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 940 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 940 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 Railway
The cheapest way of visiting Kamakura is by Odakyu's Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass, which includes the round trip between Shinjuku and Enoshima and unlimited use of the Enoden trains between Fujisawa, Enoshima and Kamakura for 1640 yen. Note, however, that pass holders will spend almost twice the time to reach Kamakura by Odakyu and Enoden than travelers using JR. Furthermore, there is the Hakone Kamakura Pass, which also covers Hakone.
Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.
Kamakura is served by two railway companies, JR East and Enoden. JR East connects Kamakura with Yokohama and Tokyo, and Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway) operates a tram-like railway 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 Zuisenji.
Passes and Tickets
Below are some passes that can be useful on a visit to Kamakura:
- Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass (1640 yen)
The Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass by Odakyu provides a round trip from Shinjuku to Enoshima by Odakyu Railway in combination with free use of the Enoden Line. It is a good value, but makes access to Kamakura more time-consuming.
- Hakone Kamakura Pass (7520 yen)
The Hakone Kamakura Pass provides not only access to Kamakura by Odakyu and Enoden, but also access to and transportation around Hakone on three consecutive calendar days.
Guest House Irodori KamakuraSet less than 1 km from Yuigahama Beach, Guest House Irodori Kamakura offers 1-star accommodation in Kamakura and has a terrace. With a shared lounge, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, a 24-hour front desk and organising tours for guests. At the guest house, all rooms have a desk. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. An Asian, vegetarian or vegan breakfast is available every morning at the property. At Guest House Irodori Kamakura you will find a restaurant serving Japanese cuisine. Vegetarian and vegan options can also be requested. The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at this 1-star guest house. Zaimokuza Beach is less than 1 km from the accommodation, while Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is a 19-minute walk from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 41 km from Guest House Irodori Kamakura.View on Booking.com
CASA Kamakura Espresso&BEDFeaturing 2-star accommodation, CASA Kamakura Espresso&BED is located in Kamakura, 1.2 km from Zaimokuza Beach and 2.8 km from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. The 2-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is situated 600 metres from Yuigahama Beach. At the guest house rooms come with bed linen and towels. Sankeien is 23 km from CASA Kamakura Espresso&BED, while Yokohama Marine Tower is 23 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 42 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
古民家の宿 鎌倉楽庵 - Kamakura Rakuan -Set in Kamakura and with Yuigahama Beach reachable within 300 metres, 古民家の宿 鎌倉楽庵 - Kamakura Rakuan - offers a garden, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and a shared lounge. This 1-star hostel offers a shared kitchen and babysitting service. Zaimokuza Beach is 1.3 km away and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 3.4 km from the hostel. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a fridge, an oven, a coffee machine, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. The units feature a shared bathroom, a hairdryer and bed linen. The area is popular for hiking and cycling, and bike hire is available at this 1-star hostel. Sankeien is 23 km from the hostel, while Yokohama Marine Tower is 23 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 43 km from 古民家の宿 鎌倉楽庵 - Kamakura Rakuan -.View on Booking.com
Guest House KamejikanJust 250 metres from Zaimokuza Beach, Guest House Kamejikan is 1.5 km from JR Kamakura Train Station. It offers simple non-smoking Japanese rooms and dormitory-style accommodation with free WiFi and shared showers. Guests at Kamejikan Guest House can sleep in a bunk bed in a dormitory room, or experience traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor. All rooms are air-conditioned. Toilets are shared. Built 92 years ago as a family residence, Kamejikan is about 2 km from both the Kamakura Daibutsu Buddha Statue and Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine. Bicycle rental is offered. A shared-use fridge, free-use PC and free coffee/tea are available at the lounge, and a coin launderette is available. The shared showers are open 24/7. Bodyboards and yukata robes can be rented. Breakfast can be served with an advance reservation.View on Booking.com
Guest House Kamakura Zen-jiFacing the beachfront, Guest House Kamakura Zen-ji offers 2-star accommodation in Kamakura and features a garden and shared lounge. This 2-star guest house offers free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is located 300 metres from Yuigahama Beach. Rooms are complete with a shared bathroom, while certain rooms at the guest house also offer a seating area. Guests at Guest House Kamakura Zen-ji will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kamakura, like hiking and cycling. Zaimokuza Beach is 1.4 km from the accommodation, while Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 3.5 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 43 km from Guest House Kamakura Zen-ji.View on Booking.com
guesthouse SHIBAFUGuesthouse SHIBAFU has a garden, shared lounge, a terrace and restaurant in Kamakura. With a bar, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is situated 600 metres from Yuigahama Beach. Rooms are equipped with a kettle, while some rooms also boast a balcony and others also feature garden views. At the guest house the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Zaimokuza Beach is 1.3 km from guesthouse SHIBAFU, while Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 2.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 42 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
Zen VagueLocated 200 metres from Yuigahama Beach, Zen Vague offers 1-star accommodation in Kamakura and features a fitness centre, a garden and a terrace. This 1-star guest house offers luggage storage space and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is situated less than 1 km from Zaimokuza Beach. At the guest house each room has a shared bathroom. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 3 km from Zen Vague, while Sankeien is 23 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 42 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
Kiyaza Kamakura ResortProviding free WiFi, Kiyaza Kamakura Resort is situated in Kamakura, 2.3 km from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and 1.7 km from Hasedera Temple. Among the various facilities are a garden, a terrace, as well as a bar. Great Buddha is 2.1 km from the guest house, while Zeniarai Benzaiten is 2.6 km away. Tokyo Haneda International Airport is 55 km from the property.View on Booking.com
Tosei Hotel Cocone KamakuraFeaturing 3-star accommodation, Tosei Hotel Cocone Kamakura is set in Kamakura, 1 km from Yuigahama Beach and 1.1 km from Zaimokuza Beach. Featuring a restaurant, this 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. At Tosei Hotel Cocone Kamakura all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers 3-star accommodation with a hot tub. Speaking English and Japanese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are always on hand to help. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 1.4 km from Tosei Hotel Cocone Kamakura, while Sankeien is 21 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 41 km from the hotel.View on Booking.com
GOOD MORNING ZAIMOKUZAWith Yuigahama Beach reachable in 300 metres, GOOD MORNING ZAIMOKUZA provides accommodation, a restaurant, a shared lounge, a terrace and a bar. Complimentary WiFi is provided. All units feature air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. An Asian breakfast is available daily at the bed and breakfast. Zaimokuza Beach is 500 metres from GOOD MORNING ZAIMOKUZA, while Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 2.5 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 42 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com