Autumn Trip Plan For Kamakura

If you ever visit Kamakura in the fall, I recommend this schedule (it includes the hiking paths). Bring a lunch and snacks with you and plenty of liquids.

Kamakura is called “Little Kyoto” by Tokyo residents and is about a 1.5 hour train ride from Tokyo Station.

I recommend arriving by 9:30 am to Kita-Kamakura station (not Kamakura station).  It’s one stop from Yokohama on the Yokosuka Line.  Then walk about 1km (less than 20 minutes) to Kenochi Temple.

You should arrive there by 10 am (one certain days they do meditations at the temple that you can join in for a small fee).

Here is a short video of Kenochi Temple and the Tenen Hiking Trail in the Fall (the best season to visit them):

After you’ve finished looking around the temple grounds, follow the signs toward the Tenen Hiking Trail and its spectacular and daunting staircase that zigzags up the mountainside.

The trail takes between 3-4 hours depending on your speed. It’s beautiful and will take you past a golf-course at the mid-way point. There are vending machines and 3/4 of the way you’ll find yourself in a lovely bamboo garden.  It gives a panoramic view of the whole city of Kamakura up there.

Along the way you’ll past many tiny caves that were once the graves of samurai (a few still are) and beheaded Buddha statues. It can be spooky in places and deathly silent. There are numbered markers on the path that are there in case of an emergency. Remember the numbers in case you need to call 119 (the emergency number in Japan). They’ll find you by those numbers.

You should reach the end between 2pm-3pm. It’s not a difficult trail, just very long.

Head down and walk to Houkoukuji Temple (about 20 minutes), following the river you’ll eventually find. Houkoukuji closes by 4:30 pm so just make sure you get there beforehand.

There you can choose to pay 300 yen for just the temple or 600 yen for the delicious green tea to be included.

Here is a video on Houkoukuji:

 

After Houkoukuji head to Tsukugaraoka Shrine and take a look around at the beautiful grounds.  It’s very lovely in autumn as well, especially if the sunset hits the shrine dead on. The shrine grounds are open very late so no need to rush.

Afterwards, I recommend dinner in street shopping area that is super close to the shrine.  It’s in route to Kamakura Station.  There are tons of options and things to try and buy.

Then home?

 

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