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My husband and I are visiting Tokyo in April and would like to visit Kamakura. Is it possible to do a trip on your own or should we get a tour ?? How long would it take to have a look around and traveling time ?

Thanking you for any help

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1. Re: Kamakura

It is really easy to wander about on your own with a map of the various temples.

How long it took would depend on how much you wanted to see. I was there most of the day.

I seem to remember that the train took about an hour from Tokyo, but I went during Golden Week and had to stand all the way there so it may have seemed longer than it was. :-)

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2. Re: Kamakura

Yes, it is an easy day trip from Tokyo, just under and hour from Tokyo station. You can spend as long as you like there, but it is easy to pass an entire day wandering around. In April you will just follow the crowds if the weather is nice and sakura are blooming!

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Do your own trip and wander around is fine. Japan Guide has a good reference page that includes info on transport:


In the evening, you can stop by Yokohama if you want. It's on the train line heading back to Tokyo.

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4. Re: Kamakura

You could get off at Kita Kamakura and walk through a couple of nice temples before getting to the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Gu shrine. Make your way to Kamukura station and tape the Eno-den street car to the Big Buddha and Hase Kannon.

Here's a nice walking/meandering site!


Have fun exploring!

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5. Re: Kamakura

timing depends on how many temples u would like to visit, get a good walkin shoes & if u do not mind long walkin then u can go down Kita Kamakura station, start frm Engakuji, then walk down the road to Kenchoji, then walk further down to Hachimangu, then walk to Kamakura station, take the Enoden to Hase station, then walk to Daibutsu & Hasedera do note this is quite long walkin distance but can b done in 6-8hrs if u do not spend more than 1hr in each site

If u do not want to walk too much , then narrow down your target to go down Kamakura station, walk to Hachimangu, then take Enoden to see Daibutsu & Hasedera will do since this 3 is the main tourist spot, this probably can b down in 3-4hrs

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6. Re: Kamakura

What if you like guided tour:



dont know which one? One of them is organized well with Kamakura city government assistance.

It depends on how deeply analyse the ancient capital of Japan. The Kamakura government began in 1192 with Yoritomo Minamoto.

The quick go through is just about your half day; why dont you extend to Enoshima in the evening by Enoden tram: if it is a beautiful day, sunset to Mt. Fuji is very nice at your glance from the bridge to Enoshima. Enoshima is; Mont-Saint-Michel de Japon.


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Thank you for all you wonderful advice

Cheers Diana x

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