When you go to Minato Mirai by train, there are three stations. Nearest JR Sakuragicho station, Minatomirai station, and a little further away Yokohama station.
I will explain how to access Minato Mirai from each station with photos. Please refer when visiting by sightseeing etc.
Table of contents
- 1 From Sakuragicho station to Minato Mirai
- 2 From Minatomirai station to Minato Mirai
- 3 From Yokohama Station to Minato Mirai
From Sakuragicho station to Minato Mirai
This is the access route from Minato-Mirai’s main entrance, JR Sakuragicho station.
When you arrive at Sakuragicho station you will see the Landmark Tower from home. Basically, please proceed in that direction.
Sakuragicho Station front
Sakuragicho station has two tickets (South ticket gate, North ticket gate). You can leave either, so you go out to the east exit (Minato Mirai side).
As you exit the east exit you will find the station square. From there you can see the entrance of the moving walkway at the foot of the Landmark Tower, so head over there.
Caution When going to Shinko Area
Please note that if you go to the Shinko Area with Red Brick Warehouse, WORLD PORTERS, MARINE & WALK, the direction will be different.
In this case, you will go there via Kishamichi Promenade. Please see this article for details.
It is the entrance of the moving walkway. As this moving walk is elevated across the semi-underground Metropolitan Expressway and Minatomirai-oodori, first go up the escalator.
As you move up the escalator there is a first moving walk. Let’s go on this and proceed.
Proceed about 100 meters and change to the second moving walk.
When you get off the second moving walk, let’s turn left along the way.
By the way, the corner of this sidewalk is one of the viewpoints of Minato Mirai. From here, the Sail Training Ship NIPPON MARU and the illumination of Cosmo Clock look beautiful. This is a night view.
The third, the last moving walk.
The Landmark Tower
As you get off the moving walkway, the Landmark Tower and the Landmark Plaza are just in front of you.
The entrance of the Landmark Plaza is in front of the sidewalk. Turning to the right there is the entrance of the Landmark Tower.
It is the entrance of Landmark Plaza.
The entrance of the Royal Park Hotel is near the moving walkway. If you go to the hotel, please use this entrance.
Map of this route
From Minatomirai station to Minato Mirai
Minatomirai station is no longer in Minato Mirai, so there is no way to go, but I will show you the route to the main facility Queen’s Square.
Minatomirai station has two tickets, please get out from the ticket gate closer to Motomachi-Chukagai station. When going out from the opposite Yokohama station, it is detouring, and the underground hierarchy is complicated so it’s easy to get lost.
As you exit the ticket gate, go to the left (go to the right in the photo).
After about 50 meters further, you will get to Queens Square’s underground facility, Station Core.
When going to MARK IS Minato Mirai
Going to the right of the opposite side from the ticket gate there is a contact for MARK IS Minato Mirai. This is also a shortcut if you go to the Yokohama Museum of Art and Grand Mall Park.
Since the floor of the ticket gate is the 3rd basement, go up to the first floor with an escalator.
This red huge escalator is a specialty of Minatomirai station, and it gets up three floors at a stretch.
It is the exit of the escalator. This is already in Queen’s Square.
If you go to the Landmark Tower or Pacifico Yokohama, go up one more escalator and go out to the Queen Mall, which is a communication passage, it is easy to access.
If you go to Cosmo World, please leave the exit which is visible in the back of the escalator. You can see the Cosmo Clock of the Ferris wheel behind the plaza.
It is the Queen Mall of the communication passage.
It is the Cosmo World seen from Queen’s Square.
Map of this route
Because Minato Mirai station is in the basement, the setting could not be done well. I will omit it.
From Yokohama Station to Minato Mirai
It is the access route from one of Japan’s leading huge terminal station, Yokohama station.
There are distances compared to Sakuragicho station and Minato Mirai station, but there is also an observation in the route and it is a popular course.
To the center of Minato Mirai takes 20 to 30 minutes with adult’s feet.
There are many tickets to Yokohama station with many lines, but the main ones are “Minami ticket gate”, “Central ticket gate”, “Kita ticket gate”.
Among them, I will show you the route from the Central ticket gate on the main street.
When you exit the Central ticket gate, please proceed toward the east exit of the passage (central aisle) in front of you.
Please be careful if you go in the opposite direction, you will get lost in a labyrinth like campus.
When you proceed about 100 m from the ticket gate, you will arrive at the semi-outdoor space on the glass ceiling. This is the east exit.
There is an entrance to the underground shopping area Porta, so please go down to the basement.
Porta ~ Yokohama Sogo
It is Porta. It’s just going through. Pass by the information counter and continue straight.
When you pass through Porta you will be in the space in the stairwell. The front is Yokohama Sogo.
When entering this entrance there is a department basement floor. Sogo’s food floor is full of tenants so please drop in if you have time. When around 7 p.m., time sale such as daily dishes and lunches starts and it is profitable.
From here, go up to the upper floor by escalator beside Sogo entrance.
When you go up the escalator, it is the floor with a communication passage to Minato Mirai.
Turn right at this point and turn left to the end. There is a bus ticket office at the corner, so please make it a landmark.
Next to the bus ticket office there is the communication passage to Minato Mirai. Continue straight here until you reach the end.
When you come to the end of the communication passage, turn right. Since there is an escalator ahead, please go up.
Go up the escalator and you will be on the ground.
In front of you there is a connecting bridge to Minato Mirai, Hamamirai Walk. Please cross this.
By the way this bridge has a nice view, so please have a look at the left hand view if you have time.
Especially at night, the light of the BAY QUARTER reflects to the Katabira river with the apartment group of the Portside Area as the background, it is very beautiful.
Nissan Global Headquarters Building
Nissan Global Headquarters Building will be on the way across Hamamirai Walk. Please go in from the entrance
This is a public passage called NISSAN Walk, and you can get through to the other side of the building. It can be used from early morning till late night.
There is the Nissan Gallery on the left of NISSAN Walk. Many Nissan cars are on display.
Admission is free. Please drop by if you have time.
There was GT-R. It seems to be able to test drive. (The type of car that can be tested will vary depending on the event)
Minato Mirai pedestrian bridge
There is a big pedestrian bridge after passing through the NISSAN Walk. Please cross it.
When you go up the escalator of the pedestrian overpass, the road is divided into two. Please proceed to the right here.
If you go to the left here, there is a building of Fuji Xerox R&D Square. Going further ahead there is Rinko Park.
Go down the stairs at the side of the sidewalk. You can also use the elevator in front.
Crossing the pedestrian overpass, you will be in the vicinity of Shin Takashima station on the Minato Mirai line. This area is currently under construction (June 2017) and the route is slightly complicated.
From here, please proceed with the tower reflected on the photo (NTT docomo radio tower) as a marker.
This is the route ahead seen from the stairs of the pedestrian overpass.
Around Shin Takashima Station
Following the route there is the entrance of Shin Takashima station. Since there is a way behind that, please go there.
It is the way behind Shin Takashima station entrance. This is a provisional walking aisle due to construction, so it is a stormy view.
Proceeding along the provisional walking aisle you will find a pedestrian overpass. Please cross it.
Crossing the pedestrian bridge, you will arrive at the View Square at the northern end of the Grand Mall park that penetrates the Minato Mirai Central Area north and south.
Go straight ahead at this Grand Mall Park and you will find Landmark Plaza and Queen’s Square. Please visit this article for Grand Mall Park.
Map of this route
I could not set up around Shin Takashima Station well, but it will be roughly this route.