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Top 20 Things to Do in Kamakura

Kamakura is really attractive travel spot not only Japanese but every visitor. This guide will let you not to miss essential places and provide with the attractive Kamakura experience.

#1. The Great Buddha in Kotokuin Temple

The Great Buddha in Kotokuin Temple

We cannot talk about Kamakura without seeing the Great Buddha in Kotokuin Temple. This bronze statue was cast in 1252 and now is the symbol of Kamakura. The height is as high as 13.35m including the base. Firstly you would be overwhelmed by the awesome sight. Also you can enter the inside the Buddha with an extra 20 yen. It is worth trying the usual experience.
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Kotokuin Temple

Address: 4-2-28 Hase Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours:
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM (April – September)
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (October – March)

Fee:
200 yen (Adult)
150 yen (Child)

Phone: 0467-22-0703

Website: Kotokuin Temple

 

#2. Hokokuji Temple

Hokokuji Temple

Hokokuji Temple in Kamakura is famous for its beautiful bamboo garden and is also called as bamboo temple.

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There is a tea house inside. If you pay an extra 500 yen in addition to entrance fee 200 yen, you can enjoy fresh green tea and some sweets in a very special atmosphere, surrounded with fascinating bamboo.
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Hokokuji Temple

Address: 2-7-4 Jomyoji Kamakura City,  Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Fees: 200 yen

Phone: 0467-22-0762

Website: Hokokuji Temple

 

#3. Enoshima Electric Railway Enoden

Enoshima Electric Railway Enoden
Photo Credit: fKen@lickr

Enoshima Electric railway is known as Enoden and has a long history over 100 years since its establishment. Enoden runs in many famous sightseeing spots between Kamakura and Fujisawa. Because of its convenience and cute nostalgic appearance, very popular for tourists visiting Kamakura. Also the attractive point about Enoden is the wonderful views from the windows. Beautiful beach,romantic sunset, colorful flowers in summer,even Mt.Fuji on sunny days. You would definitely enjoy them.

 

#4. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Tsurugaoka hachimangu Shrine is a famous historical shrine in Kamakura and its Hongu(Main Shrine) is an national important cultural property. Beautiful sakura in full bloom in spring and the horseback archery in Autumn are popular among not only Japanese but also foreign tourists. There are many more attractive events in every seasons.

Wedding and marriage in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Also Tsurugaoka hachimangu Shrine is famous for its unique cute charm. Marriage charm is popular especially among women or couples. It is  nice to buy for yourself, also good as souvenirs.
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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Address: 2-1-31 Yukinoshita Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours:
5:00 AM – 8:30 PM (April – September)
6:00 AM – 8:30 PM (October – March)

Fee: Free

Phone: 0467-22-0315

Website: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

 

#5. Zeniarai Benten Ugafuku Shrine

Zeniarai Benten Ugafuku Shrine

Zeniarai Benten Ugafuku Shrine is one of the famous shrine in Kamakura and located in a cave. The special point about Zeniarai Benten Ugafuku Shrine is that it is believed the water there have the power to bring good luck with money. So when you visit, please wash your money in holly water there and wish yourself good luck. Also keep in your mind that you should keep the money washed in your wallet and can use only on special occasions like buying lottery tickets.
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Zeniarai Benten Ugafuku Shrine

Address: 2-25-16 Sasuke, Kamakura City,  Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Fee : 100 yen

Phone: 0467-25-1081

 

#6. Starbucks – Kamakura Onarimachi

starbucks
Photo Credit: Shinji W@flickr

You might think Why starbukcks? However the Starbucks branch in Kamakura is very unique designed in a wooden Japanese style. The branch was build on the former residence of Ryuichi Yokoyama, famous manga artist and now is famous as one of the nicest cafes in Japan.

They have not only standard tables or sofas, but also a high ceiling, open space faces the garden, and even the pool. In spring season you can enjoy coffee, seeing cherry blossoms tree in the garden.This must be special relaxing moment.
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Starbucks Kamakura

Address: 15-11 Onarimachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Phone: 0467-61-2161

Website: Starbucks Kamakura

 

#7. Ceramics in a Japanese Old Style House

Ceramics in a Japanese old style house
Photo Credit: Takaranokama

There is a renovated Japanese old style house in Kamakura where you can have an experience of making ceramics. This house is located at the end of the approach of Jochiji Temple near Kita Kamakura station. So You can feel Kamakura history and culture too.

Ceramics in Takaranokama
Photo Credit; Takaranokama

The most popular art here is a vessel, using natural leaves. It is also nice to see a rare old ceramic art kiln or a deep drilled well. The beginners are welcome. It would be unforgettable experience.
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Takaranokama

Address: 1418 Yamanouchi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:00PM

Fee: 3,000 yen including material cost for one art

Phone:0467−33−4088

Website: Takaranokama

 

#8. Samurai Experience in Shisouan

Shisouan
Photo Credit: Shisouan

Kamakura is the place deeply associated to Samurai. Actually Kamakura shogunate was also established by Samurai. At in Kamakura, you can wear costumes, equipment or shoes of Kamakura period. As you can even be transformed yourself into historical characters, if you are interested in history, Shisouan must be very fun.
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Shisouan

Address: 6-1-23 Fueda, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
*Closed on Sundays and Wednesways

Fee: From 3,800yen

Phone: 0467-39-6412

Website: Shisouan

 

#9. Fresh Row whitebait Rice Bowl

Fresh Row whitebait Rice Bowl
Photo Credit] ume-y@flickr

The popular local food in Kamakura is row whitebait ball. Kamakura is very close to sea and there are many restaurants can serve fresh seafoods. So row whitebait in Kamakura is very fresh and has good texture. You cannot stop eating. It is also healthy. It is the popular way to eat row whitebait with gingers but every restaurants has different way to dish up or topping ingredients on bowl. Please find your favorite.

 

#10. Hydrangea in Hasedera Temple

Hydrangea in Hasedera Temple

Hasedera Temple is located along the slope of a hill and you can overlook Yuigahama Beach and Kamakura. This temple is also known as flower temple for its beautiful gardens and flowers. Especially 2,500 Hydrangea of 40 different varieties in early summer is gorgeous. Every season has different attraction and red leaves illuminated in autumn is also beautiful. A big wooden statue of Kannon (goodness of mercy) has 11 faces is famous and worth seeing.
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Hasedera Temple

Address: 3-11-2 Hase, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours:
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (March – September)
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (October – February)

Fees:
300 yen (Adult)
100 yen (Child )

Phone: 0467−22-6300

Website: Hasedera Temple

 

#11. Rickshaw Ride

Rickshaw ride
Photo Credit: Ignat Gorazd@flickr

You must try rickshaw in Kamakura. Rickshaw ride is one of  the most popular activities for tourists in Japan. The driver in traditional Japanese uniform is very knowledgeable about local information and gives you an exciting guided tour of Kamakura. You can learn history, culture of Kamakura and visit great spots, enjoying a good sight all the way.Also the guide take pictures of you at each spots and it would be great memory.

Rickshaw ride

Address: 1-9-12 Yuigahama Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0014
*You can find rickshaws not only HQ but everywhere in Kamakura.

Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Fees: From 3,000 yen

Phone: 0467−61-2100

Website: Rickshaw ride

 

#12. Kamakura Washcloth

Kamakura Washcloth
Photo Credit: Nugoo

The washcloth shop “Nugoo” in Kamakura is fascinating and popular among tourists. “Nugoo” specializes in not only their original washcloths but also Japanese traditional high-quality ones. Their original washcloth in the design of the Great Buddha or pigeon is very unique and popular as souvenirs. The touch is soft and highly recommended. Please drop in the shop when you visit Kamakura.
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Nugoo

Address: 2-10-12 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Phone: 0467−22-4448

Website: Nugoo

 

#13. Take a Walk Dressed in Kimono

Kimono

Kamakura is an fascinating ancient city with old buildings or stone pavement. It is highly  recommended to take a walk dressed in Japanese traditional clothes Kimono, feeling the atmosphere of Kamakura. The rental shop prepares all the necessary things to  wear Kimono, so you do not need any preparation. you can find your favorite Kimono from various types and if you want, you can have your hair styled that suits Kimono. Let’s enjoy Kamakura more wearing Kimono.

Kosode

Address: 2-7-31 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Fee: 4,000 yen

Phone: 0467−38−5043

Website: Kosode

 

#14. Try to Eat Kamakura Bowl

Kamakura bowl
Photo Credit: Own work@wikimedeia

Kamakura bowl is a new speciality of Kamakura, featuring shrimp cooked with eggs. Shrimp as tempura, deep fried, and boiled etc. All of them match well with eggs. You can enjoy the texture of fresh shrimp and soft eggs. Every restaurant serves their bowls in their unique ways. So you can find your favorite. It is nice time to have delicious Kamakura bowl during sightseeing and take a break.

 

#15. Inamuragasaki Onsen

Inamuragasaki Onsen
Photo Credit: Inamuragasaki hot spring

Inamuragasaki onsen is the only one natural hot spring in Kamakura, that has sauna and open-air bath too. It is hydrogen carbonate spring with amber colour and especially beneficial for skin ailments. Also reputed to have effects of beautiful skin, excreting body wastes and  recovery from exhaustion etc.

The location is perfect just in front of sea. You can see the marvelous view of Enoshima and Mt.Fuji in the restaurants next door. Especially the time around sunset is so romantic.
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Inamuragasaki Onsen

Address: 1-16-13 Inamuragasaki, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Fee: 1,400 yen

Phone: 0467-22-7199

Website: Inamuragasaki Onsen

 

#16. Komachidori Street

Komachidori Street
Photo Credit: Kouki Kuriyama@flickr

Komachidori street is a shopping street between Kamakura station and Tsurugaoka hachimangu Shrine. There are many souvenir shops and unique foods shops as big pancakes , chocolate croquette, soft ice cream flavored with purple potatoes etc. Octopus dumplings with whitebait is unique to Kamakura and popular for tourists. Furthermore many of them are easy to eat in one hand. So you can enjoy both eating and looking around shops. When you visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, please drop in Komachidori street and explore new Kamakura gourmet.

 

#17. Meigetsuin Temple

Meigetsuin Temple

Meigetsuin Temple is very famous for its beautiful Hydrangea and Iris. It is also called as Hydrangea temple and one of the most popular spots among tourists in June.

Meigetsuin Temple
Photo Credit: Guilhem Vellut@flickr

The main hall features the circle window and has very elegant atmosphere like Kyoto. Especially the view of red leaves in autumn from the window is very special and beautiful.
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Meigetsuin Temeple

Address: 189 Yamanouchi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm
*8:30 AM – 5:00 Pm (June)

Fees: 300 yen
*500 yen (June)

Phone: 0467-24-3437

 

#18. Enoden Kamakura High School Station

Enoden Kamakura High School Station

At Enoden Kamakura High School Station, there is a very famous railroad crossing which is used in many dramas, movies, video clips and anime etc. The most famous one is the opening scene of the anime “Slam Dunk” and a lot of people visit this station to take pictures of the crossing with the ocean view in the background. Actually this place was chosen as one of the top 100 rail destinations in the Kanto region for its scenery.

 

#19. Enoshima Aquarium

Enoshima Aquarium
Photo Credit: reikow@flickr

Enoshima Aquarium is widely popular among families, couples and tourists etc. Jellyfish Fantasy Hall is the one of the world’s best displays of jellyfish and very wondrous. It is worth seeing. You would feel as if you were in the water. Furthermore you can see not only exhibition but also a variety of show at Enoshima Aquarium. Especially the dolphin performance is the most popular show and overwhelming.
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Enoshima Aquarium

Address: 2-19-1 Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours:
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (January – February)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (March – November )

Fees:
2,100 yen (Adult)
1,500 yen (High School Student)
1,000 yen (Jr. High School and Elementary School Student)
600 yen (Child)

Phone:  0466-29-9960

Website: Enoshima Aquarium

 

#20. Yuigahama Beach

Yuigahama
Photo Credit: Jun Fukushima@flickr

Yuigahama is one of the widest beach in a seaside city, Kamakura. As the waves are calm, it is suitable for swimming and surfing and many people visit in summer. In other seasons also, it is very popular to take a walk or go on a date. The wind from the sea would make you comfortable and relaxed. The attractive point in Yuigahama beach is sunset too. It is highly recommended to see such a beautiful sunset.
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Website: Yuigahama Beach

 

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