Kamakura is an ancient political centre during the Kamakura shogunate from 1181 to 1333, located in the Kanagawa Prefecture, about 1 hour south of Tokyo by train. Therefore, it is a popular destination as a day trip out of the capital city. There are many intriguing historical and cultural sites, as well as popular hiking trails and beautiful beaches in the small city. Instead of rushing through your “must-dos” and ticking them off from your list as much as possible within a day in Kamakura, why not stay a few more days to allow time to immerse yourself fully in the alluring city? This article will guide you on where you can find the 10 best Airbnb which are close to the must-see sights for a great trip in Kamakura.
Stay near to Kamakura’s transportation hub for utmost convenience
Getting to Kamakura by train from Tokyo is very convenient, about 60 to 90 minutes depending on which of the 3 transportation lines you choose to take. The JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo station takes just under an hour; the JR Shonan Shinjuku Line from Shinjuku station takes about an hour and the Odakyu Railway from Shinjuku Station takes about 90 minutes but is the cheapest option. All of these options have one thing in common: they will stop at Kita-kamakura and Kamakura in the city centre. Thus, staying near to these two stations that serve as the transportation hub will definitely give you the greatest convenience. Besides, many of the city sights can be accessed easily from these 2 stations. This section will point you to the top Airbnb in this area for a lovely stay!
Just 10 minutes’ walk from Kita-kamakura station, the first stop to alight in Kamakura from Tokyo, you will be able to find Shino’s tastefully furnished apartment. The guest room where you will stay in is located on the first floor of the house, together with the shared living room and bathroom. Feel free to interact with the friendly hosts who are staying on the second floor with four adorable birds. If you like, the male host will even prepare a cup of latte or matcha with lovely latte art for you to enjoy.
This neighbourhood is filled with lush greenery, with a relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Feel refreshed with a hike in nature every morning. Explore old beautiful temples such as Engakuji Temple and Jochiji Temple surrounded by mountains in the area. Besides, there are many nice local restaurants, bakeries and cafes nearby the apartment, and the hosts will be glad to direct you if you need. Furthermore, Kita-kamakura is just one stop away from the famous tourist sites near Kamakura station. So it’s very convenient to access the other must-see sights in the city centre too.
Shino’s stylish apartment
Address: Kita-kamakura, Kamakura, Japan (see map)
Price: from 51 USD
Access: 10-minute walk to Kita-kamakura station
Located only 5 minutes on foot from the main Kamakura station is a cosy room in Yuki’s apartment. It is also just next to the well-known street of Komachi-dori. Although it is located so close to all the action in the city, enjoy peace and quiet during your stay in this clean and spacious room. Do not miss checking out the busy Komachi-dori for the numerous great cafes, restaurants, and shops found here. One of the “must-dos” along this famous street is “tabearuki”, which means eating snacks while you walk along the street. Furthermore, the most important shrine in Kamakura - Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine - is only a short walk from the station. Enjoy both the historical sights as well as modern shopping and dining by staying with Yuki!
Yuki’s cosy room next to Komachi-dori
Address: Kamakura, Japan (see map)
Price: from 62 USD
Access: 5-minute walk to Kamakura station
Stay just outside the downtown
Tourist destinations are well connected via subway and buses in the city. So if you yearn for more space and prefer to be out of the busy downtown, then staying just outside the city centre is a good idea. It brings you closer to the residential areas of the locals yet still able to get to most of the famous sightseeing spots, shopping and dining spots easily. Check out these 4 Airbnb if that’s your idea of a great holiday!
Matsu & Tak manage the art lounge on the first floor of this property located just 2 minutes on foot from Yuigahama station, 2 stops away from the downtown Kamakura station. The guest rooms above the art lounge are clean, modern and sleek. Although the hosts do not stay in the same apartment as you, they are very responsive to your requests and queries, while assuring you privacy throughout your stay.
In addition, the property is only a 5-minute walk from the Hase area, where the Great Buddha of Kamakura can be found. Several famous restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and bars are also located in the Hase area, in addition to interesting shops along the Yuigahama Street where the property is located. If you love the beach, you will be delighted to find it located about 8 minutes on foot too.
Matsu & Tak’s cosy room above art lounge
Address: Yuigahama, Kamakura, Japan (see map)
Price: from 79 USD
Access: 2-minute walk to Yuigahama train station
Teppei’s 60-year-old traditional Japanese wooden house is nestled within a quiet neighbourhood just outside downtown Kamakura, but still close enough to major attractions by bus or on foot. This is the kind of house you would love to stay in if you want to experience real Japanese living, with a beautiful Japanese-style yard and even a shrine with a small traditional Torii gate! The house is only a 5-minute drive from Kamakura station, with free parking on premise. Otherwise, you can also take a leisurely 15-minute stroll to the main station.
In the neighbourhood, there are no supermarkets. Instead, there are specialized fish, butcher and grocery shops. Enjoy the authentic experience of tasting fresh sashimi from the local fish store for your dinner in the traditional house. The Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Koumyoji Temple and lovely beach are within walking distance from the house too. You can even enjoy a traditional Japanese public bath just 20 seconds away. Simply unwind from the hustles of a city life by staying with Teppei here!
Teppei’s traditional Japanese house
Address: Zaimokuza, Kamakura, Japan (see map)
Price: from 87 USD
Access: 15-minute walk to both Kamakura and Wadazuka train stations
Genki’s recently built and well-furnished apartment is located 15 minutes on foot to downtown Kamakura station. If you love beach-surfing like Genki, you will be pleased to note that the apartment is just 5 minutes away from the Yuigahama beach. Chill at the cool 28bal bar nearby the apartment where you can enjoy some Japanese sake. Staying at Genki’s studio apartment in the quiet residential neighbourhood will provide you the opportunity to relax and unwind in a peaceful seaside area while still being accessible to the city’s major must-see sights.
Genki’s new apartment
Address: Zaimokuza, Kamakura, Japan (see map)
Price: from 102 USD
Access: 15-minute walk to Kamakura station
Travelling in a big group of up to 10 and looking for a more economical option to house everyone under the same roof? Then Sawako and Tatsuya’s apartment near the Zushi station is the ideal choice for you. If you love to whip up healthy and delicious meals for your group, you can also make use of the large kitchen facility here. A 100-inch home theatre system is also available for use in the comfort of the apartment.
In case you are wondering, Zushi station is only one stop away, a 4-minute train ride from downtown Kamakura station. That makes exploring the major temples and shrines in town such a breeze. In addition, the lovely Zushi beach is only a 15-minute walk away, and you are also in close proximity to the nice shops and restaurants in the nearby Hayama area. So have a great time staying at this wonderful apartment!
Sawako and Tatsuya's apartment
Address: Zushi, Kamakura, Japan (see map)
Price: from 185 USD
Access: 1-minute walk to Zushi station.
Stay near the amazing coastal region to experience seaside Japanese living
Besides the ancient Buddhist and Shinto temples and shrines that Kamakura is notable for, the coastal city is also a prominent resort town facing the Sagami Bay in the south. If you enjoy sea sports or simply lazing by the beach, stay in one of these 4 cool Airbnb near the coastal region to experience a memorable seaside living for yourself!
Fancy staying in a renovated 100-year-old traditional Japanese house near the Kamakurakōkōmae station made famous by the popular Japanese comic - “Slam Dunk”? Slam’s dormitory-style house with a public cafe-bar on the first floor and dormitory rooms on the second floor will be a great bargain for you!
Located near to Koshigoe station, it is only one stop away from the well-known Kamakurakōkōmae station. Besides, you can surf all you want at the gorgeous sea just a minute away. Explore the scenic Enoshima attractions just 10 to 15 minutes’ walk away, or immerse yourself in the history and culture of Kamakura downtown with a quick 15-minute train ride away from the house.
Slam’s dormitory-style house
Address: Kamakura, Japan (see map)
Price: from 27 USD
Access: 3-minute walk to Koshigoe station.
Located just a few minutes from the scenic Enoshima Island and in between Katase-Enoshima station and Enoshima station, Kazuhiro’s apartment is very clean and spacious for a cosy and homely stay. This is a great place to stay in if you have time to relax and enjoy the beach. There are many interesting cafes and restaurants in this area where you can enjoy great food and drinks. The Enoshima Aquarium is a great nearby attraction where you can view over 14 species of jellyfish exhibits. Or you can also reach downtown Kamakura station from Enoshima station via a 23-minute direct train ride.
Kazuhiro’s modern apartment
Address: Enoshima, Fujisawa, Japan (see map)
Price: from 56 USD
Access: 7-minute walk to Enoshima Station.
Kawabe family house is located in a serene residential neighbourhood 4 minutes away from Inamuragasaki station, a 10-minute train ride to downtown and Enoshima. Enjoy the privacy in the guest room on the second floor with a good view of the garden and mountain. On the first floor, you can interact with the hospitable family who have stayed in Kamakura for most of their lives, and they will be very willing to share everything about the charming city. In addition, the house is just 5 minutes’ walk to the beach, where you can enjoy the best sunset view. You will also be able to view the magnificent Mount Fuji in this tranquil neighbourhood. Get the best of Kamakura with a real Japanese homestay here!
Kawabe family house
Address: Inamuragasaki, Kamakura, Japan (see map)
Price: from 77 USD
Access: 4-minute walk to Inamuragasaki Station.
Feel like relaxing in a resort-style apartment with great views of the Kamakura Sea? Then Hiroyuki’s modern and airy apartment at Zushi Marina is a perfect choice for you. You will be just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful coast and beach, as well as chill in quaint little cafes like the Ron Herman Cafe. With a floor area of 50 square metres, the 1-room apartment is spacious by Japan living standards, and can sleep up to 4 persons comfortably. There is a free shuttle bus to JR Kamakura station east exit provided by the management on weekends and public holidays, so you can be connected to downtown conveniently. Otherwise, a quick 15-min taxi ride will bring you to all the must-see sights in town too.
Hiroyuki’s apartment by the sea
Address: Zushi, Kamakura, Japan (see map)
Price: from 100 USD
Access: Weekends & public holidays: free shuttle bus from JR Kamakura Station East exit to Zushi Marina main building; weekdays: 15-minute taxi ride from JR Kamakura Station East exit.
Enjoy your vacation in the ancient “Home of the Samurai”
In an ancient city like Kamakura, perhaps the best accommodation options will be Airbnb where you get to stay close to the locals and experience first-hand the rich culture and traditions from these friendly hosts. These 10 best Airbnb each offer varied experiences depending on your preference and budget, but they are all accessible to the city’s must-see sights, thanks to the well-connected public transport network in Kamakura! Have a great time exploring all that the ancient city has to offer!
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