Kanagawa Prefecture
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June to November

Kanagawa Prefecture

Kanto, Japan
LAST UPDATED 23/02/2009
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Lincun: Map of Japan with highlight on Kanagawa-ken; 2 March 2007

Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, which is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. It is located southwest of Tokyo, in the southern Kantō region of Honshū. The capital is Yokohama.


Aoki Shigenobu: Map of Kanagawa; 2006

Just to the south of the Tokyo megalopolis lays the Prefecture of Kanagawa. The entire coast of the province forms an enormous SE facing bay. Subject to pollution, extreme crowds and a fickle swell window; the coast here is well worth a check if the elements are coming together. If conditions are borderline, it's best to keep heading north or south respectively. A fantastic spot in typhoon conditions, the rest of the east coast will literally be hell in the pacific, whilst groomed 4-5 footers break into usually silent bays along the coast.

where to stay

Ryokan Room; Trsqr; 10.12.2007

In most parts of Japan you’ll find a wide range of accommodation available both of typical Japanese and more westernised styles – as well as more novelty variations such as capsule hotels and temple lodgings.  One note worth taking though is that all prices advertised are per person and not per room.
Accommodation types you’re likely to come across are as follows:-


Ryokan are truly traditional Japan style Inns with authentically decorated rooms and Japanese meals included. These are a good option for a traveller wanting a real taste of traditional Japanese culture.


These are like a Japanese bed and breakfast, usually small places run by families that again offer a good Japanese cultural experience and the price includes a Japanese breakfast.

Western style hotels

You can find all the major hotel chains in Japan – particularly in the larger cities, this option can be expensive however.

Dormitories and Hostels

Backpacker hostels offering dorm style rooms can be found all over Japan for the traveller on a budget for a reasonable price and many offer single sex dorms.

Capsule Hotels

These offer bare the  minimum requirement of a single bed in a capsule – no standing room – these are pretty unique to Japan and not for the claustrophobic! Though it’s worth a night in one for the novelty value, some have a mini TV in there too and all have shared bathrooms, of course.

Temple Lodgings 

Some Buddhist temples allow travellers to spend a night there for the cultural experience, worth doing as a one off.

Longer stays

There are many apartment blocks all over the major towns and cities in Japan offering weekly or monthly rates of rent for those wishing to stay longer – these can work out as a cheap option over a long period.

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