Day Trip to Kamakura

If you spend more than a few days in Tokyo, it’s worth taking a day trip to Kamakura, a resort town by the sea with dozens of Buddhist and Shinto temples. To get there from Tokyo, I advise you to take a Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass. This ticket includes a round trip from Shijuku to Fujisawa, and then unlimited train rides in between Fujisawa and Kamakura. You will have to pick an exact departure dates from Shijuku and then from Fujisawa, so be sure not to miss that. You can buy the ticket at the counter (where there is a queue) or at a machine (not that many tourists use that apparently). There are also several flyers on the Kamakura area, also in English, that you should definitely take – they can help you to plan out your day.
kamakura train


big buddha kamakura
The Big Buddha statue – you can also go inside & under the statue! make sure to check that out!

The basic route is to stop for the Great Buddha at the Kotoku-in Temple and then back to Kamakura for the Tsurugaoka Hachimangū shrine. On your way back to Fujisawa, you can also stop at Enoshima, a small island, where you can see the sunset and Mt Fuji. We saw this from the train actually, kind of, so we did not stop. Make sure you plan your trip so you won’t miss your train back to Shinjuku!

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine kamakura
Tsurugaoka Hachimangū shrine – Yes, you have to climb all those stairs, and if you’re lucky and there’s no sun in your eye, you have a nice view of Kamakura

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As I am always starving and in the mood for trying new food, we went to a small place called @round, not far from the Tsurugaoka Hachimangū shrine. There we had rice bowls with tuna and beef. I am crazy about those little rice bowls.

@round restaurant kamakura japan

@round restaurant kamakura

Have you been to Kamakura? If so, what are the best spots you would recommend?



8 thoughts on “Day Trip to Kamakura

  1. You have great travel posts! I always enjoy your pictures 🙂 Sadly, i’ve never been to japan, but i definitely want to 🙂
    P.S. That rice bowls look delicious!

  2. Oh I most certaily must add this to the list of places I want to visit in my life. Looks amazing:-) lovely post!

    <3: Jasmin N |

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