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A Day Trip to Kamakura


You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

If you ever go to Tokyo and want to see some cool temples and feel the Zen atmosphere, but you don't have time to go to Kyoto, you should definitely go to Kamakura.
You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

This town has three really awesome things going for it:
  1. it is just an hour from Tokyo - which makes it great for a day trip.
  2. it used to be the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333), so it's full of temples, shrines, statues and trekking routes.
  3. it has some really nice traditional shops, where you can find anything from Yukata and bamboo kitchenware to the best chocolate and cream crepes you will ever have.
First things first - how to get to Kamakura from Tokyo:

While Japan-Guide suggests various routes, I always found the easiest to be to depart from Shinjuku or Shibuya station (which Shibuya station being  a lot easier to navigate than Shinjuku station). The Shonan Shinjuku Line is what you want to take, and it costs around 900 Yen. Take the train bound for Zushi to stop directly in Kamakura (or you will have to change in Ofuna) - see map below.



 Remember, you want to hop off at Kamakura - not Kita-Kamakura.

Once off the train, exit the station on its left side. You will see a fairly big plaza right in front of you that does not seem that amazing... dont worry, you'll see good stuff soon!
With your back at the station, turn towards the far left corner of the square and head towards the opening in that direction (with the station exit at hours 6, the top left street will be at 10 o'clock).

The road is full of interesting shops and and interesting things to browse. After you get to the end of the road, take a right... spend a few seconds deciding if you want to hop onto a rickshaw.

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

Then cross the road and turn left. You will see a small round bridge that will take you almost directly to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, a beautiful shrine that dates back to 1063 (I think).

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)





You might even be able to witness a wedding! :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

Done with all the photo taking? It's time to head back to the station and hop onto the Enoden, a small train that connects some really nice little towns around Kamakura. So - head back to the station you came from (Kamakura), put your back to the station and take a straight turn left, follow the station's edge and you will see a small underground tunnel. Once you emerge, continue towards your left and you will se the entrance to the Enoden. Ticket up for Hase, it's time to go see the Hasedera and the Daibutsu, or Great Buddha.

Jump off the Enoden at Hase and follow the many (many!) tourist signs pointing you towards the Hasedera first, then the Daibutsu. The Hasedera is a temple of the Jodo sect, that is most famous for its statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Unfortunately you can't take photos of the statue of Kannon, so I took some of the temple, of its underground tunnels and of the falcons that live around the area.

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

Once you're done with taking a ton of pictures here, it's time to move onto the Daibutsu. It's like a 15-20 minute walk (which can be really dreadful in the summer) but its worth it! You will not only get to see the Great Buddha, but also to walk into it!.

The Great Buddha from outside:

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

And the Great Buddha from inside (a detail of his head):

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

Now that you have contemplated the inner peace that only a place like this can deliver - onwards toward Enoshima island! Hop back onto the Enoden with a ticket for Enoshima. The station you will get off at is this one:

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

As you leave, you will see a yellow crossing like the below.

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

With your back to the train tracks and the station, you should turn left and follow the road to Enoshima Island. This will be a 20 minute walk (at least).

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

Crossing the bridge to the island you can enjoy views of Mount Fuji.

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

Once you get to the island, visit a few shops, then climb to the top to have a great view of all around.

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

If I recall correctly there is also a shrine here (half way up) one should go to by himself/herself, if one is in a relationship. Cause the goddess of the Shrine will bring luck to your relationship if you pray to her shrine alone, but will be envious if you do it as a couple and break you up!

Once you are at the top the Island - you will be able to enjoy more views of Fuji-San, more falcons and - some times of the year - some really pretty flowers.

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

Well your daytrip is over. Drag your sore feet back to the Enoden, and from Kamakura head back to Tokyo. While doing so, have a look at some other of the photos you might take :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

You've found one of my hidden galleries! This series is from my visit to Kamakura, a small town just an hour away from Tokyo - it used to be a capital of Japan back in the pre-Edo feudal area and is as pretty as a small Kyoto. For more photos of Japan, and the rest of the world visit www.runningronin.com ! :)

Have you ever been to Kamakura? What was your favorite place? :)

Note: Photos taken with my NikonD90 or with the Canon Powershot.

Maps from Japan Guide.

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