AKB48 "Fortune Cookie" 25 Hot Spots

Tour Kanagawa Prefecture via Japan's most popular song

 By Larry Knipfing   May 13, 2014

Do you like music? Sure you do! So why not enjoy traveling through Kanagawa Prefecture to the beat of some really great music?! 

The last time I visited the Kanagawa Prefecture Government offices, I received a 40 page booklet (this is a .pdf of it) promoting the Kanagawa version of the hugely popular AKB48 upbeat, optimistic, happy-go-lucky song and Youtube video "Fortune Cookie." Actually, 'hugely popular' is an understatement: It was and still is a mega-hit. The Kanagawa version was seen over 2.4 million times within the first week of its release, in part because it features Kanagawa governor, Yuji Kuroiwa and his staff, dancing and singing along to the song. Kanagawa is not the only locale to put together a "Fortune Cookie" video. At last count, more than 1000 companies, universities, local governments, sports teams, and groups of friends have come out with their own versions.

Japanese lyrics

English lyrics

There is even a version going round the internet by a group of friends in England, dancing to the song in front of just about every famous place you can name in the country. The Kanagawa version is the same, and in the space of less than four minutes, shows you all of the towns and cities in the prefecture, along with some of its most famous tourist spots.

So then, here are some of those main spots of interest featured in the Kanagawa video, with links to JapanTravel stories about them. I highly recommend you watch the Fortune Cookie videos--you"ll love them--and that you also visit these truly interesting places in Kanagawa!

YOKOHAMA AREA

Landmark Tower     Hara Model Railway Museum     Yamashita Park     Marine Tower     Yokohama Chinatown

Motomachi Shopping Street     Red Brick Warehouse     Yokohama Stadium     Osanbashi Pier     CupNoodles Museum

Nissan Gallery     Noge Jazz District     Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

KAWASAKI AREA

Kawasaki Daishi Temple     Kawasaki Racetrack

MIURA, KAMAKURA & SHONAN AREA

Yokosuka Naval Port     Mikasa Park     Misaki Fish Market     Jogashima Island     Shichirigahama Beach

Enoshima     Museum of Modern Art, Hayama

ODAKYU LINE AREA

Sunflower Festival, Zama     Oyama Afuri Shrine

ODAWARA / HAKONE AREA

Odawara Castle     Hakone Sightseeing Cruise     Owakudani Valley     Mitsu Ishi (3 Rocks)

Written by Larry Knipfing
Japan Travel Partner

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Justin Velgus 3 years ago
Clever article idea and great info, Larry!