Day's description: During our 9 days visit in Tokyo we took a day trip down to Kamakura. Kamakura is a short one hour train ride from Tokyo. Situated along the coast, Kamakura was the political capital of Japan under the Minamoto shogun in 1192. Kamakura remained the center of Japanese politics until things moved to Kyoto in the 14th century. Nowadays, Kamakura is known for it’s abundance of beautiful shrines and temples, as well as having beaches that make for the perfect summer getaway.
53 min by Yokosuka line train from Shimbashi station in Tokyo
the Chimengo Temple is the most important Shinto shrine in the town. On the way you walk along a pedestrian mall that includes plenty of souvenir shops, ice cream shops and cafes. And if it's a weekend, there's a chance you'll see many Japanese in the best traditional clothes: the women's kimono and the men's yukata . At the end of the pedestrian mall, we will walk another few hundred meters until we see the impressive red Tauri gate that is located at the entrance to the extensive compound of the Temple. The temple was dedicated to the god of the Hachiman , the god of war, who was considered the patron god of the Shogun family Minamoto Yorimoto and the samurai in general. The road to the temple includes several impressive serial gates, an exhibition of Japanese paintings along the main boulevard and beautiful Japanese gardens. Also in the entrance to the temple it is highly recommended to sit in the cafe which includes of course a good coffee, a traditional cheese pastry and fine ice creams and enjoy the view of the artificial lake of the Japanese garden of the temple from the huge glass window of the cafe .
Tsurugaoka Hachimangū is the most important Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The shrine is at the geographical and cultural center of the city of Kamakura, which has largely grown around it and its 1.8 km approach. It is the venue of many of its most important more.. festivals, and hosts two museums.
Tsurugaoka Hachimangū was for most of its history not only a Hachiman shrine, but also a Tendai Buddhist temple, a fact which explains its general layout, typical of Japanese Buddhist architecture.
At the left of its great stone stairway stood a 1000-year-old ginkgo tree, which was uprooted by a storm in the early hours of March 10, 2010. The shrine is an Important Cultural Property. less..
2-chōme-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-8588, Japan
Monday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM Friday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM Saturday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM Sunday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
The great Buddha statue ( Daibutsu ) is made of bronze and rises to a height of 13.35 meters. It is the second largest bronze Buddha in Japan after the largest Buddha statue in Japan found in the Todai Ji Temple in Nara . Originally erected in 1252 AD in a temple, this temple was destroyed several times by typhoons and tsunamis that struck the coast from the 14th to 15th centuries. Since then, the statue has stood alone and attracts many tourists .
Kōtoku-in is a Buddhist temple of the Jōdo-shū sect in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
The temple is renowned for its "Great Buddha", a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha which is one of the most famous icons of Japan.
4-chōme-2-28 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0016, Japan
It is a Buddhist temple with a temple to Lala Cannon, the goddess of mercy, in which there is a nine-meter wooden statue of the eleven heads of the goddess Canon. It is the largest wooden sculpture of its kind in Japan. In addition, there are various compounds in the temple, including a koi fish pond , a small bamboo forest, dozens of small sculptures in memory of dead babies and dry gardens. There is also a spectacular view of the town and the beach.
Hase-dera is the main temple of the Buzan sect of Shingon Buddhism. The temple is located in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The Main Hall is a National Treasure of Japan.
3-chōme-11-2 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0016, Japan
Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
which is recommended to arrive and end the day with a refreshing dip if it is a hot summer day or enjoy the view of the beach and the beautiful town. Take note of tsunami warnings scattered along the coast in signs and pavements, because the tsunami - Japanese port waves, is very common in front of the eastern coast of Japan, which is facing a meeting between very active tectonic plates that earthquakes in this region are creating tsunamis that hit the coast of Japan over the years including In the town of Kamakura . Alongside the warning signs from tsunami, pay attention to the signs near the beach, which include the rules of beach behavior that include the prohibition of smoking, drinking and unwanted tattoos in many places throughout Japan because they are perceived as affiliated with the underworld .
Yuigahama is a beach near Kamakura, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The relation between the beach and its neighboring areas is complex. Although Yuigahama is legally the entire 3.2 km beach that goes from Inamuragasaki, which separates it from Shichirigahama, to Zaimokuza's Iijima cape, which more.. separates it from Kotsubo and the Miura Peninsula, the name is customarily used to indicate the portion west of the Namerigawa river, while the eastern half is called Zaimokuza Beach. This is the reason why, although the beach gives its name to only the west part of the beachside community, traces of the name Yuigahama can be found also in Zaimokuza. The center of Yuigahama came legally into being between 1964 and 1965 and was named after the beach. Today's Yuigahama was until then divided between Zaimokuza, Ōmachi, and Hase.
There are different theories about the origin of the name. According to one it derives from an earlier one, Yuigo. According to another it derives from the presence of a cooperative. The name Yui itself has been written in various ways, among them 由井 and 湯井. less..
4 Chome-4 Yuigahama, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0014, Japan
Near the beach you can get on the local train station, you can return to the main train station. Nearby is a small shopping center with good restaurants and cafes where you can finish the day of the trip and return to Tokyo in the evening .
Yuigahama Station is a railway station on the Enoshima Electric Railway located in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is 8.9 kilometers from the terminus of the Enoden at Fujisawa Station.