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The Elegant Other: Cross-cultural Encounters in Fashion and Art

The Elegant Other: Cross-cultural Encounters in Fashion and Art

During the Meiji Restoration (1868–1912), Japan rushed to catch up with the powerful, influential Western countries in order to become equal competitors. The nation saw the need to modernize by following the manner in which the U.S. and Europe ..

Areas

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..

Odawara

Odawara

Odawara is a town situated on Sagami Bay along the Tokaido Line coast, fairly close to Mt. Fuji. It is best know for the beautiful Odawara Castle, and for being the gateway to the Hakone hot springs resort area, and the Fuji-Hakone National Park. It is the western-most point of Kanagawa Prefecture..

Yokosuka

Yokosuka

Yokosuka Yokoso! Welcome to Yokosuka! The "other" Yoko, a city in Kanagawa located far down the Miura Peninsula, is filled with rich Naval history.   Enclosed by the sea to the East and West, and with a population of almost half a million people, it is without a doubt a center ..

Dining

Shironosea Seaside Restaurant

Shironosea Seaside Restaurant

Shironosea Seafood Restaurant & Seaside Lounge is one of the eateries located in Yokohama's Marine and Walk shopping complex. It’s in the perfect location to enjoy a delicious meal and a view of the sea. Dining here gives you the opport..

Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown, or Chūkagai, is the largest in Japan. It’s located in central Yokohama. A large number of Chinese stores and restaurants can be found in the streets of Chinatown. Various events and festivals such as Chinese New Ye..

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'..

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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Kanagawa's Shonan Monorail

Kanagawa's Shonan Monorail

The Kamakura-Enoshima Shonan Monorail takes riders on an exciting journey up and over small mountains and valleys between Ofuna Station and the sea. From one end to the other, it only costs 310 yen for adults, 160 yen for children. The ride gives a b..

Matsunaga Memorial Hall in Odawara

Matsunaga Memorial Hall in Odawara

In the Itabashi area of Odawara, just around the corner from Korin-ji Temple, Matsunaga Memorial Hall is the former home of Yasuzaemon Matsunaga, an important figure in the development of Japan's electrical industry. Nicknamed the 'Demon of E..

Yokohama's Marine and Walk Complex

Yokohama's Marine and Walk Complex

Yokohama's Marine and Walk is a newly built outdoor shopping complex that sits right beside the ocean, creating the perfect ambiance. It has a very simple and relaxing atmosphere paired with an appealing landscape. Marine and Walk is a space whe..

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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
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.

Things to Do in Kanagawa
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