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[Kamakura Area]Make the most of Kanagawa while enjoying art and local sightseeing spots

Kamakura is located on the west side of the base of the Miura Peninsula in Kanagawa Prefecture, and sits on Sagami Bay. As it is surrounded by mountains on three sides with the sea on the fourth, it is blessed with abundant nature, and it has a rich variety of fun sightseeing activities, such as touring the shrines and temples, making the rounds of the art facilities, fine dining, swimming in the sea, and more.
Here we introduce two art museums near JR Kamakura Station and Kita-Kamakura Station, sightseeing spots you can visit while walking around the area, and some recommended cafés and restaurants.



〈Kaburaki Kiyokata Memorial Art Museum Kamakura City〉
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This art museum was built in Yukinoshita, Kamakura on the site of the former home of the great painter Kiyokata Kaburaki, master of modern Japanese painting, where he passed away. In addition to paintings in a traditional Japanese style depicting subjects such as flawless and elegant female figures, life in vibrant downtown Tokyo, and the literary works of Higuchi Ichiyo and Izumi Kyoka, it also presents works from Kiyokata’s time as an illustrator.


Asasuzu  Cool of the Morning141925)  Kaburaki Kiyokata Memorial Art Museum Kamakura City Collection


〈Access〉Disembark at JR Yokosuka Line/Enoshima Electric Railway Kita-Kamakura Station, walk north on Komachi Dori for 7 min., and turn left
〈Cost〉(Planned Exhibitions) General admission¥200/Elementary and junior high school:¥100 (Special Exhibitions)General admission¥300/Elementary and junior high school¥150



〈Kita Kamakura Yoh Shomei Art Museum〉
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It displays original art by Yoh Shomei, a picture book author who won the Graphics Prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy, ranging from early works to watercolors, oil paintings, and sketches, etc.

Haru no Kaze (Spring Wind), watercolor painting. Kita Kamakura Yoh Shomei Art Museum Collection

Disembark at JR Yokosuka Line Kita-Kamakura Station, walk 7 min.
〈Cost〉Adults ¥600/ Elementary and junior high school ¥300


《Other recommended art and history museums near Kamakura Station》

■Kamakura Museum of Literature
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■Kamakura City Kawakita Film Museum
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《Recommended restaurants and cafés around Kamakura Station after you see the museums》

〈LesAnges Kamakura〉
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The showcase is lined with more than 20 varieties of cakes made with seasonal domestic fruit, and customers can enjoy seasonal parfaits, cakes, and light meals in the eat-in space. Their financier cakes are only sold here at the flagship store.


〈Access〉6 min. from Kaburaki Kiyokata Memorial Art Museum Kamakura City on foot / 3 min. from Kamakura Station West Exit on foot, north end of the station platform


《Other recommended restaurants and cafés》

■Milk Hall
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■Kamakura GyozaUMINECO
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《Great as a snack on the go or a souvenir》

〈Kamakura Tenshin〉(Pork bun specialty shop)
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This shop specializing in pork buns is located near the end of Komachi Dori. Their popular pork buns are made by hand with an emphasis on the dough, and are filled with chunks of kakuni-style pork (they use Joshu pork), quail egg, bamboo shoots, and more. It is possible buy just one at a time. Customers can eat freshly steamed buns in the eat-in area. In addition to pork buns, visitors can also buy buns filled with red bean jam, seafood, or sardines, making it a perfect spot to get souvenirs.

〈Access〉2 min. from Kaburaki Kiyokata Memorial Art Museum Kamakura City on foot 8 min. from Kamakura Station East Exit on foot



Kamakura is where samurai families led by Minamoto no Yoritomo* established Japan’s first military government, replacing the preceding aristocratic rule with samurai rule during the transition from antiquity to the middle ages in Japan.

*Minamoto no Yoritomo...A military leader and statesman from the late Heian period (a 390 year period from 794-1185) to the early Kamakura period (1185-1333). Founder of the Kamakura Shogunate (A military government of Japan based in Kamakura. The shogun and other samurai controlled political affairs.).

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The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kotoku-in Temple) (Image source: Kamakura City Tourist Association)

Famed as the Great Buddha of Kamakura, Kotoku-in Temple’s main image is a national treasure depicting Amida Nyorai in a seated position. Construction began in 1251. The image of the Buddha stands approximately 11.3m tall, and weighs an estimated 121t.

〈Access〉32 min. from Kaburaki Kiyokata Memorial Art Museum Kamakura City on foot Disembark at JR Yokosuka Line Kamakura Station Transfer to Enoshima Electric Railway (bound for Fujisawa), disembark at Hase Station, and walk for about 7 min.


〈Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine〉
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(Photo by: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine)

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is associated with Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate, and it is one of Kamakura’s preeminent sightseeing spots, receiving many visitors from Japan and abroad throughout the year. The senior shrine and some other shrine buildings are national important cultural properties, and the grounds have been designated a national historic site. The treasure hall (admission fee required) displays sacred treasures and other objects preserved by Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. There are also various ceremonies held throughout the year, and visitors can enjoy the seasonally blooming flowers and trees on the lush shrine grounds.

〈Access〉6 min. from Kaburaki Kiyokata Memorial Art Museum Kamakura City on foot /10 min. from Kamakura Station East Exit on foot
〈Cost〉Free (There is a separate ceremony fee) *An admission fee is required for the treasure hall (Adults: ¥200 / Children (12 and under): ¥100