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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
Scene of the Namamugi Incident and Monument

Scene of the Namamugi Incident and Monument

Yokohama, Kawasaki
Kotoku-in / Great Buddha of Kamakura

Kotoku-in / Great Buddha of Kamakura

Yokosuka, Miura
Hakone-jinja Shrine

Hakone-jinja Shrine

Western Area

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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 Naval Port Cruise

Yokosuka Naval Port Cruise

Yokosuka, Miura
Seven Lucky Gods Meguri

Seven Lucky Gods Meguri

Shonan Area
Ohyama Meguri

Ohyama Meguri

Shonan Area
Takatori-yama summit

Takatori-yama summit

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

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

Multi day, Yokohama, Kawasaki
Mini-Hike Up Mount Takatori

Mini-Hike Up Mount Takatori

Half day, Yokosuka, Miura
1-Day Kamakura Culture Course

1-Day Kamakura Culture Course

Multi day, Yokosuka, Miura

Events

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
Oyama Illustrated-Lantern Festival (E-toro Matsuri)

Oyama Illustrated-Lantern Festival (E-toro Matsuri)

Shonan Area
Kamakura Hase no Akari

Kamakura Hase no Akari

Yokosuka, Miura
Nichiren Buddhism Ikegami Honmonji Temple Mitama Festival & Bon Odori

Nichiren Buddhism Ikegami Honmonji Temple Mitama Festival & Bon Odori

Beyond Kanagawa