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Kanagawa

Contrasting realities from Yokohama to Hakone

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Japanese Painting From East to West

Japanese Painting From East to West

Apr 3rd - Sep 26th

A special exhibition taking place at Hakone's Okada Museum of Art looks at Japanese painting from the east to the west of the..

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Mitsumasa Anno Exhibition

Mitsumasa Anno Exhibition

Sep 15th - Oct 4th

From September 15th until October 4th, the Yokohama Takashimaya Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of works from the author and..

¥1,000
Kodue Hibino Exhibition: Forest Closet

Kodue Hibino Exhibition: Forest Closet

Sep 10th - Oct 10th

A limited-time event at Yokohama's Sogo Museum of Art will look at a variety of costumes designed by Kodue Hibino, in an event..

¥1,300

Where to eat in Kanagawa

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Mooncake

Etsuko Yamada

Do you like the Chinese sweets called Moon Cake? I recommend that you buy them during the mid-autumn festival season in Yokohama..

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About Kanagawa

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo 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
Region Kanto
Island Honshu
Capital Yokohama
Population 9,048,331
Area 2,415.81 km²

Perhaps the term “melting pot” is the best way to describe Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県, Kanagawa-ken). Being the second most populated prefecture, Kanagawa’s first impression is a modern, “concrete jungle” similar to its northern neighbour, 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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