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Kanagawa

Contrasting realities from Yokohama to Hakone

About Kanagawa
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Shonan Bread Festival

Shonan Bread Festival

Sunday - Feb 25th

The Shonan Bread Festival is one of the largest bread-centric festivals in the region, and will include 40 participating bakeries..

Free Entry
Yokohama Strawberry Festival

Yokohama Strawberry Festival

Feb 1st - Feb 25th

The Yokohama Strawberry Festival offers visitors the chance to enjoy these delicious fruits in various ways. Strawberry samples..

9 ¥500
HANA BIYORI X Bamboo Akari

HANA BIYORI X Bamboo Akari

Oct 28th - Feb 25th

As the cooler months arrive, many illumination events begin to pop up on the calendar. One of them is the HANA BIYORI X Bamboo Akari..

4 ¥900

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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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