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Kamakura 
# 7   of 170 destinations
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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 (1089 votes)
Visited by: 2028 users
 2  Hasedera Temple
Attractive temple with views over Kamakura.
User rating: 87/100 (500 votes)
Visited by: 1009 users
 3  Hiking Trails
Hiking trails in Kamakura's wooded hills.
User rating: 84/100 (223 votes)
Visited by: 486 users
 4  Hachimangu Shrine
Kamakura's most important Shinto shrine.
User rating: 84/100 (550 votes)
Visited by: 1133 users
 5  Enoshima
Pleasantly touristy island near Kamakura.
User rating: 83/100 (240 votes)
Visited by: 552 users
 6  Engakuji Temple
Second most important Zen temple.
User rating: 82/100 (347 votes)
Visited by: 766 users
 7  Kenchoji Temple
Kamakura's most important Zen temple.
User rating: 81/100 (267 votes)
Visited by: 598 users
 8  Zeniarai Benten
Shrine where visitors wash their money.
User rating: 79/100 (192 votes)
Visited by: 439 users
 9  Ankokuronji Temple
Temple founded by Nichiren himself.
User rating: 83/100 (156 votes)
Visited by: 397 users
 10  Meigetsuin Temple
Also known as the Hydrangea Temple.
User rating: 81/100 (27 votes)
Visited by: 61 users
 11  Zuisenji Temple
Zen temple famous for its gardens.
User rating: 80/100 (134 votes)
Visited by: 345 users
 12  Myohonji Temple
Temple of the Nichiren sect.
User rating: 78/100 (121 votes)
Visited by: 303 users
 13  Tokeiji Temple
Former refuge for abused wives.
User rating: 77/100 (160 votes)
Visited by: 380 users
 14  Jochiji Temple
Fourth most important Zen temple.
User rating: 76/100 (161 votes)
Visited by: 382 users
 15  Jufukuji Temple
Third most important Zen temple.
User rating: 76/100 (140 votes)
Visited by: 351 users
 16  Beaches
About the sand beaches of Kamakura.
User rating: 70/100 (457 votes)
Visited by: 973 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 1443 users):
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9.  Kobe   2492
10.  Hakone   2319
11.  Nikko   2284

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News and Reports
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