Kanagawa events, Yokohama, Kamakura

Best five must see events guide in Kanagawa for April 2018 (w/Photos)

Fun events held in spring in Kanagawa. Enjoy street performance, such as Juggling, magic or experience traditional culture. You also can enjoy in many ways with your children. Kanagawa is located next to Tokyo. So it’s easy to take a day trip from Tokyo.

Events with kids

1. Yokohama Street Performance 2018

April. 14 to April .15. 2018

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One of the biggest event which is held during spring in Yokohama is Yokohama Street Performance. Noge area in Yokohama is a popular place for street performance and “Noge Daidogei (Street Performance)” is held on a regular basis. Yokohama Street Performance is an event derived from this event. Yokohama Street Performance celebrate 30 times. 300 performers per day do street performance just like Pantomime, Juggling, and Balloon art, magic. Visitors will be more than a million for two days. Yokohama Street Performance is an annual festival where street performances are held at various places in Yokohama such as Isezaki-cho, Minato Mirai 21 area. Especially at Minato Mirai 21 area is popular because you can enjoy street performance and Yokohama bay.

Schedule

April. 14 to April .15. 2018

Related event

Yoshida-machi ART and JAZZ・Noge Daidogei (Street Performance) 
April.21 to April.22.2018

Access & address

JR Keihin-Tōhoku Line , Sakuragicho Station 3-minute walk
From Haneda Airport by train about 30minutes

・Address Minato Mirai ,Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
・Map

Admission & reservation

Visit free
No reservation required

Official website

http://daidogei.jp/

2. Shōnan-sai (Southern beach festival)

April 28 to April 29.2018
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Shōnan-sai is a festival which is held at Southern beach chigasaki. The purpose of this festival is to enjoy together as citizens and participate. This festival started in 1994 and this year is the anniversary for the 25th time.
The theme of this festival is “Live together sea and people”. So many activities are related to the sea. Beach soccer is a soccer played on the sand, team members of 5. You can feel differences between grass and sand. Related prize also nice. Paddling contest is a paddle back and forth till popular rock reef, Eboshi-iwa to compete for speed. In addition, more than 50 eating and drinking stalls are open in Shonan stand village.

Schedule

April 28 to April 29.2018

Access & address

Southern beach chigasaki

JR Chigasaki Station 25-minute walk
From Haneda Airport by train about 80 minutes
Address: 4-12 Nakakaigan, Chigasaki 
Map

Admission & reservation

Free of charge
No reservation required

Official website

http://www.chigasaki-kankou.org/event/shonan/

Event for traditional cultural experience and learn history

3.Kamakura Festival

Sunday. April. 8 .2018 – Sunday. April .15.2018

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is located the end of Komachi-dori(street) from Kamakura Station. The main spot of spring event, Kamakura Festival since 1959. Kamakura is an old historical town just like Kyoto, Kanazawa. By the 12th Century, Kamakura had developed into a center of Japanese politics and culture. So you can find many things related to the warlord Minamoto-no-Yoritomo or The Hōjō clan. The shizuka no mai dance (the ritual dance stage) which dance during Kamakura Festival is also related to Minamoto-no-Yoritomo. Besides Yabusame (shooting arrows on horseback) is also nice to watch. While galloping through a riding ground, the archer with dressed up like samurai shoots an arrow at its target. Nodate (Outdoor tea ceremony ) is also a wonderful cultural event.

Schedule

Sunday. April. 8 .2018 – Sunday. April .15.2018
April. 8 / 15:00 - The shizuka no mai dance (the ritual dance stage)
Saturday, April, 14 to Sunday, April, 15 / 10:00 - 15:00 Nodate( Outdoor tea ceremony )
Sunday, April, 15 / 13:00 – Yabusame(shooting arrows on horseback)

Access & address

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
From JR Kamakura Station 15 – minute walk
From Haneda Airport about 45 minutes by train & walk
Address :  2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura
Map

Admission & reservation

Free of charge
Yabusame(shooting arrows on horseback) visiting fee required

Official website

http://www.kamakura-info.jp/topics/57961

4. Dohi Festival / warrior procession

April 1, 2018
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Dohi Festival or warrior procession. This parade shows the Kamakura warriors of Minamoto-no-Yoritomo who was a samurai and a hero about 830 years ago for marching to war. The parade starts at Gosho-jinja Shrine at around 10:00 and walk till on Yogawara Station. A long parade with participators dressed up like samurai and their subordinates walk around the town.
Gosho-jinja Shrine is a popular spot as a sacred power place in Yugawara. So nice to visit this shrine during festival. Yugawara is also popular for hot springs. Stay Japanese ryokan and enjoy hot spring!

Schedule

April 1, 2018
10:00 – around 11:30

Access & address

Gosho-jinja Shrine
JR Yugawara Station 15-minute walk
From Haneda Airport 90 minutes by train
Address:359-1Miyashita, Yugawara-machi, Kanagawa
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Admission & reservation

Free of charge
No reservation required

Official website

http://www.yugawara.or.jp/event/details.php?log=1364522644

5. Historic Building Surrounded by Fresh Spring Foliage Open to the Public,

Rinshunkaku / Important Cultural Property in Japan
April. 28.2018 – May.6.2018

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Sankeien Garden is located at Honmoku, Yokohama. There are buildings in this garden designated as an important cultural property of Japan. Rinshunkaku and Renkain.
Usually you can’t visit inside the buildings. Every year, historic building Rinshunkaku is during Golden week( Japanese holidays) open to the public. Rinshunkaku is a building which is built more than 200 years ago, during Edo period. It is said that this building was Iwa goten(the summer house of Tokugawa family). Renkain is a luxurious building which is built during the Taisho period.
There are more other historical buildings in this Sankeien garden. So you can find charm of old history during walk through this garden. Recently you will find many foreigners walking at this location dressed up in kimono.

Schedule

April. 28.2018 – May.6.2018
9:00 - 17:00

Access & address

Sankeien Garden 
From JR Yokohama Station 35 minutes by Yokohama city bus
From Haneda Airport about 60 minutes by train

Address: 58-1 Honmoku Sannotani, naka-ku, Yokohama
Map

Admission & reservation

Adults( 15 years old and above) 700 yen
Children (Elementary school & junior high school students) 200 yen

Official website

http://www.sankeien.or.jp/index.html

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