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.

    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...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lake Miyagase
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    Kanagawa Pref. Aikougunkiyokawamura Miyagase
    This lake adjoins the Kanagawa Prefecture municipalities of Aikawa Town in Aiko County, Kiyokawa Village, and Midori Ward in Sagamihara City. The Lake Miyagase Kohan Area, Dam Area, and Torii Hara Area are all developed and let visitors get close to nature with hands-on craft workshops, canoes, and more. In addition, it has been selected as one of the top 100 reservoirs by the Water Resources Environment Center.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sengokuhara Susuki Grass Fields
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara
    The gentle slopes of the Sengokuhara area are covered with Japanese pampas grass and Sengokuhara is considered a top Hakone sightseeing destination in fall. Selected for such lists as “Kanagawa’s 50 Most Picturesque Spots” and “Kanagawa’s 100 Most Famous Flower Locations,” each year in autumn the area bustles with visitors. From late September, the ears of the pampas grass begin to turn color, and by late autumn visitors can enjoy the site of a veritable golden carpet covering the fields. The Sengokuhara Pampas Grass Festival is held in the area in late September each year. Take the Hakone Tozan Bus and get off at the “Sengoku Kogen” stop. In fall, a Sengokuhara Susuki Bus provides transportation to the area.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. Oyama (Aburi Mountain)
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    Kanagawa prefecture Isehara-shi, Atsugi-shi, Hadano-shi
    This mountain with an elevation of 1,252 meters is one of Japan's Top 300 Mountains, and being it sits on the borders of Isehara, Hadano, and Atsugi cities, it has also selected as one of the Kanto Region Top 100 Mountains. This spot, with a panoramic view of Mt. Fuiji, Eno Island, and the sky rise buildings in downtown Tokyo, is also enjoyed by visitors for its beautiful autumn foliage and nightscapes. Many visitors take the Oyama cable car to midway point and then enjoy hiking the rest of the way.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yuhi Falls
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    Kanagawa prefecture Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone cho
    Cascading from the inner branch of the Sakawa River, these falls are approximately five meters wide and 23 meters high. During the summer time, the campsite is available and visitors enjoy playing in the waters. Annually, the first Sunday of July is the ceremony for opening the falls, during which time prayers for the safety of all mountain climbers and campsite visitors are offered. The surrounding woods provide a beautiful setting for the falls to view the spring and autumn foliage, which attracts many visitors.
  • Shichirigahama
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Shichirigahama
    This beach’s name, meaning “seven ri beach,” comes from the fact that it extends seven ri (an ancient Japanese unit of distance approximately 3.9 kilometers long) from Inamuragasaki to the Koyurugi Peninsula. Renowned for its beautiful view of Enoshima and Mt. Fuji, the area frequently appears in ukiyo-e and in the lines of kabuki plays. The area was also once open as a swimming beach, but today swimming is prohibited along its entire length.
  • Mt. Omuro
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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugundoushimura
    This mountain was designated as a national Natural Monument in 2010 by the central government for being a classic example of a monogenetic volcano. The dormant volcano, which features a 300 meter-wide mortar-shaped crater at its 580 meter-tall peak, is completely covered in thatch. One of the Eight Sights of Ito, the mountain is famous for the cherry blossom grove at its foot and for the yamayaki (mountain burning) ritual held on the second Sunday of February each year.

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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