Kamakura Tours - Kamakura Guide - Kamakura is famous for its many
temples, shrines and the statue of the
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
Kamakura is famous for its giant statue of Amida Buddha, more commonly referred to as The
Great Buddha of 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
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 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...
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
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 is one of the great Buddhist temples in Kamakura. Hase Temple houses a massive wooden statue of Kannon....
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, 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 ranks first among Kamakura's so-called Five Great Zen Temples. Kenchoji Temple is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan....
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...
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
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
Organised tours from Tokyo to
Kamakura are available. These tours also include the
Great Buddha at
Hase Kannon Temple,
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Komachi Shopping Street.
Further information and online booking are here.
Author: Craig Fryer