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  • Yokohama Arena
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    4.0
    164 Reviews
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    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.

  • PACIFICO Yokohama
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Minatomirai 1-1-1
    This convention center is in the Minato Mirai area. The Pacific Convention Plaza Yokohama is one of the largest international conference halls in the world and hosts big global gatherings. It's connected to the Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel and the National Convention Hall, the only national conference hall in Eastern Japan. It's also a MICE complex and holds a wide variety of events.
  • Samukawa-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    198 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kouzagunsamukawamachi Miyayama 3916
    This shrine in Miyayama, Samukawa Town, Koza County, Kanagawa Prefecture has a roughly 1,600 history. Called Sagaminokuni Ichinomiya, its guardian deity is the only in the nation to protect from calamity whatever direction it comes from. As such, historical figures like Minamoto no Yoritomo, Takeda Shingen, and members of the Tokugawa clan worshiped there. Many visitors come for a variety of annual festivals, including the Musayumi Festival on the 8th of the New Year, the Kokufu Festival on May 5, and the Hamaorikoshiki Festival on July 15.

    When I visited here, lots of people were praying for the festival of Seven, Five and Three. Seven and three years old girls and 5 years old boys were having traditional colourful kimono wear. Looked...

  • Hakone-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    1294 Reviews
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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.

    Very beautiful during the autumn. Long walk up the stairs to the main shrine. Currently, renovations on the main shrine. Right side of the shrine is a very old cedar tree with a big corroded hole...

  • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    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.

    参拝者用の休憩所ですが、水やお茶などのサービスはありません。持ち込みも禁止です。 カレーや炒飯、焼きそばなどの軽食やお菓子、ソフトクリームなど売ってます。 軽食はレトルトですが、ビーフカレー450円、炒飯400円、焼きそば350円と安く美味しいです。

  • Yokohama Museum of Art
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Minatomirai 3-4-1
    This art museum is notable for its distinctive symmetrical stonework exterior and for the open atrium of its grand gallery. In addition to seven exhibit halls, the museum boasts an art information center with a collection of more than 110,000 books, artist workshops, and more, making it one of the country's largest art museums. The museum, which has a collection of more than 12,000 works of modern and contemporary art, holds a wide variety of exhibitions. It is located a three-minute walk from Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line.
  • Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Minatomirai 2-3-6
    This municipal concert hall is in Queen Square Yokohama in Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Kanagawa Prefecture. It mainly hosts musical performances and features a large hall complete with a pipe organ and a smaller rectangular hall with adjustable reverb paneling. The venue is also used for public recordings of TV Asahi's classical music program Untitled Concert.

    A friend of mine had a piano recital in the Small Hall of the Yakohama Minatomirai Hall. It took us only 43 minutes from Ikebukuro to Minatomirai by the Express Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line. It was...

  • Kotoku-in Temple (Kamakura Daibutsu)
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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.
  • Hasedera Temple
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    4.5
    1498 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.”

    Hase-dera, also known as Hase Kannon is a very large temple complex located on multiple elevations. Tranquil and serene surroundings. Flowing water, fish ponds, and ooh ... so many, many, many Buddha...

  • Hakone Grasunomori Museum (Hakone Venetian Glass Museum)
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    4.0
    800 Reviews
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    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.

    Love this place! Even though the visit was on a rainy day in Autumn the Crystal glass on the tree branches were magnificent!The walk around the museum was like walking into a fairytale story.The...

  • 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♪

  • The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Ninotaira 1121
    This was Japan’s first open-air Museum which was founded in 1969. Located on the grounds of a 70,000 meters squared premises with Hakone’s nature as a backdrop, the museum has a permanent display of approximately 120 masterpieces by modern and contemporary sculptors. Such large scale works of art couldn’t be displayed but for the outdoor space; there are also works of art which children can enter and play in, and you can touch the pieces of art as much as you want. At the Picasso Pavilion, there is the world’s top collection of 300 plus works which are open to the public. The hot spring foot bath which flows from the source is also popular. Alight at the Hakone Tozan Railway at Chokoku-no-Mori Station, from which it is a two-minute walk to the museum.
  • 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.
  • Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine
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    4.0
    386 Reviews
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    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.”

    This shrine is in the hills, about 20min walk from Kamakura station. It’s really worth a visit, as you have to walk through a tunnel in the rock to visit it and it’s awe-inspiring that the first...

  • 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.
  • The Little Prince Museum in Hakone
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    4.0
    483 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara 909
    A museum dedicated to the world-famous children’s story The Little Prince and the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry located in the Sengokuhara area of Hakone Town, Kanagawa Prefecture. The museum’s central exhibition hall presents the life of Saint-Exupéry and the writing of The Little Prince. The museum grounds also feature a recreation of an early 20th century French townscape, a beautiful garden, a restaurant serving delicious Little Prince-inspired dishes, and a shop.

    It should really be 2*, but as I don't speak Japanese and therefore missed a lot (almost all) I gave it 3*. It a very tired looking museum. Faded is the best word. And believe me I am a huge...

  • Pola Museum of Art
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara Ozukayama 1285
    The museum exhibits approximately 9,500 works of art collected over a number of decades by Mr. Tsuneshi Suzuki, the owner of the Paula Orbis group known for Paula cosmetics. The collection of Impressionists’ work is also said to be the greatest in both quality and quantity in Japan. The architecture overflows with a translucent quality due to the abundant amount of glass used which is a feature of the museum, and art can be appreciated in the abundant greenery and light which shines in through the enormous picture windows. A promenade was opened in 2013 so you can stroll at your ease in the middle of nature while listening to the birds singing.

    混んでいるわりに従業員が少ないのでしょうか。中々注文を取りに来ないし、コーヒーとケーキの単純なオーダーも出てきません。30分は待ったでしょうか。サンドイッチとサラダも品切れ。素人さんがやっているお店の感じ。 周囲の雰囲気はすごく良いし、従業員の感じは悪くないので、もっとしっかりと経営すれば良いのに。

  • Iseyama Kotai-jingu Shrine
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    4.0
    94 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Miyazakichou 64
    This shrine in Nishi Ward, Yokohama City is also known as the Ise of Kanto. Many worshipers pay their respects here, especially for the first shrine visit of the New Year. In addition to the Shichigosan children's festival and wedding ceremonies, they hold about 30 events a year, including an end-of-winter Setsubun festival on February 3. They also burn used amulets and ritual items in a sacred Otakiage fire and purify used hinaningyo dolls and other items.

    I trekked over to this shrine during a conference break, and wish I had known it was under renovation (fully shrouded). You have to climb up a short hill to the entrance, and can still buy plaques...

  • Ohyama-Afuri-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    151 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Iseharashi Oyama 355
    Endearingly called Mt. Amefuriyama since ancient times, the name bespeaks the constant presence of cloudcover or mist at the mountain peak where it is located. 'Oyama pilgrimage' is a noted classical Rakugo act, and has been designated as a National Heritage by the Ministry of Culture. Also famous for its fall foliage, every year many visitors come to view the splendid scenery.

    I visited Oyama Afuri shrine and the shrine behind called Okusha - the top of Oyama mountain with friends. The rocky hiking is somewhat intermediate level - not for beginners. You must wear hiking...

  • Enoshima Shrine
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    4.0
    285 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Enoshima 2-3-8
    Located on Enoshima Island, Enoshima Shrine actually comprises three individual shrines dedicated to different aspects of the goddess Benten: the Okutsuno-miya dedicated to Takiri-bime-no-mikoto, the Nakatsuno-miya dedicated to Ichikishima-hime-no-mikoto, and the Hetsuno-miya dedicated to Tagitsu-hime-no-mikoto. A statue of Benten with eight arms (which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property by Kanagawa Prefecture), and a statue of Benten with a Biwa lute, are on public display in the Hoan-den hall.

    We had enough of walking by the time we walked to Enoshima island. So by the time We seen the shrine and seen the amount of stairs, not to mention the hill to walk up, we decided to give it A miss...

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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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