Discovering Kamakura and Zushi: Ideal Retreats for Digital Nomad Attorneys – WanderLawyer

Kamakura and Zushi offer a more relaxing atmosphere for digital nomads in Japan.
Evening View From Zaimokuza in Zushi

Nestled along the coast south of Tokyo, Kamakura and Zushi are two of Japan’s hidden treasures that offer more than just picturesque views. Kamakura, once the political center of medieval Japan, is steeped in history with its ancient temples and shrines, samurai lore, and traditional festivals. Zushi, although quieter, complements Kamakura with its relaxed beach vibe and scenic hills, making it a perfect retreat for those seeking peace away from the urban hustle.

We worked from both cities for almost two weeks and found them much more relaxing than Osaka and the rest of the Tokyo suburbs. Both cities have amazing cuisine and offer a taste of coastal Japanese life.

For digital nomad attorneys, these cities offer the unique advantage of combining work with leisure in an environment that stimulates both productivity and creativity. The serene landscapes, rich history, and easy access to modern amenities create a perfect backdrop for Wander Lawyers. Whether it’s working from a quiet cafe overlooking the sea, taking a break to explore ancient trails, or enjoying local cuisine, Kamakura and Zushi provide a fulfilling setting that blends wandering and lawyer.

WanderLawyer Rating for Kamakura and Zushi:

  • Accessibility: 3.5/5 stars
  • Delicious Food: 4.5/5 stars
  • Affordability: 3/5 stars
  • Work Remote Locations & Internet Access: 3/5 stars
  • Weather: 4/5 stars
  • Friendliness: 4/5 stars
  • Nightlife: 3/5 stars
  • Vibe: 4/5 stars

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Recommendations for Kamakura and Zushi

Co-working Spaces and Locations with Reliable Internet in Kamakura and Zushi:

    • Kamakura Library: A peaceful place with reliable internet, perfect for focused work.
    • Good Heavens British Bar (Kamakura): Quiet during the day with excellent Wi-Fi and a cozy atmosphere.
    • Zushi Marina: Offers picturesque views and quiet corners ideal for remote work.
    • Onaricoffee (Kamakura): Great for a calm working environment with excellent coffee.
    • Honey Coffee (Zushi): Popular for its relaxed setting and stable Wi-Fi.

    Day Trip Activities Kamakura and Zushi:

      • Hiking in Zushi: Gentle scenic trails are perfect for a leisurely day out. The Daibutsu Trail in Kamakura provides historic and natural sites.
      • Cultural Sites in Kamakura: Must-visit places include the Great Buddha and the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine.

      Cafes in Kamakura and Zushi:

        • Café Vivement Dimanche (Kamakura): Situated along the Enoden Line, perfect for watching the train pass by while sipping coffee.
        • Noka Coffee (Zushi): Offers a quiet, minimalist setting with superb coffee and pastries.
        • Onaricoffee (Kamakura): Located near Kamakura station, ideal for observing the local hustle while enjoying a drink.

        Nightlife and Restaurants in Kamakura and Zushi:

          • Iza Kamakura: A vibrant izakaya offering Japanese tapas and drinks.
          • Mikasa Rikyu (Zushi): Known for its fresh seafood and ocean views.
          • Restaurants at Zushi Marina: Varied dining experiences with panoramic views, ideal for evenings.

          Transportation Options in Kamakura and Zushi:

            • Enoden Line: This charming local train line connects major attractions in Kamakura and Zushi.
            • JR Yokosuka Line: Connects Zushi directly to Tokyo and other major areas.
            • Bus Lines: The Keikyu Bus and Enoshima Electric Railway Bus provide extensive coverage, including routes between Zushi and Kamakura stations.

            Lodging Options for Short Term Stays in Kamakura and Zushi:

              • Guest House Kamakura Zen-ji: Affordable and centrally located in Kamakura.
              • Zushi Guesthouse: Budget-friendly with a local feel in Zushi.
              • Kamakura Prince Hotel: Offers upscale accommodations with beautiful views of Sagami Bay.

              Verdict:

              We found Kamakura and Zushi to be an excellent choice for digital nomads and digital nomad attorneys looking for a more relaxed atmosphere in Japan that still has all the modern amenities of big cities like Toyko and Osaka. The only downsides, if any, is that the cities are about a 90 minute train ride from Tokyo and lack good coworking options. However, the public transportation is excellent in Japan and the internet connection is strong.

              -WL

              Authors

              Anthony Shallat

              Anthony Shallat

              Anthony Shallat is a startup attorney and co-founder of WanderLawyer. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.