We were initially planning to visit Tokyo Disney Sea or Tokyo Disneyland, but since it was too cold and I did not want to queue for rides, we looked for alternatives to do on our last full day in Japan, which happened to be my husband’s birthday.

My friend suggested we visit Minato Mirai 21, which is situated in Yokohama and a 40-minute train ride from Tokyo. We were glad that we did as we really enjoyed there. It was a different atmosphere compared to Tokyo’s busy streets and we were able to walk and enjoy the sight.

Minato Mirai 21, or simply Minato Mirai, translates to “Port of the Future in the 21st Century”. My guess is that when they started construction in 1983, this was how the Japanese people saw what Japan would look like in the 21st Century.

The funny thing is that for me, it looked very much different from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. It has more of an old-city vibe for me, which I very much liked.

Upon exiting the train station, we walked towards the Cup Noodles Museum, letting you adore the magnificent skyline of Minato Mirai along the way. We also passed by Yokohama Cosmoworld, which has a giant Ferris Wheel. We were not able to ride any attractions though.


Right beside Cosmoworld is the Cup Noodles Museum. Entrance is at 500 yen each, and there is a separate payment if you want to create your own cup noodles. We were not able to make our own cup noodles, as the next available slot was at 4pm which was too late for us. If you want to create your own cup noodles, better to reserve a slot in advance.

We spent an hour or so looking through the display at the Cup Noodles Museum. They also have a theater where they’ll show you the history of cup noodles. 

We learned that the founder, Momofuku Ando, wanted to address the food shortage in post-World War II Japan. He created ramen that could be cooked at home by only adding hot water. It took him a year to finally create the very first instant Chicken Ramen. It was only when he went to America when he noticed that people ate his instant ramen by breaking them, putting them in a cup and eating it with a fork. This gave him the idea to create the very first Cup Noodles - and as they say the rest was history. 

After the tour, we decided to have dinner and it was time to go back to our hotel and pack our things as we will be leaving early the next day to catch our flight.

Minato Mirai is probably my favorite part of our Japan adventure.

Hoping to be back soon to see more of what Japan could offer.

Have you been Minato Mirai? Let me know what you think of this little gem away from Tokyo.


  1. Amazing Post, i am just back from my Japan Trip, i wish i would have read your post before so i could visit this place during my trip..

  2. Mav, tapos na ang European vacay natin. Hahaha. Husband and I are eyeing Japan for next year, kaya tingin tingin ako sa mga post mo. Parang interesting ang place na ito.

    1. Nice dyan sa Yokohama, isama nyo sa listahan nyo :). Go na kayo sa Japan naku lahat ng food winner! :)

      Gusto nga namin bumalik ni hubby para sa Osaka-Kyoto naman or Hokkaido pero ipon muna ulit haha!

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