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. Furthermore, there is the Hakone Kamakura Pass that also covers Hakone.
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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.
Passes and Tickets
Below are some passes that can be useful on a visit to Kamakura:
- Kamakura Enoshima Pass (700 yen)
The Kamakura Enoshima Pass by JR East provides free use of JR trains around Kamakura, the Enoden Line and the Shonan Monorail on one calendar day. Transportation to/from Tokyo is not included. The pass only pays off if you visit more than just central Kamakura, e.g. if you also visit Enoshima.
- Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass (1470 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 (6500 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.