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Kamakura City in Kanagawa Prefecture

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            Home of the Shoguns in the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture has dozens of sites of historical and cultural importance. It is located about 1 hour from Tokyo by train, so is easy to visit some of the highlights such as the Daibutsu at Kotoku-in, Hase-dera, and Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu on a single day trip.

Kamakura City and sea

Kamakura City and sea

As well as famous shrines and temples, there are beaches and hiking trails for the outdoor enthusiast, excellent restaurants, and many shops featuring souvenirs, antiques, and local products. Train enthusiasts enjoy riding the Enoshima Electric Railway, which has one track for trains headed in both directions.

Daibutsu Buddha, Kamakura

Daibutsu Buddha, Kamakura

            The third Sunday in April is especially lively with the Kamakura Festival. Streets are crowded to the point where it is hard to walk, but the yabusame contest, which is horseback archery where riders in traditional clothing shoot at three different targets while riding a horse at a full gallop, is well worth the extra effort to see.

Yabusame

Yabusame

You can get to Kamakura several ways. From Tokyo, take the JR Yokosuka like from either JR Tokyo Station or JR Shinagawa Station.

For more information, the official city website is: http://guide.city.kamakura.kanagawa.jp/en/

Girls read their fortunes at Tsurugaoka Hachim...

 

Kamakura, Japan

Kamakura, Japan

Dankazura is a pedestrian path in the center of Wakamiya Oji street, lined with hundreds of cherry trees. During the cherry blossom season, which usually takes place in the beginning and mid April, the trees form a spectacular tunnel of white blossoms.

Dankazura is a pedestrian path in the center of Wakamiya Oji street, lined with hundreds of cherry trees. During the cherry blossom season, which usually takes place in the beginning and mid April, the trees form a spectacular tunnel of white blossoms

Hase Temple in Kamakura

Hase Temple in Kamakura

 

 

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