Kamakura Visitor's Guide

Course Selection

Model Route

A tour of old temples to seek inner peace

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This is an ideal course for tourists, whether new to or familiar with Kamakura, especially for people who are interested in the spirit of Zen and Buddhist statues unique to the Kamakura region. The area offers seasonal scenery, and is especially beautiful when hydrangea bloom. It is also interesting to dine at restaurants and shop at souvenir shops en route. Make you own plan according to your interests and available time.

Model course:(Times measured are for the shortest routes on foot, excluding time spent at each spot.)

Popular Recommended Route 1

Kamakura Station (East)

Kamakura Station

the starting point

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu originated from the ceremonially transference of a divided tutelary deity of Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine In Kyoto to Yuigo Tsurugaoka in 1063 by Minamoto Yoriyoshi and its appellative was Tsurugaoka wakamiya. …

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Kenchoji Temple

Kenchoji Temple

Kenchoji Temple is the top of the five great Rinzai temples of Kamakura. It was built by Hojo Tokiyori in 1253, receiving a Chinese high priest, Rankei Doryu, as a founder of the temple. Its principal buildings, …

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Engakuji Temple

Engakuji Temple

To console the souls of the fallen soldiers who served during the Bun'ei and Kōnan eras, Hōjō Tokimune invited the priest Mugaku Sogen (Bukkō Kokushi) and constructed the temple in 1282 (Kōnan 5). …

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Kitakamakura Station

Kitakamakura Station

the end of course

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Popular Recommended Route 2

Kamakura Station (West)

Kamakura Station

the starting point

Hasedera Temple

Hasedera

According to legend, this old temple has been here well before the Kamakura period. The 11-faced Kannon is 9.18 meters tall, and it is one of the largest wooden Buddha statues in Japan. …

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Kotokuin Temple (Daibutsu)

Kotokuin (Daibutsu)

The Daibutsu at Kotokuin is known as Kamakura Daibutsu. The height is 11.31 meters (13.35 meters including the base) and the weight is about 121 tons. …

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Gokurakuji Temple

Gokurakuji

Gokurakuji is the only Shingon Ritsu temple in Kamakura. The Shingon Ritsu school is a branch of a denomination of the dominant Japanese esoteric Buddhist sect (i.e., Shingon),  …

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kamakura Station

kamakura Station

Hokokuji Temple

Hokokuji

It is said that Hokokuji Temple was founded in 1334 by Tengan Eko or Uesugi Shigekane, under patronage of Ashikaga Ietoki. …

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Zuisenji Temple

Zuisenji

Zuisenji Temple was founded in 1327 by Nikaido Doun as a founding patron and the founding priest was Muso Soseki. Ashikaga Motouji, the first Kamakura governor, …

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kamakura Station (East)

kamakura Station

the end of course

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Hiking Route

Kamakura Station (East)

Kamakura Station

the starting point

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu originated from the ceremonially transference of a divided tutelary deity of Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine In Kyoto to Yuigo Tsurugaoka in 1063 by Minamoto Yoriyoshi and its appellative was Tsurugaoka wakamiya. …

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Hokokuji Temple

Hokokuji

It is said that Hokokuji Temple was founded in 1334 by Tengan Eko or Uesugi Shigekane, under patronage of Ashikaga Ietoki.With the magnificent bamboo garden behind, …

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Tenen Hiking Trail(Zuisenji entrance)

Tenen Hiking Trail

Kamakura has three hiking courses: the Tengoku Hiking Course between Zuisen-ji Temple and Kenchō-ji Temple; the Kuzuharagaoka/Daibutsu Hiking Course between Jōchi-ji and Hase; …

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Kenchoji Temple

Kenchoji

Kenchoji Temple is the top of the five great Rinzai temples of Kamakura. It was built by Hojo Tokiyori in 1253, receiving a Chinese high priest, Rankei Doryu, as a founder of the temple. …

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Jochiji Temple

Jochiji

Fourth of the five great Rinzai temples of Kamakura, it was founded around 1281 (Kōan 4) by the wife of Hōjō Munemasa and his son, …

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Daibutsu Hiking Trail

Daibutsu Hiking Trail

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Zeniaraibenzaiten Shrine

Zeniarai-benzaiten

Minamoto Yoritomo ordered the shrine's construction after a sign from God on the day of the snake, in the month of the snake of the year of the snake, 1185. God said that his era would be peaceful and tranquil, …

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Daibutsu Hiking Trail

Daibutsu Hiking Trail

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Kotokuin (Daibutsu)

Kotokuin (Daibutsu)

The Daibutsu at Kotokuin is known as Kamakura Daibutsu. The height is 11.31 meters (13.35 meters including the base) and the weight is about 121 tons. The construction of the bronze statue of Buddha as it appears today dates from 1252.

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Hasedera Temple

Hasedera

According to legend, this old temple has been here well before the Kamakura period. The 11-faced Kannon is 9.18 meters tall, and it is one of the largest wooden Buddha statues in Japan. …

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Kamakura Station (West)

Kamakura Station

the end of course

Route of Properties Nominated for Inscription on the World Heritage List 1

Kamakura Station (East)

Kamakura Station

the starting point

Remains of Toshoji Temple

Remains of Toshoji

Toshoji Temple was built by Hojo Yasutoki and it's also a family temple of the Hojo clan. The Hojo family comitted suicide and the Kamakura shogunate collapsed here.

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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu originated from the ceremonially transference of a divided tutelary deity of Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine In Kyoto to Yuigo Tsurugaoka in 1063 by Minamoto Yoriyoshi and its appellative was Tsurugaoka wakamiya. …

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Yoritomo's Grave

Yoritomo's Grave

 

Egara Tenjinsha Shrine

Egaraten-jinja

It is regarded as one of the three Great Tenjin of Japan and enshrines Sugawara no Michizane who is worshipped as the god of learning. …

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Remains of Yofukuji Temple

Remains of Yofukuji

Yofukuji Temple was constructed by Minamotono Yoritomo, who defeated the Oshu Fujiwara clan, to pray for the souls of the war dead of the enemy. According to archaeological evidence, …

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Zuisenji Temple

Zuisenji

Zuisenji Temple was founded in 1327 by Nikaido Doun as a founding patron and the founding priest was Muso Soseki. Ashikaga Motouji, the first Kamakura governor, …

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kamakura Station (East)

kamakura Station

the end of course

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Route of Properties Nominated for Inscription on the World Heritage List 2

Kamakura Station (West)

Kamakura Station

the starting point

Jufukuji Temple

Jufukuji

In 1180 Hojo Masako invited the monk Myo-an Eisai to constract this temple where the estate of Minamoto no Yoritomo's father once stood. …

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Joukoumyouji Temple

Jokomyoji

This temple was built in 1251 by the monk Shin-a under the patronage of Hojo Nagatoki. During the Kamakura period it was a Hojo family temple. …

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Kamegayatsuzaka Kiridoshi

Kamegayatsuzaka Kiridoshi

Kamegayatsu-zaka is one of the Kamakura's Seven Kiridoshi passes and historic sites designated by a National Historic Site. …

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Daibutsu Hiking Trail

Daibutsu Hiking Trail

 

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Daibutsu Kiridoshi Pass

Daibutsu Kiridoshi

It is an important pass which leads to Kamakura, Fujisawa and the Kyoto area. It has features such as medieval turrets, preserving the appearance of the narrow, steep ancient road.

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Kotokuin Temple (Daibutsu)

Kotokuin (Daibutsu)

The Daibutsu at Kotokuin is known as Kamakura Daibutsu. The height is 11.31 meters (13.35 meters including the base) and the weight is about 121 tons. The construction of the bronze statue of Buddha as it appears today dates from 1252. …

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Gokurakuji Temple

Gokurakuji

Gokurakuji is the only Shingon Ritsu temple in Kamakura. The Shingon Ritsu school is a branch of a denomination of the dominant Japanese esoteric Buddhist sect (i.e., Shingon), …

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kamakura Station (West)

kamakura Station

the end of course

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