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Kanagawa

Contrasting realities from Yokohama to Hakone

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Akiko Endo at Hiratsuka Art Museum

Akiko Endo at Hiratsuka Art Museum

Oct 2nd - Dec 12th

The art museum in Hiratsuka, close to Tokyo in Japan's Kanagawa prefecture, is holding a large-scale exhibition of works by..

1 ¥800
Sea Paradise Christmas

Sea Paradise Christmas

Nov 13th - Dec 25th

Sea Paradise Christmas runs from November 13th until December 25th, and includes divers dressed in Santa suits presenting "gifts"..

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British Christmas Afternoon Tea

British Christmas Afternoon Tea

Nov 1st - Dec 26th

From November 1st until December 26th, the Shin Yokohama Prince Hotel will host a British Christmas Afternoon Tea event in collaboration..

¥4,700

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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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