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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kanto - Kanagawa
Kamakura 
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Kamakura (鎌倉) is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, less than an hour south of Tokyo.

Kamakura became the political center of Japan, when Minamoto Yoritomo chose the city as the seat for his new military government in 1192. The Kamakura government continued to rule Japan for over a century, first under the Minamoto shogun and then under the Hojo regents.

After the decline of the Kamakura government in the 14th century and the establishment of its successor, the Muromachi or Ashikaga government in Kyoto, Kamakura remained the political center of Eastern Japan for some time before losing its position to other cities.

Today, Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments. In addition, Kamakura's sand beaches attract large crowds during the summer months.

Attractions
 1  Great Buddha
Large bronze Buddha Statue.
User rating: 88/100 (1171 votes)
Visited by: 2176 users
 2  Hasedera Temple
Attractive temple with views over Kamakura.
User rating: 87/100 (534 votes)
Visited by: 1085 users
 3  Hiking Trails
Hiking trails in Kamakura's wooded hills.
User rating: 84/100 (239 votes)
Visited by: 514 users
 4  Hachimangu Shrine
Kamakura's most important Shinto shrine.
User rating: 84/100 (594 votes)
Visited by: 1222 users
 5  Enoshima
Pleasantly touristy island near Kamakura.
User rating: 83/100 (281 votes)
Visited by: 633 users
 6  Engakuji Temple
Second most important Zen temple.
User rating: 82/100 (372 votes)
Visited by: 820 users
 7  Kenchoji Temple
Kamakura's most important Zen temple.
User rating: 82/100 (286 votes)
Visited by: 640 users
 8  Zeniarai Benten
Shrine where visitors wash their money.
User rating: 80/100 (209 votes)
Visited by: 479 users
 9  Hokokuji Temple
Temple known for its small bamboo grove.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 4 users
 10  Meigetsuin Temple
Also known as the Hydrangea Temple.
User rating: 84/100 (36 votes)
Visited by: 90 users
 11  Ankokuronji Temple
Temple founded by Nichiren himself.
User rating: 83/100 (161 votes)
Visited by: 413 users
 12  Zuisenji Temple
Zen temple famous for its gardens.
User rating: 81/100 (134 votes)
Visited by: 357 users
 13  Myohonji Temple
Temple of the Nichiren sect.
User rating: 77/100 (124 votes)
Visited by: 313 users
 14  Tokeiji Temple
Former refuge for abused wives.
User rating: 77/100 (167 votes)
Visited by: 396 users
 15  Jochiji Temple
Fourth most important Zen temple.
User rating: 77/100 (168 votes)
Visited by: 398 users
 16  Jufukuji Temple
Third most important Zen temple.
User rating: 76/100 (142 votes)
Visited by: 362 users
 17  Beaches
About the sand beaches of Kamakura.
User rating: 70/100 (487 votes)
Visited by: 1039 users
 18  Jomyoji Temple
Number five of the top five Zen temples.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 4 users
Special Interest Guides
  Kamakura Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Kamakura.

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Access and Orientation
Access and Orientation
How to get to and around Kamakura.

Kamakura Enoshima Pass
Special JR ticket for visiting Kamakura.

Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass
Special Odakyu ticket for visiting Kamakura.

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User Ratings
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User Rating (by 1560 users):
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14.  Yamadera   91/100
15.  Kamakura   91/100
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5.  Yokohama   3756
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7.  Kamakura   3204
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9.  Nagoya   2731
10.  Hakone   2527
11.  Nikko   2482

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Japanese Links
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News and Reports
December 2, 2014
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March 26, 2013
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December 5, 2012
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June 18, 2012
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