Minato Mirai Line Information
An underground railway line that connects the Motomachi-Chukagai Station in Central Yokohama to the Yokohama Station, this relatively new construction was opened to the public in the month of February in the year 2004. As is suggested in the name, this route has been implemented primarily to better serve the redeveloped city district of Minato Mirai 21 which previously lacked a convenient means of access to the central transportation network in Yokohama. With a service that operates as far as Motomachi-Chukagai, this new route has also helped in improving connectivity to places such as Yamate-Motomachi District, Yamashita Park and Yokohama Chinatown.
This line is also the best means of transportation available to the tourists who wish to access the popular tourism destinations around the harborfront. If you are looking to transfer between the Shinkansen Station and central Yokohama, then the main subway line proves to be extremely useful. For the Minato Mirai areas and Chinatown, there is also the alternative JR Negishi Line that you can travel along.
With the inauguration of the Minato Mirai Subway Line, train services now run between Motomachi-Chukagai and the Shibuya station in Tokyo while passing the central Yokohama district along the way. The fact that services to the Sakuragicho station, which was previously a terminal station, has been discontinued is the only inconvenience produced by this new route.
Minato Mirai Line Fares, Tickets and Cards
Passengers can purchase ordinary tickets for travelling from one station to another. The price range for these tickets is from 180-210 yen. These tickets can be purchased from ticket machines installed at each station. Frequent travelers can purchase season tickets. These tickets are available for a period of one, three and six months. The tickets can be purchased from ticket machines at each station or from the Season Ticket counter at Yokohama station. Tourists can purchase one day ticket for unlimited travel on Minatomirai line for one day. This ticket is priced at 460 yen for adult and 230 yen for a child, and can be purchased from ticket machines at stations.
The system also uses an integrated smart card called PASMO Card. This card can be loaded with credit and passengers can pass through the ticket gates by touching this card.
For a more comprehensive fare table, you can visit the official website at: http://www.mm21railway.co.jp/global/english/fares.html
Minato Mirai Route and Stations
The Minatomirai line serves a total of 6 stations over a distance of 4.1 km (2.5 miles). The line runs between stations Yokohama to Motomachi-Chukagai. The names of the 6 stations are as follows:
● Yokohoma Station
● Shin-Takashima Station
● Minatomirai Station
● Bashamichi Station
● Nihon-odori Station
Minato Mirai Places of Interest
There are various places one can visit that are located very close to the Minatomirai line. One of them is the Yokohoma Chinatown, to which the Motomachi-Chukagai station is the closest. While you are at that station, you can also visit the Yamashita Park. Landmark Tower and Pacific Yokohoma are two of the other attractions that lie close to Minatomirai station.
For more information on other such places, you can visit the official website at: http://www.mm21railway.co.jp/global/english/map.html
Minato Mirai Line Map
Map of Minato Mirai Line showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or Download Minato Mirai Line Map in PDF.