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Battle of the Big Buddhas

Kamakura defends itself against rival Nara in the Battle of the Big Buddhas!

Enoshima: The Perfect Beach Escape from Tokyo

Blessed with an abundance of beautiful natural sights, this island is only a short 60 minute train ride away from the hustle and bustle of central Tokyo.

Increase Your Money By Washing It

Zeniarai Benten Shrine is a popular power spot in Kamakura for washing money. But... why?

6 Most-Visited New Year's Shrines & Temples

Check out these statistics to find out which temple or shrine has the largest number of attendees during New Year's—and maybe find out the spots to avoid!

All in a Day's Pass!

Train convenience may be the best thing you could enjoy in Japan, but unplanned itineraries could be costly due to frequent use of the trains. But with careful planning, all you need is a one-time purchase ticket for the entire day.

Live in a Muji House — For Free!

Lifestyle retailer Muji is offering a free house in the seaside town of Kamakura, and you won't believe how stunningly gorgeous it is!

Find Treasure at Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu is filled with nature on the outside, with its tunnel of simply incredible cherry blossoms. But, there are also several important treasures within!

Find Serenity on Zaimokuza Beach

Comic artist Daisuke Igarashi gives us his impression of Kamakura's Zaimokuza Beach.

One-Day Windsurfing Lesson in Kamakura

Spend the day in Kamakura enjoying an epic windsurfing adventure!

Our 5 Favorite Tours in Kamakura

Not sure what to do and where to go in Kamakura? Let us give you some options for an unforgettable tour with a qualified guide.

Explore with the Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass

For a relaxing day trip away from Tokyo, head on down to Kamakura and Enoshima. And make sure to grab this train pass to save some serious cash.

Hase-dera, the Flower Temple

Hase-dera is home to Japan’s largest wooden statue of Kannon Bosatsu (Buddhist Goddess of Mercy) and popular among visitors for its beautiful outdoor garden.

The 8 Best Day Trips from Tokyo

Besides being Japan's capital, Tokyo is actually the world's most populous metropolis. And there are many attractions accessible from the Tokyo metropolitan area too!

How to Enjoy Studying Abroad in Japan

Follow this dancing girl all through her amazing study abroad experience in Japan, and be sure to watch for some stunning respect from a well-antlered deer!

Kamakura Autumn Colors Report

In our quest to take as many autumn color pictures as possible, we ventured out to Kamakura using the Kamakura Free Pass.

Hokokuji: The Bamboo Temple of Kamakura

Hokokuji is a fascinating old Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple located in the eastern hills of Kamakura.

Cosplay as Samurai & Walk through Kamakura

When you visit Kamakura, you can not only look like a samurai—you can also eat like one!

Get to Know the Hotspots of Kamakura Beach

A beach with plenty of attractions, Kamakura Beach was selected as one of the top 50 picturesque spots in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Make Summer-Inspired Pottery in Kamakura

How about making your own ceramic dish as a special souvenir of your visit to Kamakura? The cool blue and white glazes are perfect complements to the summer season, and beginners are welcome!

Shop with the Touch of a Finger!

A brand-new payment system lets you make purchases with the touch of a finger. Great for tourists too!

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