Kamakura Day Trip: Top 4 Things to Do and See
A view made iconic by being featured in manga series Slam Dunk--Photo by hans-johnson
Minamoto Yoritomo—founder of the Kamakura shogunate—located his central headquarters in Kamakura which marked the beginning of the Kamakura Period. This era is famous for the rise of the warrior class (Bushi or Samurai). Bushi culture was developing at this time; as a form of mental discipline, they began the practice of Zen Buddhism. Hence, the first Zen temple in Japan was established in Kamakura.
Kamakura Bushi culture has played in important role in influencing Japan's society to this day.
Source: and for more information go to Kamakura's official tourist site here.
When is the best time to visit?
Unless you are going solely to the beach, I don't recommend going in the summer due to Japan's hot and humid summers. The optimal time for exploring Kamakura is in spring or fall. In spring, pink and white cherry blossoms swarm the city, and in fall, red and gold leaves cover the surrounding wooded mountains. Which make both seasons a worthwhile time to visit.
Tip: If you do go in the summer, there is plenty of ice cream and cold beer to be had at every turn, so you can cool off when it gets too hot.
You can reach Kamakura directly from Tokyo via the JR Yokosuka Line. Edit: as Christy pointed out in the comment section below, Odakyu Electric Railways offers a 1-day round trip pass from Shinjuku to the Enoshima-Kamakura area for 1,470 yen. This pass will cover all transportation you need to get to the locations on this list. It will save you around 1,000 yen(for the total trip), but it will take a little bit longer to get to Kamakura(about 34 min.).
To get the most out of your day trip to Kamakura, I recommend you start early in the morning. Without further ado, here are the top 4 things to do and see in Kamakura:
1. Sample Street Food While Exploring Komachi Street
A five-minute walk from Kamakura Station.
2. Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
3. Daibutsu (Great Buddha)
Approximately a 10-minute walk from Hase Station. Take the Enoden Line via Kamakura to Hase.
4. Eat Seafood and Watch the Sunset in Enoshima
Top spots to view the sunset from Enoshima
- Sea Candle
- Kamegaoka Square
- Nishiura Cove
- Southern Coast
- Enoshima Bentenbashi Bridge
Take the Enoden Line from Kamakura ( or Hase) to Enoshima.
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