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5 Oct 2013

Minato Mirai 21- Japan’s best places to visit, Japan

Yokohama [横浜市] • OCTOBER 2013
Intercontinental Hotel and Cosmo World Ferris Wheel -The InterContinental Yokohama is a uniquely shaped luxury property located about a mile from downtown Yokohama, 17 miles from Haneda Airport and 66 miles from Narita International Airport.

 Minato Mirai 21 is perhaps the best place to visit in Yokohama, Japan. Because of its huge variety of attractions, it draws tourists from all over the world. Not only does it offer a variety of activities for all walks of life, the view of the skyline is positively breathtaking.

The sailboat Nipponmaru is preserved and made open to the public in a stone dock where thousands of ships have been repaired over 80 years. The 55,000 square meter park includes a fan-shaped grass slope fronting the Yokohama Harbor, providing a popular relaxation area.Within the park you can view the sail ship Nipponmaru and the Yokohama Minato Museum. You can see people taking pictures of the majestic Nipponmaru during the day. The lawn area on the roof top of the Yokohama Minato Museum is a favorite resting place. High rise buildings are lit up behind the Nipponmaru at night, making this one of the most beautiful night view spots in Yokohama.

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 national holiday), December 29 to 31 
Admission: 600 yen (400 yen if either attraction is closed)
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, a recently remodeled museum that has a History Zone illustrating the port's entire history and a Rediscovery Zone which illustrates broader marine topics.

Kisha-mich Promenade is the starting point for a very nice walk that circles the entire JR Sakuragi-cho Station-Minato Mirai district.
This walk, which begins at Sakuragi-cho Station, will take you to
-World Porters shopping complex with 160 shops, 50 restaurants, and a cinema complex
-Cosmo World Amusement Park and Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel (with a great view)
-Sakura-dori, a street lined with beautiful cherry trees
-Three luxury hotels here: Intercontinental, Pan Pacific, and Royal Park
-Queen’s Square and Landmark Plaza shopping emporiums
-Nippon Maru sailing ship
-TOC shopping mall
TOC stands directly in front of Sakuragi-cho Station—your original starting point. Altogether, it is a wonderful 30-minute bayside walk.
Minatomirai 21

Kisha-michi, which is actually a long wood-planked boardwalk, crosses over a large canal towards World Porters, a fashionable shopping area that sits on reclaimed land. Cherry trees line both sides of the promenade and bloom beautifully in the spring. There are some benches on the side of the promenade where people can sit and enjoy the view.

By the way, the promenade itself is the historic site of an old freight railway line. You can still see the rails as well as the track’s three original steel bridges built by the American Bridge Company in 1907 and a British company in 1906 and 1907.

The view looking to the left from here is spectacular. Besides all of the buildings mentioned above, you can also see the Cosmo Clock Ferris Wheel. The entire skyline is beautiful, especially at night, and is one of the most famous sights in Japan. Kisha-mich Promenade

This is an amusement park with a Ferris gaining in public favor, which is one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world, with a capacity of 480 passengers and a height of 112.5 meters. You can also enjoy a roller coaster ride and a long flume ride.
Admission: Free
11:00-21:00 (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays until 22:00, depending on the season). Occasionally closed on Thursdays.
2 min. walk from Minatomirai Sta.(Minatomirai Line),10 min. walk from Sakuragi-cho Sta.(JR or Yokohama City Subway)

This walk features many photogenic spots along the way. Please enjoy a stroll with the fresh sea breeze of Yokohama on your face!

Visitors often arrive far past dusk to catch a glimpse of the impressive skyline alight on the boardwalk, and the Cosmo Ferris Wheel with its blue neon lights. It will be a sight and a memory which will last a lifetime.

When planning a visit to Japan, Yokohama is a place which has to be on the list of top attractions. This giant metropolis is only second in size to Tokyo, and offers a wide variety of attractions for tourists and visitors to the city.
The Minato Mirai 21 is perhaps the most popular place for visitors, as it offers a rich history. Originally begun as an urban renewal project on reclaimed land, the Minato Mirai 21 is now one of the most beautiful places to see in modern day Japan.


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