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 950 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 950 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.
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. The property is located 1.3 km from Zaimokuza Beach, 3.4 km from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and 23 km from Sankeien. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, babysitting service and luggage storage for guests. 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. Yokohama Marine Tower is 23 km from the hostel, while Nissan Stadium is 32 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
Hotel Metropolitan KamakuraHotel Metropolitan Kamakura is located in Kamakura, within 20 km of Sankeien and 21 km of Yokohama Marine Tower. With a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. Guest rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a wardrobe. Every room comes with a safety deposit box and selected rooms come with city views. At the hotel each room has bed linen and towels. Speaking English and Japanese at the reception, staff are ready to help around the clock. Popular points of interest near Hotel Metropolitan Kamakura include Yuigahama Beach, Zaimokuza Beach and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 40 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
Guest House Irodori KamakuraSet in Kamakura, near Yuigahama Beach and Zaimokuza Beach, Guest House Irodori Kamakura is a sustainable property, featuring, a bar and shared lounge. With free WiFi, this 1-star guest house offers a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen. The guest house has family rooms and facilities for disabled guests. Each unit is fitted with air conditioning, a shared bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen including a microwave, fridge and kitchenware. Some units feature a seating area and/or a terrace. At the guest house, all units are allergy-free. At the guest house, the traditional restaurant is open for dinner and lunch and specialises in Japanese cuisine. The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at Guest House Irodori Kamakura. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 1.6 km from the accommodation, while Sankeien is 21 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 41 km from Guest House Irodori Kamakura.View on Booking.com
CASA Kamakura Espresso&BEDCASA Kamakura Espresso&BED has air-conditioned guest accommodation in Kamakura, 600 metres from Yuigahama Beach, 1.2 km from Zaimokuza Beach and 2.8 km from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. This 2-star guest house offers full-day security and luggage storage space. Nissan Stadium is 32 km away and Higashiyamata Park is 38 km from the guest house. Featuring a private bathroom with a bidet and slippers, units at the guest house also boast free WiFi. At the guest house, each unit includes bed linen and towels. Sankeien is 23 km from the guest house, while Yokohama Marine Tower is 23 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 42 km from CASA Kamakura Espresso&BED.View on Booking.com
BIRD HOTELBIRD HOTEL provides rooms in Kamakura near Yuigahama Beach and Zaimokuza Beach. Featuring a garden, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Yokohama Marine Tower is 23 km away and Nissan Stadium is 31 km from the hotel. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. All rooms have a desk and a flat-screen TV, and certain rooms at BIRD HOTEL have a balcony. At the accommodation each room is fitted with bed linen and towels. At BIRD HOTEL you will find a restaurant serving American cuisine. A vegan option can also be requested. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 2.8 km from the hotel, while Sankeien is 22 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 42 km from BIRD HOTEL.View on Booking.com
Guest House Kamakura Zen-jiLocated in Kamakura, just 300 metres from Yuigahama Beach, Guest House Kamakura Zen-ji provides beachfront accommodation with a garden, a shared lounge and free WiFi. The 2-star guest house features garden views and is 1.4 km from Zaimokuza Beach. The guest house has facilities for disabled guests. Certain units in the guest house have private entrance and are equipped with desk and dressing room. Units are complete with a shared bathroom, while some units at the guest house also offer a seating area. At the guest house, some units are soundproof. Guests at the guest house can make the most of yoga classes offered on-site. Guests at Guest House Kamakura Zen-ji will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kamakura, like cycling and hiking. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 3.5 km from the accommodation, while Sankeien is 23 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 43 km from Guest House Kamakura Zen-ji.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
kamakura seizanKamakura seizan features a garden, terrace, a restaurant and bar in Kamakura. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is non-smoking and is located 1.5 km from Yuigahama Beach. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Zaimokuza Beach is 1.5 km from kamakura seizan, while Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 1.2 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 40 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
guesthouse SHIBAFUSituated in Kamakura, 1.3 km from Zaimokuza Beach and 2.8 km from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, guesthouse SHIBAFU provides accommodation with air conditioning and access to a garden. The 1-star guest house has garden views and is 600 metres from Yuigahama Beach. The accommodation features free WiFi throughout the property, as well as a terrace and a modern restaurant. All units in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. There is a private bathroom with bidet in some units, along with slippers, a hair dryer and free toiletries. At the guest house, units have bed linen and towels. There is a coffee shop, and packed lunches are also available. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area. Sankeien is 23 km from the guest house, while Yokohama Marine Tower is 23 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 42 km from guesthouse SHIBAFU.View on Booking.com
Tosei Hotel Cocone KamakuraTosei Hotel Cocone Kamakura is set in Kamakura, 21 km from Sankeien and 21 km from Yokohama Marine Tower. 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. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. Speaking English and Japanese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are always on hand to help. Popular points of interest near Tosei Hotel Cocone Kamakura include Yuigahama Beach, Zaimokuza Beach and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 41 km from the hotel.View on Booking.com