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    During the early 1800s feeling began to grow that the only way out way out of crisis in Japan was to open the country to foreign trade and new ideas. The Tokugawa shoguns however, sensed that the internal strains might be contained, by sheer brute force if necessary, as long as new pressures were not exerted from outside by foreigners once again offering disgruntled daimyo new sources of income.

    The Americans came back again in 1853, with Commodore Matthew Perry bringing for the shogun ( whom he mistook for the emperor) a polite but insistent letter from President Millard Fillmore and a promise to return the next year, with a bigger squadron, for a positive responses.

    In 1854 Perry duly negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa (now part of Yokohama), opening up two ports, Shimoda on the Izu Peninsula and Hakodate in Hokkaido. A short time later, similar treaties were signed with Britain and Russia.

    The West had driven in the thin end of its wedge. More and more ports were opened to foreign trade, and the Japanese were obliged to accept low import tariffs.

    As the Tokugawa shoguns had feared, this opening of the flood gates of Western culture after such prolonged isolation had a traumatic effect on Japanese society. The Tokugawa had successfully persuaded the samurai that traditional Japanese values might suffer, and now the samurai felt betrayed, rallying under the slogan “Sonno joi!” (“Honor the emperor, expel the barbarians!”).

    Before they could even think of accepting contact with the outside world, national integrity had to be restored, under the renewed moral leadership of the emperor. Bands of samurai assassinated British and Dutch representatives.

    In 1863, the daimyo of Choshu (in western Honshu) fired on foreign ships in the Shimonoseki Straits. In response, the Americans, British, Dutch and French combined forces to smash the Choshu fortified positions, and Britain retaliated for the assassination by practically leveling the town of Kagoshima in southern Kyushu.

    The local daimyo (feudal lord) of satsuma was so impressed that he started to buy British ships. Which became the foundation of the future imperial Japanese Navy.
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    • Yokohama Curry Museum
      3.58 Km from Kanagawa
      The Yokohama Curry Museum (横濱カレーミュージアム, Yokohama Karē Myūjiamu) was a restaurant and historic museum of curry in the Isezakichō district of the port city of Yokohama, Japan, between 2001 and 2007. Different types of curry were available from a selection or restaurants, ranging from a full meal to a quick taste option. The museum included a recreation of Yokohama's port in the late 19th century. Exhibits lined the walls and part of the central area built in the form of a ship at port. On the eigh...
    • Yokohama Stadium
      3.85 Km from Kanagawa
      For the football (soccer) stadium, see International Stadium Yokohama Yokohama Stadium (横浜スタジアム, Yokohama Sutajiamu) is a stadium in Naka Ward, Yokohama, Japan. It opened in 1978 and holds 30,000 people. It is primarily used for baseball and is the home field of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. The stadium is unique, because it features dirt around the bases and pitcher's mound, but with dirt colored turf infield and base paths. The entire green portion of the field is now turf. The stadium is one o...
    • Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall
      8.43 Km from Kanagawa
      Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall (ミューザ川崎シンフォニーホール, Myūza Kawasaki Shinfonī Hōru) is a concert hall in Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. The name is coined from music and za (座) lit. 'seat'. The vineyard-style concert hall, with a capacity of 1,997, was built for the eightieth anniversary of the foundation of the city. The hall opened in July, 2004 with a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. In that year the orchestra, previously without a permanent home, took up...
    • Lazona Kawasaki Plaza
      8.69 Km from Kanagawa
      Lazona Kawasaki Plaza (ラゾーナ川崎プラザ, Razōna Kawasaki puraza) is a shopping mall in Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Japan. The mall adjoins the west side Kawasaki Station.
    • Kawasaki Stadium
      9.16 Km from Kanagawa
      Kawasaki Stadium (川崎球場, Kawasaki Kyūjō) was a stadium in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. The stadium was opened in 1952 and had a capacity of 30,000 people. It was primarily used for baseball and was home of the Taiyo Whales until they moved to Yokohama in 1977 and became the Yokohama Taiyo Whales. It was also home to the Takahashi Unions from 1954 to 1956, before they became the Daiei Unions, and the Lotte Orions before they moved to Chiba in 1992 and became the Chiba Lotte Marines.
    • Kawasaki Velodrome
      9.33 Km from Kanagawa
    • Nihon Minka-en
      16.00 Km from Kanagawa
    • Christ Church, Yokohama
      17.37 Km from Kanagawa
      Christ Church, Yokohama (横浜山手聖公会 Yokohama Yamate Seikokai) is a historic Anglican church located in Yamate, Yokohama, Japan. Providing a center of worship for both Japanese and English language based congregations the church traces its foundation to 1863, shortly after the formal opening of the treaty port of Yokohama. The church building has been rebuilt and refurbished on several occasions as a result of fires, earthquakes and the incendiary bombing experienced during the later stages of the S...
    • Bandit (Yomiuriland)
      19.35 Km from Kanagawa
      Bandit (バンデット, Bandetto) is a steel roller coaster located at Yomiuriland in the city of Inagi, near Tokyo, Japan. Built in 1988 by the TOGO company, it was the fastest roller coaster in the world when it was built (taking the record from American Eagle at Six Flags Great America). It lost the record to Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point one year later.
    • Yomiuriland
      19.36 Km from Kanagawa
      Yomiuriland (よみうりランド, Yomiurirando) is one of the larger and well known Japanese amusement parks near Tokyo, first opened in 1964. It is situated on hillsides, and features modern thrill rides such as roller coasters and water flumes. It is home to Yomiuri Giants Stadium, one of the training fields for the Yomiuri Giants baseball team, and was the primary training ground before Tokyo Dome was completed. It is operated and run by the Yomiuri Group, the parent of media conglomerate Yomiuri Shimbun...

    Points of Interest near Kanagawa

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    • Japan
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      Japan, 〒220-0005 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama, 西区南幸 2-1-22 相鉄ムービル 3F
    • Yokohama Museum of Art Grand Gallery
      Designed by Tange Kenzo and housing works by both Western and Japanese artists, including Picasso, Braque, Kandinsky, Kishida Ryusei, and Yokoyama Taikan.
      Yokohama Museum of Art Grand Gallery 3 Chome-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 220-0012, Japan
    • Nippon Maru Memorial Park
      Located on the "Bund" waterfront in Yokohama is the Nippon-Maru Memorial Park, where pride of place goes to the three-masted sailing ship popularly called the “Swan of the Pacific.”

      Now a training vessel, it is open to visitors on guided tours.
      Nippon Maru Memorial Park 2 Chome-2-1-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 220-0012, Japan
    • Yokohama

      Situated 20 km (12.5 miles southwest of Tokyo, Yokohama was an unimportant little fishing village until 1854, when Japan’s long centuries of self-imposed isolation came to an end.

      Foreign diplomat’s traders, and missionaries where at last able to enter the country. But the unrest they inspired prompted the Tokugawa government to move theme all here to guarded compound on the village flats ostensibly to guarantee their safety, but more importantly to contain the contamination of their uncouth way’s and ideas.

      The ploy worked well enough until the Meiji Restoration, when those Western ideas where needed to modernize the country. In 1869 Yokohama became an international port, and the burgeoning international community quickly spread beyond its confinement to the high ground still known today as the Bluff. In 1872 Japan’s first railway went into service between Yokohama and Tokyo, and the city began to flourish.

      The two cities have twice shared the same destructive fate. The great Kanto earthquake of 1923 destroyed some 60000 homes in Yokohama and took over 20000 lives. The next twenty years of reconstruction and growth were wiped out overnight, in may 1945, when American bomber leveled nearly half the city. the harbor was hastily restored during the Korean War and today is one of the busiest and most important trading ports in the world.

      With a population of some three million, Yokohama no longer sits in Tokyo‘s shadow. In many respects, in fact, it is the more cosmopolitan city preferred by many residents of the greater metropolitan area as a place to live the work. If you are on a short visit to Japan, your excursion time might be better spent elsewhere. But Yokohama’s great waterfront, port redevelopment project, museums, and restaurants should still keep it high on your list.

      Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
    • Japan
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      Japan, 〒212-0011 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kawasaki, Saiwai Ward, Saiwaicho, 2 Chome−679 河辺ビル 2F
    • Engakuji
      Engakuji, founded in 1282, became the second most important in the group of monasteries called the Gozan (“Five Mountains”) a hierarchy established in the 14teh century for the Zen temples under the official patronage of the shogunate.

      Engakuji is Kamakura’s largest temple complex; often wracked by fire and earthquake, 17 of the original 46 building have survived.

      Two of these are registered as National Treasures: the shariden (hall of holy relics) built in 1282 and the huge belfry on the hill above.

      The bell 2.5 m (8-ft) tall, was cast in 1301. The belfry on the hill above. The principle building open to the public at Engakuji is the butsunishi-an ceremonial hall, where visitors can take part in a tea ceremony.
      Engakuji 409 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 247-0247, Japan
    • Tokeiji
      Known as the “Divorce Temple,” which was unique as a sanctuary for the women of the warrior caste seeking an escape from unhappy marriages. If the victim managed to make her way here and stay for three years as a nun, she could obtain a decree of divorce from the shogunate and go free.

      The homotsukan (treasure house) of Tokeiji has a collection of Kamakura-period paintings, sculpture, and calligraphy, some of which are registered as Important Cultural Objects. Also on the ground is the Matsugaoka Bunko, a research library established in memory of D.T. Suzuki (1870-1966), who pioneered the study of Zen Buddhism in the West.
      Tokeiji 1367 Yamanouchi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken 247-0062, Japan
    • Kamakura

      Japan’s austere, ruthless, but statesmanlike new ruler, Yoritomo Minamoto set up his government in Kamakura well away from the “softening” influence of court life that had been the undoing of his predecessor, Kiyomori, First of the national rulers to take the title of sei=I tai-shogun (“barbarian-sub-during great general”), Minamoto expanded and consolidated his power by confiscating lands form some of the defeated Taira and redistributing them to his samurai vassals.

      Minamoto died in 1199, and the feudal structure passed intact to the tutelage of his widow’s family, the Hojo, who were content to paly regent to a figurehead shogun, in much the same way as the Fujiwara had done with the emperor. The fiction of Japanese imperial power had become infinitely extendable, the emperor at Kyto- still seconded by a Fujiwara regent at court—legitimized a minamoto who was himself a military dictator controlled by a Hojo regent. In a country where form and substance were inextricably interrelated, two things counted in politics: symbolic authority and real power. Neither could exist without the other.

      A thwarted Mongol invasion in 1274 weakened the Kamakura regime. The fighting brought none of the usual spoils of war that provincial warlords and samurai had come to expect as payment. And the treasury was empty after earthquake, famine and plague had crippled the economy. Buddhist monasteries were using their private armies to support imperial ambitions to bring power back to Kyoto. Worst of all the Kamakura warriors resenting the way the Kyoto court referred to them as “Eastern barbarians,” sought refinement in a ruinous taste for luxury: extravagant feasts, rice costumes, and opulent homes. Kamakura was falling apart.

      Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
    • Sengaku-ji

      Located in Shinagawa which is, otherwise not very rich in tourist attractions; this is one gem that should not be missed.

      Sengakuki is a temple that evokes one of the most popular stories in all of premodern Japanese history.

      Thousands of visitors come annually to Sengakuji to lay incense on the tombstones and walk through the small museum called Hall of the Loyal Retainers, where weapons, personal effects, and other memorabilia are preserved.

      Sengaku-ji 2 Chome-11-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 108-0074, Japan
    • Shibuya Station
      An estimated three million people pass through Shibuya station every day.
      Shibuya Station 2 Chome Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan

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    Graphic showing average weather in Kanagawa in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 4.6 63.9 40.3 25.2
    Feb 4.8 100.7 40.6 39.6
    Mar 8.1 131.6 46.6 51.8
    Apr 13.5 160 56.3 63
    May 17.7 143.8 63.9 56.6
    Jun 21.4 190.2 70.5 74.9
    Jul 25.6 140.7 78.1 55.4
    Aug 26.7 196 80.1 77.2
    Sep 23.3 271.3 73.9 106.8
    Oct 17.4 238.9 63.3 94.1
    Nov 12.3 120.2 54.1 47.3
    Dec 7.4 94.3 45.3 37.1

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