Top 10 Tourist Attractions & Best Things to Do in Kamakura, Japan

There are lots of temples and shrines such as the Great Buddha in Kamakura. Since it used to be center of Japan, those temples and shrines have very high historic value. Also not only temples and shrines, there are lots of beaches in Kamakura.


1. Kotokuin

1. Kotokuin

The Great Buddha is called “ Kamakura daibutsu” or “Hase no daibutsu”. It is located in a temple called “Kotokuin”. The statue was cast in 1252 and the height of the statue is over 11 meters.

It used to be covered with gold but the statue was damaged by natural disasters and the main hall was destroyed, so it became bronze like nowadays. “Kotokuin” is registered as national treasure in 2004. Since it is a worldwide famous place, it is good to visit at least once.

■Information
Name: Kotokuin
Address: 4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Phone: +81-467-22-0703
Close: None
Entrance fee: free
Access: 6 minutes from Hase station by foot

HP:http://www.kotoku-in.jp/
Map: Map to Kotokuin

2. Tsuruoka Hachimangu

2. Tsuruoka Hachimangu

Tsuruoka Hachimangu was founded by Minamotono Yoriyoshi in 1063. Then it was moved to current site by Minamotono Yoritomo.

Other than main hall (Honden), it has maiden, Yabusamedo, Shirahata shrine and Kamakura museum( Kamakura Kokuhokan). Shirahata shrine is said it has luck for business and victory.

■Information
Name: Tsuruoka Hachimangu
Address: 2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Phone: +81-467-22-0315
Time: 6:00~21:00
Entrance fee: free
Access: 10 minutes from Kamakura station by foot

HP:https://www.hachimangu.or.jp/
Map: Map to Tsuruoka Hachimangu

3. Hase-dera Temple

3. Hase-dera Temple

Hase-dera Temple is also called “ flower temple”. The main statue of Kannon is one of the largest wooden statues in Japan which is 9 miters high. There are lots of flowers in the temple as it is called flower temple.

It is also known for hydrangea. Lots of tourist visit to see them in the season. You also can see seasonal flowers such as wisteria and azalea. In autumn, you can see leaves turning red, which is very beautiful. This place is a good place for family or couple.

■Information
Name: Hase-dera Temple
Address: 3-11-2 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Phone: +81-467-22-6300
Close: None
Access: 5 minutes from Hase station by foot

HP:http://www.hasedera.jp/
Map: Map to Hase-dera Temple

4. Enkaku-ji Temple

4. Enkaku-ji Temple

Enkaki-ji is a temple that is 1 minute walk from Kita Kamakura station. It is famous for beautiful seasonal view, especially autumn colors.

It is built by Hojyo Tokimune. It has a national treasure called “Hojyo sadatoki kishin no oogane and grave for Hojyo tokimune called” Butsunichian” in the temple. It is also famous for Zazen trial. You can join without reservation. It is open 6:00~7:00 everyday.

■Information
Name: Enkaku-ji Temple
Address: 409 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Phone: +81-467-22-0478
Close: None
Access: 1 minute from Kita Kamakura station by foot

HP:http://www.engakuji.or.jp/
Map: Map to Enkaku-ji Temple

5. Zeniarai Benzai Tenugafuku shrine

5. Zeniarai Benzai Tenugafuku shrine

Zeniarai Benzai Tenugafuku shrine is 25 minutes walk from Kamakura station. It is said if you wash your money in the shrine’s spring, it will double. It is said Minamotono Yoritomo built this shrine on the day of the snake in the month of the snake in 1185.

Then Hojyo Tokiyori prayed the family will be bigger by washing money, that made people think it would make the money double if they wash with the spring called “Zeni aria mizu”. Because of this story, it is said it is more effective if you wash your money on the day of the snake. That shrine’s spring comes from the cave in the shrine.

■Information
Name: Zeniarai Benzai Tenugafuku shrine
Address: 2-25-16 Sasuke, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Phone: +81-467-25-1081
Time: 8:00~16:30
Close: None
Access: 25 minutes from Kamakura station by foot

Map: Map to Zeniarai Benzai Tenugafuku shrine

 
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6. Ofuna Kannon Temple

6. Ofuna Kannon Temple
photo by yokotama_yk   /   embedded from Instagram

You can see the white kannon statue from Yokosuka line or Tokaido line. Ofuna Kannon temple is a temple that has the white Kannon statue which was built in 1929 by local volunteer people.

It is a symbol for Ofuna that lights up at night and makes it more beautiful. Not only Japanese but lots of East West Aian visit since it is a worldwide famous statue.

■Information
Name: Ofuna Kannon Temple
Address: 1-5-3 Okamoto, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Phone: +81-467-43-1561
Time: 9:00~17:00 / (winter) 9:00~16:30
Close: None
Entrance fee: Adult 300 yen / Child 100 yen
Access: 5 minutes from Ofuna by foot

HP:http://www.oofuna-kannon.or.jp/
Map: Map to Ofuna Kannon Temple

7. Hokoku Temple

7. Hokoku Temple

Hokoku temple is famous for a temple that has beautiful view, that got three stars from Michelin green guide. Those green bamboo that is reaching to the sky is breath taking. That is why this temple is also called “ Bamboo temple”.

The Japanese garden is also a spot to look since it’s beautiful. Entrance fee for the temple is free but for bamboo forest, it costs 200 yen. If you want to try green tea and snack, it costs 700 yen. It is a good place for people who want to relax.

■Information
Name: Hokoku Temple
Address: 2-7-4 Jyomeiji, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Phone: +81-467-22-0762
Time: 9:00~16:00
Close: December 29th to January 3rd
Access: 7 minutes from Kamakura station by bus. Getting off at Jyomeiji

HP:http://www.houkokuji.or.jp/
Map: Map to Hokoku Temple

8. Kamakura Museum of Literature

6. Kamakura Museum of Literature
photo by schoconk   /   embedded from Instagram

Kamakura Museum of Literature has lots of material about writers such as Kawabata Yasunari, Natsume Soseki, and Akutagawa Ryunosuke. In 1889, the transportation got more convenient since Yokosuka line opened. So lots of writers moved to Kamakura. Those writers are called “ Kamakura bunshi”.

Those writers made a group called “ Kamakura pen club”. The entrance fee depends on the events, but things like looking their books is are free. Tell them that you just want to look the books at ticket booth.

■Information
Name: Kamakura museum of Literature
Address: 1-5-3 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Phone: +81-467-23-3911
Entrance fee: Depends on the events
Access: 7 minutes from Yuigahama station

HP:http://www.kamakurabungaku.com/
Map: Map to Kamakura museum of Literature

9. Yuigahama Beach

9. Yuigahama Beach

In summer, lots of people visit Yuigama beach. It is known as the longest beach in Kamakura, and also a spot that can see Mt. Fuji. The beach opens only for summer but in other seasons, you can see people who take for a walk or surf.

Near the beach, there is a place called “ Kamakura kaihin park Yuigahama area”. You can see old Enoden train or play at play ground looking at the beach. If you want to enjoy Japanese summer, this is a good place to visit.

■Information
Name: Yuigahama Beach
Address: 4 Yuigahama, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Phone: +81-467-23-3000
Close: None
Access: 15 minutes from Kamakura station by foot

HP:http://yuigahama.sos.gr.jp/
Map: Map to Yuigahama Beach

10. Shichirigahama Beach

10. Shichirigahama Beach

Same as Yuigahama, it belongs to Sagami bay and it is about 3 kilo meters long, the beach is called Shichirigahama. It is used for drama shooting often, you can see Mt. Fuji on your right and you can see Enoshima island in front.

In Edo period, Katsushika Hokusai drew a picture called “Sousyu Shichirigahama”. Also Utagawa Hiroshige drew called “ Sagami Shichirigahama”. The view is chosen for “The best shore in Japan Top 100”. It is located at Shichirigahama station. How about stopping there and look at great ocean?

■Information
Name: Shichirigahama beach
Address: 2 Shichirigahama higashi, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Time: None
Close: None
Access: Enoden Shichirigahama station

Map: Map to Shichirigahama beach

Let’s look around sightseeing spot in Kamakura!

Kamakura is a city that is close to Tokyo and that has historical places. It is fun just to walk around. There are more famous shrines other than we introduced today, why don’t you walk around and find them. Also you can find lots of good food. Please come to kamakura for sightseeing!

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