Kamakura Itinerary

Out of 10 zen temples in Japan, 5 are in Kyoto and 5 are in Kamakura. We started at 8am from Shinagawa station and this was the itinerary we followed.


  • 08:15–09:00 Shinagawa to Yokohama (Keikyu main line, 290 yen) to Kitakamakura station (JR Shonan-Shinjuku line, 290 yen)
  • 9:00–9:30 Visit Engakuji Temple (2nd most important zen temple)
  • 09:30–12:00 Western Daibutsu Hiking course from Jōchiiji temple (Fourth most important Zen temple) to Kōtokuin (Buddha temple) via Zeniarai Benten Shrine (excellent view and Shrine where visitors wash their money)
  • 12:00–12:30 visit Hasedara temple, good view
  • 12:30–02:00 lunch and relax at Yugihama beach
  • 02:00–02:30 walk to kenchoji via shopping street (kamakura’s most important zen temple)
  • 02:30–05:00 northern trail from Kenchoji to Zuisenji Temple (zen) via lots of caves on the way
  • 5:00–5:30 Walk to Harakiri Yagura
  • 5:30–6:30 Eastern Gionyama Hiking Course from Harakiri Yagura to Myohonji Temple via Yagumo Shrine and good sunset view

kamakura beach
  • 6:30–7:15 Travel back to Shinagawa
  • 7:30 reach Shinagawa

Things we would have seen if there was more time

Meigetsuin Temple, hachimangu shrine, Ankokuronji Temple, jufukuji (too far)


  1. Wear shoes (the slopes might get slippery if it rains).
  2. These trails can be covered in 30–60 minutes each but it’s better to have extra time as the place looks too beautiful to walk without taking lots of pictures.