9 August 2019 Miura, Kanagawa, Japan

DAYS IN CHIGASAKI, MIURA AND KAWASAKI @ KANAGAWA

DAYS IN CHIGASAKI, MIURA AND KAWASAKI @ KANAGAWA

Finally, here comes the final post of my Kanagawa trip - days in Chigasaki, Miura and Kawasaki. For this post, I will focus more on Miura and Kawasaki. For Chigasaki, I only briefly talk about the food there as we only passed by the city. This post gonna be another long post as I want to try my best to share the itinerary with you all. Enjoy reading and feel free to leave a comment if you have any inquiry.


(Chigasaki)
Chigasaki is a city in the Shonan region of Kanagawa prefecture sandwiched between Fujisawa to the east and Hiratsuka to the west. It’s the main claim to fame is as the birthplace of surfing in Japan. The coastal area is lined with surf shops.


Lunch : Amagoya.



Come pay a visit and enjoy the huge seafood BBQ! Choose from 45 different delicious dishes, including grilled scallops, shrimp, various fish, and their special pot-in-seafood rice, prepared fresh daily at Shonan seaside. You can also order from their la carte menu. Amagoya Special Sashimi Assort assortment which cost just 1,000 yen only!





Taste the fresh seafood grilled! Please be sure to eat fresh seafood, 45 kinds of grilled seafood and exquisite seafood earthen pot rice (it taste so delicious! You guys must try)

All you can eat for 80 minutes, only, 2,980 yen (3,218 yen with tax) per person.




Price
Elementary school students : 1,680yen (1,814yen with tax)
Children under elementary school age: 1,180yen (1,274yen with tax)
Children under 3 - Free


Details
Location : 187-7 Yanagijima, Chigasaki-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Opening hours : Daily (11.00am - 9.00pm)
How to access : 
- From Tokaido Main Line Chigasaki Station, please take a bus or taxi. 
- The nearest bus stop is Hamamidaira Entrance (8 minutes on foot).


(Miura)



Miura is located on the very southern end of Miura Peninsula in southeast Kanagawa Prefecture, surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, with Sagami Bay to the west. 

To the south of the urban area and port is the island of Jōgashima, connected to the city by a bridge. It is a popular destination for weekend tourism. The Jōgashima Lighthouse was built by the French engineer Léonce Verny at the end of the 19th century.



Misaki Port.



Misaki is one of the port town located in Miura peninsula. It is one of the large Tuna unloading port in Japan. Therefore, there are many Tuna related stores and fish market.

By the way, did these stone looks like bacon? Lol


Misaki Fish Market (Wholesale).



Miura City Misaki Marine Products Local Wholesale Market also is known as "Misaki Fish Market" in a way that everyone is familiar with. Watch high pitched bidding for tuna and other fish.

P/S : this market is only for watching.



The transaction is roughly divided into two: coastal products (such as squid and mackerel) and frozen tuna. Previously, both trades were done in the existing fish market. Among them, frozen tuna was transferred from "Miura City Low-Temperature Wholesale Market" (completion of March 2030) from April 24, 2020, and started trading.

Tuna (including bluefin tuna, bluefin tuna, southern bluefin tuna, etc.), swordfishes, and coastal and offshore seafood (sabah, sardines, horse mackerel, squid, yellowtails, yellowtails, etc.), especially frozen tuna are famous for trading on the day There are about 400 to 1000 trades.

Guidance of Visit
A tour corner is available on the second floor of the market for the general public's visit. There is a reception on the second floor, so please take a tour after filling in the provided reception register. The tour looks down on the market from the walkway on the second floor. A time zone suitable for the tour is from 8:00 am to 9:30 am.

Details
Location : No. 245, Misaki 5-chome Miura City, Kanagawa Prefecture 7.
How to access : By public transportation, go to Kijima Island from Misakiguchi Station of Keihin Electric Express Railway and go to Misaki Port, and get off at "Misaki Port" bus stop.  Walk to the right in front of the harbor, and you will find a 7-story white building on the quay of the left-hand side, which is the end of the direct production facility "Urara".


Sea Tour Ship Nijiiro Sakana Go.



Misaki Port is also the embarkation point for the Nijiiro Sakana Go. This small boat offers cruises lasting around 40 minutes, with its glass-windowed bottom allowing passengers great views of Miura marine life in its natural habitat. 

Those wanting to take in the port area more speedily can hire bikes from a rental point by Urari Marche.





My first time seeing fishes like this. What a great experience for me.

However, since I'm having motion sickness, so I felt a little bit of nausea. Thus, if you're worried about nausea, you should take some pills before onboard.



Lunch : Misaki-kan.



Misakikan is located in front of Misaki Port. They offer various tuna menu with confidence.

I love its exterior and interior design because it looks so retro and traditional.



Maguro Set
  • “Hatsu”, the heart of tuna, is a rare part of tuna. You can hardly taste it. We offer the “hatsu”, tuna cheek, tuna tail, and special “Mebachi tuna” as a lunch meal.
  • Shigureni of hatsu (tuna heart stew seasoned sweetened soy sauce)
  • Sashimi Mebachi tuna
  • Grilled dish Grilled tuna cheek with teriyaki sauce
  • Fried dish Tempura of tuna tail
  • Seaweed salad
  • Rice, Miso soup, Japanese pickles




Tried the popular Maguro set and it's so tasty!

Price : 2,500 yen

Details
Location : 5-2-9 Misaki Miura City, Kanagawa Prefecture 238-0243.
How to access : Take the bus bound for Misakiko at track No.2 from Misakiguchi Sta. (Keikyu Line). Get off the bus at Misakiko Bus-tei. It takes about 1minuites walk from the bus stop.


High Tea : Misaki Donuts.



Before we heading to Kawasaki, we stopped by at Misaki Donuts to have some high tea.

It's not in our itinerary, we just randomly dropped by.


I'm so glad we did because their donuts are delicious! They have a variety of donuts and we had chosen the orange chocolate and original flavour. Ordered a cup of hot chocolate for myself because I'm having period during that moment.

Details
Location : 3 Chome-3-4 Misaki Miura-shi Kanagawa-ken.
Opening hours : Weekdays (11.00am - 5.00pm) Weekends (10.00am - 5.00pm)


Hotel : Maholova Minds Miura Hotel.

For a luxurious stay after touring Kamakura and the Miura Peninsula, treat yourself to a night at the Hotel Maholova Minds Miura on Tokyo Bay. Savour a delicious meal of freshly-caught tuna and other fare prepared with only the highest-quality ingredients. All of the spacious guest rooms have spectacular ocean views, and you can even see Mount Fuji when the skies are clear. This lavish resort hotel offers a wide variety of accommodation plans catering to all guests.


Look out upon the ocean and feel liberated as you relax in your lavish, spacious guest room. Japanese hotels are known for being cramped, but even standard-type rooms at Hotel Maholova Minds are an ample 64 ㎡ or more. Then there's the top-level Royal Suite, which at 160 ㎡ is as large as some single-family homes, and features a jacuzzi room overlooking the bay! A fireworks display is also held here and draws about a hundred thousand onlookers every year.





This is the view from my room. So pretty right? Love the cotton candy cloud!


One of the best parts of any vacation is enjoying the local food. The highlight of the dinner buffet is the all-you-can-eat tuna, featuring specially selected fish from the nearby Misaki Fishing Port. You can also enjoy a wide variety of authentic Japanese dishes prepared with fresh seafood and locally grown vegetables. More of the meat-eating type? Not to worry. With a truly extensive menu, there's something for everyone!

Details
Location : 3231 Kami-miyata, Minamishitaura Town, Miura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
How to access : Approx. 60 minutes from Shinagawa by Keihin Electric Express Railway. Convenient access from Haneda and Narita Airport. (A complimentary shuttle bus will pick you up at Miurakaigan Station)


(Kawasaki)
Just south of Tokyo, lining the Tama River, are the factories and refineries of Kawasaki City. This industrial area lights up at night, drawing photographers and tourists for bus and boat tours. If you're looking to escape the tourist spots of Tokyo, come and experience the unique festivals, venues, and museums of Kawasaki.

Kawasaki is easily accessible from both Tokyo and Yokohama. Kawasaki Station is 18 minutes from Tokyo Station and eight minutes from Yokohama Station by train on the JR Tokaido line.



Japan Open-air Folk House Museum.



Minkaen is a splendid Open-Air Folk House Museum in Japan, located in Kawasaki city, adjacent to Metropolitan Tokyo. It is known for the remarkable collection of old Japanese folk houses, such as farms and merchant houses. 

Many of them are important cultural properties of Japan. The essence of traditional Japanese architecture, beauty, and functionality, are well reflected even in Japanese folk houses.





To conserve these valuable historic buildings from the past, the city of Kawasaki began to re-erect original buildings of Edo period in Minkaen.

Visiting Minkaen, you may find yourself standing in the middle of the old Japanese folk village of 17th to 19th Century, and will get the insight into the rich heritage of living and traditional culture of Japan.




Now they count over twenty-five and were collected from all over Japan. Most of them have a thatched roof. These old thatched-roof houses, together with surrounding wooded area created a charming old folk village with nice strolling path wove through.


Minkaen has an exhibition hall for the traditional architectural interests, design, and construction of the old folk house, house building tools, and also shows the farmer’s tools and implements used in daily life.

Special exhibitions are held regularly throughout the year. The traditional festival, straw craft making, traditional craft workshop, folk storytelling, and seasonal farmer’s “Kabuki” play or puppet play, are carried out.

Details
Location : 7-1-1 Masugata, Tama Ward, Kawasaki City, 214-0032 Japan.
Opening hours : March - October (9.30am - 5.00pm), November - February (9.30am - 4.30pm) *Closed on Monday*
Admission fees : Adult (500 yen), Students and >65 years old (300 yen), Children (Free)
How to access : (by train) 13 minutes walk from the south exit of Mukogaokayuen station (Odakyu line)


Lazona Kawasaki Plaza.

Lazona is a 5 story mall located in Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki. The building adjoins Kawasaki Station, which is operated by the JR East railway company, and it is a three-minute walk from Keikyu Kawasaki Station which connects the city to Shinagawa.

Lazona was built in 2006 with a desire to create an American-style shopping center in the suburbs of Tokyo. The structure of the building consists of five circular floors located around a big plaza in which visitors are encouraged to take a seat under the shadow of a tree and relax in between waves of shopping.




For me, I just shop for GAP and STUSSY for the outfits. And GAP is having 50% sales! Lucky me~

Lazona counts over 300 stores, most of which are located on the first three floors. Among these shops are international clothing brands like Zara, Gap, American Eagle Outfitters, Lacoste, Diesel, and The North Face, but also traditional kimono shops. All of them are run by screaming ladies that will try to catch your attention at any cost.


Also have electronic stores, beauty drug store and varieties of restaurants which including Italian, French, American, Chinese, and Japanese, etc. There are no shops here, only a gym and a movie theatre, but there is also a long corridor from which you can sit and observe the sweaty crowd underneath the sun rays. 

Details
Location : 72-1, Horikawacho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, 212-8576.
Opening hours : Daily (10.00am - 9.00pm)
How to access : 
Kawasaki Station
- JR Tokaido Main Line
- JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
- JR Nambu Line
- JR Ueno Tokyo Line


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