Yokohama / Kamakura

Yokohama, roughly 45 minutes from the heart of Tokyo, is one of Japan’s largest and most famous port cities, and the capital of Kanagawa prefecture. Travel to the center of Yokohama and enjoy a plethora of restaurants and unique shopping orders. Continue by taking a short ride to Sakuragicho, and walk over to Minato Mirai, which offers a beautiful view of Yokohama bay, as well as many attractions. Yamashita Park offers one from land, but if you would like to go out on the bay, feel free to walk through or over the futuristic Oosanbashi dock. Take in a complete view from Landmark Tower, the largest building in Japan, while shopping at such places as the Jump Shop or Pokemon Center, or dining in one of the many quality restaurants that can be found there. Don’t miss out on Cosmo World, filled with many fun rides featuring one of the most well-known ferris wheels in Japan. When you’re done with that, go up the street to Chinatown, famous for its Shumai and many all-you-can-eat restaurants, and located right next to Yokohama Stadium, home of the Yokohama BayStars.

Kamakura is one of the most historical locales that can be found in Eastern Japan. In fact, it is known to many as “The Kyoto of Eastern Japan.” The area is filled with shrines and temples, including Kotoku-in, home of the famous Daibutsu, a giant Buddha statue that can actually be entered by visitors. Some other notable points of interest include Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine and Hase Temple. You can literally spend days here searching through all of the temples and shrines that Kamakura has to offer. Don’t miss out on the local restaurants or vendors either – there are some pretty unique places and things you can find which aren’t often found in the busy streets of Tokyo.

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