Access and Recommended Routes to Visit Cultural Properties that Constituted “Kamakura, Home of the Samurai”

掲載日:2014年1月24日

1. Mobile Phone Website

 Website is available for i-mode, SoftBank and EZweb

 QR Code :  Kamakura Access      For cell-phones with a bar cord recognition function

 2.  Recommended Routes 

 (1)  Route for Good Walkers to Visit Main Shrines/Temples in Kamakura(North/Northwest Area)

 (2)  Route to Visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and  Peaceful and Quiet Temples/Shrines(Northwest Area)    

 (3)  Route for Good Walkers to Visit Temples/Shrines, Kewaizaka Pass and Genjiyama Park (Northwest Area)

 (4)  Route to Enjoy Daibutsu, Temples/Shrines, Beautiful Scenery and Culture course (Southwest Area) 

 (5)  Route for Hiking to Visit Daibutsu Kiridoshi Pass, Daibutsu and Temples/Shrines (West Area)

 (6)  Route for Good Walkers to Visit Asaina Kiridoshi Pass and Shomyoji Temple (Northeast Area & Kanazawa Area)

Recommended routes

To go to the page of cultural properties of  "Kamakura, Home of the Samurai" with maps and the outline of the designated cultural properties, please click the properties'name.

--(1) Route for Good Walkers to Visit Main Shrines/Temples in Kamakura
                                       (North/Northwest Area) --

Time Required :  Approx.4 hours and 20 min. (2 hours' walk with ups and downs)  Route Map1

Route for Good Walkers to Visit Main Shrines/Temples in Kamakura

Engakuji Temple It is a Zen Buddhist temple built by the eighth regent  Hojo Tokimune.  It consists of Shariden hall, Hojo Zen garden,etc.  The buildings are arranged in a straight  line of Garan layout in a narrow valley.

Kenchoji Temple It is the first Zen temple in Japan built by the fifth regent  Hojo Tokiyori.  Its buildings such as Sanmon gate, Butsuden and Hodo are lined up straight in a narrow valley, which is the characteristics of early Zen Buddhist temples.  Also, the garden behind Hojo and a juniper of 750 years old can be seen here.

Kamegayatsuzaka It is one of  the “Seven Passes of Kamakura”.  The steep slope is still used as a community road.

Jokomyoji Temple It has the typical features of temples of Kamakura which were built in the valley.  A big podocarpus tree of about 750 years old is amazing.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine Its feature remains unchanged since the establishment by Minamoto-no-Yoritomo.  Horseback archery (Yabusame) is held in every spring and autumn.  The Museum of Modern Art and the tea room in the compound are popular.  The flowers and autumn leaves of Genpei pond are also beautiful.

 The image of Engakuji Temple Engakuji Temple   The image of Kenchoji Temple Kenchoji Temple   The image of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

--(2) Route to Visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and
                      Peaceful and Quiet Temples/Shrines   (Northwest Area)
 --

Time Required : Approx.3 hours and 25 min. (Approx.1 hour and 20 min.-walk)  Route Map 2

Route to Visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Peaceful and Quiet てmpぇs・Shrines

Route to Visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Wakamiya Oji Ave. It is an avenue leading to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, built by Minamoto-no-Yoritomo.  He made this avenue  for  his wife Hojo Masako to pray for an easy delivery . The cherry blossoms and azaleas are beautiful.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine Its feature remains unchanged since the establishment by "Minamoto-no-Yoritomo.  Horseback archery (Yabusame) is held in every spring and autumn.  The Museum of Modern Art and its tea room in the compound are popular.  The flowers and autumn leaves of Genpei pond are also beautiful. 

Hokkedo Buddha Hall Site  A religious space which enshrines Minamoto-no-Yoritomo, the founder of the Kamakura Shogunate.  His tomb is located here.  

Egara Tenjinsha Shrine It is one of the 3 major Tenjin shrines in Japan.  The beautiful shrine pavilions, dedicated to Sugawara-no- Michizane are one of the oldest in Kamakura.  There is also “Fudezuka (a mound to bury brushes that are used many years to express gratitude)” here.  A famous cartoon artist's brushes are buried.

Kakuonji Temple The compound is built at the back of the valley and has tranquil religious atmosphere unique to the temples of Kamakura.  Tours guided by the temple's monk are held  for about 1 hour 5 to 6 times a day.

Zuisenji Temple The garden designed by Muso Soseki (one of the most famous monks, garden designer, etc. in Japan) is very famous.  The fresh green leaves in spring and autumn colored leaves are beautiful.  Mt. Fuji viewed from the top of the mountain is magnificent.

The image of Wakamiya Oji Ave Wakamiya Oji Ave.   The image of Hokkedo Buddha Hall Site  Hokkedo Buddha Hall Site   The image of Egara Tenjinsha Shrine  Egara Tenjinsha Shrine

   The image of Zuisenji Temple Zuisenji Temple

 

--(3) Route to Good Walkers to Visit Temples/Shrines, Kewaizaka Pass
                               and Genjiyama Park(Northwest Area) --

Time Required : Approx.2 hours and 30 min. (Approx.1 hour and 40 min.-walk with ups and downs)   Route Map 3

ROU手ふぉrGood Walkers to Visit Temples/Shrines,kewaizaka Pass and Genjiyama Park

Jufukuji Temple A Zen Buddhist temple built by Hojo Masako (Minamoto-no-Yoritomo's wife).  Its approach is beautiful in all seasons.

Jokomyoji Temple It has the typical features of temples of  Kamakura which were built in the valley.  A big podocarpus tree of about 750 years old is amazing.

Kewaizaka Pass It is one of the “Seven Passes of Kamakura” and the north entrance of Kamakura.  It was the strategic point and a place where Nitta Yoshisada (a samurai leader) staged an attack and had a fierce battle in 1333.

(Genjiyama Park) It is one of the beatiful sites where you can see cherry blossoms.  The hydrangeas and autumn colored leaves are also beautiful. 

(Zeniarai Benten Shrine) The spring water in the cave is one of  the 5 best waters of Kamakura. 

 The image of Jufukuji Temple Jufukuji Temple     The image of Jokomyoji Temple Jokomyoji Temple     The image of Kewaizaka Pass  Kewaizaka Pass

--(4) Route to Enjoy Daibutsu, Temples/Shrines, Beautiful Scenery
                                     and Culture (Southwest Area
) --

Time Required : Approx.3 hours and 30 min. (Approx.1 hour and 30 min.-walk)  Route Map 4

Route to Enjoy Daibutsu, Temples/Shrines, Beautiful Scenery and Culture

Gokurakuji Temple The founder of this temple Ninsho’s  Gorinto (a Buddhist pagoda) is open to the public on April 8 every year.   The cherry blossoms and crape myrtles are beautiful.

(Jojuin Temple) The hydrangeas are beautiful.

(Hasedera Temple) The scenery viewed from the observatory in the compound, the seasonal flowers and Hase Kannon (a statue of a future Buddha that represents compassion, mercy and love) are wonderful.

Daibutsu (Great Buddha) of Kamakura The seated statue of Amida-butsu (Amitabha Buddha) is one of the national treasures in Japan.  It was built approximately 750 years ago.  It is one of the 3 biggest statues of Great Buddha in Japan.  Its grandeur and strength represent the samurai culture.

(Kamakura Museum of Literature)  The main building is a villa of the former marquis Maeda family.  It is one of the biggest western-style architecture exsisting in Kamakura which was built before World War 2.  It  is registered as a tangible cultural property of Japan.  The museum collects, stores and exhibits were hand-written manuscripts, letters favorite items, etc. of  literary persons who were related to Kamakura.

The image of Gokurakuji Temple Gokurakuji Temple   The image of Daibutsu of Kamakura Daibutsu of Kamakura

--(5)  Route for Hiking to Visit Daibutsu Kiridoshi Pass, Daibutsu
                                  and Temples/Shrines  (West Area)
 -- 

Time Required : Approx.4 hours and 40 min. (Approx.2 hours and 40 min.-walk with ups and downs)  Route Map 5

Route for Hiking to Visit Daibutsu Kiridoshi  Pass, Daibutsu and Temples/Shrines

Gokurakuji Temple The founder of this temple Ninsho's Gorinto (a Buddhist pagoda) is opened to the public on April 8 every year.  The cherry blossoms and crape myrtles are beautiful. 

(Hasedera Temple) The scenery viewed from the observatory in the compound, the seasonal flowers and Hase Kannon (a statue of a future Buddha that represents compassion, mercy and love) are wonderful.

Daibutsu (Great Buddha) of Kamakura The seated statue of Amida-butsu (Amitabha Buddha) is  one of the national treasures in Japan.  It was built approximately 750 years ago and still remains the same feature.  It is one of the 3 biggest statues of Great Buddha in Japan.  Its grandeur and strength represent the samurai culture. 

Daibutsu Kiridoshi Pass It is one of the “Seven Passes of Kamakura” and the west entrance of the road leading from Kamakura to Kyoto.  The path opened on the mountain has the atmosphere of old time.

(Genjiyama Park) It is one of the beatiful sites where you can see cherry blossoms.  The hydrangeas and autumn colored leaves are also beautiful.

Kewaizaka Pass It is one of the “Seven Passes of Kamakura” and the north entrance of Kamakura.  It was the strategic point and the place where Nitta Yoshisada  (a samurai leader) staged an attack and had a fierce battle in 1333.

Jokomyoji Temple Tt has the typical feauters of temples of Kamakura which were built in the valley. A big podocarpus tree of about 750 years old is amazing.

Jufukuji Temple A Zen Buddhist temple built by Hojo Masako ( Minamoto-no-Yoritomo's wife).  Its approach is beautiful in all seasons. 

--(6)   Route for Good Walkers to Visit Asaina Kiridoshi Pass
                     and Shomyoji Temple (Northeast Area/Kanazawa Area)
--

Time Required : Approx.5 hours and 20 min. (Approx.2 hours’ walk with ups and downs)  Route Map 6

Route for Good Walkers to Visit Asaina Kiridoshi Pass and Shomyoji Temple

    Route for Good Walkers to Visit Asaina Kiridoshi Pass and Shomyoji Temple

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine Its feature remains unchanged since the establishment by Minamoto-no-Yoritomo. Horseback archery  (Yabusame) is held in every spring and autumn.  The Museum of Modern Art and its tea room in the compound are popular.  The flowers and autumn leaves of Genpei pond are also beautiful. 

Asaina Kiridoshi Pass It is one of  the “Seven Passes of Kamakura” and was the main road that connects Kamakura to the strategic point of Kanazawa in the east.  It still has the atmosphere of old time. One of the 5 best waters in Kamakura of "Kajiwara-Tachiarai-Mizu" comes from here.  

Shomyoji Temple This temple was built by Hojo Sanetoki, one of the most educated samurai of the Kamakura Shogunate. It has the Pure Land style garden which is restored to the original state.  An old ginkgo tree of more than 800 years old is located here and the cherry blossoms are beautiful.

Kanazawa-Bunko Museum :  It was a library for samurai that Hojo Sanetoki founded  in the Kamakura period.  The museum exhibits valuable cultural properties of the samurai culture.

 The image of Asaina Kiridoshi Pass Asaina Kiridoshi Pass   The image of Shomyoji Temple Shomyoji Temple

3. Access  

--To Kamakura--

(1) JR Yokosuka Line :  From Tokyo Station  to Kamakura Station (about 60 min.)

               From Tokyo Station to Kita-Kamakura Station (about 55 min.)

               From Tokyo Station to Ofuna Station (about 50 min.)  

                    East Exit (Shonan Monorail, Keihin Kyuko Bus, Enoden Bus)

                    Kasama Exit (Kanachu Bus)

                      →To Kamakura : Keihin Kyuko Bus (via Daibutsu-Mae bus stop), Enoden Bus

                                                  →To Kanazawa Hakkei : Kanachu Bus

                                                  →To Enoshima : Shonan Monorail, Enoden Bus

(2) Keihin Kyuko Line :  From Shinagawa Station to Kanazawa-Hakkei Station (about 45 min.)

                                                →To Kamakura by train (about 30 min.)

                                                        -From Keihin Kyuko Shin-Zushi (transfer to JR Yokosuka Line) to Kamakura

                                                 →To Kamakura by Keihin Kyuko Bus (about 60 – 90 mins)  

(3)  Car :  From Yokohama/Yokosuka Road - Asahina IC – Yuigahama Parking (Park & Ride)

                From Zushi IC – (Zuyo Toll Road – Route 134) – same as the above

                From Hakone – (Seisho By-pass – Route 134) – same as the above

                           →Shuttle bus (Park & Ride) on most weekends – Kamakura Station

                           →Walk to Enoden Wadazuka/Yuigahama Station – for Enoshima/Fujisawa
                 (Daibutsu, Hasedera Temple, Gokurakuji Temple), or for Kamakura Station   

The image of Enoshima Island    Enoshima Island    

--To Shomyoji Temple/Kanazawa-Bunko Museum--

(1) Keihin Kyuko Line  :  Shinagawa – Kanazawa-Bunko (about 40 min.) →walk (about 12 min.) 

(2) Car  :  Yokohama-Yokosuka Road – Asahina IC – Umi no Koen (Marine Park) Parking →walk (about 10 min.)

The image of Kanazawa-Bunko Museum    Kanazawa-Bunko Museum  

4. Transportation in Kamakura

--Public Transportation--

(1) Railroad  :  JR Yokosuka Line, Enoden Line (Kamakura Enoshima - Fujisawa),
                       Shonan Monorail (Ofuna - Enoshima)

(2) Bus  :  Keihin Kyuko Bus, Enoden Bus

              e.g. Keihin Kyuko Bus (No. 6)  JR Kamakura Station – (Daibutsu-Mae bus stop)-Enoshima Station

                    Keihin Kyuko Bus (No. 40, 41)  JR Kamakura Station – JR Zushi Station/Kotsubo

                               :  Get off at a bus stop “Iijima” →to Wakaenoshima Port

                    Keihin Kyuko Bus (No. 30, 31)  JR Kamakura Station – Shin-Zushi Station/Midorigaoka-Iriguchi

                               :  Get off at a bus stop “Midorigaoka-Iriguchi” →to Nagoe Kiridoshi Pass

                    Enoden Bus  JR Kamakura Station – (Kenchoji Temple) – JR Ofuna Station

(3) Park & Ride Shuttle Bus 

                Yuigahama Parking - Shuttle bus (Park & Ride) on most weekends – Kamakura Station

                                                  - Walk to Enoden Wadazuka/Yuigahama Station - for Enoshima/Fujisawa
                                                    
 (Daibutsu, Hasedera Temple, Gokurakuji Temple), or for Kamakura Station

The image of Yuigahama Parking Yuigahama Parking

-- Others  --

   e.g.) ・ Rental bycicle
             ( For more infomation, contact the tourist informarion center in front of the east exit of JR Kamakura Station)

           ・ Taxi, etc. 

5.  Access to Accomodation Areas 

-- From Kamakura to Odawara/Hakone --

From JR Kamakura Station (Yokosuka Line) - JR Ofuna Station (transfer to JR Tokaido Line) - JR Odawara Station (transfer to Hakone Tozan Railway) - Hakone-Yumoto Station  (Approx. 70 min. in total)

 The image of Odawarajo Castle   Odawarajo Castle   The image of Hakone Hakone

--  From Kamakura to Yokohama--

From JR Kamakura Station (Yokosuka Line) - JR Yokohama Station (Approx. 30 min.)

The image of Yokohama Sankeien Garden  Yokohama Sankeien Garden   The image of Yokohama China Town  Yokohama China Town

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