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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 some time considered 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

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

Manyo Club

Hours: Always open
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 2750 yen (many services require additional fees)

Yokohama Air Cabin

Hours: 10:00 to 21:00
Closed: No closing days
Fee: 1000 yen (one way), 1800 yen (round trip)

Shopping and dining

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

Landmark Plaza

Hours: Most shops open 11:00 to 20:00 (most restaurants until 22:00)
Closed: No closing days

Red Brick Warehouses

Hours: Most shops open 11:00 to 20:00 (restaurants until 23:00)
Closed: No closing days

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

Yokohama Hammerhead

Hours vary, typically 11:00 to 20:00 (restaurants until 23:00)

Marine & Walk Yokohama

Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 (restaurants until 23:00)
Closed: No closing days

Mark is Minatomirai

Shops: 10:00 to 20:00 (until 21:00 on Fridays and weekends)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00

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
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 400 yen (Nippon Maru), 500 yen (museum), 800 yen (both)

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)

Yokohama Museum of Art

Closed for renovations until December 2023

Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum

5 minute walk from Minato Mirai Station
Hours: 10:00 to 15:00 (until 16:00 on weekends and national holidays)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed: Tue and Wed (or following day if Tue or Wed is a holiday), New Year
Admission: 500 yen

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, 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 Yokohama Hammerhead complex (15 minutes, 700 yen one way) and the Red Brick Warehouses (15-25 minutes, 800 yen one way) before continuing on to Yamashita Park (Yamashita Park is currently not served due to construction works until spring 2023). Boats depart 2-3 times per hour, but only about half of them stop at the Yokohama Hammerhead complex.

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    • Oakwood Suites Yokohama
      Luxury
      Set less than 1 km from the centre of Yokohama, a 19-minute walk from Yokohama Marine Tower, Oakwood Suites Yokohama offers air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony, a fitness centre and a shared lounge. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and private parking is available on site. The accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, shower and free toiletries, while the kitchen features a fridge, an oven and a microwave. A toaster is also available, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle. Sankeien is 5.5 km from the aparthotel, while Nissan Stadium is 11 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 19 km from Oakwood Suites Yokohama.
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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 relax at the shared lounge.
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    • InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8, an IHG Hotel
      Luxury
      Located in Yokohama, 2.1 km from Yokohama Marine Tower, InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8, an IHG Hotel provides accommodation with a garden, private parking, a terrace and a restaurant. Well set in the Naka Ward district, this hotel offers a bar. The accommodation features room service, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage for guests. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet or an American breakfast. Sankeien is 6 km from InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8, an IHG Hotel, while Nissan Stadium is 11 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 19 km from the accommodation.
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    • The Kahala Hotel & Resort Yokohama
      Luxury
      Ideally located in Yokohama, The Kahala Hotel & Resort Yokohama, open from September 2020, offers lavishly-decorated air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and a bar. This non-smoking 5-star modern hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, shops onsite, spa and fitness facilities for the guest's comfort. At The Kahala Hotel & Resort Yokohama all stylish rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The en suite bathroom offers both bath and shower with free toiletries. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Pacifico Yokohama, Cupnoodles Museum and Yokohama Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International, 32 km from The Kahala Hotel & Resort Yokohama, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
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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. 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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    • 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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    • Hyatt Regency Yokohama
      Luxury
      Set in Yokohama, 600 metres from Yokohama Marine Tower, Hyatt Regency Yokohama offers accommodation with a fitness centre, private parking, a restaurant and a bar. With free WiFi, this 5-star hotel offers room service and a 24-hour front desk. The property is 4.6 km from Sankeien, and within 200 metres of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a coffee machine, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Hyatt Regency Yokohama features some units with city views, and the rooms have a kettle. At the accommodation the rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at Hyatt Regency Yokohama. Nissan Stadium is 12 km from the hotel, while Motosumi-Bremen Shopping District is 18 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 20 km from Hyatt Regency Yokohama.
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    • The Westin Yokohama
      Luxury
      Conveniently situated in Yokohama, The Westin Yokohama provides air-conditioned rooms, a fitness centre, free WiFi and a garden. Each accommodation at the 5-star hotel has city views, and guests can enjoy access to a shared lounge and to a restaurant. The accommodation features room service, a 24-hour front desk and currency exchange for guests. At the hotel, all rooms include a desk and a flat-screen TV. At The Westin Yokohama each room comes with bed linen and towels. A buffet, continental or American breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. The accommodation offers 5-star accommodation with a sauna. Yokohama Marine Tower is 4.1 km from The Westin Yokohama, while Sankeien is 8.1 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 17 km from the hotel.
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    • Richmond Hotel Yokohama Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Richmond Hotel Yokohama Ekimae is situated in Yokohama, 6 km from Yokohama Marine Tower and 7.5 km from Nissan Stadium. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Sankeien is 10 km away and Motosumi-Bremen Shopping District is 14 km from the hotel. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer, rooms at the hotel also boast free WiFi. At Richmond Hotel Yokohama Ekimae rooms have bed linen and towels. Breakfast is available each morning, and includes buffet, American and Asian options. Higashiyamata Park is 15 km from the accommodation, while Showa no Kurashi Museum is 16 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 17 km from Richmond Hotel Yokohama Ekimae.
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