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Historical sites

Wakaenoshima is the oldest site of harbour work still existing in Japan. During the Kamakura period, the Zaimokuza beach flourished with merchant boats from all over Japan. However, due to the wide shallow beach it was difficult to unload cargo and there were many shipwrecks. Therefore, a Buddhist priest (Kanjin-shonin Ouamidabutsu) created an artificial island under sponsorship from Hojo Yasutoki. During low-tide, visitors can access the rock platform.

Basic information


Zaimokuza, Kamakura City

By bus : From JR Kamakura station: At Terminal No.7 take a bus bound for Kuhonji and get off at Iijima and A 3-minute walk.
A 35-minute walk from JR Kamakura Station West Exit
Parking Not available



Kamakura city hall civic life department tourism section


18-10, Onarimachi,Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, 248-8686, Japan

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Kamakura City Hall

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