After (or before) relaxing on the beach or in one of the nearby cafés and restaurants, you should consider visiting one of Kamakura´s temples. My personal favourite is the Hokoku-ji (Take-dara) temple, as there will be a bamboo grove waiting for you.

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The zen-temple with its thatched roof originates the 14th century, but unfortunately fell victim of the Kanto earthquake in 1923 which almost completely destroyed it. The present true to original temple still is a lovely relic, even if there´s a tower with thatched roof missing.

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The scenery that awaits you behind the temple, including a teahouse, is most impressive and beauteous, reminding me a bit of Arashiyama in Kyoto. It may feel as enchanting and tranquil as being able to walk around in one of those Asian bamboo postcards and posters you´ve most likely seen before. A well kept bamboo forest with beautiful, entangled pathways invites visitors to discover, turning it into a great place to visit. If you can´t go to Arashiyama in Kyoto, it´s a great alternative to be found nearby Tokyo.

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Entrance Fee: 200 Yen

Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00

How to get to Hokokuji:

From the station, it´s best to take the Keikyu-bus to “Jomyo-ji,” which takes around 15 minutes. From Jomyo-ji it´s just a short walk to the temple. Certainly you can also walk from the station to Hokokuji, but this will take around half an hour by foot.

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Kamakura is located around 35 to 55 minutes to the South of Tokyo, depending on which train connection you´ll take. It´s really easy to get to (via Yokosuka train line), and if you´d like you, you can make a stopover at Yokohama on your way back, which is another interesting city with many sightseeing places, including Chinatown and its famous harbour area.

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