Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kamakura-Ofuna

1-26-5 Ofuna, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, 247-0056, Japan
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kamakura Ofuna
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Accomodation

by MDT

Will be in Japan for 5 days in January. As we will be flying into Tokyo it has been suggested we have 2 nights in Kamakura. Would this be a good idea? If so does anyone know of some decent accomodation, ideally in a Ryokan or similar.

Cheers

Mike

RE: Accomodation

by Pixiekatten

Hey

I think you should definately visit Kamakura. It's a lovely, relaxed place with SO much to see, like the great openair Buddha and Hasedera temple with the 1000s of Jizo statues. There's also several cute cafes and restaurants.
Unfortunately I dont know a Ryokan there because I stayed at a hostel but I had nothing arranged when I got there. The real nice woman at the TIC made phonecalls and took care of the accomodation booking for me!

=)

RE: Accomodation

by simongibs

Hello there,
Indeed Kamakura is a beautiful place, but i see that you're only in Japan for 5 days. Maybe spending 2 nights in Kamakura would be overdoing it a little. Have you thought about visiting Hakone for a glimpse of Mt.Fuji, or possibly Nikko to the north. Just a thought.
Sorry I don't know of any accomodation in Kamakura, but there is a handy tour package run by JTB called The Shinkansen Tour. It has great deals to a number of places and includes accomodation at good 3/4 star hotels. Check the link below or have a look on a search engine
http://jr-central.co.jp/english.nsf/doc/tst
My partner and I went to Hakone from Tokyo, and styaed in a gorgeous hotel right on the lake side for only Y 9,000 each. Bargain!
Good luck,
Si

Travel Tips for Kamakura

Take a walk

by sakurita

The atmosphere is in deed something that makes this place so special.

The temples, shrines, old constructions and the people walking on the streets are like if the time has stoped there. The great budha's huge sandals!

Jizo Statues.

by Sharrie

Jizo Statues at HASE-DERA TEMPLE: Usually red-bibbed (placed by bereaved mothers & sufferers), these statues are found largely in temples & along waysides in Japan. Acting as guardian (Bosatsu - Japanese word for Bodhisattva, a figure that has attained Enlightenment & helps others) of those who suffer (sickly children & pregnant women), Jizo is said to help miscarried & aborted babies & children who died young into the next world.

At this temple, look out for Kannon (Sanskrit, Avalokiteshvara), the goddess of mercy, which is one of Japan's most popular Buddhist deities. The Juichimen (11 faced Kannon) - one major face with 10 minor faces (representing 10 stages of satori (enlightenment)) is a wooden carved 9 metre statue which is believed to be of infinite compassion & ever vigilant to those in need of her assistance.

Windsurfers paradise

by Pixiekatten

Kamakura is an almost perfect for windsurfing offering gentle breezes, flat water, and sandy bottoms on most days, developing into advanced wave sailing sites when the winds pick up.

There are 2 windsurfing schools in Kamakura:
Seven seas (http://www.7seas.jp/)
and
Far East (http://www.fareast-school.com/).

There's also a surf shop: Salty Dogs (http://www.windsurfin.net/salty/).

Washed you hands.......

by hotshot0428

I notice that most Japanese they washed thier hand before entering the Great Buddha (Daibutsu).
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I washed my hands too, it must be good for my souls to clean before entering the Great Buddha.
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Side trip to Enoshima

by jenfriend

On the way back from Kamakura, go to the beach at Enoshima and you can find people surfing there. Continuing the coastal walk to the island of Enoshima to see the sunset with Mt. Fuji viewable from a distant. Make sure to go earlier in winter time as sunset is around 4pm.

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