Easy access from Tokyo! Recommended sightseeing spots in Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama

Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama

Yokohama is one of the best port towns in the Kanto region and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan and even abroad.

There are many shopping malls and tourist facilities in the bay area such as the area around Yokohama Station and "Minato Mirai 21" (official name: Yokohama Minato Mirai 21). It can be easily accessed by a mere 30-minute train ride from Tokyo, making it a great day trip location when traveling to Tokyo!

Yokohama is one of the leading port towns in Kanagawa Prefecture, which is adjacent to Tokyo

Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama
©Yokohama Visitors Guide

Yokohama is one of the ordinance-designated cities in Kanagawa Prefecture, which is adjacent to Tokyo.

Since the port opened in 1859, it has long prospered as a port town. In particular, the scenery of the urban Yokohama Port is so famous that it is no exaggeration to say that it is a symbol of Yokohama. It has appeared as a filming location in many Japanese dramas (TV series).

There are 4 sightseeing areas in Yokohama! Introducing sightseeing spots and nearest stations in each area

4 sightseeing areas in Yokohama

Yokohama can be roughly divided into four areas: "Yokohama Station Area", "Minato Mirai 21 - Central District", "Minato Mirai 21 - Shinko District", and "Motomachi, Chinatown".

Here, we will introduce recommended sightseeing spots and the nearest stations in each area.

1. Yokohama Station Area: More than 10 large shopping malls!

Yokohama Station

"Yokohama Station" is the central station of Yokohama City. Being a station where train lines of 6 railway companies pass, the access from Tokyo is very convenient, not to mention the access to other sightseeing spots in Kanagawa Prefecture such as Kamakura. There are more than 10 shopping malls within walking distance of Yokohama Station. The perfect place for those who love shopping!

List of recommended shopping malls around Yokohama Station

DirectionShopping Mall Name
Access from Yokohama Station
Around East Exit
LUMINE Yokohama

1-minute walk

3-minute walk

7-minute walk
Around West Exit
JR Yokohama Tower (NEWoMan Yokohama, CIAL Yokohama, etc.)

1-minute walk

Takashimaya Department Store - Yokohama store
1-minute walk

5-minute walk

*Nearest station: Yokohama Station

2. Minato Mirai 21 - Central District: Talk-of-the-town museums dotted around

Central Distric, Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama
©Yokohama Visitors Guide
Top: Sail Training Ship NIPPON MARU preserved and open to the public in Minato Mirai 21 district
Bottom left: Yokohama Landmark Tower, Bottom right: Night view from Sky Garden

The Central District of Minato Mirai 21 is an area close to Yokohama Station, about 10 to 20 minutes on foot from Yokohama Station. The area is dotted with museums and art galleries.

List of recommended sightseeing spots

  • The Hara Model Railway Museum: About 1,000 railroad models in exhibition and running on the model tracks can be seen
  • KEIKYU MUSEUM: You can enjoy exhibitions and driving experiences of retro trains
  • Yokohama Anpanman Children's Museum: A museum with the theme of children's favorite character "Anpanman"
  • Yokohama Museum of Art: Exhibits a wide range of modern and contemporary art works since the opening of Yokohama Port (Currently closed for renovation work)
  • Yokohama Landmark Tower "Sky Garden": Observation floor on the 69th floor of a skyscraper complex where you can enjoy the night view of Yokohama
  • Sail Training Ship NIPPON MARU & Yokohama Port Museum: An actual sailing ship engraved with the history of Yokohama is on display

*Nearest station: Shin-takashima Station, Minatomirai Station (some spots are also close to Yokohama Station or Sakuragicho Station)

3. Minato Mirai 21 - Shinko District: The hub of Yokohama's popular sightseeing spots!

Shinko District, Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama
©Yokohama Visitors Guide
Top Left: YOKOHAMA COSMOWORLD, Top Right: Red Brick Warehouse
Bottom Left: MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA, Bottom Right: Yokohama Hammerhead & Shinko Pier Cruise Terminal

In the Shinko District area of Minato Mirai 21, there are many spots that can be said to be symbols of Yokohama. With plenty of shopping and amusement facilities, it's an area where you can spend a whole day having fun.

List of recommended sightseeing spots

*Nearest stations: Minatomirai Station, Bashamichi Station, Sakuragicho Station

4. Motomachi, Chinatown area: A town with a diverse atmosphere

Motomachi / Chinatown Area, Yokohama
©Yokohama Visitors Guide
Top left: Chinatown, Top right: Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal
Bottom: Yamashita Park

The Motomachi/Chinatown area has exotic towns and spots designed like modern art.

List of recommended sightseeing spots

  • MOTOMACHI Shopping Street: A western-style fashionable shopping street
  • Yokohama Chinatown: One of the three major Chinatowns in Japan. The town is lined with restaurants from all over Asia, including China.
  • Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal: Uniquely designed rooftop plaza that looks like contemporary art
  • Yamashita Park: A park where you can enjoy the view of Minato Mirai 21 and the harbor
  • GUNDAM FACTORY YOKOHAMA: Being able to see the giant Gundam up close has become a hot topic in recent years (extended until March 31, 2024).

*Nearest stations: Nihon-odori Station, Motomachi-Chukagai Station, Ishikawacho Station

5. Yokohama is full of attractive sightseeing spots other than the central area!

Sankeien Garden

There are popular sightseeing spots that are a little distanced from Yokohama Station and the Minato Mirai 21 area, but they all are places that worth a visit. For example, try visiting the Ramen Museum in Shin-Yokohama, Sankeien Garden, Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, and Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside in southern Yokohama!

Access to Yokohama from Tokyo

There are various means of transportation to move from Tokyo to Yokohama, and access is super convenient!

Let's head for major stations such as Yokohama Station, Sakuragicho Station, Minatomirai Station, Motomachi-Chukagai Station, etc. by train on the following 5 lines.

Train LineStations via Tokyo
Destination Stations
Keihin-Tohoku Line/Negishi Line (direct operation)
Ueno, Akihabara, Tokyo, Shinagawa
Yokohama, Sakuragicho, Ishikawacho
Shonan-Shinjuku Line
Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya
Tokaido Line
Tokyo, Shinagawa
Toyoko Line/Minatomirai Line (direct operation)
Shibuya, Nakameguro, Jiyugaoka
Yokohama, Minatomirai, Nihon-odori, Motomachi-Chukagai
Keikyu Main Line

*Direct operation means that a train runs across multiple lines or lines of different railway companies.


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