Kanagawa Prefecture: The Real Japan

Less than 30 minutes from Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture is a coastal region rich in nature, gastronomy and historical sites

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 8 Apr 2019, 23:40 BST
Kotokuin Temple, famous for its gigantic Great Buddha statue
Kotokuin Temple, famous for its gigantic Great Buddha statue

Kanagawa Prefecture offers visitors a little bit of everything from beaches to mountains, all of which can be easily accessed by the region's smooth rail system.

Start your journey at Yokohama — Japan's second-largest city by population and the capital of Kanagawa — which was one of the first ports to open to foreign trade back in the 19th century. During this time, Yokohama blossomed into an international city, welcoming Western culture and sports with open arms. So, it's fitting that Yokohama is set to host seven matches in next year's Rugby World Cup™, including the final and semi final.

Check out the harbour scenery in the central business district of Minato Mirai and make your own pot noodle at the Cup Noodles Museum. After the match, head to the Noge district, which has numerous international bars as well as Japanese izakaya (an informal pub/restaurant).

One place that simply mustn't be missed is the old samurai capital of Kamakura. This city is home to many temples and shrines, including Kotokuin Temple — which is famous for its gigantic Great Buddha statue.

Each of these destinations makes the perfect day trip, so why not explore the many things Kanagawa Prefecture has to offer?

For more information please visit trip.pref.kanagawa.jp


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