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If Tokyo is seething urbanism, where the whistle of the subway is overlaid by thousands of chattering voices, Kanagawa is its tranquil counterpoint.  Occupying the south-east corner of the Kantō Plain, with Tokyo to the north and the Sagami Bay to the south, it’s a prefecture renowned for beautiful landscapes and a rich cultural history.  Explore places like ancient Kamakura and Hakone’s alpine scenery, or visit port cities like Kawasaki and Yokohama to expand your urban Japanese experience.  It doesn’t matter where you go – Kanagawa is a corridor of Japanese culture guaranteed to satisfy even the most jaded traveller.

Kamakura is one of the prefecture’s most popular destinations.  This small coastal town was the heart of ancient Japan, and its legacy is reflected by a swathe of historic attractions.  The most impressive draw is, arguably, the titanic Great Buddha, a verdigrised bronze Amitābha that dates back to the 1200s.  Other attractions include the serene Hokoku Temple, Hachiman Shrine and tourist-friendly Enoshima.

Located high in heavily-forested mountains, the natural beauty of Hakone is enhanced by Mount Fuji – Japan’s snow-crowned icon is visible on the horizon throughout most of the region.  Visitors wanting a relaxing Japanese holiday can try the famous Hakone hot springs, or enjoy alpine scenery through the windows of the Hakone Tozan Railway.  For something outdoorsy, try hiking through areas like Owakudani (famous for sulphurous fog and geothermal activity), stunning Lake Ashi, and the slightly surreal pampas grass fields.

A Kanagawa holiday wouldn’t be complete without visiting Yokohama, the region’s capital and Japan’s second-largest city.  With a vibrant nightlife and a booming shipping industry, it’s a delightful collision of contrasts – modernity and antiquity co-exist with Japanese, Chinese and Western culture, providing tourists with an incredibly unique experience.  If you’re looking for a pick-me-up after the stillness of Kamakura and Hakone, Yokohama is a great way to end your Kanagawa trip.

Kanagawa.  One word.  Three incredible locations.  Experience them yourself by booking with Club Wyndham today.

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