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Kamakura (Experiences) Edition: Info for a Memorable Trip!

We updated our Kamakura Edition Part 2! So in this chapter you’ll find carefully-selected experiences for a very memorable trip!

Here’s an article on Kamakura Part 1: Kamakura (Temple/Shrine) Edition: Snag these 7 Sightseeing Hints and Double your Travel Enjoyment!

 

1. The Great Buddha of Kamakura

The Great Buddha of Kamakura boasts a degree of popularity on par with the one in Nara. It’s the uppermost picture. What’s special about this Great Buddha is that it’s built smack-dab in the outdoors. He continues to stand despite enduring rain and wind.

Hint 1
You can get here by walking for 10 minutes from Hase Station, so you should also visit Hase-dera mentioned in Part 1.

And…

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If you go around to the back… a door??

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Experience 1
What’s interesting here is that you can enter the Great Buddha! You can do it for 20 yen so it’s practically free.

Related: Ushiku Daibutsu: Surprisingly Unknown, Japan’s Largest Budda

Information: Daibutsu of Kamakura

Address: 4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Access: http://www.kotoku-in.jp/en/visit/access.html (Official)
Open: 8:00 – 17:30 (April – September), 8:00 – 17:00 (October – March)
Phone: 0467-22-0703
Price: 200 yen 

 

2. Engaku-ji

円覚寺

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Engaku-ji is famous for the shogun regent, Hojo Tokimune, from the Kamakura period (1185-1333). “Hojo Tokimune” is inscribed on the stone monument to the left.

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This building’s double roofs give it a dignified demeanor.

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A dragon’s drawn on the ceiling. So cool!

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Hint 2
Their showpiece is the largest bell in the Kanto region. It’s around 2.5m high!

Experience 2
And at this temple you can get zazen training for free. They kindly teach beginners how to sit in the zazen style so check it out!

Information: Engaku-ji

Address: 409 Yamanouchi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Access: Kita-kamakura Station (JR Yokosuka Line), 1 minute walk
Open: 8:00 – 16:30 (March – November), 8:00 – 16:00 (December – February)
Phone: 0467-22-0478
Price: 300 yen
Official Website: http://www.engakuji.or.jp/top.html

 

3. Komachi-dori

小町通り

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Komachi-dori is right outside Kamakura Station. It says “Hachimangu Shortcut” at the very top of the torii gate.

Hint 3
We explained this a little in Part 1 but this is a shortcut to getting to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, allowing for easy sightseeing by going in the sequence of Komachi-dori → Hachimangu.

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The street looks like this.

3-1. Nure-senbei shop

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This is a nure-senbei shop on a corner of Komachi-dori (Kamakura Ichiban-ya). Like their name implies, the senbei here are wet (nure = wet).

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Hint 4
You can eat them freshly made. They’re so good—give them a try!

3-2. Yukata

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Experience 3
You can rent a kimono, zori sandals and a Japanese-style bag and walk around the streets. It’ll make for a Edo period sightseeing memory!

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Hint 5
You may also see newlyweds riding rickshaws!

Information: Rental Yukata Kosode

Address: 2-7-31 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Access: Kamakura Station (Enoden Line), 5 minutes walk
Open: 10:00 – 18:00
Phone: 0467-38-5043
Price: Full set 4000 yen ~
Official Website: http://paull.jp/kosode/english/index.php

We’re conscious of sharing with you a ‘smooth sightseeing experience’ with ‘interesting things your typical sightseeing site won’t have’ so we showed Kamakura over 2 chapters. How was it? If we’ve sparked your interest then please try following our route!

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

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