"Minato Mirai 21" is the
It is located southeast of Yokohama station and the east side of the area faces Yokohama port.
It has an area of 186 hectares.
"Minato" means "port", and "mirai" means "future". And of course, "21" means "the 21th century".
Originally here were a shipyard and a railroad freight terminal, then
the redevelopment began in 1983.
Since 1989, office buildings, high-rise condominiums, hotels, commercial complexes, entertainment facilities and other various facilities has been completed one after another.
So here has become a new town.
The common entrance is JR Sakuragicho station located on the south side of the area, because most spots for visitors are around there.
And in the center of the area, there is Minatomirai station on Yokohama
Minatomirai Railway Line.
The train leads to Shibuya or Motomachi-Chukagai (Chinatown).
Water-bus is also useful.
About this, see the page of Water-bus in Yokohama port.
is the highest building in Japan, and was opened in 1993.
The height is 296 meters, and has 70 stories above ground and has many offices, a hotel, restaurants and some clinics.
On the 69th floor, there is the observatory room "Sky Garden", which is located at the level of 273 meters. It is also the highest observatory room in Japan. (Admission is 1,000 yen.)
Additionally the elevators also are fastest in Japan. (Up to 750 meters a minutes)
On the north side of the tower, there is a large shopping mall "Landmark Plaza".
is the place where many ships had been constructed from 1896 to 1973,
and now is used as an open terrace or an event site of Landmark Tower.
Around this, there are several restaurants.
It is like deep moat, and the surrounding slopes are made of stones like the auditorium of Roman theater.
It has been designated one of the historic structures in Yokohama city.
is a park located just south of Landmark Tower.
There are a large sailing ship "Nippon-maru" and "Yokohama Maritime Museum" introducing Yokohama port and various ships.
Nippon-maru was completed in 1930 as a navigation training ship, and was retired in 1984. And it has been exhibited here since 1985.
is a promenade connecting Nippon-maru Memorial Park area and Shinko
district which is the east part of Minato Mirai 21.
"Kisha" means "steam locomotive", and "michi" means "road", so a harbor line of Japan National Railroad had ever run on this road.
The length is about 500 meters, and it runs over the canal.
On this route, there are three truss bridges.
are two red brick warehouses at the east part of Shinko district.
The warehouse No.1 was built in 1913, and No.2 was built in 1911. And they had been used until 1989.
Then when Minato Mirai 21 had been constructed, the exterior of these warehouses had been left in its original state and the only interior had been rebuilt.
Now the No.1 has cultural facilities such as hall and exhibit space and the No.2 has many shops.
And the site around these warehouses are called "Akarenga Park".