You want to discover Japan with a motorhome? Then start your journey through the country of the rising sun at the East coast at the placid city Hiratsuka.
For those, who like art, the Museum of Art with mostly regional exhibitions is very interesting. Afterwards the variegated City Park with its green areas, stone sculptures, man-made creeks and ponds and playgrounds invite you to rest and recover.
Also traditional shrines can be visited in Hiratsuka, for example the Kasuga shrine and the Hachimangu shrine. The second one is especially impressive in September while the annual Bonbori Matsuri (lantern festival), when it’s illuminated by numerous lanterns.
Hiratsuka is well known for the Tanabata festival in July. On the occasion of this festival, the streets of the city center are richly and colorfully decorated – the decoration is said to be the most beautiful Tanabata decoration in whole Japan! So, if you travel through Japan in July, you should not miss the Tanabata festival in Hiratsuka, no matter what.