The Kamakura Top Ten 鎌倉のトップ10
Tips from Isabelle, our local Travel Angel
Landmarks and byways: Isabelle, our Travel Angel in Kamakura, reveals her top 10 things to do there.
An hour by train from Tokyo, Kamakura, green and serene, offers a string of temples scattered between forest, mountain and ocean. Don't miss:
- The majestic Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu shrine, which has overlooked the city since 1180 when Minamoto no Yoritomo moved to Kamakura and made it the political capital of Japan.
- The Daibutsu: this huge bronze statue of the Great Buddha has sat impassive for nearly 800 years. He has become the symbol of Kamakura.
- Hase-dera Temple and its venerated statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.
- The many Zen temples of Kamakura, including Engakuji and its greenery.
- The Zen temple Kenchoji, the largest temple in the city and one of the oldest Zen temples in Japan.
For a more peaceful visit away from the crowds:
- Visit Eishoji for its beautiful wooden buildings and small bamboo grove.
- Goryo Jinja (also called Gongoro Jinja) is located near Hase-dera Temple, yet far less visited. The small Shinto shrine is entirely made of wood and very picturesque.
- Sugimoto-dera, the oldest temple in Kamakura. Perched atop a hill, its rustic atmosphere is very different from that of other temples of the city.
- Komiyo-ji temple: a haven of peace. In summer, the pond is covered with lotus. It's also close to the beach where, weather permitting, one has a magnificent view of Enoshima island and Mount Fuji.
Right next to Kamakura:
- Enoshima, for its breathtaking views of the coast and mountains in the distance, its quaint old-fashioned side and its famous spa.
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