Attractions Nearby Yokohama, Day Trips and Excursions
(Yokohama, Kanto, Honshu, Japan)
Regular ferries and trains connect Yokohama with many outstanding neighbouring attractions, being clustered in a series of surrounding cities and towns. Standing out are the many modern and historic attractions of Tokyo
, a popular excursion from Yokohama.
Temples, shrines, traditional Japanese gardens and many other appealing attractions are all within easy reach of Yokohama, with many of the best sights being located within Kamakura, Kawasaki and Yamato, to name but a handful of neighbouring locations.
The metropolis that is Tokyo
is not to be missed and with a population of more than 12 million, Japan's capital city is simply enormous and bursting with attractions. Tokyo is sited to the north of Yokohama and is the perfect place to experience modern-day Japan. However, beneath the skyscrapers and gleaming buildings are a number of historical shrines and cultural attractions, such as the Nezu Fine Art Museum, Tsukiji Fish Market and the Imperial Palace, the official residence of Japan's emperor.
Kamakura is located in the Kanagawa Prefecture and is situated to the south-west of Tokyo and south of Yokohama. Many outstanding Zen temples and shrines reside around Yokohama, which include the enormous Amida Buddha statue, the Tsurugaoka Hachiman shrine, and the ancient Kencho-ji temple, which was built in the middle of the 13th century. Kamakura is also home to a beach area, with a number of adjacent waterfront attractions.
The city of Kawasaki is located between both Yokohama and Tokyo
, and is actually considered to be part of the sprawling Great Tokyo area. Amongst the main attractions in Kawasaki is the much-visited Kawasaki Daishi temple, and the Nihon Minka-en Park, complete with its traditional Japanese farmhouses.
Close to Nara, Kyoto
, Yamato lies to the west of Yokohama and is well placed for exploration of the attractions around the southern Nara-ken region. These include the historic wooden townhouses (machiya) of Imai-cho, the Kashihara-jingu shrine at the base of Mount Unebi-yama, and the many treasures at the Nara Prefecture Kashihara Archaeological Museum.