When the head samurai of the Genji clan, Minamoto Yoritomo (the first Shogun of Kamakura Shogunate), took up arms against the Heike clan (late 13th), the local soldiers from this area immediately declared themselves to be with him. Later (in the early 17th century), it became a territory of the Tokugawa Shogunate. British sailor and blue-eyed samurai, William Adams (Miura Anjin), received land here. In the mid 19th century this area was developed as an important point for Japan’s national defense. Here is also the place that Commodore Perry left his first step on Japan.
To commemorate these historical facts, there are quite a few memorial spots in this area.
Joga-shima Island in the south of the peninsula is a fun seaside resort. Because of the Pacific Ocean’s current, it is much warmer than other areas in winter. Near Joga-shima, there is also the enjoyable Misaki Fish Market. It is famous for its large catches of tuna.
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1 Tsukayama Koen Park: Memorial of the Blue-eyed Samurai
2 Verny Park: Memorial of the French Technologist for Steel and Shipbuilding
3 Kannon-zaki Lighthouse: The entrance of Tokyo Bay
4 Kurihana’s Perry Park: Commodore Perry’s first landing place
5 At Kanagawa’s scenic seaside resort: "At Kanagawa’s scenic seaside resort"
6 A fun one-day trip: A fun one-day trip
7 Misaki Fish Market: See the tuna bidding process in auction
8 Kawazu-zakura along the Keikyu Line: Early Cherry Blossoms
9 Aburatsubo Seaside Walking: Enjoy “Diamond Fuji”