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Kamakura, an ancient city where authentic Zen and samurai continue to thrive

Yokosuka, Miura 5h15m

In the ancient city of Kamakura, both Zen and the art of the sword are still an important part of local culture. Kamakura differs from the other ancient city of Kyoto in that it has a real air of authenticity. Why not experience living zen and samurai culture? You can even take home a souvenir from the same workshops that crafted the famed swords of the samurai.

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Kencho-ji Temple

The first of the Five Great Mountains(temples) of Kamakura, with many ancient structures and a temple bell certified as a national treasure. There is a Zen meditation (Zazen) experience with English explanations and it is very popular with tourists.

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Komachi Street

This street is one of the most famous shopping street in Kamakura, Japan. It has been featured in some TV programs and magazines. There are about 250 shops. Come and see various shops while you stroll the town.

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Masamune Sword and Blade

Goro Nyudo Masamune, the founder of the Soshu tradition, was the son of the swordsmith Yukimitsu, from Awadaguchi, Kyoto. He worked with the traditional standard sword-making styles of the time and improved upon them, He started his own distinctive Soshu style. Hiromasa, five generations after the original Masamune, worked for the Odawara Hojo clan. After being best...

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About 50 of Kamakurabori masterpieces and materials are exhibited. The articles on display are the works and materials from Muromachi to modern time. Visitors can watch a movie showing production processes at all times. 2-hour workshop is popular among visitors, because a dedicated instructor gives kind and understandable lessons. Beginners are welcomed. (Please make a reservation in advance on...

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