Lots of visitors to Tokyo often take day-trips to the likes of Nikko, Hakone and Kamakura after spending a few days in the capital city. It’s a similar story for Godzilla in ‘Shin Gojira‘ (2016) as he ends up in the latter having first arrived in Shinagawa and Ota wards respectively.
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The many temples are of course the main reason anyone visits Kamakura but not for Tokyo Fox though who was on a mission to locate the filming locations from what was the 31st installment in the Godzilla franchise. The radioactive lizard emerges from the ocean on 39 minutes as he arrives at Cape Inamura which is just a few minutes away on foot from Inamuragaseki station on the Enoden Line. He is first seen in the distance next to Enoshima, and the huge greenhouse structure of the Samuel Cocking Garden can be seen protruding from the island if you really zoom in on the screenshot below!
Moments later he comes on land (below) at Kamakura Kaihin Park (4-7-1 Yuigahama) next to Yuigahama Beach. This is a half hour walk from the previous locale or Yuigahama Station is just over five minutes walk away if you prefer.
Just a few minutes to the south-west of Enoshima Station is the next shooting location (below) as the monster’s tail is seen skimming the roof tops of the Niikura Homemade Jam (2-10 Onarimachi) store.
On the other side of the road is Bistrot Orange (2-13 Onarimachi) which is the one with the sloping roof (below).
A sign for the Kamakura Museum of Literature can be (vaguely) seen next to the traffic lights in the top left corner as Godzilla continues his rampage on 40 minutes. This filming location (below) is on Route 311, just a few minutes away from Yuigahama Station. The address of the building on the left is 3-12-19 Yuigahama and the one on the right is at 2-4-34 Hase.
The next locale is this bridge (below) which is half way between Kita-Kamakura and Kamakura stations on the Yokosuka Line. 28-1 Ogigayatsu is the address for the building next to the bridge if you want to put it in to your maps app. It’s about 15 minutes on foot from either station.
I’m not sure where the shot below was taken. I’m guessing it’s still along the Enoden Line but can confirm it’s not at Kita Kamakura, Yuigahama or Inamuragaseki stations. It looks like it’s where there is just a single track and I guess it was filmed from the platform. However, I have no idea where it is. If you think you know, then let me know in the comments or tweet me using @tokyofox
It was blazing sunshine when I walked round these five locale spots in Kamakura. I combined it with a few other sights but for those purely focusing on Godzilla filming locations, a minimum of two hours is probably needed if doing it on foot.
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Even if the kaiju suit has been replaced by special effects, Shin Godzilla is probably one of my favorite films of the whole saga, from its different mutations until its final appearance with its atrophied arms. Each of his appearances is titanic, as when we see him in the distance from Cape Inamura. I think the soundtrack is also excellent, especially the track where the Americans drop the bomb on him.
Anyway, well done it must have been a hell of a job finding all the places, you searched with Google maps? I had tried to find “The Futuro House” in the middle of the forest around Mount Fuji, but I never found it .. (https://thefuturohouse.com/Futuro-Karuizawa-Japan.html), the other can be found in one of the corners located at this address: 2-chōme-38-2 Minamichō, Maebashi, Gunma 371-0805, Japan.
If you are going to visit it one day, nearby there is the large statue of “Takasaki Byakue Daikannon” which may be worth the detour in my opinion and I just discovered that not far away there is “Cave Kannon-Yamato Ward Memorial ” which seems to be not bad at all!
One thing is certain, the next time I go to Kamakura I will follow the footprints of shin Godzilla thanks to you!
wow thanks for such a long and interesting comment. It’s a few years ago now but I think the Kamakura ones were actually some of the easiest and more obvious ones. Was actually in Gunma a couple of weeks ago so a shame I didn’t know about the place you mentioned in Maebashi. Good luck with your on the trail of shin godzilla mission and let me know how you go. thanks again for the comment
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