Kamakura is about 50 km southwest of Tokyo. From the end of the 12th century through the early 14th century, Kamakura was the seat of the bakufu or feudal military government. The city has many historical and cultural sites and, along with Kyoto and Nara, draws visitors from all over the world.
This article will present the top 5 Things to Do in Kamakura.
1) Tsurugaoka Hachimangu (鶴岡八幡宮)
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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu was established by Minamoto Yoriyoshi(源頼義),in 1063. First, it built in Iwashimizu(石清水) of Kyoto, then moved in Kamakura. The Hachiman Kami was regarded as the protect Kami of the warrior class. The Shrine is still located at the center of Kamakura,attracting the respect and the faith of many. And there are some Shinji(religious services) or events, it is depend on "Bushido(武士道)" the spirit of SAMURAI.
Tsurugaoka HachimanguAddress: 2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-8588
Opening hours: 6:00AM-8:30PM
2) Zeniarai Benten Shrine (銭洗弁天)
Zeniarai Benten Shrine (銭洗弁天) is a popular shrine in western Kamakura, which people visit to wash their money (zeniarai means "coin washing"). It is said that money washed in the shrine's spring, will double. So all visitors bring a small bowl to put the coin in, and wash them into the small water stream. After that they usually hold the coins and bills over small fire and dry them. Minamoto Yoritomo(源頼朝), the founder of the Kamakura government, ordered the shrine's construction after a god appeared in his dream and recommended him to build the shrine in order to bring peace to the country. Because the dream occurred on the day of the snake, in the month of the snake of the year of the snake, the shrine was later also dedicated to Benten, a Buddhist goddess associated with snakes.
Zeniarai Benten Shrine inflects the fusion of Buddhism and Shinto. Many other shrines were stripped of their Buddhist connections when the Meiji government attempted to emancipate and separate Shinto from Buddhism.
Zeniarai Benten ShrineAddress: 2-25-16, Sasuke, Kamakura-city, Kanagawa 248-0017
Opening hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM
3) The Great Buddha and Kotoku-in (鎌倉大仏殿高徳院)
The Great Buddha has important value in Japanese art of Buddha. It is fall short with the statue in Todaiji temple（東大寺）in Nara, but the Buddha keeping the appearance from the beginning to be built. It designated a national Treasure 11.3 meters tall and weighs around 121 tons. Construction of the Great Buddha began in 1252.
However, much remains uncler about the specifics of the Great Buddha's construction, and the artist has yet to be identified. You can find more informations about Great Buddhas in Japan on this article.
The Great Buddha and Kotoku-inAddress: 4-2-28, Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0016
Opening hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM
4) Hase-dera Temple (長谷寺)
The origins of Kamakura's Hase-dera Temple According to the legend, in 721 AD the pious monk Tokudo Shonin discovered a large camphor tree in the mountain forests near the village of Hase in the Nara region. There ara many flowers of seasons, and the viewing looks like “Paradaise of western Kamakura”. Especially, it is famouse for many hydrangeas in June. Many Japanese go to the shrin to view the flowers.
Hase-dera TempleAddress: 3-11-2 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0016
Opening hours: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Fee: Adult(12 years-old and over): 300yen Child: 100yen
5) Yuigahama beach (由比ヶ浜海岸)
Yuigahama is the closest beach to the famous town of Kamakura, and one station up from Zushi(逗子) on the Yokosuka Line. There is perfect getaway spots for Tokyoites not wanting to travel too far from their homes.
Address: Yuigahama 4, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0014
Kamakura is waiting for you!
Let's go to stroll around historical sites and have some traditional experiences in Kamakura!