Kamakura lies on the south coast of Tokyo. The seaside city used to be the political center of Japan in medieval times, but now is a popular vacation resort, featuring many Shinto shrines and Buddhist Zen temples. Standing around 15 m (40 ft) in height, the Great Buddha at the Kotoku-in Temple is the city’s most prominent landmark. The bronze statue survived a 15th-century tsunami that devastated the area. The Hokokuji Temple features the Magical Bamboo Forest, which is also worth a visit. Beach lovers can head to Yuigahama Beach on Sagami Bay, which is also a popular surfing spot and enjoys beautiful sunsets. Enoshima Island and Enoshima Aquarium is an enjoyable location for the whole family. The perfect way to chill out and soak your stress away in this coastal town is to stay in one of the best ryokans in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. Scroll down to read more.
Katiya Ryokan is a typical Japanese inn located a three-minute walk from Enoshima Beach and the Enoden Koshigoe Station. Visitors can head to Enoshima Island, a 15-minute walk away, or Enoshina Aquarium, a 17-minute walk from the ryokan. The property has a public bath, is open 24 hours each day, and serves delicious traditional fish and seafood meals in the delightful Katika restaurant. Each spacious room features the traditional futon bedding and tatami (woven-straw) flooring and offers a flat-screen TV with a comfortable seating area and a private bathroom. Free WiFi is available in the lobby for guests’ convenience.
Akitaya is a traditional ryokan which is conveniently placed close to many of the local attractions of Kamakura and steps away from Koshigoe Beach. The Great Buddha is a 3.9-km (2.4-mi) drive away and Hasedera Temple is 3.6 km (2.2 mi) from the property. Engakuji Temple is a 6-km (3.7-mi) drive from the ryokan. Akitaya, a typical ryokan, features a restaurant which serves traditional Japanese cuisine with an emphasis on locally caught fish. Each spacious room is air-conditioned and features tatami flooring and traditional futon bedding. Each features an electric kettle and bathrooms are shared with other guests. Breakfast is served and consists of fish caught on the owner’s fishing boat. Free wireless Internet is provided throughout the building.
This 100-year-old ryokan features a garden and is located steps away from the beach in Kamakura. The property is steps away from the Hasedera Temple, while the Great Buddha and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are both 3.4 km (2.1 mi) from the ryokan. A typical Japanese breakfast is served each morning and guests have access to a shared kitchen to cook simple meals. There is also a shared lounge with a TV. Guestrooms are spacious and come with tatami flooring and traditional Japanese futon bedding. Rooms also feature a microwave and bathrooms are shared with other guests. Family rooms are also available and free WiFi is available throughout the property.
Kaihinsou Kamakura is a traditional ryokan located a three-minute walk from Yuigahama Beach and a seven-minute stroll from the Kamakura Museum of Literature. The Great Buddha is a 15-minute walk away. The property is convenient to the Enoden Train, taking guests to Hisaka in 15 minutes and Enoshima in 20 minutes. The ryokan offers an atmosphere evocative of the Taisho era from 1912 to 1926. A selection of traditional and seasonal dishes are served each day in the restaurant. Guest rooms feature the traditional tatami flooring and Japanese futon bedding, as well as Western-style rooms with beds. Rooms can be booked including breakfast or with no food. Free WiFi is available at the ryokan.
Address: 4-8-14 Yuigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Price: from 197 USD
Access: From Yuigahama Station (Enoshima Electric Railway): About 1 min on foot. From Kamakura Station (JR Yokosuka Line): About 5 min by taxi. Alternatively, take the Enoshima Electric Railway to Yuigahama Station (approx. 3 min). It is about 1 min on foot from there. By car: Exit the Yokohama-Yokosuka Road at the Asahina IC and continue on Prefectural Route 204/21 for about 20 min (7 km).
Enjoy the beach and the historic temples of Kamakura
Spend the day exploring everything this coastal Japanese city has to offer, whether spending time on the beach or visiting the many temples and historic sights. End your day by enjoying a perfect night’s sleep at one of the best ryokans in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan.
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