Introduction to Kamakura

Home to the Great Buddha

Destinations

Introduction to Kamakura

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

Kamakura was ideal for building a 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 Shrine 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.

Yokosuka・Miura

Cycling around the Miura Peninsula

Duration: 6h

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Ultimate Plan for Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Duration: 2h

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Meet the star of the sea under the sun, and meet the star of the land under the stars

Duration: 6h15m

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Kamakura's temple treasures and flowers; Mount Fuji visible from Shonan

Duration: 5h15m

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Enjoy architecture by visiting the ancient homes and temples of Kamakura

Duration: 7h

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Moss-covered steps, bamboo and rock gardens - Visit the traditional gardens of Japan

Duration: 2h30m

Yokosuka・Miura

Miura-Jogashima excursion cycling

Duration: 4h

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Enjoy the picturesque scenery of Kamakura while hiking!

Duration: 4h

Jogashima Cycling (Miura Rent-a-Cycle)

Tateishi Park

Hachinoki Kamakura Authentic Shojin Ryori

Ōfuna Kannon Temple

Kitakamakura Old Private House Museum

Ena Bay

Misaki Shitamachi Shotengai (shopping area)

Koajiro Forest