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Amanawa Shinmei Miya

(Amanawa Jinja)

甘縄神明宮 (甘縄神社)

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  As for the shrine, I think that Amanawa jinja is good to visit.  That is the oldest shrine in Kamakura called "Shinmei sama" by some locals.

  It's located on a hill in Hase and view from the shrine is nice. Amanawa jinja is the Chinju, a local Shinto deity who guards the neighborhood, of Hase area.

by Bar Magokoro 

(Bar)

  The oldest shrine in Kamakura which was founded before Kamakura Shogunate.  It is said that Yoritomo Minamoto, the founder of Kamakura Shogunate revered it.

  It's also said that Yasunari Kawabata liked sitting on the stone stairways spending a relax time.  This shrine worships Amaterasu-Oo-Mikami (the sun Goddess).

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by Tsuruya

(Grilled eel dishes)

  Many people including locals call "Amanawa Jinja (shrine)" in short.  But we call it " Amanawa Shinmei Miya" or " Shinmei Sama" since we offered our sweets for them.

  Both names point to the same shrine.  Anyway, it is a good ancient shrine which had been close related to the family of Kamakura Shogunate.

by Ebisuya

(Jp rice cake)

  Amanawa Jinja (Shinmei sama) and Goryo Jinja (Gongoro Jinja) are both recommendable.  If you go toward Hase station, it would be convenient to visit Amanawa shrine.

  If you want to enjoy a walk to the beach or the Gokurakuji area, it would be Goryo shrine because it's on the way.

by Ishiwata Genzaburo Shoten

 (Japanese dry foods)

  It's near The Great Buddha.  Many locals respect this shrine because it has dignity, while it's very simple.  I heard that it's the oldest shrine.  Actually we feel the exceptional charm in this shrine.

by Marugyuu

 (Japanese beef BBQ)

  It is said that Amanawa Jinja is the oldest shrine.  There are long outside stairs before the main building.

  If my memory is correct, a shrine in Hakone (a hot spring resort in Japan) has the same kind of stairways.  Shrines probably fit nicely to the long stairways.  It's located near the great Buddha.

by Magokoro

(Natural foods)

  Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine near JR Kamakukra is well known.  However, Amanawa shrine is the oldest in Kamakura and many locals visit there on a new year's day.

  Usually it is not so crowded with the visitors.  Very quiet and traditional place.

by Greensward

(Cafe & Bar)

  Very quiet Shrine is Amanawa Shrine near The great Buddha and Bungaku-kan. A walk along the stairways would be a good exercise after lunch.

by SYMPOSION

(Italian restaurant)

  It is said that this shrine is the oldest in Kamakura, which was built in year 710.  Not only as a historically old shrine, but it is famous for the tall Machilus thunbergii as well.

by Akaneya

 (Japanese kitchen & cafe)

 

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Anyoin

安養院

   

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Beach

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Inamuragasaki

  This seaside park is popular as a sunset viewing point with Enoshima Island, but I would like to recommend to spend a relaxing time on the lawn under the sunlight in the daytime, too.  Besides Enoshima, Mt. Fuji can be seen nicely when the sky is clear.

  There is a shade of trees which are properly planted.  A public lavatory separately for men and ladies and water service are also available in the park.

by JAMES & CO.

(Apparel & Bike Rentals)

Yuigahama

  I live in Zushi, a city next to Kamakura. Zushi is also a seaside city. So, the place I like the most in Kamakura is beach before any other tourist spots like temples or shrines.

  My recommendation is to have a drink while watching the sunset.

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  (Creative cuisine )  

Zaimokuza

  There is the oldest existing man-made port called Wakaejima Island 和賀江島.  Unfortunately, many stones have collapsed and we can only see that when the tide becomes low. 

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 by Tsukui

 (Okonomi yaki)  

Yuigahama

  There is Yuigigahama in front of Bar Magokoro.  Fishing boats stay on the beach and go out from there, which is a Yuigahama-like view. 

  At the time of opening our bar in the evening, sun-set scenery is nice, especially Kamakura fire works in July is unparalleled.

 

by Bar Magokoro

 (Bar)

Shichirigahama

  Coming up to Shichirigahama, Enoshima looks near and larger.  I think the view from here is the best panoramic view in Kamakura, while the scenery of Enoshima and Mt. Fuji from Inamuragasaki is also famous. 

  We can see Mt. Fuji in the back often in winter and sometimes in summer when the sky is cleart with low humidity.

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by Sangosho

(Curry, Steak)

Shichirigahama& Inamuragasaki

  The shoreline from Shichirigahama to the Inamuragasaki is a well-known travel route since the ancient times.

  However, that had been not so popular before Gokurakuji cut road was built in the early Kamakura period because it was dangerous to go around Inamuragasaki cliff and many travelers went through Kewaizaka cut road via the current Fujisawa area.

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 by WAHINE

 (Asian cuisine)

Inamuragasaki

  This cape is famous for some historical episodes and said that Inamuragasaki is the West border of Kamakura those days.

  It's not good for sea bathing because of sudden drop-off and rocks, but the best surfing point in the typhoon season.

   Inamura Classic Invitation, a big surfing competition is held once in several years.

Before anything, I believe that the best ocean view in Kamakura should be from Inamuragasaki.

by RONDINO

(Italian restaurant)

Sakanoshita

  Our house is located in front of Sakanoshita Beach and you will see a park there.  It would be nice either to walk on the beach or to relax on the lawn of the park.

  Walking a little to the west, Inamuragasaki is there. It's well know as a superb view point and a good surfing ground.   Inamuragasaki is also a historical spot where the story of Kamakura Shogunate-overturn started. We would like you to enjoy a time around the beach.

by SAIRAM

 (Vegan food)

Yuigahama

  Here's another view of the summer bridge across Nameri-gawa.  Everyone says it looks like something from the Meiji era, but it was really done in 1998.

by Peter Miller

(Artist, Photogravure Etchings)

Inamuragasaki

  We must recommend the ocean view at the Inamuragasaki park before anything, especially at sun set. We believe that it's the best view in Kamakura. 

 The park there is close to our house.  Our customers leisurely spend time there when our seats are fully occupied and we ask them to wait for a turn.

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by yoridocoro

 (Japanese eatery)

Yuigahama

  Many food stalls are temporary built on the beach in the summer that are very busy with visitors.  And fireworks display here, on July 20th this year, is worth seeing because they are set off from some boats on the sea.  Both mountains and the ocean are in a walk distance.  That is a charm of Kamakura.

by Mu Shin An

  (Japanese sweets cafe)

Wakae Island 和賀江島

  This is the oldest man-made port in existing in Japan.  It was built in 1232 with the support of Kamakura Shogunate.

  The building-materials such as stones and lumber were shipped to this port until the end of Edo period.  Gokuraku-ji Temple managed this facility those days.

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by Nakayama Touken

(Antique Samurai gear)

  I know that temples, shrines and other tourist spots in Kamakura are on the good walk route.  However, I really want to recommend visitors to relax on the beach instead of being busy with the sight seeing here and there.  So, the regular tourist spots aside, let me introduce about the Kamakura beaches.

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 by Good Mellows

 (Hamburgers)

<Black Kike>:

  You had better refrain from eating anything in the open space on the beach or seaside park because the black kites might attack you.

  Usually they don't attack the people but it is dangerous because they dive at the food on your hands.  Mostly they come from behind you.  So, if you sit eating with your back against the wall or building, it would be much better.  The best is at the place having the roof like a terrace.

 by Good Mellows

  (Hamburgers)

Inamuragasaki

  Going to the right (west) from Gokuraku-ji station, Inamuragasaki beach and its beach park will appear.

  Beach sand there is dark, almost black because it contains a lot of iron sand.  Beach itself does not look so beautiful, but the ocean view with the Mr. Fuji in the back is picturesque.  

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by Halenova

 (Donuts shop)

  The ocean is great. We are receiving a lot of natural blessings.  Not only for the food ingredients, but we feel the healing power when just relaxing on the beach as well.

  And...we enloy many kinds of marine sports there.

by Magokoro

 (Natural foods)

Inamuragasaki

  A big surfing competition called Inamura Classic Invitational is held only when the big waves are coming and always very short noticed.  The latest one was held in 2013 and it was the first time in the last 24 years.

  I took these pictures of the riders at the 2013 competition.  Inamura is the next beach from here.

by Jepun

(Jewelry)

Yuigahama

  We feel happy thinking about that Hawaii and California are over this ocean.  However good waves and high wind do not come to this place so often unfortunately.  So, we are very exited when we feel them coming close.

by Seedless bar

(American restaurant)

Yuigahama

  We had run our prior restaurant near Hachiman Shrine. From that point, it was only 15 minutes to the beach. But from here, it's only 3 minutes.

  This difference is unexpectedly big. We feel the sea breeze and see many surfers and fishermen always around here. Yuigahama is a really seaside district.

by Feng Long

(Chinese eatery) 

Yuigahama

  Temporary food courts are built on the beach in July and August every year.  Restaurants, Bars, Music live houses appear in this period, then disappear at the beginning of September.

  Activities like surfing and a peaceful walk are for all seasons.

by Il Birraio

(Italian restaurant)

Yuigahama

  The Kamakura beach kindly has the local people and vsitors enjoy surfing, and wind-surf.  I do it, too.  Moreover, it makes us feel calm in mind when we just see it especially at sun set.

by Cocomo

(Oyster & Seafood)

 

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Kamakura Museum Literature

(Bungakukan) 鎌倉文学館

 

http://www.kamakurabungaku.com/ (Jp)

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  It was built in 1890 as a 2nd house of a Marquis coming from a long distinguished Samurai family from the ancient times.

  Being reconstructed due to the collapse in the Great Kanto Earthquake (1923) and rebuilt into the modern style in 1936, it is now opened as a museum of literature.

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by Tsuruya

 (Grilled eel dishes)

  This was originally the second house of Marquis Maeda of a distinguished family since the age of Bushi and/or Samurai.  Then it is a museum of literature now.

by KOKE-SHKA

(Japanese craft KOKESHI)

  Bungaku kan was built over 100 years ago by a Marquis coming from one of the most distinguished Japanese families.  It is now the museum of literature.

  Many items related to Japanese literature are exhibited.  Its exterior, interior, and garden are worth seeing.

by Namihei

  (Japanese Taiyaki cake)

  It was built by a long-established family. Later, a Prime minister used it for a certain period in the Showa period.  So, we can feel the life of the old rich people from the atmosphere of its garden and buildings.

  Now it's open to the public as a museum of Japanese literature.

by Akaneya

  (Japanese foods)

  There are two famous museums near here.  Bungakukan is open in all seasons.  But Yoshiya Nobuko Memorial is open to the public for the limited period only.

 Both buildings show the atmospher of, how to say it,,,,like the old-modernizing Japan.

by HANABI

(Japanese Ramen house)

Old local story  

  Our location in Kamakura has a long history dating back to the 1880’s.  At that time, our store delivered MIZUAME (a kind of candy / Japanese starch syrup) to the Maeda family. 

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(grocery store)

 

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Chojuji

長寿寺

   

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Daigyoji Temple (Onme sama)

大巧寺 (おんめさま)

http://onmesama.ec-net.jp/index.html (Jp)

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  Daigyoji is one of the oldest temples founded before the Kamakura Shogunate.  Minamoto Yoritomo could win a battle after he held a war-council at this temple.

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(Japanese foods)

 

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Eishoji Temple

英勝寺

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Head Temple of Engakuji sect, Rinzai school

瑞鹿山 円覚興聖禅寺(臨済宗)

http://www.engakuji.or.jp/ (Jp)

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  Founded in 1282, Koan 5 in Japanese year, by the Kamakura Shogunate 8th Regent Tokimune Hojo 北条時宗. Opening Buddhist priest was Mugaku Sogen (無学祖元, also called Bukkoh Kokushi 仏光国師) who was invited from Song dynasty, China.

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by Hachinoki

 (Japanese restaurant)

  Backing times to 1282,  Regent Tokimune Hojo 執権 北条時宗 invited a ZEN master form Sung Dynasty, ancient China and had him open the Zen temple that was Engaku-ji.

  It is a high prestige temple, that means, the second place in the Kamakura Five Zen temples, but I like it the best.  

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(Italian restaurant)

 

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Gokurakuji Temple

極楽寺

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  Gokuraku means "Heaven".  I heard that this temple was moved to the current place that had been called Jigooku Dani (valley of hell) in the Kamakura era.  I assume that they tried to develop a Heaven-like place here.

  By the way, You will find a woody house across the street from Gokuraku-ji which is one of the 24 Kamakura JIizo Bosatsu (a stone guardian).

 Jizo were very popular among the common people in the old days and offered with the snacks.

by Halenova

 (Donuts shop)

  This is one of the most famous temples in Kamakura.  The station was named from this. Walking round over the red bridge near the station, you will find it soon.

by Komorebi

(Antique)

 

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Goryo Jinja Shrine

御霊神社

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  Not only out-of-town visitors, nearby residents visit this shrine as well.  It is dedicated to a Kamakura samurai and is called Gongoro Jinja after his name.

  Goryo Jinja is a lovely shrine with a lot of ancient stories, while it's now famous as a filming spot. 

by SAIRAM

(Vegan eatery)

  This shrine also has an old story related to a Kamakura Samurai, that is Gongoro.  I would like recommend the walking route from Kosoku-ji to the side-entrance of Goryo-jinja.

  It goes a small, quiet alley from which we can see the top of Hasedera temple's roof.   I hope that you could feel the ancient Kamakura while walking along this route.

by kuriyum

(Thai restauratn)

  Amanawa Jinja (Shinmei sama) and Goryo Jinja (Gongoro Jinja) are both recommendable.  If you go toward Hase station, it would be convenient to visit Amanawa shrine.

  If you want to enjoy a walk to the beach or Gokurakuji area, it would be Goryo shrine because it's on the way.

by Ishiwata Genzaburo Shoten

(Japanese dry foods)

  I was impressed when I first saw the Enoden trains running at the entrance of this shrine.  Also I found that it had a long and honorable history.

  We often visit it.  I learnt that a strong samurai named Gongoro is offered.

by Marugyuu

(Japanese beef BBQ)

  This shrine is near and our family has a close relationship for 300 years fortunately.  Gongoro Kagemasa probably enjoys watching the contest of strength in the past and Enoden trains running through now, from high up in the sky. 

  Goryo shrine has the old Japanese masks which are registered as the Kamakura cultural heritage.   Each of our Fukumen Manju has the face of them and the Kamakura locals enjoy marching along the street wearing the copy of the masks at the yearly festival.

by CHIKARAMOCHI YA

(Japanese rice cake)

Kamakura Samurai history

  A Kamakura Samurai named Gongoro Kagemasa became famous for his brave actions and success in the battles of 1083-1087 in Tohoku (the northern region of Japan).

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by CHIKARAMOCHI YA

(Japanese rice cake)

  This shrine is well known for its history and nearest from Jepun.  Go straight toward the opposite direction to the beach and turn right at the cross where a woody-building old store stands, you will find it from there on.  The entrance is sometimes filmed for the TV series.

by Jepun

(Jewelry)

  Goryo Jinja is the nearest historical spot from here.  I prayed for my success when I opened Ichigeya.  Pay attention to the crossing gate at the entrance because Enoden railroad cars go there.

  We have the two different ways to call this shrine, one is Goryo (御霊)、and the other is Gongoro(権五郎) in the long flow of the history.  Official name these days is Goryo shrine.

by ichigeya

 (Japanese Cafe)

  This shrine is famous because Enoden train runs right at the entrance.  It was said that Goryo shrine was built to deify the five families in this area long time ago.

   Later it enshrined only Gongoro Kagemasa, a bravery samurai in 11-century.  A portable shrine comes out of here at the time of yearly festival these days.

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(grocery store)

 

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The Great Buddha and Kotoku-in

 鎌倉大仏と高徳院 (Daibutsu 大仏

http://www.kotoku-in.jp/en/top.html (En)

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  Symbol of Kamakura, the Great Buddha, with its classic proportions and calm expression, has entranced foreign visitors since the 1600s.

by Peter Miller

(Artist, Photogravure Etchings)

  Seeing Daibutsu (The Great Buddha) is an enjoyment and it's recommendable to the visitors.  We are proud of it as a symbol of Kamakura.  And I like the calm atmosphere around Kotoku-in.

  A stroll along the quiet street one block inside would be a good choice to enjoy Kamakura sightseeing.

by KEBAB

 (Turkish food stand)

  The Great Buddha is a representative of Kamakura. We want Kamakura tourists to visit him. The great statue is designated a national treasure and said as a good looking man.

  It is amazing that such a big statue was built without any construction machinery.

by Kaseiro

(Chinese restaurant)

  He is a symbol of Hase and also of Kamakura.  Big Tsunami that grew higher and higher because of the landform around there washed away his house a long time ago.

  He is described as a handsome man in a traditional Japanese poem.

by Nakayama Touken

(Antique Samurai gear)

  We have a close relationship with this temple.  Our Senbei is allowed to be shaped into The Great Buddha and many visitors come to our store on the way to this temple. 

 The Great Buddha is the representative of Kamakura.  We would like you to visit him.

by Ebisuya

(Jp rice cake)

  The Great Buddha of Kamakura sits still outside. Therefore, you will see his different looks in each season and weather.

by Il Birraio

(Italian restaurant)

  Besides seeing the great statue's external appearance, it's interesting to have some information about him at Kotoku temple.  Taking a walk at the back side, you would see the very silent townscape.

by Cocomo

(Oyster & Seafoods)

 

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Kamakura's Hasedera Temple

鎌倉長谷寺

http://www.hasedera.jp/en/ (En)

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  There are lots of nice temples in the city, many of which were founded in the Kamakura period (12C-14C).

  Hasedera Temple is one of the oldest temples, being opened in the 8th century.

  I like Hasedera very much because it has a bright-feel in the seaside area.

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by CASA.

(Coffee shop)

  If you walk a little farther on, another good temple that is Hase Kannon (Hasedera Temple) is there.  It's also a nice place to see.

  You would be impressed by their beautiful garden, buildings and the cute Jizo.  Then you are already near Yuigahama beach.

by KEBAB

(Turkish food stand)

  This temple is also recommendable because visitors could enjoy walking around in the large garden that was developed in a mountain.

  They sell Omikuji (random fortune paper) with some English translation. (Detail is written in Japanese but the summary in English is also shown.)  

by Kaseiro

(Chinese Restaurant)

  Their statue of Goddess of Mercy called HASE KANNON that has the eleven faces is famous.  Fortunately we are allowed to make our Senbei shaped into it as well as The Great Buddha.
  There is a good point for photograph of the Kamakura townscape because Hasedera is built in the middle of a mountain.  Ocean view from there is also nice when the sky is clear.

by Ebisuya

(Jp rice cake)

  I think it should be Hase-dera after vising Goyro-shrine.  Take the exit of Goryo shrine at a side instead of the front gate, you will see just the top of Hasedera's roof.

  You might feel anxious about getting lost because the lane is quiet.  But don't worry, you will hit the main street going to the Hase station soon. Then, turn left for Hasedera.

by Jepun

(Jewelry)

  Go along the route 134 toward Inamura beach and take the right at a fork.  Then, turn to the right for Hase station.  This temple is worth seeing because it has a beautiful garden.

  There are three cute Jizo there.  When you see other statues in a tunnel in their garden, watch your head where the ceiling is low.

by Seedless bar

(American restaurant)

  Their statues and buildings have very traditional appearance and atmosphere.  You will see a beautiful garden full of flowers and three cute statues called Nagomi Jizo.

by Il Birraio

(Italian restaurant)

  Beautiful temple is Hasedera having a wide and up-down garden full of flowers.  The light up, their yearly event in Nov., is wonderful.

by Cocomo 

(Oyster & Seafoods)

English Omikuji (おみくじ, fortune slip) is available.

 

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Hiking / Walking

ハイキング/散策

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Stroll for the wide view

  I can say that walking is one of the most recommended ways to enjoy Kamakura visit.  Especially, my favorite route is a stroll to some viewing spots along the Kinubari yama Hiking Trail.

  The nearest point among them is located in the Highland area that we can reach about 15 minutes from Omachi on foot.  Mt. Fuji can be seen when the sky is clear.

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by THE BANK

(Bar)

Walk in the city

  What I like and want to recommend in Kamakura is a relaxing walk.  I often go to a Starbucks Coffee near the Kamakura City Hall after walking in various ways.

  That is a special one as Starbucks shops because we can enjoy coffee while seeing the large garden.  That place was originally the residence of a Japanese famous cartoon writer.  The coffee shop stands on that site now.

by Meggendorfer

(POP-UP picture books)

Ten-en Hiking

  I like walking around in Kamakura.  Especially, it's recommended to to go to Ten-en rest stop in the Ten-en Hiking Trail.  Panorama view from the top of the hill near the rest-stop is always nice.

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by Bergfeld

  (Bakery & Cafe)

Kobukuro zaka

(Old road but not the mountain hike)

  Good places in Kamakura change variously depending on the season and the weather.  Shrines and temples rich in individuality are located very close like several minute walk each.

 Therefore it's difficult to identify one place as the recommended spot. Walking around the city while visiting those places is the fun of Kamakura visit.

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by Yuu Fuu Tei

 (Matcha Cafe)

Gion yama

  I like doing outdoor activities on my days off from work and often go to Kamakura hiking trails.  Among several courses, Gionyama is recommendable because it's short and easy to access from the center of the city.

 That hiking trail is so Kamakura as we enter from a shrine (Yagumo jinja) and exit at a temple's ruins (Toshoji site).

  Although it's just 20 minute walk route, you can enjoy a view of Kamakura city and the sea from the Panorama Viewing Point at the peak of Gionyama.

by cure

(Cut salon)

Shishimai - Ten en

  There is an entrance of Ten-en Hiking Trail near Zuisenji. Ten-en route is popular because we can enjoy sight of the ancient caves, panoramic views and autumn leaves.

  We recommend Autumn-colors-viewing in Shishimai course and the wide view from near the Ten-en rest stop which is the highest altitude in Yokohama city.  Both views are very nice.

by SARYO Inoue

 (Japanese foods)

Hase - Genjiyama

  Keep going along the street which we introduce above, you will find an entrance of the Hiking trail for the Genjiyama Park, while the other entrance at a side of the tunnel along the route 32 is well known.

(They will meet later.)

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by CASA.

(Coffee shop)

Kinubari yama

  Entering a hiking trail at the Hokokuji area, you can reach the peak of Kinubari Yama.  Panorama view at that point is wonderful.  An ancient Rock-Shearing point and Tsuka (stone monuments) can be also seen along the trail.

  If you want to walk longer, you can keep going to the Nagoe old cut road.

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 by ARMORIQUE

 (Crepe house)

Daibutsu old cut

  Entering a hiking trail from near the Great Buddha, you will soon find a fork. Take the right one.  Then at the 2nd folk, keep going ahead along the steps to the left.

  That way is called 大仏切通し (The Great Buddha cut road) and one of the old Kamakura seven cut roads.

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 by Tsunenari

(Crafts shop)

Daibutsu - Kitakamakura

  An entrance of Daibutsu hiking course is just a few minute walk farther on from the Great Buddha.  It's a nice choice to walk to Genjiyama park and then to Kitakamakura area when the weather is nice.

  We should never forget that it's a mountain path that is not so well developed as a promenade.

by Biotecca

 (Italian Steak)

Various routes

 The experienced mountain climber of Feather Legs Outdoor also knowing well about Kamakura Hiking Trails is perfect to provide visitors including from overseas the fun of walking through the mountain trails.

  Ancient city of Kamakkura is also the rich array of nature.  Not limited to the Daibutsu route, we will guide you all other routes in Kamakura.   Personally, I like Asahina route including Asaina old cut road and Kumano jinja.

by Feather Legs Outdoor

(Hiking, Cycling, Yoga)

Genjiyama Park

  Kuzuharaoka Jinja is built on the peak of this mountain park and a big statue of Yoritomo is near the shrine.

  It is a kind of hub of some hiking trails from Hase and Kitakamakura areas.

  Wallking down 化粧坂 (Kesaizaka, a mountain path) from this park is one of the most popular wallk routes.

  Genjiyama Park is a big and good park that is surrounded by beautiful nature.

by Mu Shin An

 (Japanese sweets cafe)

Daibutsu - Genjiyama

  I would like to recommend the nature.  Kamakura area was a kind of natural fortress surrounded by mountains soon from the coast line.  I heard that it was one of the reasons why Shogunate could be successfully built.

  The long hiking trails go to the several directions.  You can take either way of return to the same entrance or exit at the Genjiyama Park.  Sneakers are much preferable because some parts, but not so many nor long, are steep, muddy and slippery.

by Magokoro

 (Natural foods)

Daibutsu - Genjiyama

  Nearest historical spot from Greensward is The great Buddha, Kotoku-in.  Then, walking a little bit further, you would find one entrance of the Kamakura Hiking trail.

  It forks to the different directions.  So visitors had better get a map beforehand and check your location when you get out of the mountains just in case you have taken the unexpected exit.

by Greensward

(Cafe & Bar)

Daibutsu - Genjiyama

  The great Buddha of Kotoku-in is within short walking distance, too.  If you have time to go hiking, you can reach an entrance of Kamakura hiking courses just a little way further on.

  But the next day of rain, I won't go there because it must be muddy.  When it's dry, we can expect a nice walk.

by Akaneya

(Japanese cafe & kitchen)

 

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Hongakuji Temple

本覚寺

   

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Hoshi Tsuki no I (water well)

星月の井

   

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  There is an old water well which is one of the Kamakura Ten wells.  This is called "Well of the moon and stars". 

  What we can do now is just imaging those days but we can feel like seeing the old travelers drink water here, take a rest at our store, then keep walking to Goryo shrine and Hasedera Temple.

by CHIKARAMOCHI YA

(Japanese rice cake)

  This is one of the so-called Kamakura-Ten water Wells.  The name means "Well of the moon and star light".  It was said that the star light was clearly seen from its inside.

  Anyway, until the early Showa period, maybe around 1930s, this water well was actually used to pump up water for the locals and the travelers.

by Mitome Store

(grocery store)

 

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Houkokuji Temple

報国寺

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  I will also show friends to Houkokuji Temple.  It has unparalleled atmosphere in the garden as it's called Bamboo Temple.  People I guide to Houkokuji are all pleased, too.

  I've never experienced Zazen myself, but I heard that that temple offers public Zen Meditation Class.

by Île Saint Louis

  (Cake)

  Houkokuji is the temple I like most and always recommend visitors to go there.  View of the scenery in the temple's quiet garden is nice and it is also recommended to enjoy Green tea at a cafe located innermost while watching bamboo forest.

 by Bar Magokoro

 (Bar)

  I like this temple very much, too.  You would be impressed by its calmness before anything.  It is called a Bamboo temple that has been loved by many visitors for a long time.

  It's always busy with the visitors, but it would be rather smooth if  you visit at 9:00 AM of opening time.  It is a good choice to enjoy Maccha at their tea room while seeing the bamboo garden.  

 by Osteria Gioia

(Italian restaurant)

  The cathedral-like bamboo temple of Kamakura, Hokokuji, brings a deep sense of tranquility in every season. Optional matcha enhances the view of the garden.

by Peter Miller

(Artist, Photogravure Etchings)

  Ever popular tourist spot is Hokokuji that is known by the name of Bamboo Temple.  You would feel the unspeakable calmness in its ground surrounded by a lot of bamboo.

  And there is a Green Tea house in the garden where the visitors enjoy Japanese tea.   Besides these general features, it has a long history since 14th century and some of their items such as statue and manuscript are known as the specified cultural property.  That is a real Rinzai temple.

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 (Italian Steak)

 

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