Les Clefs dfOr Japanfs Concierge Guide to Place of Interests in Yokohama & Kanagawa/Kamakura, Hakone & Mt. Fuji


Yokohama's modern era dates from 1859, when the port was opened to the international trade. For over 150 years, Yokohama has served as an important gateway between Japan and the rest of the world, playing a crucial role in Japan's modernization and internationalization. This port city is very organized and very beautiful town which is integrated new area in historical area.
In the city of Yokohama, and close to the city, there are many fascinating sightseeing attractions. Yokohama is only a very short trip to Tokyo, Kamukura, Hakone and Mount Fuji, major tourist destinations in Japan.

YokohamaBay Area
Yokohama is a port city and at the wharf of Yokohama Bay you can find many attractions. If you want to enjoy a great view of Yokohama bay and the wharf, you can take a boat cruise from Yamashita Park, Red Brick Warehouse( is called Akarenga which is historical warehouse renovated into a complex containing many stores, cafes and galleries) to Pukari Sanbashi in the Minato Mirai 21 area.

Yamate area
HarborViewPark, MotomachiPark and YamatePark including Motomachi fascinating shopping streets consists of yamate area. Stylish and fashionable streets, Motomachi and Yamate area, which used to be foreigners residential area.It is not only full of Yokohamafs unique exotic charms but also very popular place for walking course in Yokohama.

YokohamaChinaTown (Chukagai)
The largest Chinatown in Japan. You can enjoy authentic Chinese food from hundreds of selective restaurants in area. It is quite enjoyable to walk around and observe how Chinese culture is blended into Japanese culture.

Minato Mirai 21
At Minato Mirai 21 (MM21), a new urban development to reclaim the seaside and harbor from industry, you will find Japan's tallest building, the Yokohama Landmark Tower and a very large Ferris wheel called Cosmo Clock 21, the city's new landmarks. This area has become popular among couples since the place will give you a sense of a seaside resort, right inside the city. There are many shopping malls and art museums for your enjoyment.

YokohamaArt Museum
YokohamaArt Museum owns many and excellent works including Photos. Their unique and original exhibitions are usually promoted.

Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is a leisure land surrounded by nature. It is located at the tip of YokohamaBay and is a new generation style amusement park. It is the home of one of the top aquariums in Japan. There is Japan's first surf coaster that swings out over the ocean, an exhilarating vertical fall amusement ride, Blue Fall.


Kamakura is a smaller version of the historic city of Kyoto. It is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Japan, along with Mount Fuji and the Hakone area. There are many temples and shrines in Kamakura surrounded with the natural beauty and sensitivity of traditional Japanese culture. You can also enjoy many seasonal flowers and views of Yuigahama bay.

Daibutsu, or the Great Buddha of Kamakura
KotokuinTemple, better known as Kamakura Daibutsu, belongs to the Jodo Buddhist sect. Construction of Daibutsu, an 11.31-meter-tall gilt bronze seated statue, was commenced in 1252. It was originally covered with gold leaf. The statue sat indoors, but repeated disasters destroyed the building that housed to give the open-air statue seen now. The Daibutsu statue is Kamakura's only national treasure that is a statue of Buddha.

Hachimangu Shrine
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine is the symbolic shrine of the old capital city, Kamakura. A number of people come to visit this historic shrine every day.

This temple was founded in 1063 by Minamoto Yoriyoshi as a branch of Iwashimizu Hachimangu in Kyoto. It was originally located in Tsurugaoka near the Yuigahama coast, but was moved to the present location in 1180 by Minamoto Yoritomo to make it the core of the planned city of Kamakura. After being destroyed by a fire in 1191, the temple was rebuilt with the present layout. The view from Hongu, the main building of the temple, of the Kamakura city along the Wakamiya Oji street is magnificent.

Wakamiya Koji Street
Wakamiya Oji street, which is an approach road to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine starting at Yuigahama beach. This street played a central role in building the landscape of Kamakura city. On the way to the shrine there are three sacred gateways called Torii along the street. They are numbered first, second, and third, from the beach side. Between the second and third gateways is a scenic spot called Dankazura, where the street is trimmed with a line of rocks on either side. This is one of the Japan's 100 most beautiful streets. Rows of restaurants and boutiques stand at both sides.

Hakone and Mount Fuji

Hakone area
The town of Hakone is situated in the southwestern part of Kanagawa, and is part of FujiHakoneIzuNational Park. Hakone is an internationally well-known holiday resort that includes many renowned hot springs. They have about 20 different qualities, nicknamed "Hakone Seventeen Spas." A view of Mt.Fuji is not the only view that you can enjoy in Hakone. There are a number of spots to visit, including O-waku-dani (where volcanic fumes still bear a trace of the Hakone Volcano), LakeAshi-no-ko (created in the crater of the Hakone Volcano), a stone Buddha and stone towers situated in Moto-Hakone, and cedar trees along Kyu-Kaido Street. Various methods of transportation, such as mountain railway, cable car, ropeway, and cruising boat, are available to bring you to these spots.

Mount Fuji
Mt.Fuji is 3,776 meters high and is the most beautiful and the highest mountain in Japan, situated at the border of two prefectures, Shizuoka and Yamanashi. With unrivaled magnificence and a beautiful cone shape, Mt.Fuji has often been selected as the subject of paintings and literature. It is not only the world-famous as a symbol of Japan but also very popular mountain to claim.

Entry Date: June 15, 2009



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