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What to see in Kamakura: an ancient city in Kanagawa

Just one hour travel from Tokyo, Kamakura is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations. Do you know "Kamakura" is called "the Kyoto of Kanto area"?

Mochigum

Mochigum

Published on 24 May, 12:00

Kamakura, located in Kanagawa, has been one of the spots that I personally have been wanting to go to for a long time and finally had the opportunity to go. With the variety of temples and shrines that are located in this city, it was only expected that the experience while visiting this city was gonna be more than magical.

What to see in Kamakura: an ancient city in Kanagawa

The city, as mentioned before, is extremely famous for its spiritual locations and we'll go over some of the places that I had the opportunity to go to that I recommend for you to see as well.

Entrance ticket to see The Great Buddha in Kamakura.
Entrance ticket to see The Great Buddha in Kamakura.

First of all, the main reason why I went to visit Kamakura was to visit the Great Buddha statue that is located in the Kotokuin Temple. This is actually one of the spiritual attractions that are considered a must-see when visiting Kamakura.

The Great Buddha is sitting out in the open after a tsunami washed away the Great Buddha Hall.
The Great Buddha in Kamakura.
The Great Buddha in Kamakura.

Walking up to the giant statue and looking up at it is a feeling that is hard to describe. As someone that is still trying to find their way in their spiritual journey, this experience was more than fulfilling. People come here to pray to Buddha, and even if you are not a Buddhist yourself, you can still come in to admire the great statue.

Gokurakuji Station in Kamakura.
Gokurakuji Station in Kamakura.

Just standing right below the statue and observing the great figure is more than enough for this experience. Another great thing that you can do while visiting the city of Kamakura is, if you're an anime fan, to visit a station that has been featured and various anime like Elfen Lied.

The name of this station is Gokurakuji, it has been changed a bit over time but will definitely bring you fond memories of your favorite anime. Not to mention the famous station of Kamakura koko mae, which is a train station that is positioned right in front of the beach.

Kamakura koko mae Station in Kamakura.
Kamakura koko mae Station in Kamakura.

Exploring the beaches, markets and different shrines of this city will take up most of your spare time - so while you could do this trip over one day, I'd say it'd be good to stay at least two days in this city to be able to see and explore everything that it has to offer!

The yummy food that you can have in this city and the atmosphere that you get to experience is one that will leave you relaxing for the rest of the week once you are done with this small trip.

What to see in Kamakura: an ancient city in Kanagawa

And there's no need to fret! Kamakura isn't as far as one would think of Tokyo. The train ride is around an hour to an hour and a half from central Tokyo - if you don't actually feel like staying too long in this beautiful city, you can always turn this into a one-day trip.

And it's one of those trips that you can take without having to spend a lot of money as some of the shrines do have entry fees, but never exceed the price of 500 yen (5 USD). As long as you go to the city early, you'll be able to enjoy the different spiritual spots that are to be enjoyed in here.

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Mochigum

Mochigum

Japanese/Mexican 24 year old woman who just moved into Tokyo to try to pursue her career while re-discovering and re-connecting with her roots as she does so.

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