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Cool Japan Guide / One-day trip / Kamakura

(Kamakura Street View)

Kamakura is an ancient city. It has flourished since warlord Minamoto Yoritomo established a new government in 1192. Kamakura is surrounded on three sides by mountains and the south side faces the sea, so this landscape was highly suitable for constructing a fort.
With its many historical temples and abundant natural scenery, the city is crowded with visitors throughout the year.
At 08:00 and around 17:30, you can hear the sound of bells tolling at the temple.
In order to protect this scenery, tall buildings are banned.
As souvenirs, we recommend pigeon-shaped cookies called hato sabre, or wooden items carved and lacquered in the Kamakura-bori style.

Traveling: 60 minutes from Tokyo Station to Kamakura Station on the JR Yokosuka Line. Or 60 minutes from JR Shinjuku Station on the JR Shonan Shinjuku Line. Go to Kita-Kamakura Station on the JR Yokosuka Line. Kita-Kamakura Station is one stop before Kamakura Station. Traveling time from Kamakura Station is 3 minutes. A 1-minute walk from the station.
Tokyo Station to Kita-Kamakura Station - 780 yen
Shinjuku Station to Kita-Kamakura Station - 890 yen

Visiting the Engaku-ji Temple

(Engaku-ji Temple)

The Engaku-ji Temple is a Zen temple built in 1282. The entire premises are designated as a national historic site.
There are many sights to enjoy on the extensive premises. ...
Sightseeing time: 60 minutes
Admission: 300 yen

Traveling: Sightseeing in the local area on foot. A 10-minute walk.

Kencho-ji Temple

(Kencho-ji Temple)

Established in 1253, this temple was the first Zen dojo (school) in Japan.
After you pass under the first gate, you will be facing the 30 m high Sanmon Gate. ...
Sightseeing time: 60 minutes
Admission: 300 yen

Eating Shojin-ryori

(Kencho-ji Temple Shojin-ryori / Image)

There are some famous shojin-ryori restaurants nearby where you can enjoy a traditional Buddhist vegetarian meal.

Traveling: Go to Kamakura Station from Kita-Kamakura Station on the JR Yokosuka Line. A 3-minute ride.
Fare: 130 yen

From the station, walk down Wakamiya-oji Street, the main street of Kamakura. After about 10 minutes, you will reach the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine.

Wakamiya-oji Street

(Wakamiya-oji Street)

Constructed along the lines of Kyoto, Wakamiya-oji Street was built by shogun Minamoto Yoritomo (1147-1199) and stretches 1800 m to the sea. The city of Kamakura was created around this street.
There is a raised stone walkway named Dankazura that leads from the station to the Hachiman-gu Shrine, forming an avenue of cherry trees and azaleas that is breathtaking in spring.

Visiting the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine

(Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine)

The Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine was built by shogun Minamoto Yoritomo after he established the Kamakura Shogunate in the 12th century.
Within the extensive premises, you will learn of the various legends involving samurai warriors.
If you ascend the stairs, you will have a full view of the city of Kamakura. ...
Sightseeing time: approx. 60 minutes
Admission: 300 yen (Kamakura Museum)

Traveling: It is fun to take a jinrikisha (rickshaw) from Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine on a quick tour of the area (9,000 yen for 2 people for 30 minutes).
After that, you can walk back to Kamakura Station.

Komachi-dori Street

(Komachi-dori Street)

This is the busiest shopping street in Kamakura, lined with souvenir shops and cafes and shops specializing in Kamakura-bori carved items, chopsticks and bamboo ware. The Kichoan Museum with its collection of the works of Rosanjin Kitaoji (1883-1959) is also situated on this street.
Born in Kyoto, Rosanjin possessed tremendous talent in various fields including calligraphy, pottery and painting. At the same time, he was also known as a gourmet who even opened a Japanese restaurant and made all the tableware for the restaurant himself. ...

Traveling: Change to the Enoshima Dentetsu train from Kamakura Station.
This train, nicknamed the Enoden, connects Kamakura and Fujisawa Stations over a distance of only 10 km. It runs close to private houses and along the sea shore, so it is very popular for sightseeing and enjoying the scenery, something like riding on a tram.
Arrive at Hase Station after about 5 minutes.
Fare: 190 yen

Visiting the Daibutsu (Great Buddha) at the Kotokuin Temple

(Daibutsu (Great Buddha))

A 7-minute walk from Hase Station.
Kamakura is renowned for the famous Daibutsu. Daibutsu means great Buddha statue and its formal name is Amida-nyorai-zazou. The Buddha statue here was made in 1252.
Its height including the plinth is 13.35 m and it weighs 121 tons. It is a wonderful statue, not only for its size but also as a sculpture that has retained its appearance since it was cast. ...
Sightseeing time: 40 minutes
Admission: 200 yen

Traveling: A 5-minute walk.

Visiting Hase-dera Temple

(Hase-dera Temple)

The historical Hase-dera Temple was built in 736. Thousands of tourists come to visit in the season of autumn leaves when the temple is lit up.
The main statue is the beautiful Hase Kan'non Statue 9.18 m (30.1 ft) in height.
It is called Juichimen Kanzeon Bosatsu (11-headed Goddess Kannon) because it has 11 faces with different expressions: one on top of the head, one facing front, 3 facing to the right and left, at the back and at the apex in addition to the main face.
This Bosatsu (Goddess) statue listens to the wishes of all people.
In Amida-do (the Amitabha Hall), there is Amida-nyorai. Minamoto Yoritomo had this statue made in shining gold to dispel evil spirits. ...
Sightseeing time: 60 minutes
Admission: 300 yen

Traveling: A 10-minute walk.

Walking on Yui-ga-hama Beach

(Yui-ga-hama Beach)

In good weather, enjoy a walk along the beach at Yui-ga-hama. Known for its beautiful sunsets, the area is filled with seaside visitors in the summer.
If you are lucky, you can see Mt. Fuji over the sea in the distance.
On the 2nd Sunday in August, a popular festival is held with a spectacular fireworks display over the water.

Traveling: A 5-minute walk back to the station. 3 minutes to Kamakura Station from Yui-ga-hama Station on the Enoden Line (fare: 190 yen). Yui-ga-hama Station is an unmanned station. Return home from Kamakura Station on the JR Line.
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By TS on Aug 4, 2012
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