Escape Tokyo for the day and delve into the history and culture of Kamakura, one of Japan’s most popular towns for tourists – domestic and foreign alike. Formerly a political centre, Kamakura houses some of the most stunning temples in the whole country, spread widely but easily accessible by foot or rail.
Visit the leading Zen temple of Engakuji, the towering bronze Daibutsu Buddha statue in Kotokuin, and the Jodo sect’s Hasedera – one of the most impressive and atmospheric temples around. When you’ve had your fill of religious monuments, hop on the antique Enoden railway as you clackety-clack your way back to Komachi-dori, a charming street of food stalls and craft shops.
Kamakura is well positioned to visit on a full day trip from Tokyo itself, but can also be reached when travelling to or from the Hakone region. The nearby beaches make this coastal town a worthy escape from the humidity of the city when the summer heat is turned up to maximum.