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Kanagawa

Contrasting realities from Yokohama to Hakone

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Hiratsuka Tanabata

Hiratsuka Tanabata

Jul 8th - Jul 10th

Celebrate the ancient legend of Tanabata in Kanagawa's coastal town Hiratsuka.

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Zama Suzuka Shinto Shrine Festival

Zama Suzuka Shinto Shrine Festival

Monday - Aug 1st

During the annual Zama Mikoshi Festival (July 31-August 1st), residents carry a portable shrine through the streets of Zama chanting..

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The Town of Ninomiya

The Town of Ninomiya

Rey Waters

Not far from Tokyo, Ninomiya is a small town filled with parks, temples, and shrines as well as plenty of outdoor activities.

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About Kanagawa

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kanto
Island Honshu
Capital Yokohama
Population 9,048,331
Area 2,415.81 km²

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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