We went to Kamakura during our visit to Tokyo to spend time with my family. My parents planned a family trip to Kamakura with us as they wanted to take my husband there. We packed our bags and left for Kamakura three days after our arrival in Tokyo. You might think how hectic, but it was actually wonderful. My three sisters took care of our girls and entertained them, which allowed me to truly rest. Flying from the States, four of us were exhausted, but staying in a Japanese inn where all we did was play, eat and relax was divine.
Kamakura is one of my favorite cities to visit. If you plan a visit to Tokyo in the future and have never been to Kamakura, I highly recommend you include a trip there. It is only an hour away from Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo, by train. Kamakura offers many historical sites mostly temples. If you take Enoshima Electric Railway, you can also enjoy the ocean view and visit beach areas.
Kamakura has a number of famous temples. We visited several of them. I must admit that visiting temples with young children can be quite challenging and tough. Fortunately my sisters entertained both of my girls the whole time which was extremely helpful. I think that the key is to pace yourselves with the number of site you plan to visit a day (one in the morning, lunch and one in the afternoon) and try not to cram.
During our vacation in this summer, a difference in traveling styles between my husband and myself seemed to have surfaced more this time. Growing up in Tokyo, I am used to traveling on public transportation. Traveling by train is quite normal and enjoyable to me. On the other hand, my husband, who grew up in Texas, is used to convenient traveling by car and thus finds traveling by public transportation like trains a bit of a hassle. It is understandable as it usually involves transferring trains, which can be a pain if you have some travel bags, and not only were we tired from jet-lag, but also we traveled with our 2-year-old on a stroller.
I plan on documenting the places we visited, ate and strolled soon. I would love it if it could help some future travelers to Kamakura.