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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.

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Attractions
 1  Great Buddha
Large bronze Buddha Statue.
User rating: 88/100 (1117 votes)
Visited by: 2074 users
 2  Hasedera Temple
Attractive temple with views over Kamakura.
User rating: 87/100 (512 votes)
Visited by: 1033 users
 3  Hiking Trails
Hiking trails in Kamakura's wooded hills.
User rating: 84/100 (230 votes)
Visited by: 495 users
 4  Hachimangu Shrine
Kamakura's most important Shinto shrine.
User rating: 84/100 (562 votes)
Visited by: 1153 users
 5  Enoshima
Pleasantly touristy island near Kamakura.
User rating: 83/100 (253 votes)
Visited by: 579 users
 6  Engakuji Temple
Second most important Zen temple.
User rating: 82/100 (351 votes)
Visited by: 777 users
 7  Kenchoji Temple
Kamakura's most important Zen temple.
User rating: 81/100 (275 votes)
Visited by: 609 users
 8  Zeniarai Benten
Shrine where visitors wash their money.
User rating: 79/100 (198 votes)
Visited by: 447 users
 9  Ankokuronji Temple
Temple founded by Nichiren himself.
User rating: 83/100 (158 votes)
Visited by: 401 users
 10  Meigetsuin Temple
Also known as the Hydrangea Temple.
User rating: 81/100 (28 votes)
Visited by: 69 users
 11  Zuisenji Temple
Zen temple famous for its gardens.
User rating: 80/100 (134 votes)
Visited by: 346 users
 12  Myohonji Temple
Temple of the Nichiren sect.
User rating: 77/100 (122 votes)
Visited by: 306 users
 13  Tokeiji Temple
Former refuge for abused wives.
User rating: 77/100 (161 votes)
Visited by: 384 users
 14  Jochiji Temple
Fourth most important Zen temple.
User rating: 76/100 (163 votes)
Visited by: 387 users
 15  Jufukuji Temple
Third most important Zen temple.
User rating: 76/100 (141 votes)
Visited by: 354 users
 16  Beaches
About the sand beaches of Kamakura.
User rating: 70/100 (464 votes)
Visited by: 988 users
  
Special Interest Guides
  Kamakura Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Kamakura.

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 Rating (by 1479 users):
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9.  Kobe   2574
10.  Hakone   2382
11.  Nikko   2343

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News and Reports
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