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10 Must-see spots in Kamakura once you are in town!

10 Must-see spots in Kamakura once you are in town!

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Kamakura-shi in Kanagawa prefecture is needless to say a well-known tourist attraction.
Let us introduce you the must-see places, restaurants and leisure activities in this popular Kamakura. We’re sure you will be captivated by the charms offered by Kamakura.

Kamakura Daibutsuden Kotoku-in
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When you talk about Kamakura, Kamakura Daibutsuden Kotoku-in, a home to Daibutsu (Great Buddha) of Kamakura must be considered. The Daibutsu of Nara is famous, however, Daibutsu of Kamakura is very familiar in Kanto. You can also go inside of the Daibutsu of Kamakura, so you can enjoy looking at it inside and outside of Daibutsu.

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Interior of the Daibutsu statue called “Tainai (interior of the womb).”

Kamakura Hase-dera Temple
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Hase-dera Temple has been well known as a famous spot for viewing hydrangea. There is an observation trail at the temple site above, where you can view over 40 types and exceeding total of 2500 hydrangea flowers.
Many people visit here to view these hydrangea flowers during the rainy season.

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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is located at about 5-minute walk away from the Kamakura Station, and is on the main street of Kamakura. This is one of the symbolic landmarks of Kamakura where is visited by so many visitors as almost everyone who visits Kamakura pay their visits to this shrine.

This shrine is also popular as a cherry blossom viewing spot in the spring.

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There are about 300 cherry trees on the approach to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, where you can see a row of beautiful cherry trees in the spring. In addition, the cherry blossoms surrounding the Genpei Pond within Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are impressive.

Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine

The sacred water from this temple is known as the zeniarai mizu, the water to wash coins, and being one of the five best spring waters in Kamakura. It has been said that if you washed your money with this water, your money will multiply. People wash a 10-yen coin and a 5-yen which come to fifteen yen (jyu-go) yen) which means the wish for forming a lot of good relationships, and keeping those two coins in the wallet is believed to bring the good fortunes.

bills Shichirigahama
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bills Shichirigahama is situated on the side of national route 134, just about a 5-minute walk from the Shichirigahama Station of the Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden) Line, and this is a restaurant whose flagship establishment is in Sydney, Australia, which is known for its breakfast menu that are highly praised as the world’s best.
This is the first overseas branch to the famous restaurant is very popular.

Ricotta pancake cooked with fluffy merengue certainly is a must-have menu when you have a chance to visit here.


Itsuki Garden, where you can experience the world depicted by the Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film, Castle in the Sky.

There is a popular cafe just about a 15-minute walk away from the Kamakura Station, Itsuki Garden. The cafe is situated in the midst of a forest that reminds you of one of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces, “Castle in the sky”.
On the fine days, you can enjoy the view of the Mt. Fuji and the Great Buddha of Kamakukra from the Cafe. This surely is a great spot.

“Kamakurayama” Where you can completely enjoy the best roast beef.

Kamakurayama, a restaurant specialized in roast beef with a long history. The restaurant is a former villa of an old family renovated into an eatery. It is situated in an area blessed with rich nature on Kamakurayama, and you can enjoy the roast beef made with selected premium wagyu beef. There is a garden where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the flowers and plants that change from one season to another.

Bamboo Grove in Hokokuji Temple
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Bamboo Grove in Hokokuji Temple offers a breathtaking view. It is located within the site of Hokokuji Temple, which is referred to as “Bamboo temple”. Once you see the rays of the sun entering into the bamboo grove, you get to experience another world.

Inamuragsaki Onsen

Inamuragasaki Onsen is a great destination when you want to enjoy the restful time. It is situated in a location just 3-minute walk away from the Inamuragasaki Station on the Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden) line so it is a perfect little destination to be added to your Kamakura tour itinerary. The onsen offers sparkling hydrogen carbonate spring which delivers benefits for beautiful skin.

Autumn leaves in Enkaku-ji Temple

Kamakura is also famous as one of the most beautiful autumn-leaf viewing spots. Enkaku-ji Temple, which is a temple of significant size, offers various viewing spots from the temple gate to the back of the temple.
The best time for autumn-leaf viewing is from the mid-November to the beginning of December.
How did you like the above highlights of tourist attractions in Kamakukra? We will be happy if they can be of any help when you are visiting Kamakura.