ACCESS

The Malibu Hotel is located on the grounds of the Riviera Zushi Marina,
on the shores of majestic Sagami Bay, approximately a one-hour drive from downtown Tokyo.

MALIBU HOTEL

5-23-16, Kotsubo, Zushi, Kanagawa 249-0008, Japan

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LOCAL GUIDE

  • ENOSHIMA

    ENOSHIMA

    ACCESS: 30 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE HOTEL

    From the Malibu Hotel, the symbolic composition opposed to the Kamakura coast of Mt. Fuji seen over the sea is especially marvelous in the early morning and late afternoon.The famous Enoshima Shrine is dedicated to the god of music, Benzaiten.Tour sights include the observation lighthouse, the 19th century Samuel Cocking Garden (the Enoshima Tropical Plants Garden) and the Chigogafuchi abyss. Enoshima has been a famous tourist attraction since the Edo period, drawing visitors after their pilgrimage to Mt. Oyama, and today it is an icon of Shonan.
    Nearby are inscriptions of three love songs from Manyoshu (the oldest anthology of poems in Japan) harking back to the days of yore in Kamakura. Seeking them out is half the fun.
    "Haunted by her face, I set off to sleep with her – At Kamakura Will the Minanose River Be flooded at high tide?"

  • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

    Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

    ACCESS: 10 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE HOTEL

    Minamoto no Yoriyoshi originally started this shrine in 1063 as a branch of Kyoto's Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine in Zaimokuza, a seaside part of Kamakura.Minamoto no Yoritomo (the founder of the Kamakura shogunate), moved it to its present location in 1180 as the spiritual protector of his government.The main shrine was rebuilt halfway up the mountain in 1191, and the Kamakura shogunate was located on its east side. Yoritomo built the main approach, Dankazura, on behalf of his wife, Masako, to ensure that she could pray for her safe delivery at the shrine without encountering mud after a rain storm.Every spring and autumn, mounted archery, known as yabusame, is performed as it has been for over 800 years.The shrine is also famous for its flowers, such as the cherry blossoms in spring, and lotus and other flowers in summer.

  • THE GREAT BUDDHA AT KOTOKU-IN

    THE GREAT BUDDHA AT KOTOKU-IN

    ACCESS: 20 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE HOTEL

    THE MONUMENTAL BRONZE STATUE OF AMIDA BUDDHA, KNOWN AS THE “KAMAKURA DAIBUTSU” (HEIGHT 11M) .The only National Treasure (sculpture) in Kamakura, construction began in 1252 and is believed that the priest Joko gathered donations from the people to build it. The hall built to protect the statue was washed away by a typhoon and a tsunami, and so it stood in the open air until the end of the Muromachi period (1336-1573). Surprisingly, the earthquake-resistant structure built over 800 years ago withstood the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.In spring it is flanked by cherry blossoms, and you can even enter the hollow statue.A tanka by early 20th century poet Yosano Akiko is inscribed on the back of the statue. "Here in Kamakura Sits Sakya -Muni, The Holy Buddha, A handsome figure Among the summer trees. "

  • KOMYO-JI TEMPLE

    KOMYO-JI TEMPLE

    ACCESS: 5 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE HOTEL

    The head temple of the Jodo sect of Buddhism, established by priest Nenna Ryochu under the rule of Hojo Tsunetoki, fourth regent of the Kamakura Shogunate.It boasts the biggest temple gate (sanmon) in Kamakura, rebuilt in 1847.It is full of superb sights, including the Main Hall and is particularly bustling over the ten-night memorial service held every October.The sanmon, which can be seen from Zaimokuza Beach, is opened to the public several times a year.The upper level allows a view of Mt Fuji across Inamuragasaki Beach.It is easily reached by e-bike from the hotel and is a place to enjoy Buddhist vegetarian fare and shakyo (sutra copying).

  • KAMAKURA MUSEUM OF LITERATURE

    KAMAKURA MUSEUM OF LITERATURE

    ACCESS: 15 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE HOTEL

    An art deco villa of the old, noble Maeda family (part of the Kaga clan) that is now a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property. It appeared in a scene from “Spring Snow,” the movie by Mishima Yukio, and is filled with the atmosphere of the early Showa period, with features including stained glass windows.The museum displays personal effects, manuscripts and other items from the Kamakura Pen Club (an association of home-based writers) and other authors of Japanese literature, including Natsume Sōseki, Kawabata. Yasunari, and Takami Jun. It also features large grounds that slope gently toward the sea.Rose lovers should visit the rose garden further down the hill.A stroll past Kawabata Yasunari's residence toward the station is also recommended.

  • KAMAKURA-GU SHRINE

    KAMAKURA-GU SHRINE

    ACCESS: 20 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE HOTEL

    Commissioned by Emperor Meiji in 1869, the shrine was dedicated to Prince Moriyoshi, a Japanese prince and monk.This shrine is the most highly ranked in Kamakura due to its ties to the Imperial family. Its grounds are also the site of the cave where Prince Moriyoshi was imprisoned by Ashikaga Tadayoshi, a close associate of his elder brother Takauji who helped defeat the Hojo clan.There is also a treasure house, and a garden overflowing with natural beauty.Flowers here include the pink-blossomed weeping plum trees, azaleas, rhododendrons, irises and wisteria.Noh performances by torchlight are hosted here in autumn.

  • ZUSHI SEASIDE

    ZUSHI SEASIDE

    ACCESS: 10 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE HOTEL

    The Zushi seaside, sheltered by its wide shoaling beaches, has long been a favorite for family trips. The day visitors flock to the beach for summer season.
    The beaches are characterized by fine sands with a very small quantity of shells or mud. Windsurfing is one of the most popular pastimes of the coast.It is one of the first beaches to open for swimming in the Kanto region and the Zushi Seaside Fireworks Display is held every summer.The legendary Nagisa Hotel was a favorite of writers taking long sojourns in Zushi, but unfortunately it closed its doors long ago.

  • MORITO SHRINE

    MORITO SHRINE

    ACCESS: 20 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE HOTEL

    This shrine was built by Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate in 1180. Dedicated to the Shinto Gods Oyamatsumi and Kotoshironushi, the shrine is protecting the Hayama City for over 800 years.It is famous for giving a healthy baby and safe delivery to women, and also available offerings include Pregnancy Talisman (“kosazuke omamori”) and others. Hayama Morito is a quiet stretch of coast protruding into the sea with excellent views and a serene atmosphere. Taking a stroll along the shore to the Season of the Sun monument of a prominent author is also recommended.

  • HIROYAMA PARK

    HIROYAMA PARK

    ACCESS: 15 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE HOTEL

    Located atop Hiroyama hill to the west of Zushi Beach, this is a prime lookout offering panoramic views of Zushi town, Enoshima, the coast of Sagami Bay, and in some distance, the mountains of Izu and Hakone, Mt. Fuji and Izu-Oshima Island. Enjoy nature at your leisure here, as the park features an observation deck, monkey park, water bird park and rest house.The cherry blossoms are superb in spring.It is also accessible from the hotel by e-bike.