TIP: Travel to Kanagawa and Yamanashi, Japan

Located in the Pacific Ocean, Japan consists of four major islands and is roughly the size of California. Every year, millions of tourists from across the world travel to Japan to enjoy its culture, shopping, nightlife and scenery. With a rich history and a mild climate, Japan offers plenty of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. 

In 2015, about 20 million tourists already traveled to Japan, and 40 million travelers are expected to be traveling to Japan in a year by 2020. Especially, the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics would raise Japan to the top destination for world travelers. 


Kanagawa, where the Rugby World Cup 2019 final will be held, and Yamanashi where Japan’s symbolic Mt. Fuji is located, are two of the best destinations to entertain travelers by their historical culture, nature, food, outdoor activities, and hospitality, which enrich your health and lifestyle.

Kanagawa Prefecture is a treasure house of tourism resources. It has attractive cities, such as Yokohama, where modernization of Japan started, Kamakura, which is filled with atmosphere of history and culture, and Odawara, a castle town. The prefecture also boasts the hot spring resorts representing Japan, such as Hakone and Yugawara. It is blessed with abundant nature, too. There are lush mountain ranges of Tanzawa and Oyama, and beautiful coastlines continue from the Miura Peninsula to the Manazuru Peninsula through the Shonan beach. Over 150 million people visit various parts of the prefecture every year.


Yamanashi prefecture is located near the center of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It has an area of 1,723.8 mi2 and a population of 890,000. Surrounded by 6,560-9,840 ft high mountains and rich in nature, 78% of the prefecture is covered by forests--including those of its three national parks and one quasi-national park, such as the famous Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Mountain climbing and hot springs are among the most popular forms of recreation in Yamanashi. The many hot springs in the area offer health benefits and relaxation. The largest spring in the prefecture, located in Isawa, is only one and a half hours from Tokyo.