You might have seen before the famous woodblock print of the Great Wave off Kanagawa by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai in his series of "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji", but there's more to this than meets the eye!
Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located south of Tokyo in the Kantō region of Honshu with Yokohama as its prefectural capital. Being ranked as the 2nd most populous prefecture of Japan, this region is also a renowned tourist area with Kamakura and Hakone being 2 popular side trip destinations. What's more, Kanagawa is a great day trip option if you are looking for a slower, city life with a good balance of nature.
Gaze at Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi or simply stroll along the beach from Enoshima to Kamakura during sunset. Explore at your own pace at Kanagawa!
TOURIST SPOTS BY AREA
This beautiful port city & capital of Kanagawa Prefecture is located 30 minutes away from Tokyo and is included in the JR Rail Pass & JR Tokyo Wide Pass. Yokohama is one of the first ports which allowed foreign trade & helped Japan reopen to the world after a period of isolation. Its population has grown to nearly 4 million and is Japan's second largest city.
Explore Yokohama's famous Chinatown, take in the views at Sankei-en Garden, slurp noodles at Shin-Yokohama's Ramen Museum or even enjoy the romantic Yokohama Landmark Tower & Minato Mirai 21 area!
A historical town which is also known as Kyoto of Eastern Japan overflowing with over 100 temples, shrines & other historical monuments. The charming Great Buddha, which was originally cast in 1252, is considered as the most popular tourist attraction in town at Kotokuin Temple.
Admire the beauty of the stunning flowers at Megetsuin Temple, Anyoin Temple & during the different seasons! Have a meditative experience at Hokukuji Temple in the bamboo forest and a bowl of matcha. Stroll around the streets lined with traditional shops selling hato-sabure, a special dove-shaped biscuit unique to the Kamakura region.
Hop on the quaint Enoden train to Enoshima Island, a small island located in the south of Kanagawa in Fujisawa city, for awesome beaches, surfing at Sagami Bay and locally harvested shirasudon (whitebait) that is served with just about anything (even on ice-cream)!
Pay a visit to Enoshima Shrine, one of Japan's 3 great Benzaiten Shrines dedicated to a popular goddess of good fortune, wealth, music and knowledge. You can also explore more with the Enopass, a combination ticket that covers the island's main attractions & provides additional discounts to certain attractions, dedicated shops and restaurants.
Mainly known for its hot spring resort towns like Hakone-Yumoto area which offers gorgeous views of Mount Fuji, this area is considered to be part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Board the ropeway to Owakudani Valley and try out the famous kuro-tamago (black eggs) that are said to lengthen your life by 7 years. Get your favourite goods from Gotemba Premium Outlets at the base of Mount Fuji.
To navigate along in Hakone, one can consider the Hakone Free Pass or the Fuji Hakone pass which provides unlimited use of designated buses, trains, boats, cable cars & ropeways in the Hakone and Fuji Five Lake areas with discounted admission to selected tourist attractions.
Or, simply book a day-tour with us at HIS Travel! Pick up services are provided to our customers at Shinjuku station, so you can just relax and enjoy the whole trip to Mt. Fuji and Hakone with a cruise/pirate ship ride on Lake Ashi!
AIKAWA & ZAMA
Surrounded by nature, Zama City is the "Town of Sunflowers"! Stroll along the beautiful sunflower fields and Zama Shrine, a majestic Shinto shrine with a well-arranged garden with a 300-year old shii tree (Japanese chinquapin), or watch the grand spectacle of the release of dam water at Miyagase Dam on the Nakatsu River at Aikawa City. The water is only released on certain days — twice a day from April to November every Wednesday, second and fourth Friday, and second Sunday.
Enjoy impressive seasonal sights at Aikawa Park, from colourful slopes of azalea flowers that come into bloom in spring to breezy hills with stunning views of Yokohama's famous landmarks on clear days!
SIGHTS OF KANAGAWA
TASTE OF KANAGAWA