Introduction to Kamakura

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Introduction to Kamakura

As the birthplace of Japan's Kamakura Shogunate, the first samurai government, Kamakura is an ancient city of samurai with a historical ambience on par with Nara and Kyoto.

Kamakura was an ideal destination for building a samurai fort because it is surrounded by mountains on three sides and faces the sea to the south. You can enjoy many historic temples and shrines, expansive views, and beautiful Japanese gardens, including Tsurugaoka Hachimangu founded by Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun, Kotokuin Temple, renowned for the Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Kamakura), the Kamakura Gozan temples (Kenchoji Temple, Engakuji Temple, Jufukuji Temple, Jochiji Temple, and Jomyoji Temple) in which the samurai spirituality of simplicity and austerity lives on, the hydrangeas of Meigetsuin Temple and Hasedera Temple, and the bamboo forest of Hokokuji Temple.

Kamakura also has an abundance of nature, and there is a full range of fun tourist activities such as hiking and marine sports.

Jogashima Cycling (Miura Rent-a-Cycle)
Yokosuka, Miura 182

Jogashima Cycling (Miura Rent-a-Cycle)

Miura Kaigan Sakura Festival (cherry blossoms)
Yokosuka, Miura 30

Miura Kaigan Sakura Festival (cherry blossoms)

Ofuna Kannon Temple
Yokosuka, Miura 60

Ofuna Kannon Temple

Jogashima
Yokosuka, Miura 88

Jogashima

Jogashima Park
Yokosuka, Miura 16

Jogashima Park

Sarushima
Yokosuka, Miura 20

Sarushima

Yokosuka Naval Port Cruise
Yokosuka, Miura 92

Yokosuka Naval Port Cruise

Kotoku-in / Great Buddha of Kamakura
Yokosuka, Miura 173

Kotoku-in / Great Buddha of Kamakura