A convenient 20-minute train ride from Yokosuka or approximately one hour from Tokyo Station, Kamakura is a fantastic choice for a day trip that offers visitors a variety of experiences: towering bamboo groves, mysterious caves, elegant Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, and hands-on workshops that will leave a lasting impression of this ancient capital.
I am a bit of a cynic and a self-declared “travel snob.” As I write this, I’m worried that people may find me a pessimist or think that I don’t like Japan. But the truth is I am writing this story because I love Japan, and I want you to genuinely enjoy it too.
This limited express train on the Odakyu line and has reserved seating only. A ticket on the Romancecar will get you from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo to popular holiday spots Hakone, Enoshima and Kamakura.
Winter and early spring means Japanese strawberry season. Starting from December to late April various farms throughout the country hold strawberry picking events for visitors to (at fixed price and often for a limited time-span) pick and taste as many strawberries as they like.
Chaplain (Maj.) Mark A. Johnston, Opp, Alabama native and 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade chaplain, visits the Daibutsu Big Buddha, Kamakura, Japan, and shares a story of gratitude during his Thanksgiving message in Episode 23 of Chaplain’s Neighborhood.
Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Kamakura is only 25 minutes from Yokosuka by train but 1,000 years away. Seat of the first shogunate in 1185, ancient capital, and center of Rinzai Zen, Kamakura is blessed with beautiful nature, rich history, and a thriving artist community.
For anyone who has visited Kamakura you will most probably already have been dazzled by its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. On the downside however, its bustling crowds and numerous tourist shops threaten to destroy those very things which you have come see.