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Cultural tip - Summer Vacation

August is the vacation season. Japanese summer is extremely hot and humid. Most of schools are summer vacation now. Many students are assigned some homework. Among them, Summer Research Assignment (Called “Jiyu Kenkyu” in Japanese) is a Japanese unique homework. Every student set own theme, and research it.
Although, summer vacation is not for assignment. Let’s get refresh not only students but also adults!


When you get tired of hot and humid weather, how about spending your time at KAN’NONZAKI KEIKYU HOTEL? You can relax by fresh sea wind.
There is a pool, hot spa and gorgeous campsite. Each room is cozy, and you can see a beautiful ocean from there. KEIKYU HOTEL may be the best place to enjoy your vacation.

For more details, click here.

Cultural Tip – Tanabata or the Star Festival

Tanabata or the Star Festival is celebrated on July 7th. According to a Chinese legend, the Cowherd Star (Hikoboshi) Altair and Weaver Star (Orihime) Vega, which are usually separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet on that day just once a year.

One popular Tanabata custom is to write people’s wishes on small, colorful strips of paper,and hang them on bamboo branches in the hope that their wishes come true.

Some places where you may see such branches are elementary schools, shopping arcades, and various significant public places.

Writing materials can be found at the following shop.


When you write your wishes, we recommend you write with a fude pen, which is a type of brush pen generally used for Japanese calligraphy. One of the wonderful features of this pen is that you can write many different kinds of lines just by applying different level of pressure on the pen.

SHINAGAWA BUNKADO is located on Blue Street and has a wide variety of writing instruments.

For more details, click here.

Cultural Tip – Children’s Day

May 5th is a national holiday to celebrate growth and health of children. Around that day, you can see carp-shaped streamers hoisted, which symbolize strength and courage. Chinese legend has it that carp become dragons when they swim up whitewater rapids.

Another way to get strength is to enjoy fresh fish at the following 2 restaurants near the sea!

1. Seafood Restaurant HAMAKURA

HAMAKURA is located right next door to Yokosuka Fish Market, offering exceptionally fresh fish. You can even enjoy breakfast at the restaurant as it opens from 8 a.m. on weekdays.

For more details, click here.

2. Japanese Restaurant NABURA

Please try out freshly caught fish and scalded whitebait, which will satisfy everyone’s taste buds. NABURA is located in the Yokosuka Port Market.

For more details, click here.

Spring has come! Let's go out and enjoy westside of Yokosuka!

It's getting warmer these days. Now is a great season to go out.
There are lots of place that satisfy your holidays.

This month, we recommend 2 places.

1. Nagai Seaside Park - Soleil Hill

Our park is located on a beautiful hill that captures a fine view of Mt. Fuji during clear weather.
In our large and family-friendly park, you can experience food which includes our freshly-grown vegetables from our gardens.
You can also have a wonderful time petting animals and baking fresh bread.

Soleil Hill page here

2. Tsukuihama Tourist Farm

Yokosuka is a region with warm climate and is prosperous in agriculture.
Visitors can enjoy picking/harvesting seasonal fruits and vegetables throughout the year at Tsukuihama Tourist Farm.
April is the best season of Strawberry.

Tsukuihama Tourist Farm page here