Kamakura was the military capital of Japan between 1185 and 1333. There are 19 shrines and 65 Buddhist temples, including the two oldest Zen monasteries in Japan.
Kamakura is situated near the sea and is surrounded by hills.
How to get to Kamakura
From Tokyo station to Kamakura :
Take the Tokaido line of the JR train to Ofuna station where you have to change to the Yokosuka line for Kamakura or Zushi. Kamakura station is the second station from Ofuna station.Time : 1 hour
Rate : 900 yen (one way).
From Shinjuku Station to Kamakura
Take the Shonanshinjuku line for Zushi that goes directly to Kamakura station. No need to change the line on the way.
Time : 1 hour
Rate : 900 yen (one way)
Kamakura Kotokuin Temple
The statue is more than 11 meters high, and its widest circumference at the base is almost 30 meters. It weighs 93 tons. There are 656 stylized curls adorning his massive head...
Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
In the very middle of Kamakura sits its most important shrine, the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine. This is the shrine of the family that made Kamakura into the political capital city in the late 12th century.
Today, Kamakura is a very popular tourist destination. Located by the sea, Kamakura is a haven of peace and quiet. The beach will revive the spirits and relax the mind.
Kamakura Hasedera Temple
The whole precinct of the Hasedera is said to represent The Pure Land of Happiness in Buddhism and the corridor is like a holy path to the paradise of Buddhism. Along the corridor, seasonal flowers such as peonies in spring, hydrangeas, and clematises in summer always please visitors.
Enoshima is a small island, about 4 km long, at the mouth of the Katase River in the Sagami Bay, and is connected by a 600 m long bridge. It is situated right next to Kamakura, which makes it a popular destination for those visiting Kamakura. It is lively from spring to fall, and in the wintertime, you will find the island peaceful and quiet.