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 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 Hokouji 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)

Jogashima Cycling (Miura Rent-a-Cycle)

Kotoku-in / Great Buddha of Kamakura

Kotoku-in / Great Buddha of Kamakura

Miura Kaigan Sakura Festival   (cherry blossoms)

Miura Kaigan Sakura Festival (cherry blossoms)

Ōfuna Kannon Temple

Ōfuna Kannon Temple

Yokosuka Naval Port Cruise

Yokosuka Naval Port Cruise

Jogashima Park

Jogashima Park

Sarushima

Sarushima

Jogashima

Jogashima