Kamakura Hiking Trails
Kamakura Hiking Trails
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The wooded hills of Kamakura contain numerous hiking trails, many of which connect the various temples.
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
There are a number of trails in Kamakura and I only walked the Daibutsu Hiking Trail. There were hardly any tourists and the path was wonderful. It's strenous at times and you'll have to walk over lots of tree roots and climb steep stairs but it's absolutely worth it. Beautiful scenery.
Written 1 December 2023
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FengXueSG
Singapore, Singapore1,611 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I spent one day in Kamakura, and did one circle on walking: Kita-Kamakura -> Engaku-ji -> Jochi-Ji -> Daibutsu hiking course (detour to Zeniarai Benten) -> Daibutsu (Kotoku-in) -> Hase-dera -> Kamakura Station -> Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu -> Kencho-ji -> Kita-Kamakura.

The Daibutsu hiking course from Jochi-Ji to Daibutsu is about 5km, suitable for all ages but you do not take it too casually. It requires some stamina, especially if you want to complete the whole circle with plenty time to see all the sights in one day. The trail end at the Daibutsu is very steep, but you will be descending it if you do this counter-clock wise circle as I did.

Hase-dera has a very nice deck where you can enjoy food/drink with a great view of the Kamakura beach.

From Hase-dera is another 8KM back to Kita-Kamakura, but it is pretty much flat street walking (expect the climb to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu as well as a uphill road between Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu and Kencho-ji .

I really enjoyed the hiking, and get a good appreciation why Kamakura Shogunate chose this place for its capital - from wikipedia: "The town is surrounded to north, east and west by hills, and is a natural fortification easily defensible"
Written 28 May 2023
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The start of the trail is just along the road from the station. It's a great route to get away from the crowds and take a more relaxed approach to the buddha. However, please be aware that the track in places can be quite tricky if wet. Also the signage is better once you get about half-way, prior to that it can seem you're going nowhere.
Written 9 November 2022
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Leonidastra86
Kavala, Greece3,541 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Although there were many signs that it is closed after the hurricane of October, the place was open to walk. Unfortunately we had to look long for the trail and started from the end (near the big Buddha statue). That means that we had to climb the whole way through a partially destroyed path.
So yes, you should do it but you will need time (from 1/2 hour till 2 for normal walk) and you SHOULD start from the beginning of the trail.
The nature however will reward you.
Written 12 November 2019
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Vermont7,505 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
From Jochiji Temple in Kita-Kamakura to Genjiyama public park is somewhat unchallenging, and we were surprised to see a parking lot nearby and visitors who drove to this spot. From here it began to get tough.

There's a detour to Zeniarai Benten that you should take. It’s great little compound to explore and watch the money washing, and it’s very photogenic.

After Zeniarai Benten the walk was OK until it was awful - very rough walking, over roots of trees packed with dried mud. Then there was the part with the chains or ropes that you hang on to and don't look down because one misstep and you are over the edge. Stairs carved into the rock/earth were just as challenging. We completed the route in about 2.5-3 hours.

It was a slog in places (the chains) and in places it just was boring. Some of the time, we wondered if the trail makers were just trying to make things more difficult than they needed to be.

I don't know about going in the other direction, as I said we began at Jochiji Temple in Kita-Kamakura. We went up a lot and then down, and then up again, and down…

The quiet and the absence of tourists made this a great walk. The bird songs were a boon. But on the whole, I don’t think we’d do it again.
Written 18 October 2019
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Ernie S S
Descanso, CA106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Hiked here before, pay attention to google earth/map. Interpretive maps can be a bit misleading. One of the hikes has a cafe in the middle of it, beer and ramen.
Written 8 October 2019
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scotthumphries
Canberra, Australia220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We walked the Gionyama trail. which is one of the shorter and more accessible courses. It starts behind a temple not far from the Kamakura JR station. We bought some food at the station for our hike.
There are some steep inclines and it had been raining in previous days, so the path was very muddy and slippery. There were no guard rails and few stairs.
However, the walk through the forest was lovely and the views were beautiful. It comes out not far from a number of cafes and temples.
We enjoyed our visit but would avoid it in wet weather.
Written 30 August 2019
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Cher L
San Mateo, CA27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We went to Hase in Kamakura and it’s a small town known for the Giant Buddha. The highlight of our trip was the crispy octopus cracker. If you like seafood chips you’ll love these. It’s so interesting to see them make it and they come out hot, super thin and so crispy. They’re also so pretty to look at. I wish we could take some home!
Written 3 June 2019
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travelwithoutmercy
Vientiane, Laos192 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We had read in a number of guide books that there was a pleasant walk from north Kamakura to the main town. The walk is a real hike over rough terrain with some serious ascents and descents. Not recommended
Written 26 May 2019
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mottovino
San Francisco, CA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We had heard about the trail that starts behind the great Buddha and runs up the mountain connecting other shrines and natural points of interest. This ended up being a really beautiful day and perfect for such a hike. It's long.... took us all day to complete it. About 5-6 course but we stopped at many sites and shrines along the way. If you want a work out while you travel, this is the trail for you! Kamakura is really beautiful and is worth more than just a day trip.
Written 15 May 2019
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