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Kanagawa

Contrasting realities from Yokohama to Hakone

About Kanagawa

Things to do in Kanagawa

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Yokohama

Yokohama

Everyone who lives here in Japan—Japanese and foreigners alike—admire the port city of Yokohama. This is mainly due to the marked contrasts of her very pretty face: Yokohama offers a wonderful mix of new and old, hills and bay, elegance and casualness! The brilliant Minato Mirai area, wo..

Kawasaki

Kawasaki

Kawasaki, with a population of almost 1.5 million is situated between Tokyo to the north and Yokohama (and the Tama River) to the south. While Kawasaki’s northern parts (stations on the Odakyu Line from Shinjuku) have developed into a series of bedroom towns for Tokyo’s white-collar com..

Kamakura

Kamakura

Kamakura is pure Japan. Often called “the little Kyoto”, Kamakura has hundreds of temples scattered around the hilly, green city and is only 1 hour from Tokyo by train. Kamakura is also where the first samurai government was established in 1185. The very first shogun, Minamoto-no Yorito..

Dining

Suzuhiro Kamaboko in Odawara

Suzuhiro Kamaboko in Odawara

Odawara is a beautiful city located just an hour south of Tokyo. The city is nestled between the Hakone mountains and Sagami Bay. The city is a Shinkansen stop and famous for its well kept castle just a few minutes walk from the station. The town'..

Menba Hamatora

Menba Hamatora

Menba Hamatora (麺場浜虎) serves up several varieties of ramen at this hidden gem of a ramen shop just north of Yokohama station. Hamatora tries to set itself apart from your average shop, and a noticeable construction site-esque vibe certainly hammers ..

Iida Shouten Ramen

Iida Shouten Ramen

In the sleepy seaside town of Yugawara, famous for its hot springs and idyllic coastal views, Iida Shouten (らぁ麺屋飯田商店) gives the town another claim to fame – award-winning ramen. Visitors who make the journey out here may frown at the low-..

Places to stay

Hotel MyStays Yokohama Kannai

Hotel MyStays Yokohama Kannai

Yokohama has so much to offer that very few people really know what is actually available. It is a walkable city with something interesting around every corner. One way to discover many of the famous attractions is to find a hotel with a central loc..

Hotel on the Marks, Kawasaki

Hotel on the Marks, Kawasaki

Located only a short walk from Kawasaki station and amongst the hustle and bustle of Isago; Hotel on the Marks is the perfect place to base yourself for your stay in Kawasaki. Chic, clean and cheap seems to be the mantra for this boutique style hotel..

Ryokan-Hotel Mount View Hakone

Ryokan-Hotel Mount View Hakone

For travelers to Hakone who want a truly Japanese experience, but who also want to be taken care of by a very foreigner-friendly staff, the Mount View Hakone is a perfect accommodation choice. This privately owned ryokan-hotel is located in the beau..

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Kamakura Bungakukan

Kamakura Bungakukan

When people think about Kamakura, the first things that come to mind are probably the Great Buddha, its beaches, the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and many other shrines and temples. History buffs may also recognize it for being the de facto capital of Japan..

Yokohama Sankeien Garden

Yokohama Sankeien Garden

Yokohama is covered with beautiful parks and gardens.  One of my favorites, Sankeien Garden, is not only nicely landscaped but provides a history lesson from the Muromachi era all the way to the Showa era.  The garden was built in the trad..

Visiting Great Buddha in Kamakura

Visiting Great Buddha in Kamakura

Visiting Kamakura, no one misses seeing Great Buddha or Kamakura Daibutsu. With a height of 13.35 meters, it’s the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple. The ..

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About kanagawa

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo data-display="Kyoto" Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKanto
IslandHonshu
CapitalYokohama
Population9,048,331
Area2,415.81 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.

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