7. The Great Buddha of Kamakura
A trip to Kamakura is not complete if you miss the Great Buddha of Kamakura (鎌倉大仏, Kamakura Daibutsu). From Kamakura Station, take the green Enoden line to Hase Station just three stops away to see the iconic Buddha statue with your own eyes. This 13.35-meter (44 feet) tall bronze statue standing on the Kotokuin Temple grounds is the second tallest in Japan. Since 1945, it has been standing in the outdoors due to multiple destructions by typhoons and tidal waves of the temple building. It is a magnificent statue, in terms of size as well as a sculpture that has retained its appearance since it was cast. Pay a mere 20 JPY (0.20 USD) to enter the statue for an awe-inspiring tour. In addition, don’t forget your camera as this is an ideal place for picturesque shots of Daibutsu surrounded by lush greenery and colourful flowers.
6. Time for some retail and food therapy at Komachi-dori
Komachi-dori is probably the busiest commercial street in Kamakura, with over 19 million people visiting each year. Discover many cool cafes, yummy restaurants and stylish shops along this “must-visit” street. It is a stark contrast from the morning’s temples and shrine tour as you check out its exciting oh-so-familiar urban landscape.
Snack on a myriad of Japanese sweets such as crepes, sweet potato purple soft serve, bean snacks, and more. Or tuck into a hearty meal of the local specialty - Shirasu-don (Whitebait rice bowl) in one of the many Japanese restaurants. You can also shop in the famous Ghibli store, Donguri Kyowakoku, conspicuously located right at the entrance of Komachi-dori for your favourite Totoro. With about 250 shops and restaurants here, you are definitely spoilt for choice of what you can do!
5. Romantic stroll along the beautiful Dankazura
Following the great shrine tour, embark on a leisurely stroll along Dankazura, a pedestrian path in the center of Wakamiya Oji Street. The street used to be a sacred space to the public and was an essential part of the city’s religious life during the Kamakura shogunate period. Lined with several hundred cherry trees, Dankazura is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in spring. Indeed, the breathtaking sight has won it a reputation of being one of the best 100 streets in Japan.