Enjoy a two and a half hour walking food tour in Kamakura, one of the most ancient cities, also referred to as the Eastern Kyoto of Japan. Sample Kamamura’s local food and sna Read more [...]
Kamakura is a delightful, historical city with Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. It takes less than one hour from Tokyo.
In addition, Kamakura is known for its magnificent cherry blossoms. The beautiful cherry blossoms take over the whole city around April every year.
1. You will be picked up at 8am at your hotel in Tokyo and get to Kamakura by train (approx. 1 hour ride).
2. Great Buddha (Kotokuin Temple): The Famous Great Buddha of Japan
3. Hase Temple: It is called the “Temple of Flower” and is also known as the Hasekannon.
4. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine: The Symbol of Kamakura is the most important Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura.
5. Komachi-Dori: A large shopping street in Kamakura that spreads from the rotary in front of Kamakura to the Hachimangu.
6. You will be dropped back to your hotel in Tokyo at around 4pm.
The Great Buddha
The Kotokuin was constructed in 1252 and is a bronze statue that stands 13 meters high. It sits outside against wooden hills.
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
This shrine was originally built in 1063 and dedicated to the Emperor Ojin (God of War) and the Shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo among others. An interesting fact of this shrine is that it was not only a Shinto “Hachimangu” shrine, but also a Tendai Buddhist temple for most of its history.
This temple is famous for housing a Buddhist statue of Kannon with eleven faces and a thousand arms. Each of the eleven faces represents a different phase in the search for enlightenment.
This is the shopping street that started out as a market in front of the shrine and is now famous for having over 250 restaurants, boutiques, et cetera.