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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 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 1520 yen. Note however, that when using this pass, the journey to Kamakura takes at least 90 minutes, versus about an hour by JR. Furthermore, there is the Hakone Kamakura Pass that also covers Hakone.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

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.

Passes and Tickets

Below are some passes that can be useful on a visit to Kamakura:

  • Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass (1520 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 (7000 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.

Hotels around Kamakura

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    • Inn By The Sea Kamakura
      Budget-friendly
      Located just steps from Yuigahama Beach, Inn By The Sea Kamakura is a cosy guesthouse-style inn featuring Japanese-style guest rooms with free WiFi access. Hase Station on the Enoden Line is a 3-minute walk away, while Kamakura's Great Buddha can be reached in 10 minutes. Hase Dera Temple and Goryo Shrine are both a 5-minute walk away, while Enoshima is an 18-minute train ride away. Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine is 25-minutes away on foot. Simple rooms feature tatami (woven straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding or western-style rooms. A low table and seating cushions are also provided in the room. Bathrooms and washrooms are shared with other guests. Guests can use the shared refrigerator and kettles located on the second floor. Water and toothbrushes can be purchased on site.
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    • CASA Kamakura Espresso PUB&BED
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Kamakura, 1 km from Zaimokuza Beach, CASA Kamakura Espresso PUB&BED features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The property is located 2.8 km from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, 2.1 km from Zeniarai Benzaiten and 5 km from Engaku-ji Temple. Attractions in the area include Riviera Zushi Marina, 3.4 km away, or Kencho-ji Temple, set 3.5 km from the property. The rooms have a private bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Guests at the guest house can enjoy an American breakfast. Guests at CASA Kamakura Espresso PUB&BED will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kamakura, like hiking. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Hasedera Temple, Great Buddha and Gokuraku-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 35 km from CASA Kamakura Espresso PUB&BED.
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    • Guesthouse Kamakura Rakauan
      Budget-friendly
      Boasting a garden, Guesthouse Kamakura Rakauan is set in Kamakura in the Kanagawa region, 1 km from Zaimokuza Beach and 3.2 km from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. At the hostel, all rooms are fitted with a desk. All guest rooms feature bed linen. Guests at Guesthouse Kamakura Rakauan will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kamakura, like hiking, cycling and fishing. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Hasedera Temple, Great Buddha and Gokuraku-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 35 km from Guesthouse Kamakura Rakauan.
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    • Guest House Kamakura Zen-ji
      Budget-friendly
      Guest House Kamakura Zen-ji in Kamakura provides adults-only accommodation with a shared lounge and a garden. The property is located 3.5 km from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, 2.9 km from Zeniarai Benzaiten and 5 km from Engaku-ji Temple. Attractions in the area include Gokuraku-ji Temple, 700 metres away, or Riviera Zushi Marina, set 3.4 km from the property. Featuring a shared bathroom, rooms at the guest house also offer free WiFi. Guests at Guest House Kamakura Zen-ji will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kamakura, like hiking and cycling. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Zaimokuza Beach, Hasedera Temple and Great Buddha. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 35 km from Guest House Kamakura Zen-ji.
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    • Guest House Irodori Kamakura
      Budget-friendly
      Guest House Irodori Kamakura is set in Kamakura, 3 km from Zushi Beach and 1.6 km from Great Buddha. With free WiFi, this 1-star guest house offers a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen. The accommodation offers a shared lounge, and organising tours for guests. At the guest house all rooms have a shared bathroom. Guests at Guest House Irodori Kamakura can enjoy a vegetarian or a gluten-free breakfast. The accommodation offers a sun terrace. The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at Guest House Irodori Kamakura. Popular points of interest near the guest house include Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hasedera Temple and Zeniarai Benzaiten. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 34 km from Guest House Irodori Kamakura.
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    • Zen Vague
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring a fitness centre, shared lounge, garden and free WiFi, Zen Vague is located in Kamakura, 700 metres from Zaimokuza Beach and 2.8 km from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. The property is situated 2.2 km from Zeniarai Benzaiten, 5 km from Engaku-ji Temple and 2.9 km from Riviera Zushi Marina. The property is non-smoking and is set 3.4 km from Kencho-ji Temple. At the guest house each room has a shared bathroom. ZEN VAGUE offers a terrace. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Hasedera Temple, Great Buddha and Gokuraku-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 35 km from Zen Vague.
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    • Guest House Kamejikan
      Budget-friendly
      Just 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.
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    • WeBase Kamakura
      Mid-range
      Located a 3-minute walk from Yuigahama, WeBase Hostel Kamakura offers private and dormitory rooms in Kamakura. The property features a yoga studio where guests can take part in daily yoga classes, meditation and beach yoga sessions. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. All rooms at WeBase Kamakura Hostel have air conditioning and heating. There are shared shower booths and a public bath. Superior Family Room comes with an en suite bathroom. WeBase Hostel Kamakura features a communal lounge and coin-operated laundry machines. Luggage storage is available at 24-hour front desk. The restaurant on site serves breakfast, as well as tea and coffee made with Fuglen Coffee Roasters coffee beans. Kamakura Station is a 4-minute train ride on the Enoshima Dentetsu Line or a 15-minute walk from the property. Enoshima Station can be reached via a 21-minute train ride.
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    • guesthouse SHIBAFU
      Budget-friendly
      Guesthouse SHIBAFU has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Kamakura. Among the facilities at this property are room service and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 3 km away and Zeniarai Benzaiten is 1.9 km from the guest house. All rooms in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. At guesthouse SHIBAFU the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers a terrace. Popular points of interest near guesthouse SHIBAFU include Zaimokuza Beach, Hasedera Temple and Great Buddha. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 34 km from the guest house.
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    • Kiyaza Kamakura Resort
      Budget-friendly
      Providing 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.
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