When my friends don’t have much time to go to Kyoto, I strongly recommend visiting Kamakura to see very traditional temples and to enjoy Japanese foods and crafts.

One of my favorite ways is to walk from Kita-Kamakura Station (one stop before Kamakura) to Kamakura Station. It takes about one hour.

The starting point will be 円覚寺, Enkaku Temple, near Kita-Kamakura Station.

Make a wish tree at Enkaku Temple

Make a wish tree at Enkaku Temple

The Kamakura Shogunate started here, because it was an easy place to protect due to its  natural mountain setting. During the walk from Kita-Kamakura Station, there is Kamegayatsuzaka pass. People carved into the mountains and created a base of defense. It was a very narrow pass slope. I could feel much cooler, walking under shady, green trees.

Kamegayatsuzaka Pass

Kamegayatsuzaka Pass

You can enjoy Komachi Street, which is famous for tourists who can enjoy many souvenir shops, nice cafes and Japanese restaurants. However, my recommendation is Onari Street near West Exit of Kamakura Station.

Onari Street has much fewer tourists and has calm and sophisticated lifestyle shops and florists.

If you love nice whole wheat bread, you can find it at Bakery Kibiya.

Kibiya Bakery

Kibiya Bakery

If you have 2 hours after visiting Tsurugaoka Hachimanguu and the Daibutsu, Kamakura Bungakukan is a good place to go. The houses was built for the Marquis Maeda family as a second house. 

Kamakura Bungakukan

Kamakura Bungakukan

Gate to Kamakura Bungakukan

Gate to Kamakura Bungakukan

The best way to go there is on foot, and there are nice cafes, bars, shops and historical houses and buildings.

Old bank

Old bank