accommodation, while Yokohama Museum is 3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from Richmond Hotel Yokohama Ekimae.
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    • Hotel Associa Shin-Yokohama
      Luxury
      Hotel Associa is located directly above Shin-Yokohama Station. The bullet train takes people to Tokyo Station in 17-minutes and to Shinagawa Station in 10-minutes. A direct bus to Haneda International Airport is a 35-minute ride. Yokohama, Nagoya and Osaka can be directly accessed from Shin-Yokohama Station. Warm and soundproof rooms made of natural materials feature modern decor and light colors with soft lighting. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the city, and rooms come equipped with an LCD TV, air humidifier/purifier, a small fridge, personal locker and an en suite bathroom with a bathtub and free toiletries. All rooms feature free WiFi. The 24-hour front desk offers dry-cleaning and foreign currency exchange, as well as massage service that can be offered in guestrooms. A Japanese and Western-style buffet breakfast can be enjoyed at the property atrium. The Associa lounge exclusively available to staying guests offer coffee, tea, herb tea, soft drinks and various other beverages for free. Hotel Associa is located within the station building Cubic Plaza Shin-Yokohama. Guests can enjoy dining at the various restaurants located on floors 9 and 10, or enjoy shopping at stores such as Bic Camera or Uniqlo. Yokohama Arena and the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum are both within a 10-minute walk. Nissan Stadium is a 5-minute taxi ride away.
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    • Hyatt Regency Yokohama
      Luxury
      Set in Yokohama, 500 metres from Yokohama Marine Tower, Hyatt Regency Yokohama offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation features a concierge service and luggage storage space for guests. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the hotel. Popular points of interest near Hyatt Regency Yokohama include Hikawamaru, Yamashita Park and Yokohama Stadium. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • InterContinental Yokohama Grand, an IHG Hotel
      Luxury
      Overlooking Yokohama Bay, the Intercontinental boasts a 31st-floor Chinese restaurant and a spa with massages. Rooms have free WiFi and city or bay views. Rooms at the InterContinental Yokohama Grand are spacious for the area, and include an LCD TV with satellite channels and a private bath. A minibar is provided, and room service is available 24/7. Slippers and a wide variety of toiletries are included. Private Health & Fitness Club includes an indoor pool, a sauna and a workout room. Spa Bay Window pairs body and facial treatments with water views. The hotel also has several on-site shops, including a florist and a beauty salon. Among the hotel’s 6 dining options are the classically styled Azur French Restaurant and the modern Nadaman Japanese Cuisine. Marine Blue Lounge & Bar offers drinks and desserts with panoramic views. The hotel is just 500 metres from the Cosmo Clock 21 ferris wheel and Minato-Mirai Hall. Minato-Mirai Train Station is a 3-minute walk, and Yokohama’s Chinatown is 2 km away.
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