Nature Spots in Kanagawa Area

  • Enoshima
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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.

    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...

  • 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.
  • Lake Tanzawa
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    Kanagawa prefecture Ashigami-gun Yamakita cho
    This artificial lake is in Yamakita Town, Ashigarakami County, Kanagawa Prefecture. There are parks around the lake and in autumn it is a great place to view the gorgeous changing colors of the leaves. In addition to fishing for trout and black bass, it's a popular leisure spot for boating, cycling, and camping. It's been selected as one of the top 50 picturesque spots in Kanagawa, as well as one of the top 100 reservoirs for its great scenery.

    小田急新松田駅から富士急湘南バスで終点の西丹沢ビジターセンターへ行き、十数分ほどあたりをブラブラした後、来たバスにそのまま乗って丹沢湖バス停で降りました。 車窓から色づいた山々の紅葉や中川の流れを満喫できました。 丹沢湖周辺は景色の良さもさることながら、開放感がありつつもコンパクトにまとまっているという点が非常に気に入りました。 商業施設が乱立しなかったおかげで、廃業してしまった店舗が目立たず...

  • Jogashima Island
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    Kanagawa Pref. Miurashi Misakimachi Jougashima
    Jogashima Island is located at the southern tip of the Miura Peninsula. It's the largest natural island in Kanagawa Prefecture. A habitat for Japanese cormorants, pelagic cormorants, and eastern reef herons, it's been designated a prefectural Natural Monument. Jogashima Prefectural Park occupies the eastern half of the island and is known for its daffodils. Many people visit in January when the island holds its Daffodil Festival. Yae daffodils are at their peak during this time, and there are also performances of kaibo jinya drumming and soran-bushi. They sell special items like jinyajiru soup too.
  • Tamadare no Taki and Hien no Taki
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Yumoto 682 Tengenen
    These are two waterfalls in the garden of the Japanese inn “Tenseien” in Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County, Kanagawa Prefecture. They are famous in Hakone for their water, which supposedly grants longevity. The beautiful eight-meter tall, 11-meter wide “Tamadare” waterfall was loved by poet Akiko Yosano, and it was named “Tamadare” because the way the water flows over the rock cliff makes it look like “tamasudare” (rain lilies). There is a sacred Shinto straw festoon in the middle of the cliff. “Hien” waterfall was named such because the splashing water looks like rising smoke. About 20 meters tall and 10 meters wide, it makes a powerful impression. Tamadare-jinja Shrine is situated between the waterfalls and is said to bring love, good health, and so on. The garden with the waterfalls can be accessed by people who aren’t lodging there or using the baths.

    Nice falls within walking distance from Hotel Kajikaso hotel. There was no people when we went around 5 PM.

  • Lake Miyagase
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    Kanagawa Pref. Aikougunkiyokawamura Miyagase
    "The lake extends over three municipalities in Kanagawa Prefecture, Aikawa Town and Kiyokawa Village in Aiko-gun, and Midori Ward in Sagamihara City. Around the lake, the ""Miyagase Lakeside Area"", ""Dam Area"", and ""Toriihara Area"" have been developed, where visitors can enjoy hands-on craft classes, canoeing, and other activities to get close to nature. It has also been selected as one of the ""100 Best Dam Lakes"" by accreditation of the Water Resources Environment Center, Japan."
  • Zushi Beach
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    Kanagawa Pref. Zushishi Zushi 3-2-33
    The coastline facing Sagami Bay is called Zushi Beach. It's known for its shallow water and calm waves and it gets packed with sea bathers when the hot season arrives. They hold the Zushi Beach Fireworks in summer and a horseback archery event in November. Its monument commemorating the Shintaro Ishihara novel The Season of the Sun is famous. The nearest stations are Zushi Station on the JR Line and Shinzushi Station on the Keikyu Zushi Line.
  • Sarushima Island
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokosukashi Sarushima 1
    Located off the city of Yokosuka, uninhabited Sarushima Island is the largest natural island in Tokyo Bay. The city of Yokosuka has set aside most of the island as Sarushima Park, where visitors can enjoy outdoor leisure activities, such as swimming, fishing, and barbecuing. The ten-minute ferry ride to the island leaves from Mikasa Pier.
  • Lake Sagami
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    Kanagawa Pref. Sagamiharashi Midori-ku Yose
    This lake in Midori Ward, Sagamihara City was the first artificial lake made in Japan after World War Two. In addition to a boat trip touring the lake's highlights, you can rent motor boats, row boats, and peddle boats. It's a hit with families and couples, and many people come in the summer for the annual Lake Sagami Fireworks Festival when they set off about 5,000 rockets.
  • Uma-no-Sedomon (Horse Arch)
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    Kanagawa Pref. Miurashi Misakimachi Jougashima
    An aesthetic landscape in Jogashima Island, Misaki-machi, Miura City. A sea cave on the southern tip of Jogashima Island created by the power of nature offset with the vastness of the Pacific Ocean is a sight to behold. The site can be located by foot from Jogashima Park located on the eastern side of the island.

    城ヶ島の駐車場脇から遊歩道を歩いた先の岩場にありました。岩場に降りる階段は狭いので、犬同伴の人は抱き抱えて降りた方が、他の人に迷惑をかけません。正面から眺めるだけでなく、裏側からも眺めることができました。岩場と浜はゴツゴツ感が少なく、犬でも比較的歩きやすかった。

  • Mt. Daikan
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    Kanagawa Prefecture Ashigarashimo-gun Yugawara-cho/Hakone cho
    Named after the artist Daikan Yokoyama, who loved to paint Mt. Fuji, this area is can be accessed through the Anest Iwata Turnpike Hakone. Located in the southwesterly area of the mountains surrounding Hakone, it is known as an ideal spot for viewing Mt. Fuji. A view of Izuoshima and Lake Ashinoko can also be enjoyed. Selected as one of the top 50 views in Kanagawa, it is also popular for those who enjoy auto touring.
  • Mt. Kintoki
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    Oyama cho, Sunto-gun, Shizuoka prefecture
    Mt. Kintoki is a 1,212 meter high mountain located on the boundary between Shizuoka Prefecture and Kanagawa Prefecture; it is famous as the setting for the Kintaro legends. From the summit, there are spectacular views of Mt. Fuji, Sagami Bay and Hakone. There is an easy hiking path to the summit, where there is a teahouse and toilets, so even people with little hiking experience can have a safe, enjoyable time climbing to the top. On the route up to the summit, visitors pass the Kintoki-jinja Shrine, which is dedicated to Sakata no Kintoki, the warrior who is said to have been the model for the legendary hero Kintaro, as well as a small shrine dedicated to Kintaro’s hatchet, and various other spots associated with Kintaro.
  • Ashigara Pass
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    Kanagawa Prefecture Minamiashigara City, Shizuoka Prefecture Sunto-gun Oyama Town
    This pass is near the prefectural border of Minami Ashigara City and Oyama Town, Sunto County, Shizuoka. Nearby is the Ashigara Castle ruin, the site of Ashikaga Takauji army's headquarters for the Takenoshita Battle, and one can get a splendid view of Mt. Fuji. Here, there are year-round hikers enjoying the Ashigara Pass and Mt. Kintoki hiking courses. The view from the pass is one of Kanagawa's top 50 Scenic Sights.
  • Lake Tsukui
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    Kanagawa prefecture Sagamihara-shi green area
    This artificial lake is beneath the Shiroyama Dam and its Shiroyama Power Station. Lake Tsukui Shiroyama Park is on the lakeside and features the site of Tsukui Castle from the Warring States Period. It's a great place to see autumn leaves and cherry blossoms. Guests enjoy various leisure activities like barbecues and events that bring them close to nature.
  • Manazuru Cape
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunmanadurumachi Manaduru
    This cape is located in Manazuru Town of Ashigarashimo County, Kanagawa. It is famous for the three large boulders, the 'Mitsu-ishi' aligned to make up the tip of the cape. It is a beautiful place to watch the New Year's sunrise. The Mitsu-ishi and the Manazuru Cape are designated as one of the Top 50 Scenic Views of Kanagawa. Many visitors enjoy strolling pathways through woods or along the coast.
  • Shasui Falls
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarakamigunyamakitamachi Hirayama
    You can reach this well-known cascade in Hirayama, Yamakita-machi by taking a bus from Yamakita Station. The famous Kamakura period priest Mongaku is said to have trained at the waterfall, and its name derives from a line of esoteric Buddhist verse. Apart from being named one of the 100 elections of the waterfall in Japan, it has been designated one of Kanagawa's top-50 scenic views, one of the top 100 Future Heritage Spots, and one of the Top 100 Famous Water. Looking up at the thundering waterfall surrounded by greenery from the vermilion painted bridge, you'll absorb negative ions and become refreshed both physically and mentally. Step out of time and away from the noise of the city and enjoy the pure, beautiful flow of these falls.
  • Lake Shiroyama
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    Kanagawa Pref. Sagamiharashi Midori-ku Kawashiri
    Lake Shiroyama is an artificial lake created by the Motosawa Dam, which was built in conjunction with the Shiroyama Power Station. Walking paths circle the entire lake. Thanks to the beauty of its scenery, Lake Shiroyama has been selected as one of the top 50 bird watching spots in Kanagawa Prefecture and one of the 50 best parks in Kanagawa Prefecture, so visitors can observe wild birds or enjoy the scenery to their heart's content. The rest area offers a panoramic view of the lake and the city of Sagamihara.
  • Otome Pass
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    Shizuoka prefecture Gotemba city/Kanagawa prefecture Ashigarashimo gun Hakone cho
    Renown for the exquisite views of Mt. Fuji, this pass is located on the peaks surrounding Hakone, in Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County, Kanagawa. Many visitors hike from Otome Pass to Mt. Kintoki to enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views along the way. There is an Otome Bell at the Otome Tunnel near the hiking path, which couples often ring while making a romantic wish.
  • Nagao Pass
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    Kanagawa prefecture Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone cho, Shizuoka prefecture Gotemba city
    At 911 meters high, the Nagao pass lies between Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County and Gotenba City, Shizuoka. Veering off from the Shizuoka side of the tunnel, the Hakone Skyline drive continues across the surrounding peaks. In addition to the view of Mt. Fuji, in the autumn one can enjoy the view of pampas grass undulating like waves. There is a parking area at the entrance to the skyline, from where one can take hiking trails to the surrounding peaks.
  • Chisuji Falls
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    Kanagawa prefecture Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone cho
    A gorgeous waterfall just 100 meters beyond the Chisuji ryokan inn, itself a 20 minute walk from Kowakidani Station. Located on the upper reaches of the Jakotsu River, Chisuji Falls (“One Thousand Stream Falls”) gets its name from the countless individual streams of falling water which make up the falls as it gushes over a 25 meter wide, three meter high block of bedrock. From new spring greenery to fall colors, visitors are sure to enjoy a spectacular, seasonal sight. In July, “Genji-botaru” fireflies flit about amidst the murmuring of the falls’ pure waters, and many come here seeking to view this magical spectacle.

Kanagawa Areas

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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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