Kawasaki excellent location makes it easy to visit exciting nearby cities in the vibrant Kanto and Kanagawa regions, allowing you to make the most of your trip to Japan. Whether you’re a culture enthusiast, a nature lover, an adventure seeker or a family looking for a memorable outing, you’ll find a plethora of options within a short journey from Kawasaki. From exploring the bustling streets of Tokyo to immersing yourself in the rich history of Kamakura, you will find a suitable day trip destination for your interests with convenient access from Kawasaki. Your strategic base at slash Kawasaki will give you easy access to all of the top sights in the area, giving you the opportunity to seize each day.
The neighboring city of Yokohama is only a short 15 to 20 minute train ride away and offers attractions like the beautiful Sankeien Garden, the historic Yokohama Chinatown and the Yokohama Landmark Tower with its Sky Garden Observatory. It’s a bustling city with a unique blend of history, modernity, and stunning waterfront vistas that will keep you occupied for an entire day. Check out our other article on the top 5 things to do in Yokohama to see how you can make the most of your trip.
Within easy reach by train, Kamakura is known for its historical and cultural treasures, including the Great Buddha (Daibutsu), Hasedera Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. The Great Buddha is a popular attraction standing at 11.4 meters tall and representing the deep cultural history of Kamakura. Hasedera Temple is beautiful in all seasons, but best visited in June and July for its beautiful display of hydrangea. Kamakura presents a breathtaking blend of natural beauty, rich history and tranquil coastlines for nature-lovers and cultural enthusiasts alike. After exploring sites in the city, visit the coast at Kamakura beach and eat lunch in Yuigahama.
Within an hour you will be able to access Enoshima Island, which is known for its beautiful beaches, a picturesque lighthouse, a botanical garden and a series of caves. Those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city will find plenty of ways to relax here. The Samuel Cocking Garden has diverse plantlike, including the exotic Enoshima daisy, while the Sea Candle is a lighthouse with an observation deck offering captivating views of the ocean and island. Enoshima Shrine offers glimpse into Japan’s religious and cultural traditions with its red torii gates and serene gardens while Iwaya Caves, a network of sea caves, offers a look into historical religious practices. Spend some time at the beach, where you can try snacks such as takoyaki and kakigori from local stalls, then take a walk along Chugogafuchi to catch an unforgettable sunset over Sagami Bay.
Though a bit further away, Hakone is worth the trip for its scenic beauty, hot springs and views of Mount Fuji. You may want to consider buying the Hakone Free-Pass to save some money on your excursion. In Hakone, you can explore the Open-Air Museum, which is an art and sculpture park set against the backdrop of the Hakone mountains, and ride the Hakone Ropeway across a stark landscape to Owakudani, a volcanic valley known for its active sulfur vents and natural hot springs. Try black eggs boiled in the sulfurous waters, believed to add seven years to your life. You can also ride a pirate ship across Lake Ashi and visit Hakone Shrine, which has a large iconic torii gate located in the lake perfect to pose under for your next Instagram post.
Of course, Kawasaki is just a short train ride away from the heart of Tokyo, offering access to world-famous landmarks like the Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Disneyland and the historic Asakusa district, among many other sights and experiences. Whether you’re on your way to Haneda, but in need of one last visit to Imperial Palace, Skytree, Shibuya or Harajuku, you can always make the short trip back to Tokyo to cross off everything on your bucket list before you leave Japan. Cultural enthusiasts, foodies, history-lovers and everyone in between will find something to enjoy in Tokyo.
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