Tourist Information

Zazen experience at 3 temples in Kamakura and Kita-Kamakura


1) Hokokuji Temple

Every Sunday morning 7h30 - 9h15

Participation & entrance fee: Free. No reservation required. (in Japanese)


2) Engakuji Temple

- Every morning 6h

Participation: Donation is welcome. No reservation required.

- Every Saturday and 1st & 3rd Sunday 14h30 - 16h

Participation: 1000 yen. Entrance fee: 500 yen. No reservation required.


3) Kenchoji Temple

- Every Friday & Saturday 15h30 - 16h30

Participation: Free. Entrance fee: 500 yen. No reservation required.


- Zazen in English

Next sessions: May 30, June 27, August 29, Nov 5, 1h30 - 3h30.

Participation : 1500 yen including entrance fee. Reservation necessary.

Send an E-mail ( with your name, nationality and the date you wish to participate.




The Kamakura Welcome Guide Association, inaugurated in 2008, brings together volunteer guides (54 guides in 8 languages) for foreign visitors, offering sightseeing tours every Friday without reservation and the services of a guide by reservation.


Visit Kamakura, website run by Kamakura City Tourist Association, for sightseeing information available in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Korean.


Map in English with some tourist information in English (download available)


Carte en Français avec des infos en français (téléchargeable)


Japan Guide is a tourist information web site started in 1996 providing a wide range of travel guides covering 47 prefectures. They introduce Kamakura as "Small city full of historic treasures".


Top 5 Things to do in Kamakura  (No1.Great Buddha Daibutsu. No2. Hasedera temple. No3.Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. No4.Hiking Trails. No5.Hokokuji temple.) is a 7 mins video well presented with the narration.


Blogs of Matt Evans exploring six parts of the neighborhood of Kamakura. 



Other websites to find tourist information.


15 of the Best Photogenic Sightseeing Spots in Kamakura That You Have to Visit


20 Things to Do in Kamakura Through the Seasons


Best trails in Kamakura


Map of Kamakura Art & Culture

Recommended Walking Tours


Fun & personal guide of Kamakura by youtuber, Paolo


Enoshima has, from long ago, been an island steeped in legend, history, and faith.



Media & Guide book 


Articles about Kamakura by Sarah Hodge, travel and culture writer
who's areas of interest include Japanese cuisine, kimono, Zen Buddhism, Japanese gardens and pilgrimages (she has visited Koyasan, Kumano Kodo...)


Kamakura: A Historical Guide

The author, Francesco Baldessari, who has lived in Japan almost 40 years, will take you on a visit to 28 of his favorite temples and shrines. And the history, religions, traditional art and architecture explained differently.
[e-book 700 yen]



Kamakura and Enoshima

210 pages of English guidebook full of information from the history of warriors, zen culture, the practical visiting ideas to the interview of local people and community experience.

[e-book 1200 yen]