June in Kanto region of Japan means the coming of rainy seasons as well as the blossom of hydrangeas. Kamakura area in Kanagawa is known as one of the most famous tourist attractions for hydrangeas. Besides hydrangeas, Kamakura offers temples and shrines. Although both are historical cities, Kamakura is a smaller city and there are less people compared with Kyoto.
We introduced two kinds of useful tickets below which are good choices for traveling around Kamakura area. Here is some information on how they are different. Hope this will help you decide which one is the best for your Kamakura trip. For Odakyu pass, as the fare varies on the starting station, we will take Shinjuku Station as the starting station in this article.
ODAKYU Enoshima-Kamakura Free Pass
JR East Kamakura-Enoshima Pass
1. Valid routes
Both passes are one-day pass and allow unlimited rides on Enoden Line.
Odakyu’s pass also includes one round trip from Shinjuku Station (ODAKYU Line) to Fujisawa Station (ODAKYU Line). JR’s pass allows unlimited rides on JR lines in Kamakura area*, as well as Shonan Monorail, which is a suspended monorail running between Ofuna Station and Shonan-Enoshima Station.
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*Trains between Fujisawa Station and Ofuna Station, and trains between Ofuna Station and Kamakura Station
2. Discounts for tourist attractions
By showing the ODAKYU Enoshima-Kamakura Free Pass, you can get a discount or free gift in Kamakura area, such as 10 percent discount for entrance fees of Enoshima Aquarium.
No discounts are offered when using JR East Kamakura-Enoshima Pass.
After comparing the main difference, here are two simulations for visitors who travel from Shinjuku Station to Kamakura area.
Plan A: Buying an ODAKYU Enoshima-Kamakura Free Pass
Odakyu pass: 1470 JPY
Total: 1470 JPY
Plan B: Buying a JR East Kamakura-Enoshima Pass
One round‐trip ticket between Shinjuku Station (ODAKYU Line) and Fujisawa Station (ODAKYU Line): 586 JPY x 2
JR pass: 700 JPY
Total: 1872 JPY
In conclusion, plan A is simple for travelers who are only visiting tourist attractions along Enoden line, while plan B is a better choice for those who would also like to walk around Kitakamakura area and experience the Shonan Monorail ride.