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Kanagawa

Articles and travel guides on famous and not so famous destinations in Kanagawa Prefecture

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  • Doraemon Museum

    In the middle of a quiet residential area of Kawasaki’s Tama Ward, a new must-visit landmark has opened its gates: the Doraemon Museum, officially...
  • Kanazawa Bunko

    Kanazawa Bunko (金沢文庫), also known as the Kanesawa (or Kanezawa) Bunko, is a library located in Kanazawa-chō, Kanazawa-ku, in the city of Yokohama....
  • Odawara Castle

    Odawara Castle is a hilltop (hirayama-type) castle located in southwestern Kanagawa Prefecture on Sagami Bay. History The first fortification on...
  • Engakuji Temple

    The Engaku-ji (円覚寺), officially known as the Zuirokuzan Engaku Kōshō Zenji (瑞鹿山円覚興聖禅寺), is the head temple of the Engakuji branch of the Rinzai...
  • Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

    Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise (横浜・八景島シーパラダイス Yokohama Shīparadaisu) is an amusement park with an aquarium, shopping malls, a hotel, marina and...
  • Kozukue Castle

    The remains of Kozukue Castle (小机城 Kozukue-jō) are located in present-day Kōhoku Ward, Yokohama. The castle was thought to be built by the Uesugi...
  • Masugata Castle

    Masugata Castle (枡形城 Masugata-jō) is located in Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. The castle was constructed on a hill facing the southern...
  1. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

    Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise (横浜・八景島シーパラダイス Yokohama Shīparadaisu) is an amusement park with an aquarium, shopping malls, a hotel, marina and amusement rides. It is located in Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, Japan and was opened on May 8, 1993. Aerial view of Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise View from Hakkei Bridge; the Aqua Museum is in the background. The Western side of the bay near Hakkeijima Aqua Museum The Aqua Museum exhibits over 500 different varieties of fish with more than 100,000 sea creatures and is one of the largest aquariums in Japan. It features an immense three-story...
  2. Masugata Castle

    Masugata Castle (枡形城 Masugata-jō) is located in Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. The castle was constructed on a hill facing the southern banks of Tama River. (This map bases on Tokyo Terrain Map powered by gridscapes.net ) The castle site formed a formidable stronghold, surrounded by steep cliffs about 60 meters above the river. It was Inage Saburō Shigenari (稲毛三郎重成), son of Oyamada Arishige (小山田有重), who was said to have built the first fortification on the site in the early days of the Kamakura shogunate. In 1504, the castle saw action when Hōjō Sōun (北條早雲, 1432-1519, also...
  3. Kozukue Castle

    The remains of Kozukue Castle (小机城 Kozukue-jō) are located in present-day Kōhoku Ward, Yokohama. The castle was thought to be built by the Uesugi clan during the Eikyō Rebellion (永享の乱 Eikyō-no-ran) in 1438/39. The Uesugi were a powerful samurai family that descended from the Fujiwara and that was most influential during the Muromachi and the Sengoku periods, holding the positions of shugo (守護, provincial governors) and Kantō kanrei (関東管領, deputies of the shōgun in the Kantō region) until 1552. Later, in 1478, the castle re-entered the spotlight of history when Nagao Kageharu (長尾景春,...
  4. Engakuji Temple

    The Engaku-ji (円覚寺), officially known as the Zuirokuzan Engaku Kōshō Zenji (瑞鹿山円覚興聖禅寺), is the head temple of the Engakuji branch of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism and one of the most important Zen Buddhist temples in Japan. It is located in Kita-kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Engakuji was founded in 1282 by Hōjō Tokimune (北条 時宗, 1251-1284), the eighth regent (執権 shikken) of the Kamakura shogunate who played a vital role in repelling the Mongolian invasion. The temple served as a residence for the Chinese Zen master Mugaku Sogen (無学祖元, 1226-1286), also known as Bukko Kokushi (仏光国師),...
  5. Kanazawa Bunko

    Kanazawa Bunko (金沢文庫), also known as the Kanesawa (or Kanezawa) Bunko, is a library located in Kanazawa-chō, Kanazawa-ku, in the city of Yokohama. Along with the Ashikaga Gakkō library, it was one of the two most important centers of learning in medieval Japan. Nowadays, it is a private museum that features a collection of traditional Japanese and Chinese art objects open to the general public. Kanezawa Sanetoki Kanezawa Sanetoki (金沢実時), also called Hōjō Sanetoki (北条実時, 1224-1276) was the founder of the Kanazawa Bunko (Kanazawa Library). He was a member of the Kanezawa branch of the Hōjō...
  6. Odawara Castle

    Odawara Castle is a hilltop (hirayama-type) castle located in southwestern Kanagawa Prefecture on Sagami Bay. History The first fortification on the current site of the castle was built around the end of the twelfth century by the Doi (土井) family and later enlarged by the Kobayakawa (小早川) clan. In 1495, the founder of the Late Hōjō clan, Ise Moritoki, who entered the Japanese annals as Hōjō Sōun (北条早雲, 1432-1519), established his residence at Odawara Castle. Five generations of Hōjō gradually expanded not only their residence, but also the lands under their control, which comprised most...
  7. Doraemon Museum

    In the middle of a quiet residential area of Kawasaki’s Tama Ward, a new must-visit landmark has opened its gates: the Doraemon Museum, officially called the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum (藤子F.不二夫ミュージアム). Fujiko F. Fujio is the pen name of one of the most successful, well-known comic artists in Japanese manga history, who has given birth to many famous cartoon characters during his career. Doraemon is his signature work. The museum was opened on September 3, 2011, Doraemon’s birthday, and has since its inauguration attracted throngs of visitors. The museum, a reinforced concrete building, has...
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