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Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine in Kamakura
Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine in Kamakura
Hase-dera Temple, Kamakura. Bernard Gagnon
Hase-dera Temple, Kamakura. Bernard Gagnon
Amida Buddha at Kötöku-in, Kamakura
Amida Buddha at Kötöku-in, Kamakura
Hansöbö Shrine at Kenchö-ji in Kamakura
Hansöbö Shrine at Kenchö-ji in Kamakura
Temple Kannon, Kamakura. Techtu Mircea Raes
Temple Kannon, Kamakura. Techtu Mircea Raes
Parade at Kamakura Festival. Photo Urashimatoro
Parade at Kamakura Festival. Photo Urashimatoro
Main Gate of Hasedera, Kamakura. Urashimatoro
Main Gate of Hasedera, Kamakura. Urashimatoro
Komachi Dori in Kamakura. Photo Urashimatoro
Komachi Dori in Kamakura. Photo Urashimatoro

Kamakura Information

Kamakura is a city in Japan located in the Kanagawa district just 50 kilometres from central Tokyo. Although it is a rather small city with a population of just 200,000 people it is a hot tourist attraction in particular for its proximity to main Tokyo.

Entrenched with history the city of Kamakura has human settlement of the area dating back to an amazing 10,000 years. In the year 1250AD it was once the 4th largest city in the world and home to the former Shogunate Emperor of Japan.

Foreigners flock to the city for the many historical buildings and culture that Kamakura contains. Localís forms Tokyo however mostly come due to its fantastic location on the beach and Kamakuraís bay has one of the most famous Japanese surf breaks off Headland Point.

For famous heritage locations Kamakura is unmatched to any other Japanese city making it one of the most sought after Japanes destinations. There are five great Buddhist temples to discover in Kamakura known as the Great Zen Temples.

The most famous temple dating back over 1,200 years is the Kõtoku-in that features the Amida Buddha. The Buddaha was once contained in a temple but unfortunately the earthquake of 1923 means he now sits outside. Other great temples include the Engaku-ji, Jufuku-ji, Jõchi-ji and the Jomyõ-ji.

Another great attraction drawing in tourists in droves is the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gû Shinto Shrine. The shrine is an important cultural property of Japan and dates back to 1063 built with Feng Shui in mind. It is also the centre venue for many important festivals and houses two wonderful museums.

The Kanagawa Prefectural Ofuna Botanical Gardens is another must see place in Kamakura. Founded in 1961 the botanical gardens contain more that 5,700 species with traditional Japanese fauna and flowers like Azalea Iris Kaemfrei, Camellia and Paeonia Lactoflora and Selaginella.

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Cherry Blossoms in Kamakura's Dankazura. Photo by Urashimataro
Cherry Blossoms in Kamakura's Dankazura. Photo by Urashimataro
View of Mount Fuji from Shichirigahama Beach in Kamakura. Photo J Mills
View of Mount Fuji from Shichirigahama Beach in Kamakura. Photo J Mills