AKB48 "Fortune Cookie" 25 Hot Spots

Tour Kanagawa Prefecture via Japan's most popular song

By Larry Knipfing    - 4 min read

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)

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: www.larryknipfing.com Contact me: larry.knipfing@japantravel.com

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Justin Velgus 5 years ago
Clever article idea and great info, Larry!