Location, location, location...this is my second stay here at Iza. I specifically come to Kamakura to visit the temples, and if this is your goal it's hard to find a better location. Hase-Dera is about 300 yards and Kotoku-in (the Great Buddha) is a further 400 yards. Other temples I recommend are Engaku-ji and Kencho-ji (MUST climb up the hill at the back).
Be aware that this is a backpacker-type hostel with basic accommodation. It is clean and the staff are extremely friendly. There is one room with a double bed and apart from that room, beds are bunk-beds in a shared room. The first time I stayed I was able to book the double bed room, this time the only bed I could get was a bunk. Oh well, the alternative was to be miles away and pay 10X! The bunks have privacy curtains the full length , and night lights and outlets to charge your phone/ipad. The outlet style is the same as USA.
Breakfast (either Japanese or Western) is available for 500Y starting at 8.30, you need to tell them the night before. There is a minimum charge (100Y) for a towel, no big deal but get it when you check in, as there are no staff there early in the morning till 8.00. I had the Japanese: Miso soup with onion, Salad, Rice in wraps, tea or coffee. Western style is eggs and toast.
This time I had a plan to visit several temples in one day so I rented a bike (available on site) for the day for 1000Y. Bikes are good with 6 actual gears, real brakes (not the stupid pedal backwards kind) and a basket . Traffic was busy so the bike was great for zipping around cars with no waiting.
You can walk here easily the 400 yards from Hase station (6 mins, 190Y Enoden line from Kamakura). My suggestion for train to Kamakura is to go to the JR office and ask. From Narita Airport the route I like is to take the NEX all the way to Ofuna. Change once there for the 6 minutes to Kamakura. If you buy a roundtrip from Narita to Kamakura at the Narita JR office, with a non-Japanese passport you can get a huge discount: 4000Y round trip - about 50% off.
So if you don't mind basic beds and basic food, IZA is a wonderful place as a base in Kamakura,
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