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Kamakura (Temple/Shrine) Edition: Snag these 7 Sightseeing Hints and Double your Travel Enjoyment!

We believe there are 2 kinds of travel.

The 1st is a spontaneous journey. These are super fun!
The 2nd is a planned trip with everything researched ahead of time.

When you visit the temples and shrines we’re going to show you, the 2nd kind allows you to understand their history and significance and enhance your trip. So, we have noteworthy places for you. Use them as hints for your own travels.

And now onto Kamakura, a very famous sightseeing place in Japan. 

 

1. Enoden

江ノ電

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Hint 1
With Enoden + walking you can see the fundamentals of Kamakura. Or rather, this will make your sightseeing interesting. You can get on and off the Enoden as you like for a whole day if you purchase the Enoden Free Pass (for a few hundred yen).

 

2. Hokoku-ji

報国寺

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Built in 1334, Hokoku-ji is known as the “Bamboo Temple” and, as the name implies, it’s famous for its beautiful bamboo.

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These jizo statues have around 2,000 bamboo trees as their backdrop, which is deeply stunning.

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And if you go into the very center of the grove…

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Hint 2
You can enjoy rich matcha tea with Japanese confectioneries. (500 yen, ~15:00)

Information: Hokoku-ji

Address: 2-7-4 Jomyoji, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Nearest station: Kamakura Station on the Enoden line
Open: 9:00 – 16:00
Phone: 0467-22-0762
Price: 200 yen (matcha: 500 yen)

 

3. Hase-dera

長谷寺

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To get to Hase-dera, get off at Hase Station on the Enoden line. Here you’ll find the very famous 11-faced Kannon statue that stands 9.18 m tall. It’s the largest wooden Kannon in Japan. No pictures are allowed so please make the journey to see the real thing for yourself.

3-1. Jizo

地蔵

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Hint 3
And this temple is also famous for jizo statues. These 3 smiling jizo are called “nagomi-jizo” and are very popular with tourists.

3-2. Hydrangea

紫陽花

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Hint 4
Furthermore! It’s also called “Hydrangea Temple” for the many hydrangea that bloom—about 2,500 flowers. Word-of-mouth from visitors over the colorful collaboration of the temple and flowers spread instantly. Here is one place you must visit during the height of Japan’s rainy season! (June & July)

Information: Hase-dera

Address: 3-11-2 Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Nearest station: Hase Station on the Enoden line
Open: 8:00 – 17:00 (March – September), 8:00 – 16:30 (October – February)
Phone: 0467-22-6300
Price: Adults → 300 yen, Child → 100 yen

 

4. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

鶴岡八幡宮

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Probably the most famous place in Kamakura. You can reach the torii gates by going east on Komachi-dori and following the path leading to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. This torii gate is one of three.

*Our article on Komachi-dori is at the very bottom.

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Such magnificence! What more would you expect?

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Hint 5
Sometimes weddings are held here. If you’re lucky, you might even hear a gagaku musical performance!

4-1. Firefly Festival

Time and date: ~20:30, 6/14 – 6/21

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It’s getting a little dark…

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And during the time when the Yanagihara Sacred Pond is open…

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Hint 6
You can enter a magical world filled with firefly lights. It’s hard to convey with pictures but seeing it live is AMAZING.

4-2. Bonbori Festival

Time and date: 9:00 – 20:30, 8/7 – 8/9, 2015

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Also! The Bonbori Festival is held every year for 3 or 4 days from 8/6 or 8/7 until 8/9.

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Hint 7
Illustrations are drawn on about 400 bonbori lanterns with famous artists ranging from painters to manga-ka to entertainers.

Information: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Address: 2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Nearest station: Kamakura Station on the Enoden line
Open: 5:00 – 21:00(April – September), 6:00 – 21:00 (October – March)
Phone: 0467-22-0315

 

The 7 hints we shared are noteworthy places for exploring Kamakura’s temples and shrines. Please use them to really make your trip memorable.

And that’s not all! Click here if you want to know what experiences you can have sightseeing in Kamakura: Kamakura (Experiences) Edition: Info for a Memorable Trip!

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