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Walk Kanazawa's ancient roads that date back to the middle ages

Yokohama, Kawasaki 5h

Kanazawa has always been famous for its stunning scenery, even as far back as the Edo period. This is a tour exploring history, where you'll be visiting ancient temples as you walk down a historical road towards Kamakura.

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Shōmyōji Temple

30 mins by car from the center of Kamakura City. Hojo Kanezawa’s family constructed in the Kamakura Period by Sanetoki Hojo. The Jodoshiki Teien Garden centred around the Ajiike Pond in front of the main building is a sight to behold. The garden, with its crimson arched and flat bridges, is beautiful. Visitors can enjoy seasonal scenery such as cherry blossom in spring, yellow irises at the beg...

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Machiya Shrine

Tradition says that retainers of Toyotomi clan arrived here after the fall of the Osaka castle. Then, Gozu Tenno was enshrined as a local deity of Machiya village. And a local festival in summer “Gion Tennosai” started since then. (Quoted from Shrine Magazine of Kanagawa prefecture)

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Ryūge-ji Temple

Ryugeji is one of the old temples that was founded by Minamoto no Yoritomo and Mongaku Shonin in the outer harbor area. It enshrines and is famous for Boke-fuji Kannon (dementia prevention). It also enshrines Jizobosatsuzazo and Daikokuten (the God of Wealth), which is one of the Yokohama Kanazawa Seven Deities of Good Fortune. The temple is also known as the temple of peony.

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Seto Shrine

This place used to be a narrow strait and a chokepoint of marine traffic because of its rapid flow during low/high tide. So, the shrine was built and had been sacred to the god of the sea since 5th to 6th centuries. Izu Mishima Myojin was divided and transferred to the shrine to pray for the victory when Minamoto no Yoritomo was going to war.

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Biwajima Shrine

It is said that Hojo Masako, who was a wife of Minamoto no Yoritomo, created the land by reclaiming the sea surrounding Seto Shrine and founded the Biwajima Benzaiten. The shrine is dedicated to Benzaiten (the Goddess of Wloquence, Music, and Art), one of the Yokohama Kanazawa Seven Deities of Good Fortune. It is secretly gaining popularity as a coastline viewing spot.

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