Kanagawa is a dynamic part of the greater Tokyo area. The capital city, Yokohama, features the famous Chinatown district, a port area with dining and shopping plus endless entertainment options. You can experience the rich history of the prefecture in the cities of Kamakura and Hakone. Magical views of Mount Fuji are a backdrop almost everywhere you go in the region.
Most of the sightseeing areas in Kanagawa are within an easy day trip distance from downtown Tokyo. Some must-sees include the Giant Buddha of Kamakura, the many art museums and hot springs of Hakone, and Kawasaki’s open air Edo Museum of buildings preserved from the time of the samurai.
Kanagawa Prefecture is where you will find the cosmopolitan port town of Yokohama, the ancient political capital, Kamakura, beach resort Enoshima and onsen town of Hakone.
Kanagawa has something to offer every season. Kamakura and Enoshima are hot spots during the summer, and the mountain foliage in Hakone transforms into red, orange and yellow in the fall.
Here’s a recommended three-day tour for your first trip to Kanagawa that covers most of the top local attractions.
As Japan’s second largest city after Tokyo, Yokohama can be easily accessed by train and bus from both Haneda and Narita Airport.
Yokohama has a very international gourmet scene, but authentic Chinese food in Chinatown is not to be missed! Try some fresh whitebait, or shirasu, if you're in Kamakura during the summer.