Find your own personal Zen in Kamakura by exploring its many temples and shrines. These ancient houses of contemplation and worship are spread throughout the city, so plan your days in advance. The most popular temple is the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine, which was built by Yoritomo Minamoto, the founder of the famous Kamakura Shogunate.
If you’ve always wanted to feel more like Buddha, now’s your chance. Head over to Kotokuin and take a walk inside the Great Buddha statue, which sits over 13 meters high. If you want to snap a selfie with the big guy, he’ll always give you a smile!
Don’t retreat to your Kamakura accommodation just yet! Keep your Zen going strong by relaxing on one of the city’s shorelines, including the popular Yuigahama, Inamuragasaki and Shichirigahama Beaches. Stomach grumbling? Fill it up with Kamakura’s signature Hatosabure, a biscuit shaped like a pigeon.
Fly into Narita Airport (NRT) to start your journey to Kamakura. The airport is 124 km away from the city, so you’ll need to hop on a train to make it to your accommodation in Kamakura. If you’re just taking a day trip from Tokyo, you can find a direct train ride to Kamakura and back. It might be a good idea to purchase a train pass, especially if you have several day trips planned as part of your Tokyo holiday package.
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Hotels in Kamakura start at AU$66 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.