Commonly known as "Big Buddha" or "Great Buddha" in English, large statues of meditating Buddhas are called daibutsu in Japanese. Unexpectedly, this Daibutsu is the only one among so many Buddha statues in Kamakura that is a designated National Treasure.
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Kamakura is a very popular tourist destination in Japan. It has numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments. Kamakura is quite close from Tokyo. It's the best place for tourists to see Japanese heritage.
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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is one of the most popular shrines in Japan. Every year it ranks in the top 10 shrines and temples visited on the first 3 days of the New Year.
Hasedera Temple is assumed to have one of the oldest histories as a temple in Kamakura. The main statue, the Eleven-faced Goddess of Mercy, is one of the biggest historical wooden statues of Buddha in Japan.
Kamakura Museum of Literature exhibits literary works, manuscripts, and items of the writers who lived in Kamakura and great writers who were in some way connected with Kamakura.
Zeniarai Benzaiten Shrine is famous for the spring water flowing on its premises. It is said that if you wash your money with the spring water and use that money, it will bring more money to your wallet down the road.
Kenchoji Temple is the highest-ranking Zen temple among the Five Great Rinzai temples of Kamakura, called Gozan. It was established in 1253 (Kencho 5) as the first Zen training monastery in Japan.
Regent Tokimune Hojo, who battled against the Empire of Mongolia twice, established this temple as a site to pray for and to hold memorial services for the dead Japanese and Mongolian soldiers.
Kamakura is well-known for hydrangea flowers. Meigetsu-in Temple especially comes to mind, known specifically as "the temple of hydrangeas".
Houkokuji temple is well known for its bamboo garden, called Take-dera. It's simplicity is the ultimate taste of Japanese style.
The garden of Zuisenji temple was laid out by Muso Soseki, founder of the temple. It describes mother nature by using only rocks and water. Though the space is not so big, the majesty of mother nature is captured.
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Sugimotodera Temple has the oldest history of all the temples in Kamakura. According to legend, it was established in the Nara period, year 734. That means the temple existed for about 450 years before the Kamakura shogunate was established by Yoritomo Minamoto.
Jochiji Temple is a prestigious temple, ranked fourth in the Kamakura Gozan Temples. This temple's Sanmon gate is of a rare Chinese design. The stone steps, which lead up to the gate, appear in the movie Bushi-no-ichibun, English title Love and Honor.
Up until the early Meiji period, Tokeiji was a sanctuary of wives who wished to end their relationships with their abusive husbands like a modern day women's shelter. It became known as Enkiri-dera or Kakekomi-dera, meaning the temple of severed ties.
Sasuke Inari Shrine is the best shrine in Kamakura to visit if you want to improve you luck of success in life or in business. Because the god of this shrine is the one who led the first Minamoto Shogun, Yoritomo Minamoto, into victory with his campaign against the rival Heike clan.
Ennoji Temple enshrines the juo, or the ten kings of hell statues, so it is also often referred to as Juo-do Hall. There is a famous statue of Enma Daio among the kings, which was created by famed sculptor Unkei in the Kamakura period.
"KAMAKURABORI" is representative of traditional crafts in Kamakura. It features the work of a beautiful sculpture and Urushi Lacquer. KAMAKURABORI MUSEUM has a collection of works to the current from the Muromachi period.
The Ten-en Hiking Trail leads primarily along the ridgeline of the hills in northern Kamakura, also called the “Kamakura Alps”. It features Ten-en rest station, Shojoken Observation platform, and other beautiful scenery.
Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway) is a small private railway. It links Kamakura and Fujisawa, a distance of 10 kilometers. You can enjoy the changing scenery of the town, mountains, and beaches.
North of Seisen Elementary School on the top of small hill, there is a stone monument that reads Tomb of Yoritomo Minamoto. Yoritomo was the first Minamoto shogun.
Kamakura is surrounded by the ocean in the south and by wooded hills in all other directions, making it a natural fortress. The regent Hojo set about doing construction of mountainous passes, called kiridoshi, in the early 13th century by cutting into the hillsides.
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