Translated by Shinji Takaramura
Yokohama Minato Mirai - 7 Elegant Shopping Spots
Written by Mami Wakamatsu
This article introduces seven shopping spots in Yokohama Minato Mirai, ideal for everybody who enjoys sightseeing in the area. Minato Mirai is also famous for its night view, and it surely deserves a visit!
Minato Mirai is a prominent business district and sightseeing spot in Yokohama. Located near the Yokohama Port, it stretches over both the Nishi Ward and Naka Ward of Yokohama City. The nearest stations are the Sakuragicho Station of the JR Line and the Minatomirai Station of the Minatomirai Line.
In this area, there is also a park with the great view of the port, a recreation ground with a Ferris wheel and a museum. It is also famous for the night view, as it is filled with enjoyable restaurants and shopping spots. The following article is about seven shopping spots in Minato Mirai.
1. CIAL Sakuragicho
CIAL Sakuragicho is directly connected to the Sakuragicho Station. There are various fashion brand shops inside, including Kitamura, a Yokohama-born handbag brand. The moderate-sized building has many restaurants and cafes as well, so it's a perfect place to take a break or spend some time between sightseeing.
2. Colette Mare
Colette Mare is located near the JR Sakuragicho Station, next to CIAL Sakuragicho. Fashion brand shops popular among young women, fashion accessories and kimono shops can be found inside this building.
3. Landmark Tower
Landmark Tower features an observatory overlooking the Yokohama cityscape on its 69th floor, along with a luxurious hotel. Various shops and restaurants are located inside the Landmark Plaza, which is connected to the Tower. The Plaza is filled with fashion shops, as well as high-end brand shops, and souvenir shops handling miscellaneous goods. These shops are easy to access, as it takes only five minutes from the Sakuragicho Station, and three minutes from the Minatomirai Station, on foot.
4. Queen's Square Yokohama
Queen's Square Yokohama, located next to the Landmark Tower, hosts high-end brand shops, popular to various generations. A Sanrio shop, known for its Hello Kitty items, is also located here, so fans should take a look. Queen's Square has a well-furnished food court, and is directly connected to the Minatomirai Station.
5. MARK IS Minatomirai
MARK IS Minatomirai is located next to the Queen's Square. Greenery adorns its walls, and together with the Yokohama Museum of Art across the Grand Mall Square, a calm atmosphere can be felt around this shopping mall. Inside, there are various multi-brand shops which handle trendsetting items. Also, due to the fact that Minato Mirai is located near the port, there are various brands of surfer attire, as well. Shops handling miscellaneous goods and cosmetics are also located inside, so it is a good place to look for souvenirs. This mall is directly connected to the Minatomirai Station, and eight minutes on foot from the Sakuragicho Station.
6. MARINE and WALK YOKOHAMA
MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA, which opened in March, 2016, is a shopping mall intended to vitalize the old warehouse district.
Located right next to the port, it has a spacious atmosphere. There are high-quality fashion brand shops, popular to the older generation, along with a wide variety of restaurants. The nearest station, Bashamichi Station of the Minatomirai Line, is within a 10 minute walking distance. It takes about 15 minutes on foot from JR Sakuragicho Station, but thanks to a magnificent view, the time will pass quickly.
7. Yokohama World Porters
World Porters is a six-storied building, with a roof garden. On foot, it takes about 10 minutes from the Sakuragicho Station, and five minutes from the Minatomirai Station. There are various shops handling fashion items, interior design and food. Casual fashion brand shops and low-priced general variety stores such as a 100-yen shop, are also located inside. Not only is the Minato Mirai area located near the port, it also has a park and a promenade, along with abundant greenery. A perfect place for sightseers, as they can go shopping while enjoying the scenery. It is worth the time to make a visit.