Itinerary Guide: Where to Have Lunch, Buy Pasalubong, and Enjoy Dessert at Kamakura
Here's your recipe for the perfect day.
Here’s how a perfect day sounds like: Beginning the day in the morning at a temple with refreshing air; talking over lunch at a popular café; and toasting at a bar where the local people gather. We’re sharing a one-day itinerary guide if you’re planning to spend the day in the Kamakura and Enoden area.
After a refreshing walk at a temple, it’s time to choose where to have lunch.
For meat lovers, this place in Kamakura doesn’t just serve delicious dishes, it also looks good in photos.
Kamakura DON YAMADA
At Kamakura DON YAMADA, you can enjoy roasted beef rice bowl made with Angus beef, one of the three greatest beef in the world. First, savour the meat alone. Next, try it paired with the rice. And finally, try it with the Jyujyaku egg from Isehara with a rich yolk that changes the taste of the entire dish.
Meat gets sliced after every order at the counter.
Rice is topped with sweet roasted onions.
DON YAMADA’s Roasted Beef Rice Bowl (regular size/¥1,180, half size/¥780)
Kamakura DON YAMADA is located at 1/F Shangri La Tsuruoka, 1-9-29 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture and is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except Thursdays. It is an 8-minute-walk from JR Kamakura Station East Exit. You may contact them at 81-467-22-7917.
If you’re looking for a more traditional Japanese lunch, you can also try this restaurant that’s got that old city charm of Kamakura.
There are 8 terrace seats with a lot of green.
The chef at COTONOHA used to be the chief chef at Sasanoha, a Buddhist vegetarian restaurant located in Kitakamakura. The dishes are made with organic vegetables and brown rice, which makes the most of the ingredients’ umami. For lunch, you can order the KOTONOHA Daily Lunch (from ¥1,600).
The chief chef makes all the dishes with care. The restaurant renovated an old house, which makes it a comfortable place.
COTONOHA is located at 842 Yamanouchi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 9 p.m. on any 2 days between Friday, Saturday, or Sunday). It is closed on Wednesdays. It is a 3-minute walk from JR Kitakamakura Station. You may contact them at +81-467-91-1914.
After a filling meal, it’s time to go pasalubong shopping.
If you’re looking for souvenirs to take home for yourself or to give to family and friends, there are lots of options in Kamakura. You’ll find original, cute, and affordable accessories that you can even make yourself to remember your trip to Kamakura by.
Lino Drops Kamakura
This shop only sells sakura shell accessories made by Lino, an accessory artist. Natural stones are combined to create one-of-a-kind pieces. People of all ages would look amazing with these accessories. You can also order a customized accessory with sakura shells that you like which usually takes about three months to make.
The natural soft colors are pretty.
People from different generations visit.
Sakura Shell Earrings (¥2,900) and Sakura Shell Silk Code Necklace (¥4,400)
Lino Drops Kamakura is located at 1/F Suzuki Building, 2-12-29 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays. It is a 5-minute-walk from JR Kamakura Station East Exit. You may contact them at +81-467-91-5804.
This shop is open only on weekends and national holidays.
Handmade craft artist Yasuda makes the glass accessories at Kamakura MONA. The artist, who orders pieces from Italy and other countries, was attracted by the glass world. Each delicate piece is made unique and you’re sure that there’s nothing like it in the world. How’s that for special?
Czech glass pendant (¥2,300) and Millfiori earrings (¥1,500 each)
Kamakura MONA is located at 1/F Verte Run Okura Yasuda Building, 3-4-2 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except on Mondays to Fridays (open if it falls on a Japanese holiday). It is a 13-minute walk from JR Kamakura Station East Exit. You may contact them at +81-80-5382-5817.
Time to visit popular dessert shops after shopping.
While walking in Kamakura, you’ll find yourself being attracted to sweets. There are so many that are popular right now, so you must stop by a shop or two.
Hana is run by the younger sister of Maruya, a traditional dango shop in Shin Kawasaki. The shop serves freshly made dango from the original shop, dango that are only sold from Friday to Sunday, and rice rolls (¥600), too. They are all very affordable since she wishes for many customers to enjoy it.
From the left are anko, mitarashi, goma, and nori (¥120 each).
Hana is located at Kamakura City Nokyo Rensokubaijyo, 1-13-10 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except on Mondays and Tuesdays or when sold out. It is a 3-minute walk from JR Kamakura Station East Exit.
Guru Guru Bagel
Guru Guru Bagel is a bagel specialty chain of the bakery shop, Bread, Espresso &. Bagels differ per menu item and what’s sandwiched in between is homemade. Besides sweet bagels, there are also savory ones like Croque Monsieur (¥490).
Fruit Sandwich with 5 kinds of fruits (¥580)
Guru Guru Bagel is located inside Marunana Shopping Street, 1-3-4 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except on Mondays and Tuesdays. It is a 2-minute walk from JR Kamakura Station East Exit. You may contact them at +81-467-73-8340.
Uji no Hatsuyuki (M,¥550)
Teaven KAMAKURA is a boba tea specialty shop with the popular and colorful mochi pearls. There are many items on the menu that are Instagram-worthy. Take for example the drinks with matcha made as you order and frozen drinks made with butterfly pea, which is a tea that changes color like magic.
Matcha is made with traditional tools.
Teaven KAMAKURA is located at 1/F Cattleya Building, 1-5-27 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. It is a 1-minute walk from JR Kamakura Station East Exit.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Yokohama Walker™ (28 October 2019)