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History in Kanagawa

Kanagawa Prefecture became an international door to Japan in 1854 after Commodore Perry landed with his black ships. Since then, Kanagawa—and Yokohama, in particular—has become a modern wonder that brought in global customs, fashions, and culture to Japan. Even earlier, Kanagawa Prefecture was a political and economic hub of Japan. Today, vestiges of history remain—with the ancient capital of Kamakura of special interest to history buffs interested in ancient Japan and its Zen Buddhism heritage.

Attractions

Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle

Western Area
Hakone-jinja Shrine

Hakone-jinja Shrine

Western Area
Great Buddha of Kamakura  / Kotoku-in

Great Buddha of Kamakura / Kotoku-in

Yokosuka, Miura
Ofuna Kannon Temple

Ofuna Kannon Temple

Yokosuka, Miura

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Japanese Customs & Manners

Japanese Customs & Manners

Although visitors to Japan cannot be expected to get everything right, respecting the local customs and trying to use correct manners will go a long way...

Experiences

Yokosuka Military Port Tour

Yokosuka Military Port Tour

Yokosuka, Miura
Yamate Western Historical House Tour

Yamate Western Historical House Tour

Yokohama, Kawasaki
Takatori-yama summit

Takatori-yama summit

Yokosuka, Miura
Seven Lucky Gods Meguri

Seven Lucky Gods Meguri

Shonan Area
Trips back in time

Trips back in time

A Tour of Zen: Five Kamakura Temples

A Tour of Zen: Five Kamakura Temples

Full day, Yokosuka, Miura
Mini-Hike Up Mount Takatori

Mini-Hike Up Mount Takatori

Half day, Yokosuka, Miura
A Tour of the Past: Yokohama Yamate's Foreign Architecture

A Tour of the Past: Yokohama Yamate's Foreign Architecture

Multi day, Yokohama, Kawasaki
Yokosuka to Kamakura Culture Tour

Yokosuka to Kamakura Culture Tour

Multi day, Yokosuka, Miura

Events

Kamakura Hase no Akari

Kamakura Hase no Akari

Yokosuka, Miura
Matsubara Shrine (Ujigami Shinto God Festival from the era of Odawara Hojo Clan)

Matsubara Shrine (Ujigami Shinto God Festival from the era of Odawara Hojo Clan)

Western Area
Nichiren Buddhism Ikegami Honmonji Temple Mitama Festival & Bon Odori

Nichiren Buddhism Ikegami Honmonji Temple Mitama Festival & Bon Odori

Beyond Kanagawa
Oyama Illustrated-Lantern Festival (E-toro Matsuri)

Oyama Illustrated-Lantern Festival (E-toro Matsuri)

Shonan Area

Articles

  • Finding Yokohama: A Day of Retail, History and Cuisine

    Finding Yokohama: A Day of Retail, History and Cuisine

    Itineraries
  • Kamakura Cultural Explorations: Discover Ancient Japan in a Tokyo Day Trip

    Kamakura Cultural Explorations: Discover Ancient Japan in a Tokyo Day Trip

    Itineraries
  • Yamato: Traces of Traditional Japan in this Kanagawa Suburb

    Yamato: Traces of Traditional Japan in this Kanagawa Suburb

    Itineraries