Friday, December 8, 2017

[Japan Nissan Car Rental in Kanagawa] The Kanagawa Areas You Must Visit in Japan - Yokohama ➔ Enoshima ➔ Kamakura ➔ Hakone with Nissan Rent a Car

Road Trip in Japan

Driving through the Kanagawa Area 

Yokohama, Enoshima, Kamakura, and Hakone

with NISSAN Rent-a-Car

Where is and What's in Kanagawa?

Kanagawa Prefecture is a city in the suburbs of Tokyo,
and is filled with popular tourist spots!
It has a totally different feeling to it compared to Tokyo!

Photo source: Must Love Japan  
 Some of the main places people like to go visit include 
Yokohama (横浜), which is a port city, 
Hakone (箱根), famous for its hot springs, 
Kamakura (鎌倉), known for its history and culture, 
and Shonan (湘南), loved for its beaches.



Narita Airport (成田空港)
Wakasu Seaside Park (若洲海浜公園)
Nanjya Monjya Cafe (なんじゃもんじゃカフェ)
Yokohama Chinatown (横浜中華街)
Yamashita Park (山下公園)
Minato Mirai 21 (みなとみらい21)
Manyo Club (万葉の湯)


Hayama Marina (葉山マリーナ)
Marlowe Pudding Shop (マーロウプリンショップ)
Hayama Cafe CABAN (葉山カフェCABAN)
Enoshima, Kamakura Koukou-mae (江の島、鎌倉高校前)


Start from Narita Airport 

Things to Make Sure Before Renting a Car

⊛If booked in advance⊛
🗹International driver's license
🗹Confirm whether the vehicle is designated
🗹Expressway ETC card loan ↠ ::: Pass through tole gates with ETC :::

⊛Rent on the spot⊛
⊶ Cash and credit cards accepted

You will need an international driver's license!
How to get one
1. Copy of your passport

2. Driver's license
3. One passport-size photo


 ❶ Which Side to Drive on 
Don't let the right hand side steering wheel fool you,
Japan drives on the left side!
If you're from America or any other country
that drives on the right hand side,
it's important to know 
you will be driving on the opposite side in Japan!
However if you are from a place where they drive on the left side,
you're a-okay!

 ❷Big Turns vs Small Turns 
When you make a turn at an intersection, 
in some countries right hand turns are small curb turns.
However in Japan, 
it's important to keep in mind that
right hand turns are normally wide,
where as left turns are small and simple. 

 ❸ ETC Cards Make Life Easier 
An ETC Card enables you go through toll booths
quickly and easily. 
It's really nice because nothing is more of a pain
then scrounging around for change for the toll. 
The toll will save on the chard, 
and once you return the car you pay the toll fee then!

*Side note*
ALL cars include a navigation system
that is available in many languages.
The staff can set up the language you desire
for you before departure.
When adding an a specific address,
it's recommended to enter the destination's phone number
or map code for accuracy. 

 ❹ Gas 
You will get the car with a full tank of gas,
and are expected to return it the same way out of courtesy. 

There are three different types of fuel, 
and this is the one time "green means go",
doesn't apply.
Whatever "light oil" is,
you don't need it!
The only gas you will need is from the red tank,

*You will be asked to show the receipt
from the gasoline station or other proof of purchase.

If you do not return the car with a full tank, 

you will be asked to pay a fuel surcharge based on the distance driven.

 ❺ Returning the Car 
When it's time to return the car,
you just need to signed documents from when you received it. 
A staff member will check the car for dents/scratches
and to make sure you have all of your belongings.
If you have any other fees (like the ETC Card),
you will pay them here. 



You can easily go all around Kanagawa by train,
but this time we wanted to do something different
and decided to rent a car and go driving around Kanagawa!
It was a nice change of pace.

We ended up getting a SUV, X-TRAIL
which seats 5 people.
It was super spacious and sooth when driving.

Plus it's a hybrid!
So that was a nice plus!


The Perfect Spot to See Tokyo Gate Bridge
 Wakasu Seaside Park (若洲海浜公園) 
Tokyo landmarks like Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree are well known!
One landmark that may not be so known to non-Tokyoites is the Tokyo Gate Bride!
 This spot at Wakasu Seaside Park is said to be the best place to see it.

Tokyo Gate Bridge Interesting Structure
The Tokyo Gate Bridge is also called the Dinosaur Bridge
because its structure "looks like two dinosaurs facing each other".
Some people don't know though that there 
is a specific reason for it's interesting structure.
The height of the bridge had to be restricted to less than 100m (328ft) 
because it's so close to Haneda Airport
 and aircrafts fly low over this area. 
At the same time, 
the bridge had to be high enough for the ships to pass underneath it.
Hence one area of the gate is on top,
and the other on the below.

In addition to the Tokyo Gate Bridge, 
there is a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji (if the weather allows it).
Even more,
Tokyo Gate Bridge connects Wakasu Park to Odaiba and Tokyo Bay.
 It's about 25.1 km from Haneda International Airport 
and about 11.5 km from Tokyo Disneyland!!
So when you're renting a car,
you can go to Tokyo Disneyland in no time!
MUCH less tiring compared to the train.


One of a Kind Tree House Cafe
 Nanjya Monjya Cafe (なんじゃもんじゃカフェ) 
Many people have great memories of climbing trees 
or having tree houses as a child.
However in Japan,
trees aren't something you normally see in the city.
Here though, you can go back into your childhood
 or experience something you never got to,
and relax in this unique tree house cafe.

There are all kinds of yummy foods and drinks
to go with the naturistic theme. 

Hours: 12pm - 5:30
Address: 5-55 Mitsuzawa Higashimachi, Kanagawa, Yokohama


Japan's Largest Chinatown
 Yokohama Chinatown (横浜中華街) 
Located in central Yokohama,
this Chinatown is one of the most visited places
in Yokohama!
In the mid 1800's,
Yokohama was a huge port for foreign trade
and Chinese traders eventually started settling here.

Now the area is filled with a number
 of Chinese stores and restaurants.
One restaurant that is said to have the best steamed buns
in Yokohama Chinatown,
and that restaurant Houtenkaku Shinkan (鵬天閣 新館).

Houtenkaku Shinkan (鵬天閣 新館)
Mon - Thurs: 10 - 10pm
Sat: 10am - 11pm
Fri and Sun - 10am - 10:30pm

Like most of Yokohama,
Yokohama Chinatown is most beautiful at night!!
The Zenrinmon Gate is known to be the symbol of Chinatown,
so be sure to stop by!


Peaceful Park by the Waterfront
 Yamashita Park (山下公園) 
Just straight from Chinatown and 
along Yokohama's waterfront is a public park.
It's pretty busy and on the weekends
you will often see street performers!


Yokohama's Major Entertainment Center
 Minato Mirai 21 (みなとみらい21) 
Minato Mirai 21,
meaning "Port of the Future (in the) 21(st century)",
is a popular business district that contains all sorts of attractions. 

❶ Osanbashi Pier (大さん橋)
Despite its modern looks,
Osanbashi Pier is the oldest pier in Yokohama
(constructed in the 19th century).
During the day it may not be so much,
but at night it's the best place 
to get an up close look to Minato Mirai!

❷ Unga Park (運河パーク)
From Unga Park you can see Cosmos Land
and known as Yokohama's perfect date spot. 

❸ Manyo Club (万葉の湯)
The Manyo Club is an unique hotel
that has a natural hot springs on the roof!
It's the ultimate way to relax and enjoy the beautiful city lights.
Normally most people would think this place
would be expensive,
but it's actually cheaper than other hotels!!

Yokohama Cosmo World (R), CUPNOODLE MUSEUM (L)

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (R), YOKOHAMA WORLD PORTERS (L)

11am - 8pm
10am - 6pm

11am - 8pm
10:30am - 9pm


 Hayama Marina (葉山マリーナ) 
The second day of our Kanagawa road trip was outside of Yokohama.
Our first stop was Hayama Marina, 
which is known for its yearly yachting competition.

It's here that you really sense the differences between
Tokyo and Yokohama.

Hayama Marina


Kanagawa's Original Cafe
 Marlowe Pudding Shop (マーロウプリンショップ) 
With only 7 shops in Japan,
this Kanagawa original cafe is LOVED
 for it's huge and caramely Japanese pudding 
(basically like creme brulee).
200ml (1 cup) beaker that is 

Of course the Marlowe pudding made from fresh ingredients,
 so it's a bit expensive compare to your regular Japanese pudding
(500 yen).
But if you get take out, 
you will be able to take the beaker home with you! 
So it's like a 2-for-1 deal.

There are pleanty of flavors
and all can be enjoyed either at the cafe or some place else.
If you are wanting the glass beaker,
you will need to order from the take-out menu. 

10am - 8pm


Coastal Cafe
 Hayama Cafe CABAN (葉山カフェCABAN) 
Along the Shonan coast is an open air restaurant/cafe.

There are sheets on top to create shade,
it can still get really hot.
Thus if you have any added protection,
we recommend using some!

We were really surprised by the beautiful arrangement.
The view of the ocean nearby made it as if
we were at a tropical resort.

Hayama Cafe CABAN
11am - 5pm


Places Called "The Oasis of Tokyo"
 Enoshima, Kamakura (江の島、鎌倉) 
At Shichirigahama parking lot (七里ガ浜海岸駐車場)
Afterwards we drove along the Sagami Bay coast 
of Kanagawa Prefecture behind Hayama.
Along with its historical culture,
Hayama is a popular resort area with a coast.
Even the Japanese Emperor and his family
have a summer home here!

Kamakura (鎌倉)
(L) Kamakura Kōkōmae Station (鎌倉高校前駅)/(R) Great Buddha (大仏; Daibutsu)
Kamakura is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan.
What was once a very important part of Japan for the shogunate,
Kamakura has so much history and culture
it is often mentioned as a "mini-Kyoto"!
The Great Buddha is one of the most famous monumental statues
in Japan, but another GO TO place in Kamakura
is at Kamakura Koko-Mae Station (鎌倉高校前駅).
For you Slam Dunk anime/manga fans,
you might recognize the picture above on the left
from the Slam Dunk opening!

✪Access to 
Kamakura Koko-Mae Station 

Enoshima (江ノ島)
(L) Enoshima Sea Candle/(R) Enoshima Beach
Enoshima is the perfect place for a little fun in the sun!
It's a small island off the coast of Kamakura
and in the summer many people go to play at the beach.
Near by are aquariums, temples,
and an observation lighthouse
that over looks the Sagami Bay. 

Hakone (箱根)
(L) Lake Ashi/(R) Hakone Onsen - Kowakien Yunetsu
Enoshima and Kamakura are of course famous 1 day trips,
but if you widen your journey a little further you can go to Hakone,
 one of Japan's leading hot springs.
Since we went by car,
it wasn't near as much as a hassle
 as it would have been if we took a train.


Road Trip around Kanagawa
 Nissan Rent-a-Car  
By renting a car to go around Kanagawa
it made seeing a new side to the area
even easier and more enjoyable!

Especially since things are a bit more spread out
in places that aren't Tokyo.

Road trips are super fun,
and recommend people trying it at least once

when they go abroad ^-^

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