About Kanagawa
Region:Kanto
Island:Honshu
Capital:Yokohama
Population:9,048,331
Area:2,415.81 sq. km

Perhaps the term “melting pot” is the best way to describe Kanagawa. Being the second most populated prefecture, Kanagawa’s first impression is a modern, “concrete jungle” similar to its northern neighbor, Tokyo. And that’s true to a certain extent, as you can tell from the big city of Yokohama and the Minato Mirai 21 district. However, that urbanity is perfectly balanced with beautiful nature, such as Enoshima’s beaches, Sankei-en, Yamashita Park, and Hakone Onsen.

Being the site of Commodore Perry’s landing in 1853, Kanagawa is also a fusion of foreign and Japanese history and culture. Traditional Japanese structures such as Enkaku-ji and the Great Buddha of Kamakura co-exist with Yokohama Chinatown, the Red Brick Warehouse, and Western-style buildings in the Motomachi district.

Romantic nighttime views of the city and Tokyo Bay can be enjoyed from the Landmark Tower observatory and Osanbashi Pier.

Things to Do in Kanagawa

Latest travel features

Hakone Yosegi Zaiku Woodcraft

Tradition, Craft and Art in the mountains of Hakone

Odawara Castle and Samurai

A castle destroyed and reborn to house samurai spirits

Suzuhiro Kamaboko in Odawara

Odawara's traditional food

Kamakura's Rokkoku Hiking Course

Great views from the above the city

Community discussion

Miura Peninsula Cherry Blossoms

Kawazu Zakura - the 'early bird' cherry trees

Hi Victoria, Yes they are. I visited Izu peninsula last Saturday and it was really beautiful. You can see the pic on my blog reywatjapan.blogspot.jp Haven't written a new article yet on this years...

Yamate-Bluff Cherry Blossoms

Great views of Yokohama from above

So beautiful, I hope when I go on april, cherry blossom still be there.

Yokohama’s Shomyo-ji Temple

Feel heaven in the “Land of Perfect Bliss”

I will go there on April, hope that still have flower

Cheap Eats in Japan

It's all in the food adventure

Some shops offer lunch set for very cheap rates with a lot enough to make you feel full.