History and culture

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.

Yamate Catholic Church

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

Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery

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

Berrick Hall

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

Queen’s Tower

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

Former Yokohama Settlement No.48 Buil...

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

Port Opening Square

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

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and Red ...

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

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...

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 ...

Kawasaki Isago no Sato Museum

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

King’s Tower

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

Jack’s Tower

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

Japan Open Air Folk House Museum

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

Hakone Check Point

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

Sagami Giant Kite Festival and Giant ...

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

Yokohama Archives of History

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

Former English House No.7

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

Moto-Hakone Stone Buddhas

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

Odawara Castle

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