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Kamakura Tours - Kamakura Guide - Kamakura is famous for its many temples, shrines and the statue of the Great Buddha.

Kamakura is a very popular tourist destination for both Japanese and foreigners as it has many appealing factors: located 50 km south-south-west of Tokyo in the Kanagawa Prefecture, seaside location with a beach and many history temples and shrines. Kamakura's geography with surrounding mountains on three sides and the open water of Sagami Bay on the fourth, made Kamakura a natural fortress, so much so that Kamakura was effectively the rival capital of Japan from the 12th through 14th centuries. During this period the Shogunate were at their strongest and based in Kamakura.

Great Buddha of Kamakura

Great Buddha of Kamakura

Kamakura is famous for its giant statue of Amida Buddha, more commonly referred to as The Great Buddha of Kamakura.

Engakuji Temple Kamakura

Engakuji Temple Kamakura

There are many attractions in Kamakura, so many that it would be impossible to see them all in a day. Listed below are the key Kamakura attractions, which can be found in our Kamakura map. Also we have a suggested itinerary for a day trip from Tokyo to Kamakura and Yokohama.

JAPAN MAP - KAMAKURA



KAMAKURA ATTRACTIONS

KAMAKURA LANDMARKS

Komachi Dori

Komachi Dori
Komachi Dori (small town street) is a street in Kamakura packed with a great range of restaurants and stores run by fine artisans. Komachi Dori runs parallel to Wakamiya-oji, from the Kamaku...

Wakamiya Oji

Wakamiya Oji
Wakamiya Oji is the main avenue of Kamakura which goes from the sea to the most important shrine, Tsurugaoka Shrine. There are three torii along Wakamiya Oji, one close to the sea (Hama no O...

KAMAKURA TEMPLES

Engakuji Temple

Engakuji Temple
Engakuji Temple, one of the most important Zen Buddhist temples, was established in 1282 and is in Kamakura. Engakuji Temple is a large complex with eighteen building in total. Engakuji Temp...

Great Buddha - Kotoku-in Temple

Great Buddha - Kotoku-in Temple
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is housed within the Kotokuin Temple. The Great Buddha is 13.3 metres high and weighs 93 tons....

Hase Temple

Hase Temple
Hase Temple is one of the great Buddhist temples in Kamakura. Hase Temple houses a massive wooden statue of Kannon....

Jochiji Temple
Jochiji Temple is a Buddhist temple, formally known as Kinpozan Jochiji, that belongs to the Engakuji school of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. Jochiji Temple is ranked fourth in the Five Mount...

Jufukuji Temple
Jufukuji Temple, formally known as Kikokuzan Kongo Jufuku Zenji, is the oldest Zen Buddhist temple in Kamakura's. Jufukuji Temple belongs to the Kenchoji branch of the Rinzai sect of Buddhis...

Kenchoji Temple

Kenchoji Temple
Kenchoji Temple ranks first among Kamakura's so-called Five Great Zen Temples. Kenchoji Temple is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan....

Tokeiji Temple
Tokeiji Temple, formally known as Shokozan Tokeiji, is a Buddhist temple, that is the only surviving nunnery in Kamakura of the five that originally existed, that served as a refuge for wome...

KAMAKURA SHRINES

Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine
Tsurugaoka Shrine is the most significant shrine in Kamakura. Tsurugaoka Shrine is a shrine complex with many shrines on the one site....

Zeniarai Benzaiten Shrine
Zeniarai Benten Shrine is the most popular shrine in Kamakura and is famous for doubling the value of coins washing in its waters....

KAMAKURA TRAIN STATIONS

Kamakura Station - JR

Kamakura Station - JR
JR Kamakura Station is the main station servicing Kamakura. JR Kamakura Station is operated by JR East and has two lines: Yokosuka and the Shonan Shinjuku. Next to the station is the termina...

Hase Temple Kamakura

Hase Temple Kamakura

KAMAKURA TOURS

Organised tours from Tokyo to Kamakura are available. These tours also include the Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple, Hase Kannon Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Komachi Shopping Street. Further information and online booking are here.

Author: Craig Fryer

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