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Kanagawa

Contrasting realities from Yokohama to Hakone

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Shonan Yosakoi Festival 2024

Shonan Yosakoi Festival 2024

Sunday - Jun 2nd

The Shonan Yosakoi Festival is a fairly new festival in Hiratsuka city, Kanagawa. It features dance groups from all over Japan,..

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Yokohama's Dragon Boat Races 2024

Yokohama's Dragon Boat Races 2024

Jun 1st - Jun 2nd

Yokohama's dragon boat races take place off of Yamashita Park every year in late May and early June.

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Where to eat in Kanagawa

Ippudo Ramen

Ippudo Ramen

Tom Roseveare

Ippudo (一風堂) is one of the most recognised names in the ramen world, having replicated the success of its Hakata-born tonko..

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A Special Trip in Odawara

A Special Trip in Odawara

Serena Kim

Odawara is a captivating coastal city nestled along Sagami Bay on the Tokaido Line, just a 30-minute Shinkansen bullet train ride..

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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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