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Kanagawa

Contrasting realities from Yokohama to Hakone

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Sunflower Festa at Soleil Hill

Sunflower Festa at Soleil Hill

Mid Jul - Late Aug

From mid-July until late August, Yokosuka Soleil Hill is filled with the color of approximately 100,000 sunflowers in bloom. On..

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KAGAYA Starry Sky World Exhibition

KAGAYA Starry Sky World Exhibition

Jul 23rd - Aug 31st

Kagaya is a Japanese photographer with a large social media following, and he has become famous for his starry night sky shots...

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Rex Inn Kawasaki

Rex Inn Kawasaki

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In Kawasaki in Japan's Kanagawa prefecture, Rex Inn is a typical Japanese capsule hotel, offering low-price accommodation to..

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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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