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.
You can get here by walking for 10 minutes from Hase Station, so you should also visit Hase-dera mentioned in Part 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.
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)
Price: 200 yen
Their showpiece is the largest bell in the Kanto region. It’s around 2.5m high!
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!
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)
Price: 300 yen
Official Website: http://www.engakuji.or.jp/top.html
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.
3-1. Nure-senbei shop
You can eat them freshly made. They’re so good—give them a try!
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!
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
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!