Just a short trip from Tokyo, tourists flock to Kamakura to kick back on the pristine sand beaches and sample Sagami Bay’s renowned surf. Japan’s foremost seaside resort town, this is a place where the focus is on fun, although Kamakura does have a serious side, and the region’s rich historic past is fascinating indeed.
There are countless Zen temples and Shinto shrines to visit, whilst Kotoku-in’s famed bronze Buddha — standing 13 metres tall — demands to be seen and is always a popular attraction.
For those keen to beat the crowds, Kamakura’s forests are dotted with tracks and trails that are crying out to be explored, whilst the island of Enoshima makes for an interesting trip. Yet more often than not, you’ll be drawn back to the beach, with Yuigahama and Zaimokuza in particular proving popular with those keen to lie back, relax and soak up the warm Japanese sun.