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Kanagawa is Calming: Take a deep dive into the prefecture’s local culture

Nov 04 2022

Find something altogether different on your next trip to Kanagawa! Adopt a slow travel mindset and get to know a different side of the prefecture by diving deeper into the local culture. Take your time, be open to something new and find new ways to connect with Kanagawa with these destinations: 

Takara Clay Studio

This traditional Japanese house is tucked away in leafy Kita-Kamakura and part of the Takara no Niwa facility. Here you can discover a range of local experiences, including ceramic arts, yoga, cooking class and a dyeing experience (advanced booking required). Ideal for small groups, try the studio’s ceramic workshops by using the potter’s wheel or hand-shaping your own pottery for an extra personal touch. Staff are available to give you a helping hand.

Yokosuka Museum of Art

Explore around 5,000 contemporary works of art at this coastal art museum that overlooks Tokyo Bay. Opened in 2007, this modern facility was designed by Riken Yamamoto, with a nested design structure housing the interior exhibits. Circular windows provide both natural light and harmony with the surrounding nature, leading to a balanced aesthetic. The museum is located inside Kannonzaki Park, just a short walk from Kannonzaki Lighthouse.

Hakone Crafthouse 

The Hakone Crafthouse, located in Gora Park, offers a wide range of pottery and glass workshops that are sure to reignite your inner creative spark. Find joy in these soothing activities that will test your dexterity and originality. Try glassblowing, glass cutting (Kiriko) or try your hand at ceramics at the potter’s wheel. All of these activities, among others, are supervised by an instructor so beginners are welcome. Don’t fret if you fail to craft a masterpiece on the day — find traditional craftworks from Japanese artists available to buy as souvenirs too.

Hiking at Mt. Onoyama

The 723-m high Mt Onoyama is part of the Tanzawa-Ōyama Quasi-National Park and is located in Kanagawa’s western town of Yamakita, bordering Yamanashi and Shizuoka. If you’re looking for calming mountaintop views of Mt. Fuji but without the crowds, Onoyama may appeal to you. A leisurely round trip starting at Yamakita Station and finishing at Yaga Station can be accomplished in around 4 hours. For those less inclined to inclines, the summit is also reachable by car.

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