Kamakura: Kamakura Station Area

Kamakura: Kamakura Station Area

As the former stronghold of the Minamoto clan and later Hojo Regents during the ‘Kamakura Period’ of 1192 to 1333, the city of Kamakura is one of Japan’s most historic and popular destinations. It boasts multiple temples and shrines of national importance including its celebrated ‘Kamakura Gozan’ or ‘Five Great Zen Temples’, Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine and perhaps most-famously, the ‘Great Buddha of Kamakura’.

The area immediately around the station offers a variety of accommodation including small hotels, guesthouses and hostels. Prices are typically reasonable and staying in this area allows you walk to Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine and (for more energetic visitors) temples including Kencho-ji, Meigetsu-in, Engaku-ji, Hokoku-ji and Jomyo-ji.

It should be noted that the Hase Station area – located only a short train ride to the west of Kamakura Station – offers even more accommodation and is also a convenient point from where to access the temples and shrines including the ‘Great Buddha’ – which is with walking distance of Hase Station. To the south of Kamakura Station, the area around Yuigama and Zaikmokuza beaches offer a lot of accommodation given their popularity with Japanese as a summer destination. As such, most accommodation in the area caters to the domestic market ranging from large hotels to budget lodgings and is not that convenient if your primary interest is visiting the temples and shrines.

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There are multiple ways to reach Kamakura from Tokyo including taking the services on the Yokosuka Line from Tokyo Station to Kamakura Station – 55 minutes / JPY940 – or services on the same line from Shinagawa Station – 50 minutes / JPY730


Kamakura: Kamakura Station Area