Enter the course from the side of the Daibutsuzaka Tunnel. You will soon come to a junction with the Daibutsu Kiridori.
After about 20 minutes’ walk, you will come to a tree garden where you can enjoy a café in the forest. After forest bathing plus a visit to Genjiyama Park, you will go to Keshizaka Kiridoshi, visit the statue of Minamoto no Yoritomo, and pay a visit to Kuzuharaoka Shrine and Senarai Benzaiten, both famous for marriage ceremonies. This is a relaxing and enjoyable course, ideal for hiking with the whole family.
- Elevation: Relatively mild, with a few steep climbs and descents near the start and finish line.
- Shoes: comfortable walking shoes There is a slightly steep hill near the start and near the finish line.
00:00 Daibutsu Kiridoshi/Genjiyama Park Branch
Narrow uphill stairway
00:40 HaseOtani junction
Flat ridge road
00:50 Daibutsu Kuzuharaoka Course Branch Information Board
00:55 Entrance to Genshiyama Park
Walking paths in the park
01:30 Monument to Sir Tosh imoto Hino
Approach to the shrine
01:35 Kuzuharaoka Shrine
Approach to the precincts
Ridge road, steep mountain road
02:00 Jyochi Temple
Ridge road, steep mountain road
There are steep stairs and a slope immediately after entering the Daibutsu Course. Once that is cleared, the rest of the course is relatively gentle.
On the way, in the mountains, there is a tree garden. The seating arrangement preserves the natural landscape, providing an atmosphere that cannot be experienced in the city.
Walking along the mountain ridge path, you will gradually come to a residential area. There are few open vista points, but there is a view spot in the latter half of the trail as you approach a residential area. Walking along the paved road in the residential area, you will enter Genjiyama Park. At the Kuzuharaoka Shrine, you can have a matchmaking ceremony, break sake cups to ward off bad luck, and take a break at the Komorebi Plaza. Zenarai Benzaiten is also a 5-minute walk away.
The Keshizaka cut-through in Genjiyama Park is short, but allows visitors to experience the severity of the cut-throughs of the time.
From here, the trail to Jochi-ji Temple is gentle up to Tenbashira Peak, but there is a steep descent near Tenbashira Peak.
The precincts of Jochi-ji Temple at the goal point are surprisingly large and interesting spaces. If you have time, please visit the temple.
Genjiyama Park ❻
Surrounded by lush greenery, the park is home to the Koseizaka Kiridoshi, one of the Seven Kiridoshi of Kamakura, and a statue of Minamoto no Yoritomo.
Visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in fall.
A 5-10 minute walk will take you to Sasuke Inari Shrine and Zenarai Benzaiten.
Marriage, Kuzuharaoka Shrine ⓫
Kuzuharaoka Shrine is known for its good fortune in marriage.
There are a male and a female stone in the temple grounds, and the red cord for marriage that comes with the amulet is tied to the rope stretched between the two stones to ask for fulfillment of the wish.
There are also heart-shaped ema (votive tablet) on which people write their wishes, and a cherry shell amulet.
There is also a stone called “demon leaving stone,” to which you can throw unglazed sake cups to exorcise evil spirits.
Historic Site Tenzhu Peak ⓬
Tenzhu Peak is 97 meters above sea level.
This is the place where the monk who served as the abbot of Jochi-ji Temple did his ascetic training. It is said that the monk named the temple after him.
Here, a five-story pagoda and the “Tenjubongbong Monument” memorial tower are erected.
There is a little open space, which is a good place to take a break.
Before the start
Check the restroom
There are a relatively large number of restrooms on the course, several in the middle of the course and near the course, as well as before/after the start/finish line.
For detailed locations of restrooms, see Toshi’s Kamakura Hiking Map.
Packed lunches and beverages
Kuzuharaoka Shrine, before the start/near the finish line.
For information on nearby vending machines, see Toshi’s Kamakura Hiking Map
(The photo shows a vending machine in the precincts of Kuzuharaoka Shrine.)
After the goal
Roasted aromatic coffee
B If you are heading to Tianyuan, you can have breakfast here and leave in the morning, as they are open from 8:00 am. They have an in-store roaster and you can taste the freshly brewed beans. You can taste coffee that brings out the character of the beans very well. We recommend that you bring your own tumbler and take out coffee. If you use the high-performance thermal pots available in the VK, you can enjoy hot coffee on a hike.
Waffles and sandwiches are available for takeout.
Delicious scones, meringues and croissants
Aromatic breads are available, using different yeasts for different types of wheat and bread. The meringue is especially crispy and delicious. The scones are crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The Yamauchi Toast, which uses no sugar at all, is a local favorite.
Please stop by for lunch or a snack on your next course.
breaking one’s journey
The Buddha who hears our wishes for the past, present, and future.
Following the example of the Chinese Song Dynasty’s Five Mountain System, we have ranked the Zen temples in Kamakura. The fourth temple in the ranking is Jochi-ji Temple. The three seated statues of Buddha, meaning past, present, and future, are the principal images of the temple.
In the ruins of the yagura (a cedar-shaped structure) at the back of the temple grounds, there is a statue of Hotei (the god Hotei), who is said to be energized when he is rubbed on his stomach.
On the side in front of the main gate is one of the ten wells of Kamakura, the “sweet water well.