Walk along spectacular beaches, shop in trendy boutiques and explore numerous temples and shrines all within one city. Kamakura flaunts some of the best summertime scenes Japan all within a few square miles. Despite its small size — or perhaps with the help of it — Kamakura is vibrant, diverse and the perfect day trip.
Walk just 10 minutes from Hase Station and observe Kamakura’s most recognizable statue: the regal “Daibutsu,” or Great Buddha. This 93-ton structure has stood solo since 1492 after the temple hall that originally housed it was destroyed by inclement weather — a testament to the Great Buddha’s resilience.
Ready to return to the bustle of main town? Walk through the city’s shopping center which merges fashionably modern — the cafes and boutiques scream “Tokyo” in style — with old Japanese architecture and culinary tradition. Kamakura is famous for its “shirasu,” or whitebait, dishes. Choose boiled, raw or tempura-fried whitebait served with rice, noodles or pizza. Enjoy on-the-go snacks like purple sweet-potato soft serve and candied beans.
Step beyond Hokokuji Temple’s modest main hall and thatched-roof bell tower and find yourself surrounded by thousands of tall bamboo. Sip a cup of matcha as you admire the grove. Visitors of this tea-time haven enjoy a respite from the bustling town center.
Plan Your Trip
ITT offers trips to Kamakura throughout the year. Their next Kamakura trip will take place Saturday, 1 September and sign-ups start 4 August. Planning your own trip? Avoid the crowded trains and costly tolls by renting a car from Vehicle Ops.