Spots in Kanagawa Area

  • Kotoku-in Temple (Kamakura Daibutsu)
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    4.5
    3033 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Hase 4-2-28
    A Pure Land Buddhist temple founded by the great priest Honen. The 11.3 meter tall, 121 ton giant copper Buddha statue known as the Kamakura Daibutsu, a National Treasure, is the temple’s principal object of worship and depicts a seated Amitabha. The original daibutsu was made of wood and was destroyed by a typhoon. The copper form of the current statue first began to be cast in 1252. This figure, too, was damaged by typhoons and earthquakes but was repaired each time, leading to its current excellent condition. The interior of the statue can be viewed and from here visitors can see evidence of the repairs that have been made.

    Been there with friends last week.not so far from the station best place to spend your time with friends and also with family as well .located on the peaceful environment.you can get there souvenirs...

  • Yamashita Park
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    4.0
    1889 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Yamashitachou 279
    This public park which opened in 1930 was built on land reclaimed with rubble from the Great Kanto Earthquake. This is a highly popular tourist spot as there are many monuments such as “The Girl in the Red Shoes Statue” and you can get an unbroken view of the sea and Bay Bridge. Again, it is also known as a famous spot for roses, with there being many roses in the fullness of bloom every spring and autumn in the sunken flowerbeds. The park is a three-minute walk from Motomachi Chukagai Station.

    横浜の最も有名な公園の一つです。西北西-東南東に長く伸びた敷地を持ち、四季折々の花々を楽しみつつ、散策やペットの散歩に最適な公園です。広々とした芝生の公園もあり、のんびり昼寝をする人もいれば、ボールやフリスビー等で遊ぶ人もいます。他の沿岸部の公園と同様に、東京湾側には成人の腰の高さ程度の柵しかないため、ボール等が海に落ちるとほぼ回収不可能となりますので注意が必要です。 昼と打って変わって、夜は絶好...

  • Enoshima
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    4.5
    1091 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Enoshima
    Enoshima is a tied island connected to the mainland via a sandbar. Known for its picturesque scenery since ancient times, the island is also home to Enoshima-jinja Shrine and numerous other historic Shinto shrines. Sightseeing spots have continued to accrue on the island over time, including the Samuel Cocking Garden as well as a stone monument dedicated to the 1964 Olympics. The Enoshima Sea Candle lighthouse, which is lit up beautifully at night, is a more recent addition. In times past and today, Enoshima remains a popular tourist destination visited by countless travelers.

    I did a guided live-streamed tour of Enoshima Island with Eriko from Heygo. She divided her tours into two sections each about 50 mins long with a 45 mins interval. She is doing another tour of...

  • Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
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    4.0
    1064 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Kanazawa-ku Hakkeijima
    This leisure complex is located on Hakkeijima Island in Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama City. The island, which features an aquarium, attractions, a shopping mall, a hotel, a marina, and more, offers more than enough activities for a full day of fun for people of all ages. The island's aquarium, its main attraction, is comprised of four facilities. It offers hands-on programs where visitors can interact with the animals, a wide variety of live shows, seasonal events, and more. Admission to the island is free and visitors can enjoy its restaurants, cafes, and shops while talking a walk along its promenade.

    Hakkejima has not aged well over the years and inclement weather doesnt help - all the rides were closed; the aquarium, however, is its saving grace - well-kept, informative, and a dolphin and...

  • Hasedera Temple
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    4.5
    1727 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Hase 3-11-2
    Hasedera Temple is located around five minutes’ walk from Hase Station on the Enoden Line. Besides the Kannon Hall, which houses an impressive statue of Kannon (the Goddess of Mercy) with eleven heads, the temple complex also includes six other main buildings, including the Amida-do, Taikoku-do, and Benten-do buildings. Hasedera Temple is situated in one of the most scenic parts of Kamakura, and there is an observation platform with spectacular views of Kamakura’s streets and coastline. With beautiful trees and flowers that change with the seasons, the Hasedera Temple has been called “Kamakura’s Western Paradise,” and is affectionately known as the “temple of flowers.”

    Very nice temple, plenty of little inlets and sub-shrines to check out, including one in a cave. If you can go during late May/early June there are lovely hydrangeas blooming everywhere.

  • Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal
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    4.5
    1615 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Kaigandori 1-1-4
    Located a seven minute walk from Nihon-Odori Station on the Minatomirai Line. A barrier-free passenger terminal where large passenger ships both domestic and international dock. The first floor has a hall and parking lot, while the second floor hosts the international departure and entry lobbies as well as shops. The open and airy rooftop area features a natural grass lawn and wood deck, and from where you can enjoy the view of Minato Mirai and ships moored at the pier. The facility also boasts a full array of establishments and amenities to ensure you can enjoy a whole day here, including shops selling sea-related souvenirs and mature restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic nightscape with your meal.

    I would recommend coming here during winter to enjoy the sunset view of the Yokohama Skyline with Mt Fuji. It’s very beautiful! But it can be a bit windy.

  • Sankeien Garden
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    4.5
    1144 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Honmokusannotani 58-1
    The Sankeien garden is an extensive garden located in the Honmoku district of Southeast Yokohama, looking out over Tokyo Bay. The garden was created by Hara Sankei (Hara Tomitaro), an entrepreneur who made a fortune as a silk trader. Within the Sankeien, historic buildings relocated from Kyoto, Kamakura etc. have been skillfully positioned for best visual effect; the Sankeien now contains 10 buildings that have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties, and three that have been designated as Tangible Cultural Properties by Yokohama City Government. During Hara Sankei’s lifetime, the Sankeien garden played an important role in the cultivation and supporting of avant-garde artists; some of the classic works of modern Nihonga painting—including Maeda Seison’s “The Uprising of Enryaku-ji Monks” and Yokoyama Taikan’s “Ryuin”—were painted here.

    I have a yearly pass that’s truly one of the treasure of Yokohama. I would would recommend Visiting at different times of year.

  • Hakone Grasunomori Museum (Hakone Venetian Glass Museum)
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    4.0
    879 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara 940-48
    Located in Sengokuhara district, Hakone, the Hakone Grasunomori Museum (Hakone Venetian Glass Museum) is Japan’s first museum dedicated to Venetian glass. It actually comprises two museums: the Venetian Glass Museum itself, which has on display around 100 masterpieces of the delicate, finely-wrought Venetian glass for which there was a vogue among the noble families of Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries, and the Modern Glass Museum, which displays Venetian glass dating from the 19th century onwards. Particularly worth seeing is the approximately 10-meter-long crystal glass arch over the bridge between the garden and the Museums; the arch is made from around 160,000 pieces of crystal glass, which sparkle in the breeze. The Hakone Grasunomori Museum offers glassmaking experience activities (including sandblasting, etc.), with participants being able to make their own pieces to take home as a souvenir.

    I love the Hakone Glass Forest. We enjoyed our time there. The glass creations are splendid. Would visit again.

  • Zoorasia - Yokohama Zoological Gardens
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    4.0
    521 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Asahi-ku Kamishiranechou 1175-1
    Located in the Asahi Ward of Yokohama City, Zoorasia (Yokohama Zoological Gardens) is a zoo inspired by the vision of “Symbiosis of Life and Harmony with Nature.” Zoorasia covers a total area of approximately 53.3 hectares, making it Japan’s largest zoo. The name “Zoorasia” (combing “Zoo” and “Eurasia”) reflects the large size of the zoo, comparing it (tongue-in-cheek) to the size of the Eurasian continent. The zoo is divided into eight zones based on climatic and geographic conditions in different parts of the world, recreating the kinds of environment in which the animals live in the wild. Every summer, the zoo stays open in the evening as “Night Zoorasia”; public response to this initiative has been very positive.

    I left Queensland for the zoo around 1:00 pm. But between subways, trains, lunch and a bus I didnt arrive until 3:30 pm And it closes at 4:30 pm !!! Why didnt I research this ? Anyway, I power...

  • Hōkokuji Temple
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    4.5
    706 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Joumyouji 2-7-4
    The Hōkokuji Temple (famous in Japan as the “Bamboo Temple”) was founded in 1334 on the orders of Ashikaga Ietoki, the grandfather of Ashikaga Takauji (the first Shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate). Visitors can drink tea in the Kyuko-an teahouse while viewing the bamboo grove. The writing table that the literary giant Kawabata Yasunari used while writing “The Sound of the Mountain” is preserved in the Hon-do (Main Hall). Zazen meditation sessions are held in the Kasho-do hall on Sundays; beginners are welcome.

    We really enjoyed our visit here. Beautiful surroundings and serene gardens. With so many temples in Kamakura, this one is surely not to be missed.

  • Yokohama Chinatown
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Yamashitachou
    This is Japan’s largest Chinatown in Naka Ward, Yokohama City, where more than 500 shops are lined up. This area is always bustling with local people and tourists seeking authentic Chinese cuisine and culture. The Chinese New Year and especially the parade and the lion dance are events which are representative of Yokohama’s tourism. In all directions into Chinatown, there are gates with guardian deities enshrined in each of these gates: there is the Choyo-mon gate in the east, the Suzaku-mon gate in the south, the Enpei-mon gate in the west and the Genbu-mon gate in the north. The Suzaku-mon gate is convenient for coming from and going to Yokohama Motomachi.
  • YOKOHAMA COSMOWORLD
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    4.0
    674 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Shinkou 2-8-1
    YOKOHAMA COSMOWORLD is an urban-type three-dimensional amusement park in the Minato Mirai 21 district. “Cosmo Clock 21”, a large Ferris wheel built for the opening of the Yokohama Exposition which was held in 1989 is a landmark structure. COSMOWORLD is divided into three zones: the “Wonder Amuse Zone” with its scary rides, the “Burano Street Zone” with its popular attractions and the “Kids Carnival Zone” for children. COSMOWORLD has no entrance charge, and is structured so that customers can use the facilities by purchasing individual tickets for each attraction. COSMOWORLD is illuminated at night and it is also known as a good night viewing spot.

    Conveniently located next to Yokohama World Porter, Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu, Cup Noodle Museum, and Queens Square Yokohama in the Minato Mirai area. The ferris wheel is definitely something you...

  • Yokohama Arena
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    4.0
    184 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Kouhoku-ku Shinyokohama 3-10
    This multipurpose event arena, first opened in April 1989, can accommodate up to 17,000 people. Able to host concerts, ceremonies, and a variety of other events, Yokohama Arena has also been selected as one of the 100 best event halls in Japan. Yokohama Arena offers a full suite of features, including giant video monitor systems, sound systems suitable for a variety of events, and universally designed facilities. The surrounding area includes convenience stores, restaurants, and hotels as well.

    The seat on the floor offers a very good views.Organization was great as well. Also,beverages was not very expensive.

  • Hakone Gora Park
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    3.5
    568 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Goura 1300
    Located near Gora Station, the last stop on the Hakone Tozan Railway, Hakone Gora Park was Japan’s first French-style garden. The Park, which was opened in 1914, is a National Registered Monument. With wide-open spaces open to the sky and surrounded by mountains, the Park features a symmetrical design centered round a fountain. A wide variety of plants are grown in the Park, which is renowned for its flowers; the Park’s appearance changes with the seasons. A tropical plants house, tearoom and experiential activities center are situated within the Park, making it possible to engage in a range of different activities in the same visit.

    This is a delightful park with beautiful garden landscapes and wonderful exotic green houses filled with exotic floral greenery. Lovely place to roam. Also within this setting is a unique craft...

  • Kenchoji Temple
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    4.5
    535 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 8
    A 15 minute walk from Kita-Kamakura Station. This celebrated Buddhist temple, the head temple of Rinzai Kenchoji Buddhism, is the first of the “Kamakura Gozan” (Five Mountain Temples of Kamakura) and was also Japan’s first Zen Buddhist temple. The temple was founded by Hojo Tokiyori, the fifth shogun of the Kamakura shogunate, and the monk Lanxi Daolong. The highlight of the temple is its garden, which was designated a national Place of Scenic Beauty and Historic Site in 1932. The ancient Chinese junipers growing in front of the temple and the garden pond behind the abbot’s chamber are particularly famous for their beauty. The temple also periodically holds sutra copying and zazen meditation sessions which enable average people to experience Zen training.

    The Kenchoji is one of Kamakura’s most important Zen temples and has many great historic sites and nature spots to offer. From the mysterious Butsuden Buddha Hall, a garden designed by a Zen master...

  • Daihonzan Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple
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    4.0
    508 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kawasakishi Kawasaki-ku Daishichou 4-48
    This temple is in Daishi-machi, Kawasaki Ward, Kawasaki City. Founded in 1128, its official name is Shingonshu Chisanha Kongosan Kinjoin Heikenji. It's also known as Yakuyoke Daishi for wiping away bad luck. They also hold various events with roots in the area. Many visitors come here for their first temple visit of the year when lots of stalls open on the grounds and the approach to the temple.

    川崎大師の通称で知られる、現在の初詣のスタイルの起源とも言われる寺院。川崎駅から離れていることと、周囲が住宅街ということもあり、平日は比較的静かだが、休日には多くの参拝客・観光客で賑わう。 この寺院に限ったことではないが、特に休日には境内内に多くの露店が立ち並ぶ。彼らの商魂逞しさは舌を巻く程であるが、静かに参拝したり寺院の景観を愛でる側からすると時として邪魔に映ることがある。喧噪を感じることなく参...

  • Yokohama World Porters
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    4.0
    413 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Shinkou 2-2-1
    Located a five minute walk from Bashamichi Station on the Minatomirai Line. A shopping mall located in the new port area of Minato Mirai 21. The facility’s spacious establishments include fashionable clothing stores, interior design shops, lifestyle goods stores, and restaurants. There’s also a movie theater and even an amusement park, ensuring you can enjoy a whole day here. You can get taste of Hawaii in the Hawaiian Town area on the first floor, where you’ll find a variety of Hawaiian goods and popular Hawaiian souvenirs as well as Hawaiian food.

    We have visited many many many malls on this holiday. Although we look for ‘different items’ to make sure we aren’t buying what we could just get at home, sometimes the stuff is just way off and...

  • Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine
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    4.0
    438 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Sasuke 2-25-16
    Popularly known as “Zeniarai Benzaiten,” the Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine is located in the Sasuke district of Kamakura City. According to legend, the shrine was founded when, in the evening of the Day of the Snake in the Month of the Snake in 1185, Minamoto no Yoritomo was told in a dream that “If you pray to the Shinto deities and to the Buddha at this spring, peace will come to the land.” Subsequently, after the local ruler Hojo Tokiyori washed coins in the spring while praying for the prosperity of his clan, the belief spread that washing coins in the spring inside the cave would cause that money to increase. This practice is believed to be particularly effective if performed on the day of the temple festival dedicated to the goddess Benten, so the Shrine is usually thronged with worshippers on that day. The spring at the Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine is classed as one of the “Five Famous Springs of Kamakura.”

    We actually found the place accidentally on our way back to the Kamakura station. It is really nice and something special made in a cave and with the water flowing from the stone down. The nicest...

  • Hakone Yuryo (hot spring resort)
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    4.0
    396 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kanagawa prefecture Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone machi Tosanosawa 4
    This is a hot spring establishment located in Yumoto, Hakone with large hot springs which can be visited for a day trip. The resort has many types of baths, from large public baths and open-air baths to pot baths and the greatest number in the Tokyo metropolitan area of 19 individual open-air hot spring baths which can be reserved. In addition to a full range of hot spring baths, the resort has a restaurant where you can relax and also enjoy hearth-cooked cuisine. The traditional sauna bathing method “Loyly”, introduced from the home of the sauna, Finland, is also practiced at the resort every hour, so you can enjoy an invigorating perspiration in the sauna’s comfortable heat.

    The experience was quite out of expectation. It was September when we were at Japan for our holiday. Because the weather was still quite warm, we didnt expect we might enjoy the spa. We still...

  • Engakuji Temple
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    4.5
    500 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 409
    Located in Yamanouchi, Kamakura City, this is the head temple of Rinzai Engakuji Buddhism. The temple is also considered the second of the “Kamakura Gozan” (Five Mountain Temples of Kamakura). The temple was built by the eighth shogun regent Hojo Tokimune in order to spread Zen Buddhism and impartially memorialize, without distinction between enemy and ally, those who died in the Mongol invasions of Japan. Today, the temple is still used to train Zen priests; ordinary people can also experience weekend zazen meditation sessions and other Zen training here as well. In addition, the Butsunichian and Nyoian temples on the grounds have a café and “amamidokoro” Japanese-style sweets café where customers can enjoy matcha powdered green tea and sweets.

    I dont know if it was just a peculiarity of when I visited, but a lot of the buildings were closed off, including (disappointingly) the one that claims to house the finger relics of the Buddha...

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Kanagawa prefecture acts as an extension of the Tokyo metropolis that spills over into coastal towns, most notably Yokohama city, heavily populated and known for its Chinatown and seaside attractions. Just the right distance for a day trip out of Tokyo, Kanagawa is home to some of Tokyo's most accessible beaches, including around Kamakura, best known for its Big Buddha. Visitors can also travel a little farther afield for a weekend at Hakone onsen town.

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