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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 image

Odawara Castle

Odawara
Hakone-jinja Shrine image

Hakone-jinja Shrine

Hakone
Nippon Maru Memorial Park (Sail Training Ship Nippon Maru / Yokohama Port Museum) image

Nippon Maru Memorial Park (Sail Training Ship Nippon Maru / Yokohama Port Museum)

Yokohama
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Great Buddha of Kamakura Kotoku-in

Kamakura

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Experiences

Cruise of YOKOSUKA Naval Port image

Cruise of YOKOSUKA Naval Port

Yokosuka
Japan Open Air Folk House Museum image

Japan Open Air Folk House Museum

Kawasaki
Kenchoji Temple (Main temple of Kenchoji school of Rinzai sect) image

Kenchoji Temple (Main temple of Kenchoji school of Rinzai sect)

Kamakura
Seven Lucky Gods Meguri image

Seven Lucky Gods Meguri

Hadano
Trips back in time

Trips back in time

A Tour of Zen: Five Kamakura Temples image

A Tour of Zen: Five Kamakura Temples

Full day, Kamakura
A Tour of the Past: Yokohama Yamate's Foreign Architecture image

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

Multi day, Yokohama
Mini-Hike Up Mount Takatori image

Mini-Hike Up Mount Takatori

Half day, Yokosuka
A Culture Hike of Kanagawa Mountains image

A Culture Hike of Kanagawa Mountains

Full day, Atsugi

Articles

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    A Sustainable Day in Hadano, Kanagawa

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

    Finding Yokohama: A Day of Retail, History and Cuisine

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

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

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

    Yamato: Traces of Traditional Japan in this Kanagawa Suburb

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