Walking in Kamakura

The walkability of central Kamakura is defined by three north-south spines:

  1. The Komachi-Dori Shotengai (nighttime walk-through video)
    • Car-free Hokoten every day from 4 pm to 7 pm (Sundays and holidays 10 am to 4 pm).
    • Stretches 590 meters (1,940 feet) north from Kamakura Station (JR East and Enoshima/Enoden lines) to Hachimangu Shrine.
  2. The Onari-Dori Shotengai (daytime walk-through video)
    • Car-free Hokoten every day from 4 pm to 7 pm (Sundays and holidays 10 am to 7 pm).  Note the longer Sunday hours, compared to Komachi-Dori.
    • Spans 330 meters (1,090 feet) south from Kamakura Station.
  3. The Dankazura path (hyperlapse walk-through video, starting from south end)
    • Tree lined walking path in the center of Wakamiya Ave.
    • Runs 480 meters (1,570 feet) south from Hachimangu main gate to (almost) Kamakura Station, with zero vehicular crossings.
    • Further south, the central path ends, but wide sidewalks (20-30 feet) continue on both sides for another 1,300 meters (4,300 feet), all the way to Yuigahama beach on the Pacific ocean.

The whole area between Komachi-Dori and Wakamiya Avenue is naturally very pedestrian friendly, being comprised of slow wooner-type streets such as this one.

Here are some screenshots from the Komichi+Dankazura walk-through video by Rambalac

JR Kamakura Station:

Kamakura JR Kamakura Station

Wayfinding in front of JR Kamakura Station (the first map appears to be in Pontevedra MetroMinuto style for bicyclists):

Kamakura wayfinding in front of JR Kamakura Station

Kamakura wayfinding in front of JR Kamakura Station 2

Walking north on Komichi-Dori (just inside the red torii gate):

Kamakura Komichi 01 south end facing north

Jinrikisha / rickshaw:

Kamakura Komichi 04Kamakura Komichi 05Kamakura Komichi 06Kamakura Komichi 07

The last three screenshots were taken in a 10 second period.  This is one of the benefits of fine-grained urbanism; it’s never boring, even if you walk quite slowly.

Kamakura Komichi 08

Looking west down a cross-street:

Kamakura Komichi 09 looking west down cross street

Looking west into an alley:

Kamakura Komichi 10 looking west down alleypngKamakura Komichi 11Kamakura Komichi 12

Peeking east into an alley:

Kamakura Komichi 13 peekin east into alleyKamakura Komichi 14

More wayfinding:

Kamakura Komichi 15

Looking west down a cross-street:

Kamakura Komichi 16 looking west down cross streetKamakura Komichi 17 trees

Kamakura Map

The following map, showing 70+ shops lining Onari-Dori Shotengai, is from kamakura-guide.  Follow the link for more info (in Japanese) and dozens of excellent photos.

Kamakura Onari Street custom map from kamakura-guide dot jp
“御成通り地図。2015年夏版@鎌倉タイム。※全ての店舗ではありません。”

The south end of Onari-Dori Shotengai runs into the Yuigahama Shotengai (shown above as 長谷小路).  The map below, from City of Kamakura, shows shops along the Yuigahama Shotengai.  One lane each way, 40 kmh (25 mph).

  • Blue: retail shops
  • Red: horeca (places selling ready to eat food or drink)
  • Green: service businesses

Yuigahama Shotengai in Kamakura

Screenshots of Yuigahama from Google StreetView:

Yuigahama at Onari Dori

Yuigahama at The Bank

Yuigahama SW

Kamakura is very compact; this 41 minute walk covers Komichi-Dori, Yuigahama Shotengai, and the commercial areas around Hase station.  Starred locations are:

  • Cafes
  • Bakeries & Pastry Shops (not including Japanese style sweets shops)
  • Shops specializing in Chocolate
  • Ice Cream Shops

[you might call this a “Jiyugaoka style tour”]

Kamakura 41 minute walk mapKamakura 41 minute walk satellite

 

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