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Paint your Japan in full bloom Itineraries Enjoy a flower-themed
day trip to Kamakura

Kamakura, a City that Blooms in Blue

About Kamakura

Uniting both the majesty of nature and rich history, Kamakura is a popular day-trip destination and famous for its collection of ancient temples and shrines. While it is a charming place to explore year-round, the revered city, during Japan's rainy season (in June), is painted with tints of blue, pink and purple from the breathtaking blooms of hydrangea flowers which you can admire at various historic sites. In between sightseeing, satiate your appetite with the coastal city's famous delicacies – mountain vegetables and shirasu (whitebait).

Access

Shinjuku Sta.(Tokyo) → Kitakamakura Sta. About 1 hour

Enjoy a flower-themed day trip toKamakura

08:50Kita-Kamakura Station

↓ 10 min walk

09:00Meigetsuin Temple

Founded in 1160, Meigetsuin is also known as the "Hydrangea Temple" because beautiful blue hydrangea flowers bloom in abundance on the temple grounds around June. This is also when the temple's inner garden is open to visitors for 2 weeks when their irises are in bloom.

Location
189 Yamanouchi Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Entry Fee
300 yen (July - May)
500 yen (June)
Operating hours
9am - 4pm (July - May)
8:30am - 5pm (June)
(* Opening hours may be subject to change.)
↓ 5 min walk

11:00Jochiji Temple

Jochiji is situated within lush greenery boasting bamboo groves and flower beds where blue and pink hydrangeas bloom in abundance in summer. Go for a quiet stroll around the garden and look out for the statue of Hotei – rub the belly of this god to bring good fortune!

Location
1402 Yamanouchi Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Entry Fee
200 yen
Operating hours
9am - 4:30pm
↓ 10 min walk
Kita- Kamakura Station
↓ JR Yokosuka Line train 3 min ride
Kamakura Station

12:30Akimoto (lunch)

Akimoto is a popular restaurant where you can savour Kamakura's signature mountain vegetables and shirasu (whitebait) which are particularly famous in this part of Japan. Must-try dishes include a shirasu rice bowl and the vegetable tempura set.

Location
i-ZA Kamakura 3F, 1-6-15 Komachi-cho Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Operating hours
11am - 3:30pm, 5:30pm - 8pm
Regular holiday
Closed on Thursdays
Kamakura Station
↓ Enoshima train Electric Railway train 511 min ride
Hase Station
↓ 5 min walk

14:00Hasedera Temple

Built on a wooded hill with sweeping views of Kamakura city and the ocean, Hasedera is known for its giant, 11-headed gilded statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. You can also enjoy the sight of over 40 kinds of lovely hydrangeas scattered across the hills of this temple.

Location
3-11-2 Hase, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Entry Fee
400 yen (adult); 200 yen (children 6 to 11 years old)
Operating hours
8am - 5pm (March - September)
8am – 5:30pm (October - February)
↓ 10 min walk

15:00Tenugui Cafe Ichigeya

The cafe is found in a traditional Japanese house with a classic engawa (verandah) overlooking the garden. You can enjoy curry (prepared with pesticide- and chemical-free vegetables), coffee, and sweets like zenzai or almond tofu in a nostalgic atmosphere right on the verandah.

Location
18-5 Sakanoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Operating hours
10:30am - 5pm
Regular holiday
Close on Tuesday and Wednesday
↓ 5 min walk
Hase Station
↓ 5 min train ride
Inamuragasaki Station
↓ 5 min walk

17:00Inamuragasaki Park

A famous location for anime and TV dramas, Inamuragasaki Park is a charming surf area that offers sweeping views of the ocean, Enoshima Island, and Mt. Fuji. In summer, this romantic sunset spot is also popular for its blooming hydrangea flowers.