Kamakura Daibutsu and the Beach
For a great day trip on the weekend, visiting Kamakura is a great place to visit. The Daibutsu (Great Buddha) in Kamakura is one of the most famous and well known Buddha statues in all of Japan. In fact, you can actually go inside of the statue and see what it looks like from the inside. In the summertime though, it is hot, but it is interesting to see from the inside.
There are numerous shops to visit, back alleys to traverse and wonderful sites to see. If you have time and are so inclined, a visit to the beach is always fun.
Access from Tokyo station to Kamakura takes just under 1 hour. You can take either the Tokaido line or the Yokosuka line. With the Yokosuka line, there is no need to transfer, but it stops more often, a total of 12 stops. Whereas with the Tokaido line it is just 5 stops to Totsuka, then an easy transfer to the Yokosuka line for another 3 stops to Kamakura. The cost is the same, 918 yen with a Suica or Pasmo train pass.
Access from Kamakura station to the Daibutsu is via a 25 minute walk or via the bus which takes about 12 minutes.