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Visiting the historical city of Kamakura

Around 50 kilometers outside of Tokyo lies the historical city Kamakura. Its attractions consist of several temples and a beach. The most famous temple in Kamakura is the Daibatsu or Great Buddha temple. This temple is home to the great Buddha of Kotokuin which has become the face of this city and well known throughout Japan. The statue is large and quite impressive to see. Also, this large statue is actually hollow on the inside and it is possible to go in There is a little staircase which takes you up one level, but unfortunately there is no view.

Another religious sight is the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine which is at the end of the Dankazure street. This street is an amazing sight during cherry blossom season as the center is lined on both sides with trees. The Hachimangu shrine is larger than the other temples in Kamakura. Its grounds include a large temple, a courtyard, but also some gardens with lilies and is a pleasant place to visit. The third main place to visit is the Hasedera which has many little statues placed around the hill it is built on. In town there are several other small temples and traditional buildings. 

Besides the temples there is a also a beach which is within walking distance from the train station. The beach is not as classy as several others in Asia, but still attracts many people wanting to enjoy the sun. On the beach there are several bars and restaurants and makes a nice escape when the sun is out.

For those who want to seen some nature, Kamakura also has a hiking trail which starts close to the Daibutsu temple. It is around 5 kilometers long and you can make a big loop back to the train station. After the trail you will pass a few smaller temples. Kamakura would make an ideal day trip from Tokyo as it is only one hour away by train which leave regularly.
 


Kamakura travel photo gallery

 
Torii gate of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.

Torii gate of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.

 



Lilies at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu temple.

Lilies.

 
Stone lantern in Kamakura.

Stone lantern.




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Typical Japanese bridge.

Typical Japanese bridge.

 



Flags and lilies.

Flags and lilies.

 
Small structure at the  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu temple in Kamakura, Japan.

Small structure.

 



Japanese temple cards.

Japanese temple cards.

 
Japanese flags.

Japanese flags.

 



Garden of the  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu temple.

Japanese garden.

 
Grounds of the  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu complex.

Grounds of the temple complex.

 
Tourists visiting the  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu temple in Kamakura.

Tourists visiting the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu temple.

 
Small wooden building at the  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu temple complex in Kamakura, Japan.

Small wooden building.

 
Stairs leading to the  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu temple.

Stairs leading to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu temple.

 
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.

 
Typical red religious structures at the  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu temple.

Typical red religious structures.

 



Torii gates.

Torii gates.

 
View of the  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu temple.

View of the temple.

 



Temple cards at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.

Temple cards.

 
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

 



View towards Dankazure from the main temple.

View towards Dankazure from the main temple.

 



Barrels for the rice wine.

Barrels for the rice wine.

 
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.

 
View of  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine.

View of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine.

 
Traditional Japanese shop at Dankazura.

Traditional Japanese shop at Dankazura.

 
Purification fountain of the Hongakuji temple in Kamakura.

Purification fountain.

 
Gate of the Hongakuji temple.

Gate of the Hongakuji temple.

 
Hongakuji temple, Kamakura.

Hongakuji temple.

 



Hongakuji main temple.

Hongakuji main temple.

 
Bell tower of the Hongakuji temple.

Bell tower.

 



Hongakuji temple.

Hongakuji temple.

 
Torii gate in Kamakura, Japan.

Torii gate.

 



Kamakura beach.

Kamakura beach.

 



Bars on the beach of Kamakura.

Bars on the beach.

 
The black sand of Kamakura beach.

The black sand of the beach.

 
The beach in Kamakura, Japan.

The beach.

 
Garden of the Hasedera temple in Kamakura.

Garden of the Hasedera temple.

 
Statues at the Hasedera temple.

Statues.

 



Small statues on the hill of the Hasedera temple in Kamakura, Japan.

Small statues on the hill.

 



Hasedera temple.

Hasedera temple.

 



Hasedera temple in Kamakura.

Hasedera temple.

 
Bell tower of the Hasedera temple.

Bell tower of the Hasedera temple.

 
Path through the bamboo garden of the Hasedera temple.

Path through the bamboo garden.

 
Japanese garden at the Hasedera temple.

Japanese garden at the Hasedera temple.

 
Aerial view over Kamakura, Japan.

Aerial view.

 
Statues at Hasedera.

Statues at Hasedera.

 
The main temple of the Hasedera complex.

The main temple.

 
Hasedera temple complex in Kamakura.

Hasedera temple complex.


 
Hasedera temple grounds.

Temple grounds.

 
Zen garden in the Hasedera temple.

Zen garden in the Hasedera temple.

 
Temple of the Daibutsu.

Temple.

 
Daibutsu, Great Buddha statue in Kamakura.

Daibutsu.

 
Daibutsu, Kamakura.

Daibutsu.

 



Statue of the Great Buddha (Daibutsu) in Kamakura, Japan.

Statue of the Great Buddha.

 



Temple of the Great Buddha.

Temple of the Great Buddha.

 



Daibutsu statue in Kamakura, Japan.

Daibutsu statue.

 



Hiking trail in Kamakura.

Hiking trail in Kamakura.

 
Daibutsu hiking course.

Hiking course.

 
Scenery around Kamakura.

Scenery near the trail.

 



View from the Daibutsu hiking course in Kamakura.

View from the Daibutsu hiking course.

 



Entrance to the Zeniarai Benten Shrine in Kamakura.

Entrance to the Zeniarai Benten Shrine.



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