Monday, 1 August 2011


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Kamakura (鎌倉市) is a coastal city in Kanagawa and is a popular daytrip from Tokyo.

The beach at Kamakura is popular with families and watersports enthusiasts. The surrounding area has a very Hawaiian-theme, with nearby shops and restaurants playing crackly Hawaiian radio and peddling beachy goodies.

However, the main draw to Kamakura is not the beach, but the large number of temples and shrines, including Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine, the largest Shinto shrine in Kamakura, Sasuka-no Inari, a quirky shrine with small fox statues and Daibutsu, the giant bronze buddha. 

The walk up towards the Daibutsu is particularly lovely with lots of traditional shops and food stalls offering icecream, biscuits, rice balls and more. 

The temples and shrines can be walked to on a hiking trail, find out more here:

How To Get There

The best way to get to Kamakura is to travel from Shinjuku on the JR Shonan Shinjuku Line.


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