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Region
Kanto
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Yokohama
Population
8,489,932

Kanagawa

Seaside, shrines and stretchy pants in cosmopolitan Kanagawa

Kanagawa offers much more than just a convenient location.

Kanagawa is a prefecture located just underneath Tokyo that has somehow managed to avoid being swallowed up by the capital’s sprawling urbanisation, establishing itself as a leading economic center and cosmopolitan cultural hub in its own right.

Pretty much all of Kanagawa’s attractions are located within an easy train ride of central Tokyo.

Yokohama is Tokyo's chic and cosmopolitan neighbor.

Yokohama is Tokyo’s chic and cosmopolitan neighbor.

The prefectural capital city of Yokohama is less than 30 minutes from Shibuya station and shows a different side of Kanto’s urban landscape. It’s a city of diverse districts; the futuristic seafront of Minato Mirai 21 is full of international shops and restaurants while further along at Motomachi-Chukagai is Japan’s largest chinatown. You’ll need to don your stretchy pants for a visit to the Shin-Yokohama ramen museum, a food theme park of nine restaurants selling ramen from different regions of Japan. If you’ve not had your fill of noodles yet then there’s also the Yokohama Cup Noodles museum.

See the impressive stone Buddha at Kotukuin temple., Kamakura

Pay your respects at the giant Great Buddha of Kamakura, the second-largest ‘daibutsu’ in Japan after the one housed in Todai-ji, Nara.

Kamakura is often referred to as the ‘Kyoto of East Japan’ with an array of shrines and temples throughout the small city, including Kotokuin temple where an enormous bronze statue of Buddah sits serenely in the open air. Access the biggest temples via Hase station and stroll around the streets lined with traditional shops selling hato-sabure, a special dove-shaped biscuit unique to the Kamakura region. Hop on the historic Enoden train to Enoshima Island for beaches, surfing and local shirasudon, tiny white fish harvested along the coastline served with just about anything (including ice cream).

Hop aboard a sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashinoko in Hakone.

Board a scenic sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashinoko in Hakone.

If you head west, stopping by Odawara to see the famous castle, you’ll enter the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and arrive at Hakone, one of Kanto’s most popular hot spring resort towns. Gorgeous views of Mount Fuji are hard to miss, but you might be fighting for a photo opportunity among the crowds of weekend-trippers from Tokyo. It’s best to stay during the week if you can when you’ll have the postcard-perfect scenery all to yourself.

Places to visit

Yokohama is Tokyo's chic and cosmopolitan neighbor.

Yokohama

Yokohama is a quirky city with an ocean view and enough personality to make even it’s big brother Tokyo jealous.

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 15, 2015: Yokohama's Chinatown district at night. It is the largest Chinatown in Japan.

Yokohama Chinatown

If you can deal without the Great Wall or the Terracotta Army, then you can get on with your life knowing that there’s a not-so-little slice of China just half an hour away from Tokyo.


Eating Instant Noodles with a Plastic Fork

Yokohama CUP NOODLES Museum

So enjoyable they capitalized the name.

See the impressive stone Buddha at Kotukuin temple., Kamakura

Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha)

If size matters, Kamakura’s bronze-cast idol proves that bigger is better.


A train of the Enoshima Electric Railway (or Enoden) arriving at Enoshima Station.

Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway)

Round, round, get around…

Meigetsuin Temple

A not-so-secret garden.


Kencho-ji 24,2012: Kenchoji Temple Kara-Mon is photoed from the front.Repair was completed in May, 2011. The figure at the time of reconstruction was reproduced.

Kenchoji Temple

Leader of the temple pack.

Lake Ashinoko

Surrounded by forest, mountains and clear blue sky, Lake Ashinoko is a picture-perfect retreat.


Japan landscape with Mount Fuji - Lake Shoji (Shojiko) and the famous volcano. Part of Fuji Five Lakes in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

Hakone

Competition for the most beautiful region of Japan is fierce but Hakone is a serious contender.

Mt.Fuji and Enoshima View from Inamuragasaki coast of Kamakura.

Enoshima

For a summer getaway from Tokyo, there's no better than Enoshima.


Pikachu Outbreak Yokohama

Yokohama Pikachu Outbreak

Gotta catch Japan's cutest summer festival.

Odawara Castle

Odawara

No need to venture far from Tokyo for epic history, stunning nature and exceptional seafood.


Enoshima Sea Candle

An iconic lighthouse that doubles as a viewing tower, the Enoshima Sea Candle keeps watch over Sagami Bay.

Hakone Checkpoint

Check in at Hakone's historic gate.


Owakudani

Be Queen (or King) of dragons at this volcanic attraction.

Hakone Open Air Museum

As if the natural beauty of Hakone wasn’t inspiring enough.


Gora Park and Hakone Craft House

It may be cold outside but it’s blazing hot in here.

Kamakura

A spiritual seaside getaway close to Tokyo with shrines, temples and big buddha.


Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

The Cup Noodle Museum may have the better location, but this buried gem of deliciousness will make you fall in love with Ramen all over again.

Panorama view at Yokohama minato mirai bayside in evening

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Find some of the coolest bars, restaurants and seasonal events and relive over 100 years of Yokohama history.


Monument for LARA

Two stones in Yokohama tell a big story of generosity and spirit.

Hase-dera Temple

From caves, to ocean views, to grand statues, this Kamakura temple is worth much more than just a quick look.


Secret Retro Base

Tired of temples? Go to this secret games base in Kamakura and get your Mario Bros. on.

Inamuragasaki Park

Romanchikku! A famous seaside location for anime and TV dramas, coupled with panoramic bay views.


Inamuragasaki Beach

Dark sand and endless ocean: Catch a wave in Kamakura.

Zeniarai Benten Shrine

Zeniarai Benten Shrine

Wash your hard-earned cash in a money-multiplying spring.


Hokoku-ji Temple

Soothe your soul in the sea of bamboo while sipping expertly prepared green tea.

Uchiki Pan Bakery

Only in Yokohama, this local bakery favorite is unassuming but consistently delicious.


anatanowarehouse

Anata no Warehouse

A dystopian arcade you don't want to bring the kids to.

Other Destinations in Kanto

Chiba prefecture boasts a dynamic and dramatic coastline.

Chiba

There’s a lot more to Japan’s international gateway than you might expect.

Takaragawa Onsen, Gunma Prefecture

Gunma

Within toe-dipping distance of Tokyo, Gunma's onsen haven is the perfect bathing escape.

Fukuroda Falls, Ibaraki

Ibaraki

Full of interesting sights, Ibaraki prefecture should natto be underestimated.

Flower-viewing at Hitsujiyama Park, Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture

Saitama

If you’re looking for a no-hassle escape from the city, Saitama is the place to run to.

Wisteria in Tochigi Prefecture

Tochigi

Heavyweight cultural heritage combined with a breathtaking natural landscape.

People eating and drinking in Yurakucho Tokyo Japan.

Tokyo

From glittering skyscrapers to rickety ramen shacks, Tokyo is a dazzling mix of the ultra modern and traditional.