In the mid-13th century when the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture was the political center of Japan, many Zen Buddhist temples were built there. Kamakura-bori carving is said to have originated when a Buddhist monk skilled in carving worked on sculptures for these temples, and coated them with a lacquer finish. The first items carved are believed to have been those used for religious ceremonies, then when the tea ceremony became popular carvers began to make utensils such as lidded incense containers and trays for use in the tea ceremony. Kamakura carving was designated a traditional craft in 1979.
- Kamakura Carving Museum:2-15-130 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
- [Walk]JR Kamakura Station/On foot/5 min.
- Zeniarai Benten Shrine Shrines, Temples & Churches Zeniarai Benten Shrine
- Kamakura Daibutsu Shrines, Temples & Churches Kamakura Daibutsu
- Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine Shrines, Temples & Churches Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
- Kamakura Festival Festivals & Ceremonies Kamakura Festival
- Reitaisai Festivals & Ceremonies Reitaisai
- Yuigahama Scenic Landscapes Yuigahama
- Kamakura Komachi-dori Street Cityscapes Kamakura Komachi-dori Street
- Hase-dera Temple (Kanagawa) Shrines, Temples & Churches Hase-dera Temple (Kanagawa)