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Exploring Yokohama, Hakone and Kamakura in Japan – The Kanagawa Prefecture

Exploring Yokohama, Hakone and Kamakura in Japan - The Kanagawa Prefecture

Kanagawa is a coastal prefecture in Japan, located within a short distance of Tokyo. The capital of the prefecture is Yokohama.

Yokohama is also the place where most of the Rugby World Cup games will be held.

Kanagawa Prefecture is also home to Kamakura and Hakone, two other highly popular day trip destinations that you can easily reach from Tokyo.

Kanagawa has a lot to offer for visitors to the region, such as rich cultural heritage, tasty cuisine and entertaining nightlife. It’s worth spending some time here and exploring this unique area of Japan.

Within this helpful travel guide I will unearth the hidden gems that are worth discovering around the Kanagawa Prefecture.

We started in Yokohama, where we stayed in a capsule hotel. We visited the Cupnoodles Museum and the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. Both very yummy experiences. At night we headed into the Noge district, where you find good bars and good food. Next to the Yokohama Harbor Front you’ll find also China Town.

Good day trips are to Hakone with Lake Ashi, Owakudani valley and the Hakone Shinto Shrine with the Floating Gate. The Hakone Transport Pass is helpful to get around, which includes the busses, trams, ropeway & the Hakone sightseeing cruise.

Another good day trip is to Kamakura where you can visit the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, the Houkokuji Bamboo Forest with its Tea Ceremony. Also worth visiting is the Masamune Sword and Blade Workshop, where you can buy kitchen knives and see the original Samurai swords. For lunch we recommend Okonomiyaki Kamakura Tsukui.

Have fun exploring the areas of Yokohama, Hakone and Kamakura on your next trip to Japan.

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