Spots in Kanagawa Area

  • Kotoku-in Temple (Kamakura Daibutsu)
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    4.5
    3021 Reviews
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    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.

    Kotoku-in temple is famous for its Great Buddha (Daibutsu). And its worth. The Buddha is quite big (13m tall) and (at least when I was there it wasnt too crowded). If you pay 20yen you can get...

  • Enoshima
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    4.5
    1085 Reviews
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    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.

    We took the nostalgic Enoden train from Kamakura station to Enoshima Island, and walked a short distance through town and across the causeway to Enoshima Island. The causeway was very breezy and...

  • Yomiuri Land
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    4.0
    267 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Inagishi Yanokuchi 4015-1
    An amusement park first opened in 1964 whose grounds straddle the city of Inagi in Tokyo and Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture. In addition to amusement park staples such as roller coasters and other thrilling rides, a Ferris wheel, and go-carts; Yomiuri Land also hosts more unusual attractions, like ride’s modeled after a car factory and Nissin’s U.F.O. instant yakisoba noodles. The park is filled with other fun and interesting things to see and do, as well, including a barbecue area, summer pool, seal show, character show, and winter park illumination.

    Starting with the cable-car ride, we spent many hours here enjoying the rides and taking endless Instagram photos once the LED lights lit up the entire park. It was a relatively cheap activity for a...

  • Enoshima Aquarium
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    4.0
    655 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Katasekaigan 2-19-1
    Nicknamed the “Enosui” by locals, this aquarium is located inside Shonan Kaigan Park. The aquarium’s beautiful exhibits, designed to evoke a wondrous undersea world, are quite popular. The spherical “Jellyfish Planet” aquarium houses 14 varieties of jellyfish lit up with beautiful lighting. Once every hour, the world’s first 3D projection mapped jellyfish show is held throughout the entire floor. Enoshima Aquarium is filled with entertainment. A school of some 8,000 Japanese sardines can be seen swimming in a giant aquarium replicating the environment of Sagami Bay. An edutainment facility, another exhibit at the aquarium maps ocean currents and presents the various sea life which visits the area seasonally.

    It’s crowed! Lots of families and students coming over and it’s great! The aquarium layout is so beautiful, made with artistic sensibilities and to be a reachable display to everyone. We made it out...

  • Kenchoji Temple
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    4.5
    531 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.

    Kencho-ji is one of the 5 big zen temples in Kamakura. Its quite big and very well taken care of. The area is very calm and its very nice to walk around. In addition to the main temple area, there...

  • Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine
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    4.0
    433 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...

  • Engakuji Temple
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    4.5
    468 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 came here with a Japanese friend on a rainy Saturday afternoon towards the end of November. At the time we were there most of the buildings were closed, but still it was a lovely spot to have a...

  • Meigetsu-in Temple
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    4.0
    418 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 189
    A Rinzai Kencho-ji Temple Buddhist temple located in Kamakura. The temple’s honorific mountain name is Fukugensan. The temple is also known as the Hydrangea Temple and during the rainy season the approach to the temple is covered with French hydrangea blossoms. The temple was once a sub-temple to the Zenko-ji Temple, but this temple was abolished in the early years of the Meiji period and now only the Meigetsu-in remains. A large circular window is built into the head priest’s chamber which gives a spectacular view of the garden. The window represents the cosmos and the mind and the unique view it provides has made it a popular subject for photographs.

    My Japanese friend and I came here after lunch on a miserable Saturday mid-November. I was really impressed with the place. So much character and some lovely gardens including a bamboo forest and a...

  • 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.
  • Hakone-jinja Shrine
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Motohakone 80-1
    Since ancient times, this shrine has been patronized by generations of military commanders who came to pray for the earnest realization of their wishes during battle. This shrine is said to be one of the best power spots in the Kanto region where one can “conquer a state when Hakone has your back”. The deity of love, Kuzuryu’s newly constructed shrine is also next to Hakone Shrine. Get off the Izu Hakone bus at “Moto-Hakone” or otherwise get off the Hakone Tosan bus at “Moto-Hakone Port” and the temple is a 10- minute walk away.
  • Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Shinkou 1-1
    A historical structure built as a government-bonded warehouse during the Meiji and Taisho periods, and nowadays it has become a multipurpose-type facility which holds cafes and restaurants. From the open plaza facing the sea you can look out over Yokohama Port and the scenery of Minato Mirai, while the buildings are illuminated in orange in the evening and from midday, a different fantastic atmosphere is created. A great number of events are held to match the season.
  • Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
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    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.
  • Enoshima Island Spa
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    4.0
    241 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Enoshima 2-1-6
    A spa resort facility where visitors can enjoy over 10 types of baths, including ones that allow bathing suits. The spa is supplied by Enoshima’s only natural hot spring, which wells up from 1,500 meters below the surface of the island. The hot spring waters have a high salt content, good for helping to retain warmth, and the facility is accordingly popular with women for the benefits this water provides with aiding intestinal health. Built facing the sea, bathers in the outdoor pool can enjoy a sweeping view of Sagami Bay. The spa does not have any lodging facilities, but combination plans are offered in conjunction with various hotels. Enoshima Island Spa is located at the entrance to the island just past Enoshima Ohashi Bridge.

    This is a fantastic place. A little expensive but well worth it if youve never visited an onsen. They have a reduced evening rate from 6pm, HOWEVER if you book on their Japanese site you can get the...

  • Lake Ashi
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    Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture Hakone-machi
    This is a dammed lake of Mt. Hakone, and the largest lake in Kanagawa Prefecture, which has a view of Mt. Fuji. It is a mysteriously beautiful lake which has blue water to the extent that Ryotaro Shiba extolled it by writing “The colour of the clothing of the God that created Hakone”. Again, it is also famous as a fishing spot where you can enjoy rainbow trout and bass fishing such as black bass fishing and Japanese pond smelt fishing.
  • Sasuke Inari Shrine
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    4.0
    151 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Sasuke 2-22-12
    According to legend, prior to the establishment of the Kamakura Shogunate by Minamoto no Yoritomo, an Inari spirit (in the form of a white fox) appeared to Yoritomo in a dream and told him the best time to launch an attack on his enemies the Heike clan. Following this advice, Yoritomo succeeded in crushing the Heike and became the first Shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate. In gratitude, Yoritomo had the Sasuke Inari Shrine built. Due to the influence of this legend, worshipping at the Sasuke Inari Shrine is believed to be helpful for one’s work and future career prospects.

    Impressive, historic, sublime Shrine and grounds. Very well preserved Shrine with inspiring natural grounds, recommended if you are visiting the Kamakura area.

  • Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest
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    Kanagawa Pref. Sagamiharashi Midori-ku Wakayanagi 1634
    This leisure spot is adjacent to Lake Sagami. Visitors enjoy a variety of attractions here like the three-story athletic facility known as the Torihada Coliseum Muscle Monster on the park's mountain summit. There is a camping area, and visitors take part in outdoor activities and use the dog run with their pets. Many people visit for the winter light display.
  • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yukinoshita 2-1-31
    A Hachimangu Shinto shrine which is considered the guardian shrine of Kamakura warriors. The shrine’s origins date back to when Minamoto no Yoriyoshi prayed for protection before setting out for battle at the Iwashimizu Hachimangu in Kyoto, the patron shrine of the Minamoto clan; after successfully suppressing the Northern Fujiwara clan, he built a shrine dedicated to the god of the Kyoto shrine in Yuigahama in thanks. Later, when the Minamoto clan was again ascendant after a period of waning power, the shrine was moved to its current location in the Yukinoshita neighborhood and was rebuilt as a magnificent structure befitting the leaders of the Kamakura shogunate. Connected to the samurai Minamoto clan and the famous Minamoto no Yoritomo, the shrine is still popular today and is considered one of the three greatest Hachimangu shrines. One of the shrines most popular events is the yabusame horseback archery, which is conducted each year in the spring and fall by participants dressed in traditional Kamakura period hunting costumes.

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  • Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History
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    4.5
    157 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Odawarashi Iryuda 499
    First opened in 1995, here visitors can learn about the 4.6 billion year history of the Earth and the diversity of life found on her. The museum’s standing exhibition is divided into four themes—the Earth, life, Kanagawa, and symbiosis. The exhibition includes over 10 thousand real specimens, including a meteorite in the shape of a globe, ancient dinosaur fossils, mammals, plants, and inspects. One of the highlights of the museum is its showroom filled with 27 of 3.2 meter tall giant encyclopedias containing various exhibits. The museum’s theater, showing nature documentaries and science-based quizzes, is also a popular attraction. A restaurant and museum shop can also be found inside. The closest station is Iriuda Station.

    We went with our young kids and really enjoyed a couple of hours here. Adults are 510 yen and kids under 4 are free. There are a couple of food options but also places to have a picnic if you bring...

  • Nissan Stadium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Kouhoku-ku Kodukuechou 3300
    This stadium is famous in part as the home stadium of the Yokohama F. Marinos soccer team. The 2002 FIFA World Cup final game was also held here. One of the stadium’s distinctive features is its dedication to maintaining the natural lawn field in perfect condition throughout the year. The stadium is also one of the largest in Japan, seating up to 72,327. The stadium was designed with a variety of features to make it easier for spectators and athletes to feel a sense of unity. In addition to sporting events, the stadium also holds tours of its lawn. A food court and shops are also located in the facility.
  • Kamakura Park Hotel
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    4.0
    150 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Sakanoshita 33-6
    A 10 minute taxi ride from JR Kamakura Station or a 13 minute walk from Enoshima Electric Railway Hase Station. The hotel takes pride in its guest rooms outfitted with implements and furnishings imported from Italy. Sagami Bay unfolds right in front of the Ocean Twin room, giving guests the chance to have this beautiful view all to themselves. The hotel’s popular enzyme baths have a detoxifying effect, beautifying the skin, relieving stress, aiding in recovery from fatigue, and promoting fat loss.

    We loved staying at this hotel. Its on the water, has views of the bay and the windows open - fresh air! This was our first time staying in Kamakura - we have visited before but never stayed...

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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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