Best Photo Spots in Kanagawa

Ten recommendations on where to photograph the top destinations

With its stunning scenery, observatories, beautiful gardens, and historical religious sites, Kanagawa is a photographer’s dream. Head up the Yokohama Landmark Tower for a bird’s-eye view of the romantic Yokohama waterfront, and the traditional Sankeien Garden nearby for its seasonal flowers. Catch a sunset with Mt Fuji in the distance by the Pacific coast at Jogashima, or opt for Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau to get up close with marine life. The Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, with Italian buildings and water features set amidst greenery, makes a great photo spot too. For temples, head to Kamakura, home of zen temples Kokokuji “Bamboo Temple” and Meigetsuin Temple “Hydrangea Temple”. Photography is prohibited in certain areas so please check the signs at each spot.

1. Hokoku-ji Temple

Hokoku-ji Temple

Surrounded by 2000 bamboo trees, this place allows you to immerse yourself into an extraordinary ambiance. You will want to take pictures of them after refreshing your mind and your body.

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Area

Yokosuka, Miura

Business Hours

9:00~16:00 (Last order for matcha : 15:30)

2. Hakone-jinja Shrine

Hakone-jinja Shrine

The Heiwa Tori Gate has already become a very famous spot for pictures, but you can still find many other charming places as well.. try to find your own ideal one!

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Area

Western Area

Business Hours

Museum 9:00~16:00

3. Yokohama Landmark Tower 69th Observation Floor Sky Garden

Yokohama Landmark Tower 69th Observation Floor Sky Garden

From ‘Sky Garden’, the observation deck of the Yokohama Landmark Tower is situated at 273 meters in height. An ideal place for pictures, you can command a breathtaking view of the city. We highly recommend you to go there at night.

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Area

Yokohama, Kawasaki

Business Hours

10:00~21:00(Saturday :10:00~22:00)

4. Jogashima

Jogashima

Jogashima is a small island situated in the southern edge of Miura peninsula where you can enjoy a breathtaking view. Here you can visit Umanosedoumon which is especially famous.

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Area

Yokosuka, Miura

5. Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji temple

Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji temple

Kawasakitaishi Heikenzi temple is known as a spiritual spot that protects you from evil spirits. You can enjoy taking a commemorative photo after you walk inside the precincts of the temple! In addition to the Daihondo which is the main hall of the temple, Hakkaku Goju-no Tou, a five-story pagoda that you can see from the Yasuragi arch is also amazing.

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Area

Yokohama, Kawasaki

Business Hours

Entry to main hall 6:00 ~ 17:30 ※5:30 ~18:00 from April to Sep.

6. Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden is an amazing, vaste japanese garden where you can enjoy various kinds of flowers throughout whole seasons and you can take different pictures each day.

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Area

Yokohama, Kawasaki

Business Hours

9:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)

7. Hakone Venetian Glass Museum

Hakone Venetian Glass Museum

Hakone Venetian Glass Museums is one of the most photogenic spots in Hakone, especially the crystal glass archway.

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Area

Western Area

Business Hours

10:00-17:30 (Last admission 17:00) ※open till 16:30 on Dec. 30 & 31 (Last admission 16:00)

8. Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau

Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau

From this place which is actually chosen as one of the top 50 most beautiful spots, you can even command the Mt. Fuji on sunny days.

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Access

Odakyu Enoshima Line, Katase-Enoshima Station

Area

Shonan Area

9. Meigetsu-in Temple

Meigetsu-in Temple

Although there are lots of points that attract us in Meigetsu-in Temple, the best one must be by far ‘Satori No Mado’, a round-shaped window which represents enlightenment and the universe, and which makes everyone want to take pictures of it.

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Access

Alight at Kita Kamakura station on the JR Yokosuka Line.

Area

Yokosuka, Miura

Business Hours

June: 8:30~17:00, Other months: 9:00~16:00

10. Zama Sunflower Field

Zama Sunflower Field

The Zama Himawari field is the most ideal photo spot in summer, thanks to its 550.000 sunflowers.

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Area

Central Area