Located just a short drive from Tokyo, this small town in Kanagawa Prefecture was once an important political capital, although now it’s mostly a popular weekend trip destination for Tokyo residents and international tourists looking to experience something different from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
For science fiction and Japanese pop culture enthusiasts, a visit to Myohonji Temple
is a must while in Kamakura. This is the cemetery of Eiji Tsuburaya, the science fiction pioneer and creator of a very popular TV show which has been on Japanese TV screens since the 1960s.
There are many more shrines and temples around Kamakura, most of which draw lots of crowds and features some impressive sights. One of the most popular of these is the unique Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
, which has a spectacular sunrise viewpoint that makes it an extremely popular destination especially at New Year, with everyone clamoring to see the first sun of the New Year.
Kamakura is also home to many spectacular beaches, including Shichirigahama Beach
, which enjoys a stunning view of Mount Fuji from its shores.
There’s a lot more to see and do in Kamakura, and the best way to discover what else this city has to offer in terms of attractions, landmarks, and hotels is by exploring the interactive map on this page.