Kamakura is a beautiful coastal town that is located less than an hour away in the southern part of Tokyo. It is well known for the Daibutsu (Great Buddha Statue) and the many temples and shrines in the surrounding area. Without a doubt, Kamakura is filled with many natural attractions.

Even though Kamakura is a small town, it once held significant political power in the past. This is due to the fact that it became the capital of Japan when Minamoto Yoritomo chose it as the location to build his military regime during the Kamakura Period.

Today, the city is a thriving tourist destination because of its many attractions. There are even some people who love Kamakura because of its hiking courses. These hiking courses offer scenic and amazing views of the surrounding landscapes. Japan is a mountainous country, and some Japanese consider hiking as one of their hobbies.

Since Kamakura is close to Tokyo, it is only natural that those who love to hike visit this charming town and discover their famous hiking trails. If you love to hike, be sure to challenge these places at least once!

1. Kuzuharaoka Daibutsu Hiking course (葛原岡・大仏ハイキングコース)

After admiring the Daibutsu (Great Buddha Statue), you can go ahead and enter this widely used hiking trail. The overall distance of the hiking trail is estimated to be three kilometers and can be completed in around 60 – 90 minutes. The difficulty is easy, and anyone without any hiking experience can enjoy this hiking course.

Duration: 60 – 90 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Website: https://www.city.kamakura.kanagawa.jp/kamakura-kankou/0513hiking.html (Japanese Only)

2. Tenen Hiking course (天園ハイキングコース)

On the northern hills of Kamakura lies the Tenen Hiking Course. This trail connects the Kenchoji Temple and Zuisenji Temple. Along the way, you’re going to find tomb caves (locally known as Hyakuhachi Yagura). There are plenty of places where you can see great views of the surrounding scenery. This trail is estimated to be around six kilometers.

Duration: 90 – 120 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Website: https://www.city.kamakura.kanagawa.jp/kamakura-kankou/0512hiking.html (Japanese Only)

3. Kinubariyama Hiking Course (衣張山ハイキングコース)

The trail on Kinubariyama is beautiful especially during autumn. When the foliage changes their colors, it gives this mountain trail a unique feel and is perfect for beginner hikers. The trail is approximately three kilometers long and can be completed within an hour. The summit of Kinubariyama is beautiful and you can have a scenic view of the city of Kamakura.

Duration: 60 – 90 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Website: http://kamakura-guide.jp/kinubariyamajunreidou

4. Asahina Hiking Course (朝比奈ハイキングコース)

Asahina Hiking course is one of Kamakura’s seven entrances. It is a path that extends from Kamakura towards Yokohama city. A small waterfall, Saburo Waterfall marks the entrance to the Asahina Kiridoshi. The artificially curved stone walls, “Kiridoshi” make the Asahina Hiking course unique. This Kiridoshi was built during Kamakura Period, which is around the 11th to 13th Century.

Duration: 60 – 90 minutes
Difficulty: Normal
Website: http://kamakuratrip.net/masahina.html (Japanese Only)

5. Gionyama Hiking Course (祇園山ハイキングコース)

The trail starts at where the Tosho-Ji temple used to be and ends at Yagumo-Jinja Shrine. The starting point of the hiking trail is close to the famous Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. It is said to be the shortest and easiest hiking course in Kamakura (approximately 1.5 km). If the weather is clear, you can get a good view of Mt. Fuji, the bay, and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

Duration: 60 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Website: https://www.city.kamakura.kanagawa.jp/kamakura-kankou/0514hiking.html (Japanese Only)

6. Nagoshi Kiridoshi Hiking Course (名越切通ハイキングコース)

Going to Nagoshi Kiridoshi Hiking Course will allow you to experience a unique and dynamic landscape. The artificially made road that traverse the mountain trail also allows easy access to transportation to easily find the hiking course.

Duration: 90 – 120 minutes
Difficulty: Normal
Website: http://www.kamakura-burabura.com/haiku1sizennagoe.htm (Japanese Only)

7. Rokkokukenzan Hiking Course (六国見山ハイキングコース)

The Rokkokukenzan course is a unique trail that passes through a residential area. There are a few signs leading to the trail, and you can get lost if you don’t know someone who is knowledgeable about the surrounding area. Once you reach the observatory, you will have a scenic view of the surrounding area.

Duration: 60 – 90 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Website: http://walking.simizu-y.net/kamakura/index06.html (Japanese Only)

 

 

All information in this article is as of May 2017

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