Kamakura, which was the capital during the Kamakura Period, is one of the most tourist friendly
cities in the Kanto region. The area is also said to be the ancient capital of the samurai. Start your journey from Kita-Kamakura Station and take a stroll through the cityscape to get a feel for its history. First off, head to Engaku-ji Temple near the station. This place was founded by Hojo Tokimune. It is known for busshari (Buddha's ashes) and has been designated as a National Treasure. It is also known for Sanmon (the two-storied main gate) and the gardens are also beautiful and famous for their flowers, which have something to offer each season. Next head to Kencho-ji Temple founded by Hojo Tokiyori. It is famous for its cathedral arrangement, as well as the main buildings. Take a look at the the main gate and the Buddha statue lined up on the central axis. The precincts are very large, and it is also included as part of the Tenen Hiking trail. Next, head for Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, a shrine representing Kamakura, this shrine is deeply involved with Yoritomo Minamoto, who is worshiped as the god of protection for the nation, and still collects faith for those looking to win or for good luck. After enjoying the shrines and temples, take a stroll through Komachi-dori Street, the main street of Kamakura, which is crowded with locals and tourists. Go shopping and try eating some of the local food before heading to Kamakura Station!