We live in a new, modern high-rise building on the 25th floor. There is a small supermarket on the first floor and a huge, gigantic supermarket across the road (1 minute walk). There is a concierge service, hair salon, short movie theater on the second floor and a viewing room with massage chairs on the top of the building. From the viewing room, you can see the ocean and the whole area of Minatomirai, which, at night, looks like a scene from a sci-fi movie.
Our area is the top tourist area in Big Tokyo: please read about it in the neighborhood description below and get inspired!
(At home, we have a lot of English books about Tokyo, Japan and the Japanese culture at your disposal. Also, a large collection of modern board games - in case one day you decide to take a break from sightseeing).
We also have two bicycles in the parking lot of the building. If you need more - you can easily pick up bicycles for rent at multiple points in our neighborhood.
Our area is called Minatomirai 21 which is translated as the "Harbor of the Future, 21 Century". It's very futuristic looking and ultra-modern ocean front area. Literally endless eating, shopping and entertainment options, including:
- Many sushi-bars, ramen shops, yakitories, izakayas (Japanese pubs), family-oriented restaurants with traditional Japanese menu, convenience restaurants with Western menu, Chinese, Thai, Italian, French, American (Starbucks, Shake Shack, Hard Rock Café, Wolfgang Puck, stake houses, etc etc etc).
It's completely impossible to starve in our area :)
- Yokohama Art museum, Science Museum, Cup Noodles museum (very modern, family-oriented interactive experience!), BBC-Sega Orbi Interactive Animal Theme Park, Cosmo World Amusement Park, Ferris Wheel (you can see Fuji mountain from there), Sky Garden Observatory on 72th floor, Water-bus and boat cruises with dining options, helicopter cruises over the bay - all in 10 minutes walking distance.
- Very close: famous Yokohama Chinatown, first European settlement in Japan (open public swimming pool during summer), Yokohama Red-Brick historical buildings with lots of seasonal activities all year round (skating rinks, huge beer festivals, concerts, jazz club, etc).
- 5 minutes walk to the ocean-front Rinko-park - great for family picnics. From this point, there begins a very long and beautiful promenade that will take you to various piers (one of them is the architecturally famous Osanbashi Pier), Red-Brick historical buildings, Yamashita-park and Chinatown.
- 7 minutes walk to the Onsen spa-entertainment center. This is a traditional Japanese hot spring relaxation center where you can spend a whole day.
- 5 minutes walk to the subway station Minatomirai with the direct line to the center of Shibuya in Tokyo (30 minutes). 15 minutes walk to Yokohama station which will take you to the central Tokyo station (near the Emperor Palace) in 25 minutes.
- 25 minutes by train to Kamakura: one of the ancient capitals of Japan with hundreds of temples and the Great Buddha. It's a beautiful, tranquil, cultural town, surrounded by hills and a beach.
One stop from Kamakura is Zushi - the summer residence of Emperor family and surfers' paradise with local small restaurants, marina and beaches.
It's very convenient, only 3 minutes walk to lots of restaurants, supermarkets, shopping centers and subway station
It's in the middle of a tourist area full of high end hotels but extremely quiet and has very private feeling at the same time, with easy access to the park and ocean promenade.
25 min train to the center of Tokyo (Emperor Palace) and 25 min train to the center of Kamakura, the ancient capital of Japan
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