Kanagawa prefecture area is by the foothills of Mount Fuji on the northwest. On the eastern side of the area is relatively flat and urbanized, but the southeastern part more likely less urbanized with ancient environment remain with the temples. On the other hand, the western side is more mountain and about resorts, that makes Kanagawa prefecture has wide range potential to see in each parts of the area. Topographically, the prefecture consists of three distinct areas. The mountainous western region features the Tanzawa Mountain Range and Hakone Volcano. The hilly eastern region is featured by the Tama Hills and Miura Peninsula. The central region, which surrounds the Tama Hills and Miura Peninsula, consists of flat stream terraces and low lands around major rivers including the Sagami River, Sakai River, Tsurumi River, and Tama River. The population of Kanagawa is 9,127,000 which mean the number 2 largest population all over Japan’s prefecture while the area Kanagawa ranked 5th position for the smallest prefecture. With the number of population, the government considering the type of building for housing meaning there are lots number of condominium and apartment in Kanagawa.
1. Extension of Tokyo with different charmKanagawa prefecture often claimed as an extension of Tokyo (Japan’s capital city) but this prefecture has different charm. Much more than just its cities, the small prefecture of Kanagawa offers a diverse landscape of winding rivers, mountain peaks, and, of course, some of the best beaches within reaching distance from Tokyo. It is also being the home of one of the largest Chinatown in the world. In Kanagawa urbanized area, illuminated skyscrapers buildings and the iconic big wheel make up the majority of the Yokohama skyline, the dazzling and romantic bay and as mentioned Chinatown that prove the most alluring of the its attractions. At Yokohama bay, you can spend for leisure walk taking in the sights including the ships, flowers, and the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse then heading to Chinatown where the street are dominated by Chinese bric-a-brac shops and a whole host of Chinese food with buffets being the most popular dining style. So, although it has a metropolitan feeling, Kanagawa still have its soft side for culture and calmness.
2. From Metroplitan into the AncientThere we moved from the big cities spot light into the calmness of Kanagawa that full of cultural side. On the other hands, there are also temples and statue of Buddha who frequently visited by tourist ancient feeling. Aside the temples and the shrines, there is also the castle that you can not miss out as well as the Japanese style Garden that was imported from Kyoto, Tokyo, Kamakura, and Shirakawago which was donated after World War II. Not forget to mentioned the Chinatown and the Chinese temple, you will feel forget for a seconds that you are actually in Japan. If you are with your spouse, you can try to Enoshima island, which is considered romantic and have a wish for a good luck in love life since the shrines here dedicated to Benzaiten that always associates with love by everyone in Japan.
3. The Mesmerizing Relax and LeisureFrom culture let’s move to the relaxing and leisuring part of Kanagawa. At Miura Peninsula, Zushi the sleepy seaside town with wild coastline but busy beach where the sun, sand, and seafood gather altogether increasing the vibes in summer. After the beach, there are the mountains for hiking, having picnics and soaking in onsen for relaxing accompanying by the mesmerizing calm scenery at Hakone. These are something that potentially should be worth your time once you arrive at this prefecture for sure
Kanagawa Tourist Spots
1. KamakuraKamakura is a coastal town in Kanagawa prefecture and the position is not far from Tokyo. Although it is a small city but it is very popular as tourist destination, it might be because a lot of historical monuments such as temples, shrines, and many others that is still remain there until now. It sometimes being called the Kyoto of eastern Japan because of this. Aside the historical monuments, one of the most attractive culture that remain till now is the Kamakura festival in mid-April celebrates as highlights of the town’s history and samurai lore. The festival is starting with dance performance based on tragic love story of the city and then will be closed with The yabusame tournament, it is horseback archery that showing off essential samurai skills, each competitor must shoot an arrow at the target while his horse is galloping at full tilt. Aside of the culture, you can also enjoy Kamakura by its nature. It is have several beaches which is always crowded in summer time for sunbathing, swimming, and surfing. If you more interested in wooden, you can go hiking through the woods by the hills and it has various connection with temples also. So again while you are enjoying the nature while hiking you can also get the cultural sights.
2. HakoneHakone is a part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu national park, which mean there are many valuable areas that worth to visit here. It is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo. First of all, Hakone is area of Mount Hakone volcano, so it means there will so much onsen, public bath, or ryokan here and Hakone is one of the most popular for centuries that easily can be found across the hills and valleys along with shore of Lake Ashinoko. Move to Lake Ashinoko that was formed by caldera of Mount Hakone after eruption 3,000 years ago and it become the symbol of Hakone with Mount Fuji in the background with couple lakeside resorts. On the shores of this lake, there is Hakone Shrine which the buildings are hidden by the forest and well known by its huge Torii gates that standing prominently in the lake. After enjoying the ancient things, you can enjoy the other world by visiting many museums of art in Hakone. The popular one is the open air museum that successfully attempts to create a harmonic balance of nature and art by exhibiting various sculptures on its grounds in combination with views of the surrounding valley and mountains. The Picasso Exhibition Hall of this museum has such space and show cases two stories of paintings, sculptures and ceramic works by the artist in addition to photos of him at various points during his life.
3. Yokohama Cosmo WorldFrom the calm world lets back again to the modern world. Yokohama Cosmo World is a amusement park in the center of Minato Mirai district right by the side of Ooka river with giant clock faced ferris wheel as the icon of Yokohama city itself. It is inexpensive, picturesque, and extremely family friendly. Cosmo World come to be scenic and beautiful by day, and its brilliant lights make it a romantic place to walk at night. It divided into three zone according to age appropriateness. There Kids Carnival Zone that appropriate for youngest age, then Burano Street Zone for bigger kids with bigger and a bit intimidating rides, last Wonder Amuse Zone for adults. Another unique and friendly point is Yokohama Cosmo World has no entrance charge. Instead, customers pay by the individual ride or attraction, which is a perfect customizable option for people who only want to take a single spin, or those who want to spend the afternoon.