Introduction to Kamakura

Home to the Great Buddha

Destinations

Introduction to Kamakura

As the birthplace of Japan's Kamakura Shogunate, the first samurai government, Kamakura is an ancient city of samurai with a historical ambience on par with Nara and Kyoto.

Kamakura was an ideal destination for building a samurai fort because it is surrounded by mountains on three sides and faces the sea to the south. You can enjoy many historic temples and shrines, expansive views, and beautiful Japanese gardens, including Tsurugaoka Hachimangu founded by Minamoto Yoritomo, the first shogun, Kotokuin Temple, renowned for the Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Kamakura), the Kamakura Gozan temples (Kenchoji Temple, Engakuji Temple, Jufukuji Temple, Jochiji Temple, and Jomyoji Temple) in which the samurai spirituality of simplicity and austerity lives on, the hydrangeas of Meigetsuin Temple and Hasedera Temple, and the bamboo forest of Hokouji Temple.

Kamakura also has an abundance of nature, and there is a full range of fun tourist activities such as hiking and marine sports.

Cycling around the Miura Peninsula
Yokosuka・Miura

Cycling around the Miura Peninsula

Duration: 6h

Ultimate Plan for Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Yokosuka・Miura

Ultimate Plan for Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Duration: 2h15m

Enjoy the picturesque scenery of Kamakura while hiking!
Yokosuka・Miura

Enjoy the picturesque scenery of Kamakura while hiking!

Duration: 4h

Visit the Ofuna Kannon, explore the statue's interior, and venture into the wondrous adjoining cavern
Yokosuka・Miura

Visit the Ofuna Kannon, explore the statue's interior, and venture into the wondrous adjoining cavern

Duration: 2h45m

Kamakura's temple treasures and flowers; Mount Fuji visible from Shonan
Yokosuka・Miura

Kamakura's temple treasures and flowers; Mount Fuji visible from Shonan

Duration: 6h15m

Walk among celebrities in the high class Kamakura-yama residential area - Kamakura gourmet cuisine that's worth going out of your way for
Yokosuka・Miura

Walk among celebrities in the high class Kamakura-yama residential area - Kamakura gourmet cuisine that's worth going out of your way for

Duration: 7h

Two days experiencing the charms of Yokosuka and the natural beauty of Miura
Yokosuka・Miura

Two days experiencing the charms of Yokosuka and the natural beauty of Miura

Duration: 15h15m

Miura-Jogashima excursion cycling
Yokosuka・Miura

Miura-Jogashima excursion cycling

Duration: 5h30m

Jogashima Cycling (Miura Rent-a-Cycle)

Jogashima Cycling (Miura Rent-a-Cycle)

Kotoku-in / Great Buddha of Kamakura

Kotoku-in / Great Buddha of Kamakura

Miura Kaigan Sakura Festival

Miura Kaigan Sakura Festival

Yokosuka Naval Port Cruise

Yokosuka Naval Port Cruise

Tateishi Park

Tateishi Park

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Ōfuna Kannon Temple

Ōfuna Kannon Temple

Misaki Shitamachi Shotengai (shopping area)

Misaki Shitamachi Shotengai (shopping area)