Kanagawa events, Yokohama

Best 5 Must-see Popular Events in Kanagawa in May, 2018 (w/Photos)

There are many touristic places in Kanagawa such as Yokohama, Kamakura and Hakone. Those places are quite easy to come from Tokyo. How about visiting Kanagawa after the sightseeing of Tokyo. In this article, we will show you recommended events that are going to be held in Kanagawa in May. Join those events and have better sightseeing.

Event That You can Enjoy with Your Children

1. Golden Week Special Guide from 28th April to 6th May 2018

source: flickr

“Golden Week Special Guide” is an event that is going to be held at Kanazawa Zoo in Yokohama. This zoo is known for having many large plant-eating animals such as koala, elephant, giraffe, and rare animals that only this zoo has in Japan such as mountain goat and bos gaurus. In this event, zookeepers will introduce you to each animal. Their explanation is easy to understand. They will talk interesting things that you can’t notice just by looking at those animals. On 5th Many, an event called “Shearing Sheep Show 2018” will be held. Zookeeper will explain about shearing sheep with demonstration. Let’s go to see fluffy sheep being sheared in seconds!


From 28th April to 6th May, 2018
From 9:30 am to 16:30 pm (final entrance is until 16:00 pm)

Access and Address

Kanazawa Zoo

6-minutes from Natsuyama-sakaue Bus Station

1 hour from Yokohama Station with Keikyu-honsen and bus

Kamariya-higashi, Kanazawa-Ku, Yokohama-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken

Fee and Reservation

You need to pay entrance fee.
It’s 500 yen for adult, 300 yen for high school student and 200 yen for elementary school kids and junior high school student. (on Saturday, entrance fee is free for parson under junior high school student)

No reservation is required.

Official Site


2. Hoist All Sails of Sailing Ship Nihon-Maru. Sou Han Ten Pan. On 13th and 27th May, 2018.


Nihon-Maru is a sailing ship for practice that was build in 1930. Since then, this boat had been used for about 54 years till 1984, going around the earth 45.4 times. The distance reaches 1.83 million km and over 11500 trainees had been embarked. Currently this ship is preserved in this Minatomirai as it was and opens to the general public. In May, they are going to hoist all sails of Nihon-maru. This event is called “Souhantenpan”. The beautiful appearance with all sails full used to be called “Swan of the Pacific”. In this event, about 100 volunteering people will help hoisting the all of 29 sails and show you the beautiful appearance. You can also go inside the ship. They are also going to hold the class of ocean. So let’s get inside as well.


13th and 27th May, 2018

Time for hoisting sails: from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Time for folding sails: from 15:00 pm to 16:00 pm

※ Canceled in case of stormy weather


Nihon-Maru Memorial Park

5-minutes from Sakuragi-cho Station
5-minutes from Minatomirai Station

10-minutes from Yokohama Station by bus

・2-1-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-Ku, Yokohama-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken

Fee and Reservation


No reservation is required.

Official Site


Contemporary Art Event

3.Emile Galle Collecting Nature from 17th March to 16th July 2018

source: fashion-press

Pola Museum is known for carefully selecting and exhibiting masterpieces of famous artists such as Monet, Renoir and Picasso. This museum is going to hold the first exhibition of Emile Galle. Emile Galle is an artist of glasswork. He is one of the artists of art nouveau in the end of the 19th century. He created many masterpieces with the knowledge and fine technics. In this exhibition, you can see his earlier works and even works of later years. The theme of the exhibition is “Nature”. Especially they put emphasis on “Wood” and “Sea”; most important things of his creativity for art. It is so silent inside. Because there are some café and restaurant, you can enjoy drinking or eating as well as art.


From 17th March to 16th July, 2018

9:00 am to 17:00 pm (last entry is at 16:30 pm)

Access and Address

Pola Museum

Close to “Pola Museum” bus station

It’s about 1 hour and half from Youkahama Station with train and bus.

・1285, Sengokuhara-kodukayama, Hakone-cho, Kanagawa-Ken

Fee and Reservation

Entrance Fee
1800 yen for adult, 1600 yen for Senior discount (over 65 years old), 1300 yen for university student and high school student, 700 yen for junior high school student and elementary school student

No reservation is required

Official Site


Event to Enjoy Nature

4, “Yokohama Spring Fair of Flower and Green” From 13th April to 6th May, 2018

source: miru-navi

There will be “Yokohama Spring Fair of Flower and Green” at Yokohama, signaling the coming of spring. This year, it is going to be held at Yamashita Park, Yokohama Park, Zounohana Park and Nihondai-dori Street. At Yokohama Park, 160000 tulips of 69 kinds are in full bloom. There will be tulip popularity vote. At Yamashita Park, you can buy garden aid of flower and green. Also there will be exhibition of flower and tree, and stage events. At Zounohana Park you can see flowerbed exhibition. At Nihondai-dori Street, there will be “Nihon hanadori”. You can certainly spend cheerful and fun time at each site with a lot of flowers. Every site has attractions such as historical building, shopping place, café, restaurant and place where you can see the sea. So this event is also good choice for the sightseeing. Let’s go for a stroll and enjoy flowers.


From 13th April to 6th May, 2018

(from 13th to 15th April ) 10:00 am to 17:00 pm (Yokohama Park, Yamashita Park) 
(from 13th April to 6th May) All day long (Zounohana Park, Nihonda-dori Street)

Access and Address

Yamashita Park, Yokohama Park, Zounohana Park and Nihondai-dori Street

5-minutes walk from Yokohama Park: Kannai Station

15-minutes from Yokohama Station by train and walk

・Yokohama Park, Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken

Fee and Reservation


No reservation is required

Official Site


5. Kurihama Hananokuni Poppy Festival From 7th April to 3rd June, 2018

source: PARKFUL

There are restaurants, sports facilities and garden with lots of blooming flowers in the premise of Kurihama Hanano-kuni Cosmos and Poppy Garden. This park used to be a place where warehouse of U.S. forces was. After U.S. force returned the premise, Yokosuka city had made it “Kurihama Ryokuchi” and the premise became a park. In spring, about one million Shirley poppies are in full bloom. Many people come visit this park to see them. Usually May is at their best. During Poppy Festival, you can see Island poppy, Nemophila, California poppy, Cornflower and Shirley poppy blooming in order. Every Saturday and Sunday they are going to have various events during the festival. Also on 2nd and 3rd June, you can join free poppy picking.


From 7th April to 3rd June, 2018

Welcome to Herb Garden: 21st to 22nd April (11:00 am to 14:00 pm)

Children’s Day Event: 5th May (from 10:00 am)

Kurihama Fair of the City of Flower, Spring: From 12th to 13th May (10:00 am to 15:00 pm)

YOKOSUKA Kurihama Hanano-Kuni HISTORIC CAR DAY: 21st April (10:00 am to 15:00 pm)

Free Flower Picking: 2nd to 3rd June (from 14:00) (canceled in case of stormy or rainy weather)

Access and Address

Kurihama-Hananokuni, Cosmos and Poppy Garfen, and others
15-minutes walk from Keihin Kurihama Station

・1 hour from Yokohama Station

・1, Jinmyo-Cho, Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken

Fee and Reservation

Entrance is free (There are some parts where you have to pay to enter, and also some events require fee to join)

No reservation is required.

Official Site


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