Kamakura Travel Guide

Kamakura is located in the southeast area of Kanagawa Prefecture.  It is known as the birthplace of the Kamakura Shogunate where, for the first time in Japan, samurai took over the political power of the area.

Exiting the ticket gate at JR Kamakura Station, head diagonally to the right to reach Komachi Street.  This is the main sightseeing street in Kamakura and also is the approach to the Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine, which is representative of Kamakura.  There are many eateries and shops along this road and visitors can try the seafood rice bowls for which the area is famous.  When you exit Komachi Street, Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine comes into view.  If you are lucky, you may even be able to see a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony being carried out.

In addition to Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine, there are many shrines and temples in Kamakura.  For example, visitors can go to Hase-dera Temple where there is a gazebo overlooking the sea of Kamakura, Kotoku-in Temple where there is a Buddha statue, and Zeniarai-Benzaiten Ugafuku-Jinja Shrine which is said to increase luck in fortune.  In addition, Engaku-ji Temple and Kencho-ji Temple offer much history, and the hydrangeas blooming in June at Joju-in Temple is also a must-see.

Kamakura faces Sagami Bay and is also a popular area for swimming and surfing.  During the summer, many people head to Yuigahama Beach and Inamuragasaki Cape areas.  If you decide to go to the beach, make sure to check information to see if swimming is allowed during the season of your visit and if so, what hours swimming is allowed.

Transportation in the area is by bus, train or on foot.  The Enoshima Electric Railway travels along the coast from Kamakura to Fujisawa and the Shonan Monorail goes from Ofuna to Enoshima.  Access to Kamakura is convenient by train.  It is located 30 minutes by train from Yokohama Station in central Kanagawa Prefecture.

Tourism information: Kamakura

Map: Kamakura