Kamakura, a small seaside city in Kanagawa is a short train ride from Tokyo. I recommend it if you are looking for a side trip from Tokyo. We spent a day here but felt it wasn’t enough time to explore the area. We departed from Shinjuku station in Tokyo and it took about an hour. Lots of people rent bikes, but we took their Enoden line to get around.
It was snowing the day we got in. There are many temples to visit. We saw Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Daibutsu (great Buddha),Hase Dera, Engaku Ji, Kenchoji, and Tokeiji. Hokokuji is in a bamboo forest but we didn’t get a chance to go. If you have been to Kyoto, Kamakura is said to be the smaller version of Eastern Japan. Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines line the city. There are beaches there but we didn’t have enough time to go. It is a nice break from the hustle and bustle in Tokyo.