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10 Nov 2014

Yokohama to Kamakura by Train , Japan

Yokohama [横浜市] • NOVEMBER 2014
Japan is well known for its supreme train network. In Tokyo, nearly half of all commuters travel by train, compared to transport like cycling, buses and private transport. Those who have experience travelling on Japanese trains should have stories to tell. We love the punctuality, the speed and the cleanliness of the trains. 

For first time tourist, buying a ticket on Japanese trains can be confusing. However there are station personnel to assist and guide you. There are plenty of clear sign boards (in English), and maps at every train / metro station. Grab a map from them for free as its a challenge to navigate the Tokyo public transit system for the first time visitor.


Tokyo being a big city, there are many attractions to visit and things to do. Depending on your interests, and how much time you have it is better to prioritize your itinerary. 


Despite the complication on travelling by train in Tokyo , I must say that it is a wonderful city to wonder around by walking. 
The streets are extremely wide and when you cross the street it is quite safe and easy because they have a pedestrian crossing traffic light. Even when crossing a crosswalk at a green light, pedestrians should take care to watch for vehicles making right or left turns.(don't feel intimated by the large crowd of people crossing at the same time). Tokyo is a great city for walking!


This cake is Doraemon's favourite
Dorayaki is a Japanese traditional dessert, often found in Japanese restaurants and shops. Red bean paste filling (called anko in Japanese) is usually sandwiched between two pancakes. But there are many modern versions of it these days. 


All the above pictures were taken on the way from Yokohama Station to Kamakura Station.
Traveling
60 minutes from Tokyo Station to Kamakura Station on the JR Yokosuka Line. Or 60 minutes from JR Shinjuku Station on the JR Shonan Shinjuku Line.
Go to Kita-Kamakura Station on the JR Yokosuka Line. Kita-Kamakura Station is one stop before Kamakura Station. Traveling time from Kamakura Station is 3 minutes. A 1-minute walk from the station.
Fare: 
Tokyo Station to Kita-Kamakura Station - 780 yen
Shinjuku Station to Kita-Kamakura Station - 890 yen


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