The prefectural capital city of Yokohama is less than 30 minutes from Shibuya station and shows a different side of Kanto’s urban landscape.
Yokohama is a city of diverse districts; The futuristic seafront of Minato Mirai 21 is full of international shops and restaurants while further along at Motomachi-Chukagai is Japan’s largest Chinatown. You will need to have your stretchy pants for a visit to the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, a food theme park of nine restaurants selling ramen from different regions of Japan. If you have not had your fill of noodles yet then there’s also the Yokohama Cup Noodles museum.
Although Yokohama is famous, when talking about Kanagawa prefecture, the prefecture itself is large. It stretches form the Tokyo bay to Shizuoka prefecture to the west. With beautiful popular beaches, such as Shonan, Zushi, Chigasaki, to the famous hot spa “Onesen” areas, such as Hakone area.
Diving here is popular. There are many reasons for its popularity, but one major reason would be its location from Tokyo. The Miura peninsula, the local station near the diving areas are less than an hour away from Yokohama station. The Hayama, Kamakura diving areas are the same. By car, it is an hour or two away from Tokyo. The local marine life are abundant as well. With many different sub currents flowing in to and from the Tokyo bay, many small size marine creatures are seen in all the diving spots. Many nudibranchs and endemic types of fishes.