Explore Kamakura

Hokokuji Bamboo Garden in Kamakura

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Facts & Figures

Kamakura is with a total area of 39,53 square kilometres and a population of approx. 172000 a rather small coastal town. It is full of popular tourist destinations like the Great Buddha, numerous shrines and temples. Kamakura is located at the Sagami Bay near Tokyo. It takes less than 1 hour by train from Shinagawa Station in Tokyo to get there. Japan Rail Pass Buy now and Save >
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Nearly 19 million visitors per year coming to this beautiful place, that means the famous Kamakura beach can get really crowded during the hot summertime. Did you know that Kamakura was the political center of medieval Japan from 1185 till 1333. At first governed by shogun Minamoto Yoritomo (1147 - 1199) and after his death the power went to the family of Yoritomo's wife the powerful Hojo clan.

My tips for local activities

Local guide in Kamakura

How about exploring the beautiful city of Kamakura and its historical places with a local guide? The personalized tour by our partner GetYourGuide can take between 4 - 6 hours. For more details check out this page >


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Kamakura is located in the Kanagawa Prefecture. Kamakura is less than 1 hour away by train from Tokyo.

How to get to Kamakura?

  • 1hr by JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo Station

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