Experiences in Kanagawa

Activities to get you out and around Tokyo’s southern neighbor

At Kanagawa, experience a slice of all Japan has to offer from sightseeing to architecture tourism, and cultural immersion. To catch a view of the stunning Mt Fuji, hop aboard the fancy battleship-inspired Hakone Sightseeing Cruise or the catamarans of Lake Ashi Leisure Cruise. Then, head to the Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum to check out the traditional houses and structures from different regions and eras, like the renowned Gassho houses from Shirakawa-go. Next, visit Kenchoji Temple, the oldest Zen temple in Kamakura, an area also known as “little Kyoto”. Lastly, Sarushima is a nice island retreat with beaches, fort ruins, and great views of Tokyo Bay.

1. Japan Open Air Folk House Museum

Japan Open Air Folk House Museum

This charming open-air museum is located in the northern part of Kawasaki City. It features 25 structures, including traditional Japanese houses (many with thatched roofs), watermills, and Kabuki stages. Behold the essence of Edo-period architecture, combining functionality and beauty. In one of the facilities, the traditional crafts building, you can experience indigo dyeing; as well as other exhibitions, such as traditional festivals, straw craft making, folk storytelling, and various plays. Only 30 minutes from Tokyo; and 40 minutes from Haneda Airport by car, this municipal Japanese folklore park is sure to engage and excite the imagination.

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Area

Yokohama, Kawasaki

Business Hours

9:30~17:00 (Nov.~ Feb. / 9:30 ~ 16:30)

2. Kenchō-ji Temple

Kenchō-ji Temple

Ranked first among the Five Great Zen temples of Kamakura, Kencho-ji is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan. With a complex of ten subtemples and even a temple bell certified as a national treasure Kencho Temple is sure to bring you reflection and calm. There is even a Zen meditation (Zazen) experience with English explanations and it is very popular with tourists. Let your mind free itself of attachment to thoughts, feelings, images, and ideas during Zazen. Once inside for the experience, monks will guide you through the prop

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Area

Yokosuka, Miura

Business Hours

8:30~16:30

3. Sarushima

Sarushima

Sarushima is the only deserted island in the Tokyo Bay area and is also the biggest natural island. Here you can enjoy many activities such as barbecuing, fishing, strolling around major historical ruins, and gathering shellfish. Every year from mid-July to end August, the beach is open for swimming. The boats to Sarushima have different capacities, ranging from 80 people to 200 people maximum depending on the season.)

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Area

Yokosuka, Miura

4. Hakone Sightseeing Cruise

Hakone Sightseeing Cruise

The Hakone Sightseeing Cruise offers sightseeing boats that sail around Lake Ashinoko, a popular spot in Hakone. There are three boats: Royal II, Victory, and Vasa, and passengers can board the cruise at any of the three ports along the edge of the lake. Those ports are Hakonemachi-ko, Motohakone-ko, or Togendai-ko. We recommend the cruise that leaves from Motohakone-ko, as you can view Mt. Fuji, a large torii gate, and Lake Ashinoko all at once. Passengers can enjoy majestic views on sunny days when the contrast between the blue sky and the sparkling surface of the lake is very beautiful.

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Access

Take Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station, 40 minutes to Odawara, from Odawara take Hakone Tozan Line to Hakone-Yumoto Station for 20 minutes, from Hakone-Yumoto Station take Hakone Tozan Bus to Togendai for 35 minutes

Area

Western Area

Business Hours

Varies depending on season