Kamakura is a beautiful town located on the Shōnan coast of Kanagawa Prefecture. It’s very popular with Tokyo residents because of the seaside. Thanks to its location close to Tokyo (about an hour) the coastal town
The many Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, green spaces and mountainous landscapes make it not only a winner with Japanese but with foreigners too.
Day trip int the cultural town of Kamakura
I combined my day trip to Kamakura
Let’s explore the things to do in Kamakura on a day trip from Tokyo.
What to do on a day trip to Kamakura
Admire the Great Buddha of Kamakura
We first made our way to Kotoku-in, home to the giant Buddha which to my opinion is like the symbol of the town. The temple is less than a 10-minute walk from Hase Station on the Enoden railway line.
The Great Buddha (鎌倉大仏) is the most popular attraction in Kamakura, and you see why when faced with the big statue. The seated statue called Daibutsu is over 12 metres (43 feet tall) and is the second tallest bronze Buddha after the one in Nara. The original sculpture was created in 1252 and used to be inside the temple however after an earthquake; it was moved outside the temple grounds.
You can even look inside the giant statue for 20 yen in addition to the 200 yen temple entry fee. So I was keen to do that however it was jam-packed at the time. The temple with packed with primary school children on school trips, so we didn’t waste too much time there and headed straight to Hasedera. I heard that it wasn’t worth visiting the inside as there isn’t anything to see really. However, for people who enjoy art, you can admire the craftsmanship that has gone into creating this giant figure.
After visiting the great Buddha, we made our way towards Hasedera temple.
Kotoku-in is not the only temple with a big statue. Hasedera (長谷寺) temple is home to the eleven-headed statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The
I had fun exploring the garden with lovely ponds and seeing the small statues of the Jizo Bodhisattva. There’s a small temple in the garden dedicated to Benten (or Benzaiten), a goddess of beauty and wealth.
Preparing your day trip to Kamakura
Getting the transport in Tokyo can be overwhelming sometimes with the number of choices. However, once you know your way around. Both JR lines will take you straight to Kamakura Station about an hour.
- JR Shonan Shinjuku Line from Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, or Shibuya Stations (920 yen – one way)
- JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo or Shinagawa Stations (920 yen – one way)
- Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass from Shinjuku (1,470 yen – return)
The cheapest option if you have a JR Rail Pass, will be to take either the JR Yokosuka Line or the JR Shonan Shinjuku Line. The JR Pass gives you unlimited access to all Japan Rail trains.
If you feel like a day isn’t enough to explore this charming
If you are planning a trip o Tokyo, you should consider visiting the beautiful coastal town of Kamakura. It’s a great day tip option.
If you’d like more Japan travel ideas, you can check out some of the articles below.
- Temple hopping in Tokyo
- Journey in Japan: Kyoto
- Exploring Fushimi Inari
- Journey in Japan: A Tokyo Itinerary
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