Kamakura is a place rich in nature and surrounded by mountains and the sea. You can visit it many times and never tire of it. There are many temples and shrines as well as blooming flowers that can be enjoyed during all seasons, especially the time of the hydrangeas and the fall colors which unfold to form splendid scenery. You can spend your extra time experiencing zen meditation, writing a copy of Buddhist sutra, or tracing pictures of a Buddhist image. There are plenty of famous stores with delicious food or traditional art. Let’s take a walk around Kamakura!
- 5th Berrick Hall
- 4th Ehrismann Residence
- 3rd. Wakamiya Ōji
- 2nd. Komachi Street
- 1st. Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine
1. Spot ranking in Kamakura Station area
5th. Kamakura Owl Forest
Kamakura Owl Forest is a spot where you can enjoy observing and touching owls up-close. Inside the Komachi Street building, you can touch real owls of various sizes. There are not just owls, but squirrels as well, which can all be hand-fed by you. There are many cute owl souvenirs all gathered together in the gift shop. The entrance fee is 680 yen for middle school students and up, 480 yen for children aged 4 to elementary school, and free for children 3 and under. Hours of operation are 10:00 am to 5:30 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
It is located on Komachi Street, just a 5 minute walk from the east exit of JR Enoden Kamakura Station.
Minamotono Yoritomo, who opened Kamakura Shogunate in 1180, also made Egaraten-Jinja. The god of scholarship, Sugawara no Michizane, is enshrined here. He helps honest and hardworking people, so many people visit his shrine. The sacred tree of“Ichō”is a large tree standing at a height of 25 meters tall and with a circomfrance of 10 meters. In the autumn, the tree is lit-up with beautiful golden colors. It is a famous place for plum trees as there are 100 different plum trees planted here. Plum tree viewing is from the end of January to the beginning of March. Free worship times are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
From JR Enoden Kamakura Station take the Keikyu Bus Line 4 to “Daiga Palace”, get off at “Tenshimae”, and walk 3 minutes.
3rd. Wakamiya Ōji
Wakamiya Ōji is a path leading from Yuigahigahama to Tsuruoka Hachimangu and is said to have been built by Minamotono Yoritomo in 1182 to pray for the safe delivery of his wife’s child Masako. From the seaside the first, second, and third Japanese torii arches lined up. From the second torrii arch to the third torii arch, there is an elevated path called “Dankazura”. There are restaurants , cafes, and boutiques lined up left and right on Wakamiya Ōji. It was chosen as one of Japan’s top 100 things to do. Komachi Street has as few stores with Kamakura’s traditional artwork and shops with Kamaura sculptures.
To get there, go to JR Enoden Kamakura Station, leave from the east exit, and walk 3 minutes.
2nd. Komachi Street
From Kamakura Station to Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine there are a lot of souvenir shops on Komachi Street. It is a sightseeing spot where many tourists gather. No matter when you visit, the area is always crowded with tourists from overseas, families, couples, students and so on. It is a good place to eat while walking around and there are many restaurants and cafes. Kamakura’s famous candy like “Tomisakiya no hatosabure”and “Kamakura goro no hangetsu” are sold on Komachi Street and are popular even with people who don’t care for Japanese candy.
To get to Komachi Street go to JR Enoden Kamakura Station and leave from the east exit. Look for the special large red torii arch where the entrance is.
1st. Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine
In 1063, a warrior calleld Genji Yoshimasa opened Kyoto’s Shishimizu Hachimangu Shrine for prayer to protect the Yuigahigahama area. It was moved to it’s current location at the time when Minamotono Yoritomo started the Kamakura Shogunate. After that, the city of Kamakura was built with Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine in the middle. Kamakura’s streets, the waking path in-between the two lanes of traffic, and the mountains behind the magnificent Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine have been symbols of Kamakura since long ago and are very popular. On the plaque raised above the gate that says “Hachimangū”there is the charatcer for “eight” represented by a pair of doves.
The dove is the messenger of the god Yawata and thus Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine is also known as “Igumi” (dove palace). Beautiful Japanese scenery can be seen here. Dove motifs made into protective amulets and printing books are special souvenirs of Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine. Worship time is from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.
The treasure gallery is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Go to JR Enoden Kamakura Station, leave from the east exit, and walk 10 minutes.
2. Getting to Kamakura Station from Tokyo
From Tokyo Station, take JR Yokosuka line for Kurihama. It takes about 55 minutes to Kamakura. The fare is ¥920.
3. Other area list
Zaimokuza – Omachi area
Kamakura station area
Kita Kamakura area (Northern Kamakura area)
Inamuragasaki – Shichirigahama area
Hase – Yuigahama area
Kanazawa Kaido area