Kamakura Day Trip

Explore Japan’s first samurai capital


Hike around Japan’s first samurai capital.

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Kamakura is a modern, upper middle class suburb of Tōkyō, but from 1185 to 1333 this was the dē factō capital of Japan – and the seat of her first samurai government. The city is home to a myriad of shrines and temples, many of which date back to the 1300’s and earlier. You can take trains, buses, and taxis, but I think a leisurely hike through the mountains is a great way to get a feel for Kamakura’s appeal. Some call it Tōkyō’s Kyōto, and its easy to see why.

  • Destinations
  • Daibutsu (the Big Buddha)
    Famous Big Buddha of Kamakura, built at Kōtoku-in temple in 1252
  • Hase-dera temple
    Buddhist temple established in 686 with a seaside view that is still captivating 1,000 years later.
  • Hōkoku-ji temple 
    Established in 1332, this complex is famous for its bamboo garden which brought a bit of Kyōto elegance to Japan’s “Wild East.”
  • Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū
    Tutelary shrine of the Minamoto no Yoritomo, founder of samurai rule in Japan, and later the protector of Kamakura and eventually the entire samurai class
  • Zeniarai Benten
    Quirky shrine with a natural spring that became famous for “money washing”

Popular Add-ons

  • Visit the grave of Minamoto no Yoritomo, the founder of the Kamakura Shōgunate and Japan’s first great samurai government.
  • Ōkura Bakufu, the Kamakura Shōgunate’s seat of government
  • On hot summer days, some times checking out the coastline from the air conditioned comfort of a 1920’s train is the best way to beat the heat.
  • Try some local craft beer!
  • Door to door pick and drop off

Starts at ¥65,000
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