Kanagawa Prefecture is actively trying to attract people currently active overseas.

The promotional video, “Together -A Message from KANAGAWA‐” was produced to promote the prefecture to such people. While introducing tourism spots in Kanagawa, this video features the prefectural governor, young residents of Kanagawa, and people of various nationalities singing in English and dancing.

 

So what kind of place is this Kanagawa, which is actively trying to attract talented people working overseas?

 

What kind of place is Kanagawa Prefecture?


Easily reached from Tokyo, its attraction is its compact package of sea, mountain and cities.

Here you can enjoy the night-time scenery of Yokohama famous as a spot for dating couples, and encounter history at shrines and temples in the old capital of Kamakura. If you wish to go a little farther afield, there is also Hakone where you can enjoy some excellent spas.

 

Getting to Kanagawa Prefecture


Coming by train / Takes about 30 minutes from Tokyo Station to Yokohama Station

Takes about 30 minutes from Haneda Airport to Yokohama Station

Coming by bus / Takes about 30 minutes from Haneda Airport to Yokohama Station by express bus

 

Three must-go places when you come to Kanagawa Prefecture!


Yokohama Minato Mirai

A symbol of Yokohama and extremely popular as a date spot, it boasts Japan’s most famous night-time scenery. From the Landmark Tower (Observation floor) visitors can see a dreamlike jewelry-studded night-time scenery. Visitors can also enjoy genuine Chinese food in Yokohama’s Chinatown or visit the bay area which has everything including the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse shopping facility.

 

Kamakura

The former capital of Japan, Kamakura flourished as a political center together with Kyoto and Nara. It is a tourist spot brimming with history and a tasteful townscape. Visitors can enjoy its shrines and temples, and the passage of the seasons.

 

Hakone

This hot-spring resort features at the top of Japanese hot spring resort popularity rankings. Its popularity also lies in its excellent accessibility from central Tokyo. Visitors can enjoy a range of hot springs that differ per spa area. For example, there are spas with milky-white hot spring water and so-called ‘bijin-no-yu’ (hot spring of beauty), which is effective at smoothening bathers’ skin.

 

Three must-eat dishes when you come to Kanagawa Prefecture!


Yokohama Sanma-men noodles

This dish consists of crunchy stir-fried bean sprouts and sauce poured on top of salt- or soy sauce-base soup ramen noodles. It is a stir-fried noodle dish with a bean sprout and sauce topping.

 

Kamakura Shonan Shirasu (whitebait)

To eat shirasu raw it must be served the day it is caught, so it is vital that shirasu caught in Sagami Bay is fresh. “Kamaage shirasu” (straight-from-the-pot whitebait) is also delicious, so if caught between eating it raw or boiled, there is a “two-color don” which allows those with hearty appetites to enjoy both types served on rice in a “don” (bowl). * The closed season for fishing shirasu is between January 1st and March 10th, so raw shirasu cannot be eaten during this period.

 

Black egg

Black eggs are made by using the chemical reaction of geothermal heat and volcanic gas and, as their name suggests, they are pitch black “onsen-tamago” (slow-boiled egg with soft egg whites and custard-like yolk). They say that eating black eggs adds seven years to your life, and they are a specialty exclusive to Hakone.

 

Three must-buy souvenirs when you come to Kanagawa Prefecture!


Truly one-off original “Cup noodle”

Visitors can create a truly one-off cup noodle choosing from four different types of soup and four toppings from 12 different ingredients, all filled into a personally-designed cup. Charge: ¥300 *Separate admission fee of ¥500 applies (Admission is free for high-school students or younger). Numbered ticket or voucher is needed to take part.

 

Hato sable

A crunchy, sweet and aromatic baked sable, this hato (pigeon)-shaped baked treat is a famous souvenir of Kamakura. It has a long shelf life, so it makes a perfect souvenir for overseas visitors to take home. In response to “why a pigeon?”, the founder of this sable, who worshiped at the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine (鶴岡八幡宮), adopted the motif of a pigeon because it is a messenger of the deity, and the Chinese character of “Hachi” (八) adorned on the main hall of the shrine consists of two pigeons facing each other.

 

Hakone yosegi zaiku

Yosegi zaiku is made from various types of wood and makes use of their respective colors and grain textures. These wooden handicrafts are truly artistic with their geometrical patterns created by combining and finely shaving wood of different colors and textures, and patching and ornaments are used to decorate Yosegi zaiku caskets and other objects.

 

Kanagawa Prefecture dialect


…j’an → …, isn’t it?/right? etc.

Yoko-hairi → interrupt, cut in

Why not visit Kanagawa Prefecture and check out its many other attractions.

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