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Yokohama – Minato Mirai Ferris Wheel

Posted in Places by tokyobling on January 18, 2014

The outermost edge of Yokohama city, towards the ocean, is known as Minato Moirai. Unlike Tokyo, Yokohama City makes as much use of their waterfront as possible and for the last 30 years the whole area has been under constant development with massive skyscrapers, piers, marinas, amusement parks, museum ships and observation towers, as well as the usual shopping centers. It seems like every year they finish a new part of the area. If you walk from the old Sakuragicho station area toward the harbor it is impossible to miss the giant Cosmo Clock 21, which until 1997 was the world’s tallest ferris wheel. Even though it has been heightened over the years it is still not the tallest in the world or even in Japan, even though its 60 cars bring passengers up to 112.5m height. At night the wheel lights up and functions as a clock, making it the largest clock in the world. It stands on the edge of Cosmo World, which is a comparatively small amusement park built right on the edge of the harbor.












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  1. dragonlife said, on January 18, 2014 at 4:45 am

    I’ve stayed at hotels in front of it so many times! Great pics!


    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:05 am

      You are either lucky or very rich! Those are some very nice hotels! (^-^;) I would love to afford that! (^-^) Thank you for the kind comment!


  2. Dalo 2013 said, on January 18, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Great series, really like the 4th and 7th shot ~ great perspective.


  3. melsenpai said, on January 31, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I’ve walked around this waterfront a few times with my nephew & his wife. I’ve always wanted to ride a boat along the water, but none of my relatives were willing to ride with me. I also have a good friend who lives in the Minato Mirai area, & she passes by this Ferris wheel often.

    These photos really bring back many memories of e stories my dad used to tell about his childhood growing up in Yokohama…


    • tokyobling said, on February 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      He must have some great stories, and your friend is so lucky to be living in that area! (^-^) Thank you for the kind comment!


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