This article was created in partnership with Kanagawa Prefecture
When most people think of a holiday in Japan, their minds instantly jump to the hustle, bustle and lights of Tokyo. While the capital is definitely worth visiting, Japan also offers so much more when it comes to unique experiences.
Kanagawa Prefecture, a short distance south of Tokyo, is abundant with culture, history, culinary experiences and breathtaking landscapes. It’s also home to spectacular beaches and popular surf spots.
Kaius Potter and Sasha Brown from Australian surf label The Critical Slide Society (TCSS) recently spent four days exploring Kanagawa Prefecture, discovering why this part of the country is so special. Armed with their super 8 video camera and 35mm static imagery camera, the pair departed Tokyo and headed down to the peaceful coasts of Kanagawa. Their first stop was the seaside town of Kamakura, which is full of significant religious and historic monuments. The most famous of these is the Great Buddha of Kamakura, which was originally built in the 13th century and towers at over 11 metres tall.
After a meander down the sprawling Komachi Street – famous for a wide range of gourmet eateries as well as boutique shopping – Kaius and Sasha headed to the small island of Enoshima. Well known for its sandy beaches, Enoshima is the ideal spot for a relaxing swim and sunbathe.
The avid surfers spent their second day in Kanagawa catching waves at Shonan Beach. This is one of the country’s most popular beaches, and has an array of other water sports and activities on offer for visitors. Kaius and Sasha’s day ended with an indulgent stay at the luxurious Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone.
Hakone’s breathtaking natural beauty and clear views of Mt. Fuji make it a must-see for visitors to the area. It was here that Kaius and Sasha spent their last two days in Kanagawa, exploring the historic shrines and being awed by the volcanic landscape of Owakudani. They also discovered the Hakone Open Air Museum, which even houses works by Picasso. With days spent exploring and evenings spent indulging in their accommodation at Hoshino Resorts KAI Sengokuhara, the pair’s time in Kanagawa Prefecture was a mixture of adventure, relaxation and exceptional experiences.
Keen to keep exploring Japan’s diverse coastline, Kaius and Sasha made their way south to Ito in Shizuoka Prefecture. Again, they stayed in a Hoshino Resorts branch, this one called KAI Anjin. The resort’s peaceful hot springs allowed for the perfect way to unwind and relax from their busy days and offered the ideal end to their trip to Japan.