Kanagawa Prefecture is located next to Tokyo. Yokohama City is particularly a popular destination among foreigners for having Minato Mirai and the Yamate District. Also, in the western part of Kanagawa prefecture, there are Hakone and Yugawara hot springs, which are widely recognized nationwide and by foreigners. Check out some of the July events in Kanagawa in this article.

Children & Family Events

1. Kiteretsu Daihyakka × Doraemon –Inventions of the Edo Period and Secret Gadgets of the Future – January 25, 2018 (Thur) - January 15, 2019


The animation created by the famous cartoonist Fujiko F Fujio who is recognized worldwide was made into an exhibition. Doraemon and Korosuke introduce convenient items. It is held at the Exhibition Room Ⅱ in Fujiko F Fujio Museum. During this exhibition, the restaurant also offers special menus related to Doraemon and Korosuke. Dorakoro hamburger plate consists of a hamburger with a Doraemon shaped cheese on top and lovely Korosuke shaped ketchup rice. Their original clear plastic folders are also popular. Doraemon was sent from the 22nd century to the modern era, Korosuke has come to modern times from the 19th century. This comparison is interesting too.


・Dates: January 25, 2018 - July 2
Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00

Access & Address

・Location: Fujiko F Fujio Museum Exhibition Room Ⅱ
・9 minutes by shuttle bus from JR Nambu Line Noborito Station
・Approximately 45 minutes from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku by JR Yamanote Line, thereafter Shinjuku to Noborito by Odakyu Line
・Address: 2-8-1 Nagao, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa

Admission & Reservation

Admission fee: Adults 1,000 yen
Please buy reserved tickets at LAWSON convenience store throughout Japan.

Official Website


2. Gekidan Shiki Musical “The Bells of Notre Dame” Yokohama Performance – April 8, 2018 (Sun) – August 28 (Tue)


Gekidan Shiki is a theater company that has huge fans across Japan. There is a good reputation for their worldview and the high quality musicals. The musical performances of Gekidan Shiki are held at Kaat Kanagawa Arts Theater. In 2018 there is a Kanagawa performance for a limited time from April 8th to August 28th. “The bells of Notre Dame” is 2 hours 35 minutes show, starting with the opening scene of the Paris cathedral but it has a reputation that the time seems to pass very quickly until the ending. Kaat is a popular theater in Yokohama for playing some high quality musicals, theaters and concerts. In the neighborhoods there are popular spots for tourists such as Yokohama Chinatown and Yamashita Park.


・Dates: April 8, 2018 – August 28

Access & Address

・Location: Kaat Kanagawa Arts Theater
・5-minute walk from Minatomirai Line Nihon Odori Station
・50 minutes from Tokyo Station (40 minutes from Tokyo Station to Yokohama Station by JR Tokaido Line, 10 minutes from Yokohama Station to Nihon Odori Station by Minatomirai Line)
・Address: 281 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa

Admission & Reservation

Tickets can be purchased at Ticket Kanagawa(http://www.kanagawa-arts.or.jp/tc/)
Prices vary depending on the type of seats

Official Website


Food Events

3. Beer Garden with the View of Port 2018 – June 1, 2018 (Fri) – September 17 (Mon)


Harbor View Park (Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen) is a popular park for offering a full view of Yokohama port and Minatomirai region. The park features a beautiful rose garden too. At Port Hill Yokohama in the park, there is another popular spot. It is the beer garden that opens every year, where you can enjoy the view of the port. The barbecue course including 90 minutes of all-you-can-drink is the most popular menu. It is also allowed to bring your own food for the barbecue. In addition, KKR Port Hill Yokohama has accommodation facilities, so you can fully enjoy your stay. The Yamate district is one of the popular residential areas for the foreigners, so it is a fun place to interact with foreigners in the area.


・Dates: June 1, 2018 – September 17
Opening hours: 17:00-21:00

Access & Address

・Location: Harbor View Park (Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen)
・Closest Station: 7-minute walk from Minatomirai Line Motomachi-Chukagai Station
・Within 60 minutes from Tokyo Station (40 minutes from Tokyo Station to Yokohama Station by JR Tokaido Line, 15 minutes from Yokohama Station to Nihon Odori Station by Minatomirai Line)
・Address: Harbor View Park (Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen), 115 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa


Admission & Reservation

Admission fee: Adults 700 yen
Barbecue Menu Casual BBQ (including 90 minutes all-you-can-drink) 4,500 yen -

Official Website


Events to Enjoy Nature

4. The Little Prince Museum “Rose Fair 2018” – May 26, 2018 (Sat) – July 8 (Sun)


The Little Prince Museum is located in Hakone, which is a hot spring spot representing Japan. From June to July, you can see mainly red roses blooming, which is said to be the Little Prince’s favorite. During this period, the Little Prince Museum holds its Rose Fair 2018. In addition to enjoy the beautiful roses displayed in the museum, you will have an opportunity to see the work of their garden designer. There are also special desserts limited to rose fair and 20 dishes per day. The “selfish rose plate," which is a special rose dessert plate served with rose berry tart topped with rose sauce, milk pudding, vanilla and cassis sherbet is also popular.


・Dates: May 26, 2018 – July 8
Opening hours: 09:00-18:00

Access & Address

・Location: The Little Prince Museum
・Approximately 50 minutes by Hakone Tozan Bus from Odawara Station
・120 minutes by train and bus from Tokyo Station (Take Tokaido Shinkansen between Tokyo and Odawara Station)
・Address: 909 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa

####Admission & Reservation Admission fee: Adults 1,600 yen

Official Website


Contemporary Art Event

5. Yugawara Onsen Maritime Fireworks Festival– July 16, 2018 (Mon, public holiday)


At Yugawara fireworks festival, fireworks are launched from far out at sea.
You can see the Fireworks “Star Mine” launched from off the shore. At Yugawara fireworks festival, about 6,000 fireworks are launched. Although the launch scale is not the largest, the fireworks are impressive enough. Many people see the fireworks on Yugawara Beach or from the terrace of the hot spring hotel. Yugawara Onsen is known as a hot spring sightseeing spot close to Tokyo. It is a popular hot spring resort for being accessible from Tokyo and its abundant water flow. As you can find hot springs with clear and colorless water, it might make easier for foreigners to enter the water. There are many renowned Japanese traditional style accommodation facilities, allowing visitors to enjoy Japanese tradition as well.


・Date: July 16, 2018 19:30-

Access & Address

・Location: Yugawara Beach
・10-minute walk from Yugawara Station
・70 minutes from Tokyo Station by JR Tokaido Line
・Address: Yugawara-machi, Kanagawa

No admission fee

Official Website


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