How to get to Kamakura
By JR Yokosuka Line
The JR Yokosuka Line connects Tokyo Station directly with Kamakura Station. The one way trip takes just under an hour and costs 920 yen. Along the way, the trains also stop at Shinagawa Station, Yokohama Station and Kita-Kamakura Station among others.
By JR Shonan Shinjuku Line
The JR Shonan Shinjuku Line provides a direct connection between Shinjuku Station and Kamakura Station. The one way trip takes about one hour and costs 920 yen. Only trains bound for Zushi, that is roughly every second train (about two departures per hour), provide a direct connection to Kamakura. Otherwise, a transfer of trains is required at Ofuna Station.
By Odakyu Railways
The cheapest way of visiting Kamakura is by Odakyu's Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass, which includes the round trip from Shinjuku to Kamakura and unlimited usage of the Enoden train for only 1470 yen. Note however, that when using this pass, the journey to Kamakura takes at least 90 minutes, versus about an hour by JR.
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Kamakura is served by two railway companies, JR East and Enoden. JR East connects Kamakura directly with Yokohama and Tokyo, and Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway) operates a tram-like railway line from Kamakura Station along the Pacific coast to Enoshima and Fujisawa.
Kamakura's main attractions are concentrated in three areas, around Kita-Kamakura Station (Kamakura's leading Zen temples Engakuji and Kenchoji), Kamakura Station (Hachimangu Shrine) and Hase Station on the Enoden Line (Great Buddha and Hasedera).
Due to its relatively small size, Kamakura can be explored entirely on foot or by rental bicycles. Hiking trails lead through the hills surrounding the cities. There is also a network of city buses, and short taxi rides are an option to access more isolated sights like Zeniarai Benten and Zuisenji.
Below are two passes that can be useful on a visit to Kamakura: