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  • Fujiko F Fujio Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kawasakishi Tama-ku Nagao 2-8-1
    A museum in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture which exhibits drawings by the manga artist Fujiko F Fujio, as well as related materials. Standing displays of color drawings from the museum’s collection of approximately 50 thousand are changed on a regular basis and include examples from popular series such as Doraemon, Perman, and Kiteretsu Daihyakka. Special exhibits are also held regularly which give visitors the chance to view rare drawings and other materials never allowed to leave the museum. The museum also has many other points of note, including a recreation of the artist’s work desk, an area where visitors can read the actual manga, and a popular gift shop.
  • Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Kouhoku-ku Shinyokohama 2-14-21
    This food theme park, which opened in the Shin-Yokohama district in 1994, was built around the concept of being able to eat ramen from all over the country without having to fly there. The interior, which recreates a Showa-period retro townscape, hosts famous ramen shops from not just all over Japan but from around the world. Attractions other than eating ramen include a gallery featuring exhibits on the history of ramen, a museum shop that offers souvenir ramen kits, a retro candy shop, events including live music, street performances, and picture story shows, and more. It is located a five-minute walk from JR Shin-Yokohama Station.

    利尻のお出汁の醤油ラーメン。 平日夕方はかなり 空いてました。 近所のサラリーマンが多いのかな? チャーシューが柔らかく、 お醤油のスープに良く合いました♪

  • Cupnoodles Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Shinkou 2-3-4
    Cupnoodles Museum is an interactive museum that arouses creativity and curiosity through exhibitions and experiences related to instant noodles. At the museum, you can experience the creative thinking of Momofuku Ando, who developed the world’s first instant noodle. There are also many attractions which can be enjoyed by children as well as adults such as a workshop where you can make the world’s first “original cup noodles” and “chicken noodles”, leisure facilities where you can experience the manufacturing process of instant noodles and a food court where you can taste noodles from countries all over the world.
  • Hamagin Space Science Center
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Isogo-ku Youkoudai 5-2-1
    Located in a park in front of Yokodai Station, the entire building of this hands-on children’s museum is modeled after a spaceship. Inside, the museum is filled with space-themed exhibits, many of which are hands-on or designed like amusement park rides. Fun for everyone from children to adults, the museum also holds a regular Science Show as well as Science Mini-Talks which uses videos and other tools to provide education about space. The museum has its own planetarium where you can enjoy stunning visuals and realistic starscapes. Once to twice a month, the museum holds night watching events where participants can look up at the sky through a powerful telescope.

    If your child is serious about exploring space or wants to learn more about Japan's space programs they will be disappointed by this museum. On the day we visited the museum was filled with...

  • Kamakura Museum of Literature
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Hase 1-5-3
    Located in the Hase neighborhood of Kamakura, the Kamakura Museum of Literature was first opened in 1985 by local volunteers. The museum’s has set as its purpose the collection, preservation, and exhibition of literary works, manuscripts, and personal items from writers connected with Kamakura such as Yasunari Kawabata, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, and Jiro Osaragi. The museum building, donated to the city of Kamakura, was once a villa belonging to Toshinari Maeda built off of his main residence and today it is a designated Tangible Cultural Property. There is also a 600 square meter rose garden on the south side of the garden stretching before the museum which, together with the view of the sea off Shonan in front of the museum, is a popular sightseeing spot.
  • Hara Model Railway Museum
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    4.0
    172 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Takashima 1-1-2 Yokohama Mitsui Building 2F
    This model train museum is located in Yokohama City, the site of the first rail line in Japan. It is a five-minute walk from Yokohama Station on the JR and private rail lines and a two-minute walk from the Shin-Takashima Station on the Minatomirai Line. It displays and operates the massive model train and train-related collection amassed by world-famous model train builder and collector Nobutaro Hara, said to be the world's largest. The collection includes historically valuable model railway that faithfully recreate real-life structures. Visitors are stunned by the sounds and the atmosphere of the Ichiban Tetsumo Park, one of the world's largest 1 gauge dioramas. The museum's hands-on program, which lets visitors drive the model trains with a real control stand (free of charge; first-come, first served), is also popular.

    Even if you are not a model train fan, this is one thing not to miss in Yokohama. It is an easy walk from Yokohama station and signposted when you get to the building. The museum of model trains is...

  • Yokohama Port Museum
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    4.0
    91 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Minatomirai 2-1-1
    The Yokohama Port Museum is a museum that introduces the history, technology and culture of Yokohama Harbor, located within the Nippon Maru Memorial Park in the Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama. The museum is divided into zones: a zone where 150 years of history are introduced and a zone where you can learn of the duties at Yokohama port. It is a place where adults as well as children can enjoy learning. It is possible to visit onboard the ship, and concerts and events are also held in the arena on the rooftop green space.

    If you like historic ships, then visit. If not, then there's not much of interest. This is a typical walk-thru and look into cabins experience. Nothing overly exciting.

  • Kamakura Kokuhoukan Museum
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    4.5
    36 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yukinoshita 2-1-1 (Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine)
    Kamakura Kokuhoukan Museum (“Kamakura National Treasures Museum”) is a history and art museum located within the precincts of the Tsurgaoka Hachimangu Shrine, which was opened in 1928. The exhibits include carvings, paintings, ancient documents etc. donated by local temples and shrines. The museum building is itself designated as a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property.

    Quiet little museum tucked in the outer grounds of Hachimangu that feature mostly Kamakura treasures of all shapes and sizes. Fascinating collection of temple statuary. Well worth seeing out.

  • Hatajuku parquet Hall
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Hatajuku 103
    This is an establishment which exhibits and sells wooden items made in the “Yosegi-zaiku” (a type of traditional Japanese parquetry) style which is a traditional craft in Hakone that flourished mainly in Hatajuku from the Edo period. It is possible to see demonstrations of parquetry production at the craft hall. Also at the interactive workshops, you can experience making a parquet coaster using prepared pieces under the guidance of the parquetry handicraft craftsman. (Prior booking essential) At Hakone-Yumoto Station, take the Hakone Tozan Bus Hakone-kyukaido Line and get off at Hatajuku. 

    旧東海道沿いにあり、大きな無料駐車場がそばにあり入りやすい。販売している寄木細工はありきたりだが、30分位でできる寄木細工体験をやっている。まわりにも数件寄木細工の店があり、ぶらつくと面白い。

  • Historic Memorial Warship Mikasa
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    4.5
    290 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokosukashi Inaokachou 82-19
    This battleship became a flagship of the Combined Fleet in December 1902. It was restored by the Mikasa Preservation Society in 1958 through domestic and international donations and government grants and was opened to the public for viewing. They have both 30 and 60-minute viewing plans available, as well as a plan for groups of 10 or more. Onboard you can learn about the history of the Mikasa and the warfare through a variety of displays that include items like a 36 radiotelegraph, 15-centimeter secondary battery operation room, and documents written in the hand of staff officer Akiyama Saneyuki. You can reach it by taking the Mikasa Junkan Bus from Keiyu Yokosuka-Chuo Station to the Mikasa Koen Stop.

    If you like naval or war history or just like looking at boats this is well worth the effort. Easily accessible by train from Shinagawa station. Yokosuka is a nice clean port area, plenty to see...

  • Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History
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    4.5
    137 Reviews
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    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.

    Very impressive considering it's only 410yen for the admission fee after discounted (we used Hakone Free Pass), or original fee of 520yen. About 10 minutes walk from Iriuda Station, we spent about...

  • Hakone Ekiden Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Hakone 167
    A museum located in Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County, Kanagawa Prefecture operated by the Fujiya Hotel Chain which exhibits materials related to the Hakone Ekiden, a relay marathon held near New Year’s and a much-anticipated seasonal event in Japan. In addition to introducing the history of the Hakone Ekiden, the museum displays rare pictures and moving images taken during every event, from the very first Hakone Ekiden to the most recent; items used by famous runners; Hakone yosegizaiku mosaic woodwork trophies; and little-known details which resulted in the victory or defeat of certain teams. There’s also a theater where visitors can re-experience the thrills of past events, and a special exhibition area. Nearest bus stations: “Hakone-machi” on the Izu Hakone Bus or “Hakone-machi-ko” on the Hakone Tozan Bus / Tokai Bus routes.
  • Museum of Tin Toys
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Yamatechou 239
    The Yokohama Museum of Tin Toys is run by tin toy collector Teruhisa Kitahara. The building is an old remodeled mission building, and is found walking toward the Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery from Minatonomieruoka Park. The museum displays around 3,000 tin toys made from the 1890s to the 1960s, primarily in Japan. They say the movie Toy Story was inspired here, after a visit by the director John Lasseter.

    I spent a happy hour here on a very hot weekday, and luckily the air conditioning in the museum is excellent. The toys are nicely displayed in glass cabinets, grouped by type (cars, fire engines...

  • Yokohama Doll Museum
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    3.5
    50 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Yamashitachou 18
    A museum dedicated to dolls located a five minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line. The only doll museum in the nation, the museum’s collection includes over 10,000 dolls gathered from over 100 countries around the world. Some 3,500 dolls are displayed as part of the museum’s standing exhibition, including folk dolls from around the globe such as friendship dolls, antique dolls, and native Japanese dolls. In addition to puppet shows, the museum also holds piano concerts for adults to enjoy, workshops, and special exhibitions of cartoon and videogame-related character dolls, which has earned the museum many fans.

    The day that I went to Yokohama on the train from Tokyo I had only one thing planned and that was to visit Chinatown. I had read about The Doll Museum but not to any great extent . Walking along...

  • Mitusbishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum
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    4.0
    163 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Minatomirai 3-3-1 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Yokohama Building
    Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum established in 1994 is a place you can learn about the present and future of science technologies which there is little opportunity to experience in daily life through fun hands-on displays. It introduces the most advanced technology using the real thing or large-scale models. It is divided into six zones: aerospace, ocean, transportation, daily life discovery, environment/energy and technology quest zones. It is about 10 minutes’ walk from Sakuragicho Station on the JR and the Yokohama Municipal Subway Line.

    With its flight simulators and interactive exhibits, this museum should be great fun for kids, and perhaps even for adults who do not mind waiting in queues. Museum is quite small so with student...

  • Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Minaminakadori 5-60
    Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History exhibiting documents from prehistoric to the present history of Kanagawa Prefecture is a historical building which was built as the Yokohama Specie Bank Main Office in 1904, and has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property and site today. It has an exhibit on the culture and history of Kanagawa, and holds special exhibitions several times a year. It is one minute walk from Bashamichi Station on the Tokyu Minatomirai Line.
  • NYK Maritime Museum
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Kaigandori 3-9
    NYK Maritime Museum introduces the modern Japanese shipping industry from its dawn to the present day through the corporate history of the Nihon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). It exhibits easy-to-understand movies, valuable pictures capturing historical turning points and pamphlets of gorgeous cruise ships. Hikawamaru, an NYK ship, was designated as an Important Cultural Property in 2016. It is two minutes’ walk from Bashamichi Station on the Tokyu Minatomirai Line.

    Museum is basically a single exhibition hall with plenty of information regarding the history and activities of NYK Corp. Some nice models and lots of digital information on various aspects of the...

  • Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum
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    4.0
    126 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Odawarashi Kazamatsuri 245 Suzumiya inside Kamaboko
    This hands-on workshop facility is in Kazamatsuri, Odawara City. Each floor is divided into themes such as tradition and technique and food and chemistry. Guests can observe the manufacturing process and try their hands at making kamaboko and chikuwa fish cakes. On the second floor there is also a permanent gallery of work from their International Small Art Exhibition, Suzuhiro Kamaboko Board Painting Contest Besides kamaboko, original souvenirs are also for sale.

    Very informative on all aspects of Japanese fishcake production to merchandising . Hands on great for kids and adults .

  • Ministry of the Environment, Hakone Visitor Center
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Motohakone 164
    At this center, information of Hakone's environs are exhibited through small geological models and high definition videos. Various events are held regularly where one can learn about the flora and fauna. Mini observation sessions, and four-seasons observation workshops where one can experience the season with all five senses, are some that are offered. The whole facility is barrier-free and disabled person friendly.
  • Yokohama History Museum
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Tsuduki-ku Nakagawachuou 1-18-1
    This museum is located in the Tsuzuki Ward of Yokohama City. One can learn about the history of Yokohama here. Documents specializing on the City of Yokohama prior to the port was opening are collected and displayed. Outside the museum is the Otsuka/Saikachido Relics Park where one can see historic dwellings on display. The closest station is the Center Kita Station on the Yokohama Municipal Subway.

    I went here on a class trip w/ my college while studying abroad. Our teacher said the museum was bilingual and that plaques would be in Japanese and English. That was pretty much a lie. Although...

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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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