Kamakura Day Trip

Let me be your guide for your Kamakura Day Trip. We’ll do a little sightseeing, possibly an easy hike if you’re up for it. And if we’re lucky, we may even get a view of Mt. Fuji. Oh, and we’ll definitely get a view of the beach!


Hike around Japan’s first samurai capital.
Kamakura is a lovely beachside suburb
dotted with some of Japan’s most beautiful ancient shrines and temples.
It’s also home to the iconic Daibutsu, or “Big Buddha.”

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Kamakura is a modern, upper middle class suburb of Tokyo, 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 “Tokyo’s Kyoto,” and its easy to see why.

Staying in Tokyo? Get out of the city for a day and explore Japan’s forgotten #samurai capital, Kamakura.

  • Destinations
  • Daibutsu (the Big Buddha)
    Famous Big Buddha of Kamakura, built at Kotoku-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 Kyoto elegance to Japan’s “Wild East.”
  • Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu
    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.
  • Remains of Okura Goten, seat of government of the Kamakura Shōgunate
  • 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
(covers up to 5 people!)

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