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.
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.
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.
Upon arriving in Kamakura, take a long walk down the approach 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 three times a year here! At Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, you can see yabusame (horseback archery) performed at the track in the precinct extending from east to west. Yabusame is performed every year in mid-April, mid-September and early October.
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.
From the middle of November, the autumn colours are in full bloom in the Kamakura area.Fortunately, the Rugby World Cup 2019 will occur at this time, so why not make your way down from Yokohama stadium and visit Kamakura.