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Instagram-worthy recommended photo spots in Kamakura

Instagram-worthy recommended photo spots in Kamakura.

Kamakura is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan and is visited by tourists from all over the world throughout the year. Kamakura is also famous as a filming location for many dramas and movies, and there are many filming spots blessed with great locations. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best filming spots in Kamakura.  (Information as of January 2018)

Kamakurakoko-Mae Station Platform, Railroad Crossing

The Kamakurakoko-Mae Station is a small station by the sea on the Enoshima Electric Railway. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary station, but in fact, it is a very famous spot as a stage for popular anime and movies. It is visited by many fans not only from Japan but also from abroad. Right in front of the station platform, the sea of Shonan spreads out, making it the perfect location for filming. In addition, the "Kamakura High School No.1 Railroad Crossing" not far from this station is a popular spot to take pictures of the Enoshima Electric Railway with the beautiful sea in the background.

Access:  Kamakurakoko-Mae Station  (Enoshima Electric Railway)

Kamakura Museum of Literature (Kamakura Bungakukan)

The Kamakura Museum of Literature is a museum that displays manuscripts and other literary works by literary figures associated with Kamakura and preserves literary materials. In addition to the building of the museum, there are many other places to take pictures in the museum, such as a tunnel called "Shokaku-do" surrounded by greenery and the colorful rose garden. Every year in May, June, October, and November, roses are in full bloom, filling the museum with their fragrance. Kamakura Bungakukan has a different look for each season. If you visit Kamakura, this is a place you should definitely stop by at least once.

Access: 7-minute walk from Yuigahama Station on the Enoshima Electric Railway
      From JR Kamakura Station, take a train bound for Fujisawa or Daibutsu, and get off at Kaigan-dori bus stop (3-minute walk)

Opening hours: March to September:  9:00 - 17:00  (admission until 16:30)
                         October to February: 9:00 - 16:30  (admission until 16:00)
Closed: Mondays (open if Monday is a national holiday)
             Year-end and New Year's holidays  (Dec. 29  to  Jan. 3)

* There may be other closed days, please check opening hours before visiting.

Zuisenji Temple

Zuisenji Temple was built in 1327, it is a temple of the Engakuji school of the Rinzai Buddhism sect. The garden in the precincts of Zuisenji Temple is designated as a national place of scenic beauty. In particular, the Tennyo Cave, which was built by digging into the bedrock, and the small cave next to it for Zen meditation create a mysterious atmosphere that is perfect for the great photo. Furthermore, Zuisenji Temple, surrounded by beautiful mountains, is one of the best places in Kamakura for viewing the autumn leaves, the maple and ginkgo trees turn red in late November and early December. This view is worth your visit.

Access: From Kamakura Station (JR/Enoden) East Exit, get off at the last stop "Otomiya" bound for Otomiya, and walk 15 minutes.

Visiting hours: 9:00 - 17:00  (Entrance until 16:30)

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Known as one of the three largest Hachiman shrines in Japan, the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, has a history of about 800 years and offers protection against bad luck and good luck in marriage. In the precincts of the shrine, there are many interesting highlights, such as the main shrine, which is a national important cultural property, Genji Pond, where the Hataage Benzaiten Shrine is located, and the beautiful Peony Garden. Genji Pond is especially popular among tourists as you can enjoy cherry blossoms during spring, lotus flowers in the summer, and autumn leaves in the fall.

Access: 10-minute walk from Kamakura Station on the JR and Enoshima Electric Railway lines

Hours of Operation: 5:00 - 21:00  (admission until 20:30)

※From October to March, the gates open at 6:00 

Kamakura Cultural Rokkoku-kenzan

Rokkoku-kenzan literally means the six countries (Sagami, Musashi, Awa, Kazusa, Shimosa, and Izu) that can be seen from the top of the mountain. The view from the top of the mountain is wonderful, and you can also see Mt. Fuji from the observation deck at Rokkokukenzan Forest Park when the weather is nice. It's a great place to take landscape photos.

Access: Enoden bus bound for Takanodai, get off at Takanodai bus stop and walk 5 minutes.

Kotokuin Temple

Kotokuin in Kamakura is a temple known for its Giant Buddha statue (Daibutsu) of Kamakura. The Giant Buddha is 11.3 meters high and weighs 121 tons, which is not as big as the Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple in Nara, but its appearance was never changed since the time it was first built what gives a strong impression. The Great Buddha of Kamakura is famous as a symbol of Kamakura, and this is the first place tourists usually visit when they come to Kamakura. It's a great place to take pictures and learn about the history of Kamakura.

Access: 7 minute walk from Hase Station on the Enoshima Electric Railway

Opening hours: April to September,  8:00 - 17:30
                         October to March: 8:00 - 17:00

※The admission is 15 minutes before the gate closes. Hours for viewing the inside of the Great Buddha: 8:00 - 16:30  (admission until 16:20)

Surrounded by the sea and mountains, Kamakura has rich nature and offers many great photo locations. While enjoying sightseeing, be sure to take a memorable picture.

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