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Travel Guide of Kamakura in Japan by Influencers and Travelers

Kamakura is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Kamakura has an estimated population of 172,929 and a population density of 4,359 persons per km² over the total area of 39.67 km². Kamakura was designated as a city on 3 November 1939.

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1 - Kōtoku-in

Kōtoku-in is a Buddhist temple of the Jōdo-shū sect, in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Its mountain name is Taiizan, and its common temple name is Shōjōsen-ji.

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2 - Zaimokuza

Zaimokuza is an area within the Kamakura, Kanagawa Pref., in Japan that runs along the sea from Cape Iijima near Kotsubo harbor to the estuary of the Namerigawa. The relation between the beach's name and that of its neighboring areas is complex.

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3 - Shore Excursions in Kamakura

If you have only one day to visit somewhere outside of Tokyo, Kamakura is the place to go! See the ancient capital of Kamakura, a seaside town of temples and wooded hills sometimes referred to Kyoto of eastern Japan. Then check out the bay area of Yokohama, Japan’s second-largest city. We have a list of professional guides in different languages to make your day fun and memorable. A chauffeured private tour is a perfect way to see Kamakura and Yokohama as it is not easy to get around in these two cities on your own using public transport in a limited time. Enjoy round trip transportation from your accommodation in a private vehicle. Relax on a full day excursion without being pressed for time or annoyed by others who you don’t know as it happens in group tours. *Select the places you want to visit and make a total of 6 hours *Customize your Kamakura, Yokohama tour according to your interests *Guide can give you recommendations to build your own itinerary *Round trip transportation

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4 - Hasedera

Hasedera Station is a train station in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, Japan, operated by Kintetsu Railway.

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5 - Yokohama Chinatown

   16 km away

Yokohama Chinatown is located in Yokohama, Japan, which is located just south of Tokyo. Its history is about 160 years long. Today only a few Chinese people still live in Chinatown, but it has a population of about 3,000 to 4,000.

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6 - Helicopter Tours in Yokohama

   16 km away

【OUTLINE】 Why don’t you enjoy the sky of the beautiful Yokohama Minato Mirai area with a charted helicopter? 20 minutes is an ample time to overlook the night view of Yokohama---the city center on the north and Enoshima on the south. A helicopter cruise would bring you and your company a luxurious time that could make you thrill. Since the entire helicopter is charted, it is best to have a little party for your birthdays or anniversaries. 【HIGHLIGHTS】 ・Yokohama Minato Mirai area where historic buildings, skyscrapers and nature stand in harmony ・A panoramic view of the night city 10 minutes after the sunset ・The success rate of making the marriage proposal is 100%!

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7 - アミューズメントパーク ウェアハウス川崎店

   27 km away
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8 - Sangenjaya

   38 km away

Sangenjaya is a district of Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan. It is also known as Sancha for short. It is home to many bars, cafes and restaurants. Some major streets include National Route 246, Setagaya-dori and Chazawara-dori.

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9 - Culinary Tour in Yokohama

   16 km away

Yokohama (横浜) is Japan's second largest city with a population of over three million. And there have a famous street named Chinatown, one of the world's largest Chinatown in the world. Accompanied by a guide, visiting several popular bars and restaurants.  Sample Yokohama food is just like ramen, japanese sake and Chinese food in Japanese flavor. Deepen your knowledge of Japanese culinary and cultural traditions and enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour limited to 8 people. 2-hour food tour of Yokohama’s nighttime food scene, with all tastings!

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Culinary Tour in Yokohama things to do in Kamakura

10 - Daiba

   40 km away

Odaiba today is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. Odaiba was initially built in this area for defensive purposes in the 1850s.

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11 - Statue of Liberty

   40 km away
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12 - Mountain Bike Tours in Kamakura

Come join a six-hour bicycle tour that beautifully opens up the history and nature of Kamakura and adds in some good food too! Visit a temple with a history of more than 1000 years, a shrine that gathers the faith of the local people, a beautiful garden where unique landscape scenery is combined with the ambient loveliness of Kamakura, a huge Buddha statue that stands as a symbol of Kamakura, the beautiful coastline of Yuigahama, and a local market where you can vigorously enjoy Kamakura’s charms, including colorful Kamakura vegetables. Despite the long list of highlights, this tour proceeds at a relaxed pace, with the 10km journey being along a nearly flat path, so even those who aren't usually big on exercise can sign up without fear. Guides, bicycle rental, and admission fees are included in the tour fee.

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13 - Yanbaru やんばる 渋谷店

   40 km away
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Yanbaru やんばる 渋谷店 things to do in Kamakura

14 - Hachikō Memorial Statue

   40 km away
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Hachikō Memorial Statue things to do in Kamakura

15 - Bike Rentals in Kamakura

You will not find this anywhere else! It is easy and lots of fun! People will take pictures of you! You look super cool!

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16 - Decks Odaiba

   40 km away
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17 - Shibuya

   41 km away

Shibuya Station is a railway station in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, operated jointly by East Japan Railway Company, Keio Corporation, Tokyu Corporation, and Tokyo Metro.

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18 - Roppongi Hills

   41 km away

Roppongi Hills is a development project in Tokyo and one of Japan's largest integrated property developments, located in the Roppongi district of Minato, Tokyo.

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Kamakura is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is located on the Pacific Ocean, 31 miles (50 km) southwest of Tokyo. In the past, it was the capital of Japan, which makes it a city with a very rich history. Kamakura is best known for its large seated Buddha statue which is the emblem of the city that you must see, but it has many other interesting places to visit. Despite the influx of tourists, Kamakura's nature is lush, which makes it particularly enjoyable to visit from spring to autumn. In particular, it is a beautiful destination in June for hydrangeas, during which the humidity accentuates the green of the vegetation. In the north of the city, there is a large concentration of Zen temples. Very extensive, it shelters more than ten temples and sanctuaries, of which here are the most important. First, the Egara Tenjin-sha, with its vermilion red color and its gardens, delights the visitors. It is frequented by schoolchildren and students who come to pray for the success of their exams. Sugimoto-dera, built in 734, is the oldest temple of the city that is worth a visit. It is also known as the "moss temple" because of the long moss-covered stairs leading to it. There, you will be able to admire statues of the eleven-headed goddess Kannon. A little further on, Hokokuji, the bamboo temple, attracts visitors for its bamboo grove. Finally, at the edge of the city, Zuisen-ji, a Zen temple founded at the end of the Kamakura period, is famous for its beautiful garden. Visiting the temples of Kamakura is not the only activity popular with tourists and Japanese. Kamakura is also the meeting point of many surfers and swimmers. You can also enjoy its beaches Yuigahama and Zaimokuza which are equipped and supervised for swimming in summer. You will have understood, Kamakura is a total immersion in the Japanese culture with the visit of its numerous temples full of history.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Kamakura

Which means of transport is the most suitable for visiting Kamakura?

The city is known to be difficult to access by car, whether it is the traffic jams or the lack of parking, you will lose precious time. We advise you to use public transport or to rent a bike, it will be enough to get around the city.

During your stay in Japan, Kamakura is a stop to make, the city is full of sites to visit, it should take you 2 days if you want to enjoy it properly.

If you're planning to explore Kamakura, you can easily stay in Enoshima, Fujiwara, or even Zushi, the Kamakura Prince Hotel and the Kamakura Park Hotel are nicely rated.

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