Guesthouse Kamejikan is located in Kamakura, a historical area that was once the political capital of Japan.
It is only 250 meters away from a sandy beach where you could enjoy a nice morning walk and beautiful sunsets, as well as surfing and swimming in the summer.
The building is 88 years old and originally built as a residence for a wealthy family. It was converted into a guesthouse in 2011. The carpenter was a specialist in temples and shrines. You can clearly see characteristics of his work throughout the structure, which includes a large shrine inside.
Kamejikan means “turtle time” in Japanese. The name was given in the hope that our guests spend a relaxing time here and be reminded of the slow pace of life in the old days. We hope you will enjoy staying at our traditional wooden architecture. We welcome you to visit us at Kamejikan.
About our facilities
Our guesthouse is a reasonable accommodation for budget tourists. The shower room and toilets are communal and self-service is requested of our guests. Towels and sleepwear can be rented and are not included in the room prices. It is recommended that you bring your own.
The building has been renovated from an old wooden Japanese house, and paper walls in some rooms have remained to keep the original interior of the house. Please note it is not the best place for people sensitive to sounds. We hope you will enjoy the experience of olden Japanese life.
Masa, the owner
After graduating from university, Masa volunteered as a teacher in Nepal, and then worked in the music industry in Tokyo for several years. In 2000, he embarked on a world tour; traveling across Asia to Africa. In Cape Town, South Africa, he worked at a vegetarian cafe, and then later in Zimbabwe, encountered the mbira, a Zimbabwean music instrument that he started to learn. After three years of travel, he came back to Japan and got involved in several music projects. The idea of setting up a guesthouse in Kamakura came from his own life experiences and the desire to build a sustainable community. He found a partner with the same vision, and with the support of the local community, Kamejikan opened in April 2011.
Sumi, the IT manager
Having traveled all over Latin America and India, Sumi now enjoys a slower-paced life in Japan. His love for travel is expressed through different mediums like his books, photos and job at Kamejikan. He often gets bitten by the travel bug, and the place he wishes to visit varies from day to day. Our website with Sumi's beautiful pictures is also created and managed by him.
Romi, the art director
When wandering around in Europe and South America, Romi was captivated by the tree houses she saw there. Currently, she is designing her third tree house while working on landscaping and creative arts. Her favorite places are Costa Rica, Sicilia and Hawaii. Some of the interior decor in Kamejikan are done by her.
Madoka,the night shift staff
Still on the road. From one place to another as my heart leads to. My friend wanted to live in Kamakura and took me where I once had lived,then I found myself wishing to live here again. I got the job at Kamejikan 3 days later and I have started to work here 10 days later. Israel, Argentina and Europe are my favorite countries where I feel strong connection with. I live to share wonderful time with lovely people by traveling, dancing and cooking.
Kousaiken, the bar chef
Since traveling to India in 1988, he had learned Indian and some ethnic cuisines in Nara, Kyoto and Tokyo. Then he opened his restaurant "Kousaiken(literally means "Coriander restaurant") after having a child.He had run the restaurant for 20 years serving curries and Vegan dishes with his wife until last year. Coming back to his home town Kamakura after 30 years absence,now they have re-started "Kousaiken Guu" in Zaimokuza.