History

These two cities have played a great role in Japanese history. First, Kamakura, where the first Samurai government was established in the 12th century and continued for about 700 years. While Kamakura was the capital city of Japan new forms of Buddhism became popular such as Rinzai Shu (zen) and Nichiren Shu.

The second city is Yokohama. It is the first port city open to abroad in 1859, ending the national isolation which had continued for more than 200 years. New western technology and culture were introduced to Yokohama and the Westernization movement began from there.

Odawara is another historical city with the site of a castle from the age of the Warring States. Hakone has the Sekisho, an important barrier station which protected Edo’(Tokyo) at the time of the Tokugawa Shogun government.

Japan Open Air Folk House Museum

Twenty-five traditional private houses built between 200 to 300 years ago in Eastern Japan have b...

Taro Okamoto Museum of Art

Taro Okamoto Museum of ?Art This art museum centers on a collection of works of art and document...

Hokoku-ji Temple (Bamboo Temple)

Hokoku-ji Temple (Bamboo Temple) This temple is famous for the bamboo forest behind the main roa...

Wakaenoshima Port

Wakaenoshima Port is located at the south-eastern end of Kamakura, which opens southward to the s...

Old Highway Rows of Cedar Trees and S...

Old Highway Rows of Cedar Trees and Stone Pavement It is said that the rows of cedar trees on th...

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine originates from the ceremonially transference of a divided tutelary ...

Manpukuji Temple

Manpukuji Temple Manpukuji Temple is located very close to the Enoden Line, about 250 meters fro...

Gyokuho-ji Temple and Five Hundred Di...

Gyokuho-ji Temple and Five Hundred Disciples of Buddha This temple was built by Iyonomori Haga, ...

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natura...

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of  Natural History This museum is recommended for people who enjoy ...

Yokohama Archives of History

Yokohama Archives of History This building houses documents on the history of Yokohama from the ...

Museum of Saint-Exupery and Little Pr...

Museum of Saint-Exupery and Little Prince A display of the French town in which Saint-Exupery li...

Yofukuji Temple Site

Yofukuji Temple Site is located approximately 1.3 km north-east from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine...

Sagami Giant Kite Festival and Giant ...

Sagami Giant Kite Festival and Giant Kite Center The Sagami Giant Kite festival has a long histo...

The Japan Newspaper Museum (Newspark)

The Japan Newspaper Museum (Newspark) The museum specializes in newspapers and introduces the hi...

Yokohama Doll Museum

Yokohama Doll Museum A collection of over 10,000 dolls from more than 140 countries around the w...

Former Yokohama Settlement No.48 Buil...

Former Yokohama Settlement No.48 Building Built in 1883 and used by the trader J.P. Mollison as ...

Tokei-ji Temple

Tokei-ji Temple Tokei-ji was founded in 1285 by Tokimune Hojo's wife, Kakusan-ni, and was a conv...

Kawasaki Nohgakudo Hall

The most renowned Nohgakudo Hall in the Tokyo metropolitan offers traditional Japanese music and ...

Inage Shrine

The shrine is famous for Sanno Festival that is held annually from August 1st to 3rd. The greates...

Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands

Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands In this garden, you can see all sorts of plants from low lyi...

Asaina Kiridoshi Pass

Asaina Kiridoshi Pass is located approximately 2.8 km east from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and ...

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura &#...

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama,Kamakura Annex The Kamakura Annex is situated 350 me...

King’s Tower

"King's Tower" The square two-layered tower of the Kanagawa Prefectural Government represents th...

Hakone-en Aquarium

Hakone-en Aquarium 32,000 fish and animals of 450 species, such as penguin and strange fish from...

Hakone Open-Air Museum

Hakone Open-Air Museum The Hakone Open-Air Museum was opened in 1969 to create a harmonious bala...

Jochi-ji Temple

Jochi-ji Temple Surrounded by cypress trees. The temple has an unusual belfry at the main gate an...

Aburatsubo and Keikyu Aburatsubo Mari...

Aburatsubo and Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park The Leisure Land and aquarium are located on the so...

Kamakura Museum of National Treasures

Kamakura Museum of National Treasures In this museum, you will find displays of items related to...

Sail Training Ship Nippon Maru

Sail Training Ship Nippon Maru The NIPPON MARU used to be known as the "Swan of the Pacific," an...

Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki

The Taro Okamoto Museum of Art collects and exhibits the works and arts donated by Taro Okamoto, ...

Kamegayatsuzaka Pass

Kamegayatsuzaka Pass, located approximately 1.2 km north of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine , is a"k...

Silk Museum

Silk Museum On the first floor of the Silk Center is the Tourist information Center. There is an...

Kumano Shrine

Kumano Shrine is located behind the Fujiya Hotel. You can get there through the narrow alley call...

Shomyoji Temple

Kanazawa has Mutsuura Port, an outer port of Kamakura, and thus is a traffic and military strongh...

Jomyo-ji Temple

Jomyo-ji Temple Cherry trees line the way to the main hall. Ranked fifth among the Five Great Zen...

Meigetsu-in Temple (Hydrangea Temple)

Meigetsu-in Temple (Hydrangea Temple) This is known as the Ajisai (Hydreangea) Temple because of...

Yokohama Hakkei Jima Sea Paradise

Yokohama Hakkei Jima Sea Paradise Aqua Museum, one of the largest aquariums in Japan, is where y...

The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama

The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama The museum usually holds planned exhibitions where you can view...

Engaku-ji Temple

Engakuji Temple was built by the eighth regent Hojo Tokimune, in 1282, having Mugaku Sogen, a Chi...

Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery

Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery Buried here are about 4900 people from about 40 different coun...

Zuisenji Temple

Zuisenji Temple was founded in 1327 by a Japanese Zen priest, Muso Soseki. Muso, who was active f...

Choanji Temple

Choanji Temple Choanji Temple was founded more than 650 years ago in 1356. The serene temple str...

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura &#...

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, located on the g...

Daiyuzan Saijo-ji Temple

Daiyuzan Saijo-ji Temple This temple of important statues lies in a quiet cedar grove. The assist...

Japan Open Air Folk House Museum

Japan Open Air Folk House Museum This is an open-air museum of traditional houses. There are 25 ...

Samukawa jinja Shrine

Samukawa jinja Shrine This is an ancient shrine, with records going back to the 9th century. It ...

Kewaizaka Pass

Kewaizaka Pass, located approximately 1.4 km south-west of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, is a "ki...

DASKA (Yokohama Dai Sekai)

DASKA(Yokohama Dai Sekai) This is an authentic Chinese theme park reproducing the Golden Age of ...

Kosokuji Temple

Kosokuji Temple was constructed in 1274 by Mitsunori Yadoya who served as regent under the fifth ...

Zeniarai-Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine

Zeniarai-Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine Yoritomo Minamoto was told to build this shrine in a dream he ...

Hakone Museum of Art

Hakone Museum of Art This museum exhibits lots of the ancient ceramic-ware of Japan and other Or...

Broadcast Library

Broadcast Library The Broadcast Library was established in 1991 to promote the development of br...

Enoshima Jinja Shrine

Enoshima Jinja Shrine Enoshima Jinja Shrine consists of 3 small shrines, each dedicated to a diff...

Former English House No.7

Former English House No.7 This western-style building, now known as the Toda Peace Memorial, was...

Pola Museum of Art

Pola Museum of Art This museum has a collection of about 9,500 pieces, centred on about 400 West...

Moto-Hakone Stone Buddhas

Moto-Hakone Stone Buddhas At the foot of Mt.Futago, several stone Buddhas are carved in relief-f...

Hakone Venetian Glass Museum

The Hakone Glass Forest Museum is a bit different from ordinary museums. Its charm is in the uniq...

Nagoe Kiridoshi Pass

Nagoe Kiridoshi Pass is located approximately 2 km south-east from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine a...

Hakone Check Point

Hakone Check Point This check point was established in 1619 by the military government to preven...

Egara Tenjinsha Shrine

Egara Tenjin sha Shrine is said to have been built in 1104. It was built by Minamoto no Yoritomo ...

Kamakura-Gu Shrine

Kamakura-gu shrine There is an annual torchlit performance of a Noh play.

Kanagawa Systematized Goodwill Guide ...

Kanagawa Systematized Goodwill Guide (KSGG) Club is a non-profit voluntary organization in Kanaga...

Port Opening Square

Port Opening Square Port Opening Square, located next to the Yokohama Archives of History, was t...

Hayama Shiosai Museum

Hayama Shiosai Museum In Hayama Shiosai Park, there is a museum displaying the late Emperor Show...

Masayoshi Nakamura Art Museum

This museum collects the works of Masayoshi Nakamura, a painter who painted not only Japanese-sty...

Yokohama Zoo “Zoorasia”

Yokohama Zoo "Zoorasia" Here the animals are kept in their respective climate zones and terrains...

Hakone Glass Forest

Hakone Glass Forest Here, located in spacious grounds, there is a museum, shop and cafe. This is...

Enoshima Aquarium

Enoshima Aquarium Schools of sardines swim gracefully around in a huge tank reproducing the envi...

Queen’s Tower

"Queen's Tower" The green dome of the Yokohama Customhouse that resembles an Islamic mosque symb...

Toshoji Temple site

Toshoji Temple Site is located approximately 0.6km south-east from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. ...

Hall Museum Zoo aquarium

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Kanagawa has a lot of picture galleries, museums, zoo, and aquariums. Japanese traditional houses were relocated and saved in Minka-en (Japanese houses’ park) in Kawasaki. In “Zoorasia” in the northern part of...

Hakone Jinja Shrine

Hakone Jinja Shrine This shrine was founded in 757 by Priest Mangan according to an oracle from ...

Kawasaki Isago no Sato Museum

The museum`s local collections and various works of art representing the art culture focusing on ...

Ishigakiyama Ichiyajo Historical Park

Ishigakiyama Ichiyajo Historical Park This is the site of the stone-wall (ishigaki) castle built...

Eglise du Sacre-Coeur (Church of the ...

Eglise du Sacre-Coere (Church of the Sacred Heart) This site was once the location of the first ...

Yokohama Museum of Art

Yokohama Museum of Art The collection at the Museum is mainly 20th century contemporary art. Exh...

Jack’s Tower

"Jack's Tower" The red brick clock tower of the Yokohama City Port Opening Memorial Hall represe...

Kamakura Museum of Literature

Kamakura Museum of Literature In this museum, you will find displays of items related to Kamakur...

Kawasaki City Museum

Kawasaki City Museum plans each exhibit from a point of view of “City and People” as the basic th...

Kenchoji Temple

Kenchoji Temple was built by Hojo Tokiyori, the fifth regent (Shikken)of the Kamakura Shogunate, ...

NYK Maritime Museum

NYK Maritime Museum The museum features a display of the routes that ships have taken to carry p...

Narukawa Museum of Art

Narukawa Museum of Art This museum of modern Japanese art is located on a hill overlooking Hakon...

Berrick Hall

Berrick Hall Berrick Hall is a western-style building located in the Yamate area of Yokohama cit...

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultur...

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History This museum holds exhibitions on a variety of th...

Shrine and temple

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Kanagawa has a lot of temples in Kamakura for sightseers to visit. You can go there to appreciate various flowers in each season. Even in a rainy season, which is in June, you can enjoy hydrangea in purple, in blue or in pink. ...

Jojuin Temple

Jojuin Temple was founded by the third regent of Kamakura, Yasutoki Hojo. The original structure ...

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and Red ...

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and Red Brick Park While preserving the original facade from the 19...

Kakuonji Temple

Kakuonji Temple, located approximately 1.2 km east from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, is a typica...

Jokomyoji

Jokomyoji Temple was built in 1251 by order of the fifth regent, Hojo Tokiyori, and the sixth reg...

Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall

Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall Queen's Square Yokohama is a specialized shopping zone with a variety...

Kotoku-in Temple (Great Buddha)

Kotoku-in Temple (Great Buddha) The Great Buddha is a made of bronze. The art of bronze sculpture...

Daibutsu Kiridoshi Pass

Daibutsu Kiridoshi Pass is located approximately 2 km south-west from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrin...

Daibutsu (Great Buddha) of Kamakura

According to the historical documents such as the Azumakagami the casting of the Daibutsu (Great ...

Gokurakuji Temple

Gokurakuji Temple was built in 1259 by Hojo Shigetoki , who had an important role in the shoguna...

Hojo Tokiwa Residence Site

Hojo Tokiwa Residence Site is located approximately 2 km south-west from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Sh...

Kawasaki Daishi

Kawasaki Daishi Kawasaki Daishi is known nationwide as a spiritual protector, and is a lively pl...

Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle Odawara Castle was once the residence of the first Sengoku Daimyo, Hojo. You can ...

Lalique Museum, Hakone

Lalique Museum, Hakone This museum dedicates itself to the collection of Rene Lalique, the Frenc...

Cup Noodle Museum

Cup Noodle Museum A museum in which you can learn all about instant noodles through both hands-o...

Hokkedo Buddha Hall Site

Hokkedo Buddha Hall Site, located approximately 0.6 km north-east of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine...

Jufukuji Temple

Jufukuji Temple begins with its construction by Hojo Masako, Yoritomo's wife, having Eisai, the B...

Yamate Catholic Church

Yamate Catholic Church Built in 1906, Yamate Catholic Church is constructed of brick and includes...