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Kanagawa

Contrasting realities from Yokohama to Hakone

About Kanagawa
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Top Attractions in Kanagawa

Around Kanagawa

Yokohama

Yokohama

Everyone who lives here in Japan—Japanese and foreigners alike—admire the port city of Yokohama. This is mainly due to the ma...

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Kawasaki

Kawasaki

Kawasaki, with a population of almost 1.5 million is situated between Tokyo to the north and Yokohama (and the Tama River) to...

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Yokosuka

Yokosuka

Yokosuka Yokoso! Welcome to Yokosuka! The "other" Yoko, a city in Kanagawa located far down the Miura Peninsula, is filled wi...

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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 beau...

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Kamakura

Kamakura

Kamakura is pure Japan. Often called “the little Kyoto”, Kamakura has hundreds of temples scattered around the hilly, green c...

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Hakone

Hakone

Hakone is one of the most famous hot springs areas in the world. A stunning place, Hakone is surrounded by mountains and Lake...

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Yugawara

Yugawara

Yugawara is a beautiful little coastal town at the western-most edge of Kanagawa that boasts of plush forests, colorful mount...

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Zama

Zama

Zama is located in central Kanagawa, and home to the United States' Camp Zama army base.

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Chigasaki

Chigasaki

Chigasaki (茅ケ崎) is a coastal city in southern Kanagawa, sandwiched between Hiratsuka to the west and Fujisawa to the east,...

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Fujisawa

Fujisawa

Fujisawa is a coastal city in the Shohan area of southern Kanagawa, and home to the popular seaside area of Enoshima Island. ...

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Enoshima

Enoshima

Enoshima, Kanagawa, lies at the mouth of the Katase River near Sagami Bay. It’s a small offshore island, only about 4 km in c...

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Where to eat in Kanagawa

Jinenjo-an

Jinenjo-an

Tom Roseveare

Specialising in soba and grilled skewers, Jinenjoan opened in Yokohama's Aobadai area in Feb 2018 promising to liven up the t...

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Places to stay in Kanagawa

Hayama Funny House

Hayama Funny House

Tom Roseveare

Hayama Funny House offers guests a relaxing escape along Kanagawa's Hayama coast, overlooking the Sagami Bay.

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Latest Kanagawa Reports

Two Walks, Two Seasons

Two Walks, Two Seasons

Reynald Ventura

Each walk through Kamakura is never the same. No matter how many times I’ve visited the ancient capital, there is always some...

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Yakumo Shrine 8

Yakumo Shrine

Lily Taki

Yakumo Shrine in Kamakura was established during the Heian Period in 1083. It is believed to be the oldest talismanic shrine ...

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About Kanagawa

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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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