Kamakura

Big Buddha, old temples, and big waves.

The coastal city in Kanagawa Prefecture is famous for its historic temples, the 43-foot Great Buddha statue, scenic hiking trails, serene beaches, and local cuisine.

4.7
out of 5

Kamakura, a coastal city in Kanagawa Prefecture, is known for its historic temples and the Great Buddha statue at Kotoku-in. Once the political center of Japan during the Kamakura Shogunate, it now offers numerous hiking trails and serene beaches.

Attractions

Start your journey at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, the primary Shinto shrine in the city, founded by Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura period. Another must-visit is the Great Buddha statue at Kotoku-in, an iconic bronze statue that stands over 43 feet tall and dates back to 1252. For a quieter experience, visit Hokokuji Temple, famous for its bamboo grove which provides a tranquil atmosphere for reflection. The Kencho-ji Temple, established in 1253, is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan and offers serene gardens and a panoramic view from its hilltop.

Natural Landscapes

There are several hiking trails that offer scenic views and a peaceful escape from city life. The Daibutsu Hiking Course connects Kotoku-in with several other temples and shrines, winding through lush forests and along the coast. For beach lovers, Yuigahama Beach is a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing during the warmer months.

Local Cuisine

When it comes to food, Kamakura does not disappoint. The city offers a variety of local dishes that reflect its coastal location. Try Shirasu-don, a bowl of rice topped with fresh young sardines, or indulge in Kamakura-vegetable dishes that highlight locally grown produce. Komachi-dori, the main shopping street, is filled with stores selling traditional sweets, local snacks, and souvenirs. Tea ceremonies in Kamakura offer a unique insight into Japanese customs and are a perfect way to experience local culture.

Average temperatures during the day in Kamakura.
June
25°
Jul
28°
Aug
30°
Sep
26°
Oct
21°
Nov
17°
Dec
12°
Jan
10°
Feb
10°
Mar
13°
Apr
18°
May
22°

What people say about Kamakura

4.7
People
4
Food
4
Spaces
5
Value
4
Safety
5

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