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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 (1128 votes)
Visited by: 2096 users
 2  Hasedera Temple
Attractive temple with views over Kamakura.
User rating: 87/100 (517 votes)
Visited by: 1041 users
 3  Hiking Trails
Hiking trails in Kamakura's wooded hills.
User rating: 84/100 (231 votes)
Visited by: 498 users
 4  Hachimangu Shrine
Kamakura's most important Shinto shrine.
User rating: 84/100 (567 votes)
Visited by: 1166 users
 5  Enoshima
Pleasantly touristy island near Kamakura.
User rating: 83/100 (261 votes)
Visited by: 593 users
 6  Engakuji Temple
Second most important Zen temple.
User rating: 82/100 (356 votes)
Visited by: 786 users
 7  Kenchoji Temple
Kamakura's most important Zen temple.
User rating: 81/100 (278 votes)
Visited by: 616 users
 8  Zeniarai Benten
Shrine where visitors wash their money.
User rating: 79/100 (200 votes)
Visited by: 452 users
 9  Ankokuronji Temple
Temple founded by Nichiren himself.
User rating: 83/100 (159 votes)
Visited by: 405 users
 10  Meigetsuin Temple
Also known as the Hydrangea Temple.
User rating: 82/100 (29 votes)
Visited by: 72 users
 11  Zuisenji Temple
Zen temple famous for its gardens.
User rating: 81/100 (135 votes)
Visited by: 349 users
 12  Myohonji Temple
Temple of the Nichiren sect.
User rating: 78/100 (123 votes)
Visited by: 309 users
 13  Tokeiji Temple
Former refuge for abused wives.
User rating: 77/100 (162 votes)
Visited by: 387 users
 14  Jochiji Temple
Fourth most important Zen temple.
User rating: 77/100 (164 votes)
Visited by: 390 users
 15  Jufukuji Temple
Third most important Zen temple.
User rating: 76/100 (142 votes)
Visited by: 358 users
 16  Beaches
About the sand beaches of Kamakura.
User rating: 70/100 (468 votes)
Visited by: 998 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 1491 users):
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17.  Sanriku Coast   91/100
18.  Kamakura   91/100
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5.  Yokohama   3595
6.  Hiroshima   3296
7.  Kamakura   3063
8.  Kobe   2608
9.  Nagoya   2603
10.  Hakone   2402
11.  Nikko   2365

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Japanese Links
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