Before your visit

We would like to introduce you to “Osahou” (manners) that allow both visitors and citizens to interact pleasantly as part of your experience of sightseeing in Kamakura.

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Most sightseeing spots are still pious places so please give the proper respect to the area. Strolling through Kamakura is a real pleasure of Kamakura and sightseeing also means you can visit places where people live and work. We ask that you maintain a pleasant and respectful demeanor to all so that your visit may be enjoyable for everyone.

So, we would like to introduce you to “How to spend time in Kamakura” from The City of Kamakura’s Tourism Commerce Division. Created for sightseeing, we would like for you to retain good manners in order to make your visit to Kamakura enjoyable and satisfactory. Please take a look at this information before your visit and we hope you have a good time in Kamakura.

How to spend time in Kamakura

Shrines and Temples
●Please go to worship service in a quiet and respectful manner at Shrines and Temples.

Shrines and Temples are sacred places where the Kami(God) and Buddha are enshrined rather than a sightseeing spot. Before you enter the precincts, please make a bow or send greetings then go to worship service. Please make sure to be quiet in precincts in case a general memorial service might be held during your visit.

●Please obey the rules to protect valuable cultural assets.

Shrines and Temples in Kamakura are valuable from a historical perspective and also are very important cultural assets. So please follow the rules that Shrines and Temples instituted such as “Keep Out” and “No Tripods” for protecting those assets and leaving them to posterity.

●You can feel the history and create everlasting memories.

Kamakura has an 800-year history as the ancient capital of the Samurai. The beautiful structures are all very good and well, but you may come across something new which shares the historical stage if you look the history of the area. If you take the time to do some research before your visit to Kamakura, you can spend your valuable time there with feeling their history. Even flowers and plants might have historical importance as well.

In the city
●Please try not to make any trouble for local residents

Kamakura is not only a tourist city but also one of the greatest commuter towns in the Kanto region. For that reason, there are many general houses located in sightseeing routes and strolling routes and that actually brings an atmosphere and a view of its original Kamakura. But there are some people who peep into houses, step in someone’s property, and throw trashes in the end and residents are in trouble very much. Please try to be polite for each other to be able to come pleasantly so that it may not become trouble of residents.

●Please keep in mind the phrase “Slow and No hurry” and be careful of traffic.

Kamakura was created as a fortified city to protect the Shogunate. Therefore streets in Kamakura were made in complicated fashion, narrow, and have many corners on purpose. Throughout the year, approximately 19 million people visit Kamakura for sightseeing, a large number of people’s visit can make this small city (can make it) very crowed. The sidewalks may become congested and visitors may end up spilling out in to the road. We ask that you that please give way to others on the road (In this case, it’s better if you can give greetings to others as well) and pay attention for cars, bikes and bicycles when you walk. So to remain safe during your visit, please be “Slow and No hurry ”.

●Small group in small areas

It would be great fun to enjoy Kamakura with a group of many members. However the City of Kamakura is not designed for large groups and because of this, it is dangerous and problematic to maintain safety and decorum with such a group. Please make a small group of 5~6 people at most and try not to obstruct passages when you wait at a meeting place.

●Please pay attention when you eat outside.

Recently it has become popular for people wander and eat something like soft ice cream. Those foods are popular because it’s easy to eat as a snack however if you go to crowded places, you may possibly make someone’s clothes or goods dirty. Many places prohibit bringing in any food or eating at sacred places. If you must eat outside, please choose a place which has less people and pay attention so as not to obstruct passages and shops.

●The damage from the invasive species of Formosan Squirrel is increasing. Please do not feed them.

The Formosan Squirrel is an introduced species from Taiwan. They were imported
to Japan for zoos and as pets but escaped and became feral. They look adorable so that people wish to feed them but this species causes much devastation to crops, buildings, and electric wires. The destruction is felt not only in Kamakura but also in other nearby towns and villages. Please do not feed them and also do not leave garbage as this will attract them.

●Please make way for each other and have an enjoyable time while hiking.

The hiking route in Kamakura is a nature mountain path. There are many dangerous areas that you must pay attention to such as narrow pathways, steep hills, craggy areas, and slippery surfaces. In the hiking route, you have to pay attention for your safety and also important to be pleasant and make way for each other. Kindly greet people as you pass each other and have an enjoyable walk.

●Please keep in mind the phrase “Be safe and comfortable”, and prepare for hiking with suitable guides.

In contrast to the road, hiking routes are filled with various types of terrain and can be quite difficult to transverse. Proper footwear here is paramount, sneakers you are used to wearing or climbing boots are suitable. High heels and sandals are too dangerous to wear for hiking. From summer until autumn, hornets and other insects become active and we recommend that you wear long sleeves, long pants and a hat. Let’s enjoy hiking with suitable clothing.

●Protect the nature and follow the route when you hike.

The natural view of a hiking path and its area are protected. So, it is prohibited to cut the branches off and destroy the natural environment. Most areas are either private or city property so you may not collect any flowers and creatures. Outside the path, many places have very steep cliffs, so please do not step out from the path.

●Black kites, locally known as Tombi, are always trying to steal your food, so be careful when you eat outside.

Having a boxed lunch with friends at park or shore side is one of the great things to do in Kamakura. However, black kites are infamous for their scavenging and have been known to steal food as you eat and may hurt you in the process. To prevent that situation, please cover your food if you eat outside and pay attention for any birds.

●Please do not smoke in non-smoking areas.

According to ordinance for the prevention of smoking on the road, except for appointed places, smoking is prohibited around Kamakura and Ōfuna Stations. To enjoy the abundant nature and fresh air, please smoke at an appointed place if you want to smoke during your visit to Kamakura.

●Please do not leave any trash.

In Kamakura, separating rubbish and recycling are promoted. We try to help by decreasing burnable rubbish. As a sightseeing city, we would like to keep our city clean with no trash for visitors so they may enjoy their stroll. So, please follow us in this ideal “do not bring in any trash, do not leave any trash”.

●Graffiti and vandalism are out of the question and strictly prohibited.

It’s a criminal act to draw something on public facilities or walls and to destroy valuable cultural assets, including historical and other property such as shrines and temples. If any of these acts are found, we will contact related officials and take strict actions. We hope that such thing will never happen.