Central Kamakura

Kanagawa, Kanto

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine and Komachi-dori Street are the center of sightseeing in Kamakura. Komachi-dori Street is a shopping area with a lively atmosphere. And don't forget to visit ancient Buddhist temples displaying magnificent statues in Hase. Enjoy a popular beach area and the many historical and literary sites located nearby.

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine is the symbolic shrine of the old capital city, Kamakura. A number of people come to visit this historic shrine every day. The origin of the shrine goes back to the year 1180, when the Shogun Minamoto-no-Yoritomo, who established the Kamakura Shogunate to rule Japan, constructed the shrine pavilions at the current location. From Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine, which played a major role in the construction of the city of Kamakura, you can take the stairs up to the main hall where you can view Kamakura with the ocean in the background. There are many sights to see in the precinct, such as Maiden, Wakamiya, Genpei Pond, and Hon-gu, which attract a number of visitors every day. Various events are organized there throughout the year.

The approach to the shrine between the Nino Torii Gate and the San'no Torii Gate is called Dankazura. It is a raised path lined with cherry trees and looks particularly splendid in the spring when the trees are in blossom.
Komachi-dori Street is one street away to the west from Wakamiya-oji Street that stretches straight from Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine. Komachi-dori Street is a shopping street full of fashionable coffee shops, long-established restaurants, and shops where you can buy 'natto' (fermented soybeans), ham, traditional Kamakura carvings, and other local products. Don't forget to go around to the back of the street - you will be greeted by more shops and places for food and drink. There are more than 200 shops altogether, and a merry and lively atmosphere will always welcome you.

Hase-dera Temple, which is believed to have existed since even before the Kamakura Period, enshrines Juichi-men Kannon, or the 11-faced Bodhisattva Goddess, which, at 9.18 meters tall, is one of the largest wooden kannons. In the precincts of the temple, you can enjoy a stroll among flowers that bloom throughout the year.
A neighboring temple of Hase-dera Temple is Kotoku-in Temple with an 11-meter-tall statue of Buddha, which is overwhelming sight. The construction of the bronze "handsome" Buddha began in 1252. It was preserved in the Buddha's Hall in those days; however, the hall was destroyed by big winds and tsunami, and now the Buddha is situated outdoors.

Yui-ga-hama Beach is situated on the western side of the mouth of the Nameri-gawa River that flows through the middle of Kamakura. The beach also faces Sagami Bay. It is one of the most popular beaches in the Shonan area and is very busy with a number of bathers in summer. There are many historical and literary sites along Yui-ga-hama O-dori Street that stretches from Wakamiya-Oji in front of the approach of Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine to Hase-dera Temple. Yui-ga-hama O-dori Street is known as one of the streets of Kamakura that invite you into an intellectual world of ancient art and literature.


From Tokyo:
[Rail] 54 min from Tokyo to Kamakura Station by JR Yokosuka Line.

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