The Historical Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture

The Historical Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture

About 30 minutes from Yokohama City by train, the coastal town of Kamakura is one of the true great historical and religious sites in the Tokyo vicinity.

Kamakura, The Historical City by the Ocean

About 1,000 years ago, Kamakura was governed by the first shogun, Minamoto no Yoritomo. Today, Kamakura is gaining popularity amongst those who seek out the footsteps of famous samurai. Kamakura is home to numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments and national treasures.

Houkokuji,Kamakura,Japan

The Second Largest Buddha Statue in Japan

The second largest Buddha statue in Japan is found in Kamakura’s Kotoku-in Temple. When planning a trip to the city, the Great Buddha of Kamakura is a must see! Unlike the larger Buddha in Nara, Kamakura’s statue is located outside, allowing you to shoot some of what may become your most treasured photos of Japan.

Koutokuin,Kamakura,Japan

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, A Home to Samurai

Upon arriving in Kamakura, take a long walk down the shrine arcade to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. Founded by the first shogun, it is the most important shrine in Kamakura. This shrine serves as a symbol of Kamakura, and the samurai society of the Medieval Period is revived twice a year here! At Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, we can witness yabusame (horseback archery), performed along the main approach to the shrine. The performances occur in mid-April and mid-September each year.

Yabusame,Kamakura,Japan

Where to Enjoy Nature in Kamakura

Kamakura is blessed with beautiful natural sceneries all year around. In June, visitors can enjoy more than 40 kinds of hydrangeas while walking up the hills to the Hasedera Temple. From the top of the hill, a marvelous view of the ocean spreads out before you.

Hasedera,Kamakura,Japan

From the middle of November, the autumn colours are in full bloom in the Kamakura area. The green bamboo forests in Hokoku-ji Temple and especially popular at this time of the year. Fortunately, the Rugby World Cup 2019 will occur at this time, so why not make your way down from Yokohama stadium and visit Kamakura.

Autumn leaves,Kamakura,Japan

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