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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city of Kanagawa prefecture near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo and Yokohama with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Minatomirai

August 18, 2015

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Minatomirai (The Landmark Tower, Queen's Towers, the Ferris Wheel, etc.)

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Minatomirai is a highly recommended sightseeing spot, as well as a business district. With the Landmark Tower at its center, surrounded by sophisticated port-town scenery, it's no wonder the area attracts many people both from within and outside Japan. Minatomirai is a beautiful place filled with many sightseeing spots such as the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Nippon Maru, Yokohama Cosmo World, Cup Noodles Museum and the Yokohama Museum of Art, so you can enjoy your time in all sorts of manners. The night view of Minatomirai is a must-see, especially for couples. The area is divided into the Central district that includes the Landmark Tower and the Shinko district which is where the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is located.
Minatomirai is a new town that was constructed on reclaimed land. There used to be a dockyard in its place, but it was moved elsewhere and the current area was constructed in 1983. The main purpose for construction was to revitalize Yokohama city's economy, and to unify the central area of Yokohama, which was divided into the area around Yokohama station and Kannai district. The town has been growing since 1983 and is still developing. Minatomirai was developed through precise city planning, so the townscape is both unified and beautiful. Although it is a new town, it is arguably the most representatively "Yokohama" out of all the districts. The 76 million people visit there who visited in 2014 can't be wrong! Additionally, the headquarters for the Nissan Motor Company and JGC are based in Minstomirai.


Night view of Minatomirai

Kishamichi Promenade & Unga Park


Kishamichi Promenade

You can enjoy the most Minatomirai-like scenery from Kishamichi Promenade and Unga Park. Kishamichi Promenade is a promenade connecting Sakuragicho station and Shinko district. The promenade runs on top of a discontinued freight line so you'll be able to spot things like remains of an old railroad track and bridges. Unga Park is a public square located on the Shinko district side. You can get a full view of the great sights of Minatomirai such as the Landmark Tower, Queen's Towers, InterContinental Yokohama Grand and the Ferris Wheel of Yokohama Cosmo World. There is also an interesting section where you can feel like you're actually walking on water.


Unga Park

The Landmark Tower


The view from Sky Garden

The Landmark Tower is the representative skyscraper and symbol of Minatomirai. It is a seventy-storied building standing 296.33 meters tall, the second highest building in all of Japan*! It is a multi-purpose facility that consists of a hotel, a shopping mall, and many offices. An observation deck called “Sky Garden” is located on the 69th floor. From here you can catch a full view of Minatomirai and Yokohama port. The max speed of the elevator is 45 kilometers an hour, which makes it the fastest elevator in Japan.
Dockyard Garden is an event space connected to the Landmark Tower. It is the former No.2 Dock of the Yokohama Dock Company (constructed in 1896), which is the oldest existing stone dock for merchant ships. There are various restaurants around there.

* The height of buildings is relatively low in Japan because of the threat of earthquakes and the buildings' proximity to airports.


"DOCKYARD GARDEN" by Thirteen-fri - 投稿者自身による作品. Licensed under CC 表示-継承 3.0 via ウィキメディア・コモンズ

http://www.yokohama-landmark.jp/web/english/
http://www.yokohama-landmark.jp/skygarden/web/english/

Nippon Maru


Nippon Maru

Nippon Maru was a training sailing ship constricted in 1930. After retirement, it was put on the display at the former No.1 Dock of Yokohama Dock Company (constructed in 1898) and it has been there since 1985. The elegant ship really complements the skyscrapers of Minatomirai and makes for a good sight. You can catch the ship at full sail 12 times a year. Next to the ship is the Yokohama Port Museum with information on the history of Yokohama port.

http://www.nippon-maru.or.jp/guidebook/201009guidebook-english.pdf

Queen's Square YOKOHAMA

Queen's Square YOKOHAMA is a large building complex, equipped with a shopping mall, offices and a hotel. There are various restaurants and shops as well. If you're looking for a nice view of Yokohama, check out a place called “At!”. There are restaurants where you can enjoy the night view of Shinko district including the Ferris Wheel of Yokohama Cosmo World.

http://www.qsy-tqc.jp/english/
http://www.at-yokohama.com/lang/en.php

Yokohama Cosmo World


Vanish

Yokohama Cosmo World is an urban amusement park. You can enter the amusement park for free! The most popular attraction is a Ferris Wheel called "Cosmo Clock 21". It happens to be the symbol of Minatomirai and you can catch a great view of Minatomirai and Yokohama port on the ride. A roller coaster called "Vanish" is also popular as well. Riding the roller coaster and being able to see the views of Minatomirai is an exhilarating experience. There is even a part of the ride where it feels like you are about to dive into the water! You get wet on the ride but on hot summer days it is well worth it.


The view from Cosmo Clock 21

Manyo Club


The view of Minatomirai from the Observation Foot Bath; quoted from the official site

Manyo Club is a hot spring facility. Although there are no natural hot springs in Yokohama, natural hot spring water is transported to Manyo Club from Atami and Yugawara, which are famous for being hot spring resorts. It is very relaxing to soak in the hot springs with the views of Minatomirai and Yokohama port around you. I highly recommend the view of Minatomirai from the Observation Foot Bath on the 9th floor.

Cup Noodles Museum


Cup Noodles Museum; quoted from facebook

The Cup Noodles Museum is a museum of instant noodles, where you can have a one-of-a-kind experience not available in many places. You can make Chicken Ramen by hand and you can even make your own Cup Noodle! Reserve your spot in advance as they are both very popular. If you want to know more about cup noodles, you can learn about the achievements of Momohuku ANDO, the founder of NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, and the inventor of instant noodles, as well as the history of instant noodles.

http://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/english/index.html

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse


Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse consists of 2 red brick buildings. They are magnificent historical buildings originally used as Customs warehouses. Nowadays the 1st building is used as a cultural facility and the 2nd is used as a commercial facility. The area around Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is called "Akarenga Park". It is a wide-open area where you can enjoy a fantastic view of Yokohama Port. Additionally, visitors can board the "Sea Bass" (a sightseeing boat) in the park. Many people come to the park for the various events that take place throughout the year. For the details visit the following article.

https://www.ambassadors-japan.com/en/yokohama-portscape/351/

Yokohama WORLD PORTERS


The view from Roof Garden; quoted from boneyfrog.blog

Yokohama WORLD PORTERS is a large shopping mall. There are various restaurants and shops, and a movie theater as well! The view of Minatomirai from Roof Garden is a great sight to see.

http://www.yim.co.jp/foreign/directory_en/

Rinko Park


Rinko Park

Rinko Park is the largest park in Minatomirai. It is a wide and open park that is fun to stroll around in, and you can even get a complete view of Yokohama port! If you wish to go to Yamashita Park, Shinko district (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse) or the east exit of Yokohama Station (Yokohama Bay Quarter), there is a sightseeing boat called "Sea Bass" located in the park. It is also the main site of the Yokohama Port Festival (June) and Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival (August).


A pier of Rinko Park

Yokohama Museum of Art


Yokohama Museum of Art; quoted from Kanagawa Prefectural Government

For you art lovers out there, check out the many modern and contemporary artistic works from Japan and around the world at Yokohama Museum of Art. They have many works related to Yokohama. The museum was designed by the architect company of Kenzo TANGE, who is famous for being the designer of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. The museum is also the main site of the "Yokohama Toriennare", an international exhibit of contemporary art.

http://yokohama.art.museum/eng/index.html

Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery


Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery; quoted from DESIGNER'S SHOWCASE

The headquarters of the Nissan Motor Company, one of the representative motor companies of Japan, is located in Minatomirai. They have a showroom for cars that are sold in and outside Japan on the 1st floor. Historically famous cars are also up for display, so it is a must-see place for any car enthusiast!

http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/NEWS/2009/_STORY/090723-02-e.html


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