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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 (1152 votes)
Visited by: 2146 users
 2  Hasedera Temple
Attractive temple with views over Kamakura.
User rating: 87/100 (528 votes)
Visited by: 1070 users
 3  Hiking Trails
Hiking trails in Kamakura's wooded hills.
User rating: 84/100 (236 votes)
Visited by: 508 users
 4  Hachimangu Shrine
Kamakura's most important Shinto shrine.
User rating: 84/100 (585 votes)
Visited by: 1201 users
 5  Enoshima
Pleasantly touristy island near Kamakura.
User rating: 83/100 (278 votes)
Visited by: 623 users
 6  Engakuji Temple
Second most important Zen temple.
User rating: 82/100 (366 votes)
Visited by: 805 users
 7  Kenchoji Temple
Kamakura's most important Zen temple.
User rating: 81/100 (283 votes)
Visited by: 630 users
 8  Zeniarai Benten
Shrine where visitors wash their money.
User rating: 80/100 (206 votes)
Visited by: 468 users
 9  Meigetsuin Temple
Also known as the Hydrangea Temple.
User rating: 84/100 (33 votes)
Visited by: 79 users
 10  Ankokuronji Temple
Temple founded by Nichiren himself.
User rating: 83/100 (160 votes)
Visited by: 410 users
 11  Zuisenji Temple
Zen temple famous for its gardens.
User rating: 81/100 (135 votes)
Visited by: 353 users
 12  Myohonji Temple
Temple of the Nichiren sect.
User rating: 77/100 (123 votes)
Visited by: 310 users
 13  Tokeiji Temple
Former refuge for abused wives.
User rating: 77/100 (167 votes)
Visited by: 394 users
 14  Jochiji Temple
Fourth most important Zen temple.
User rating: 76/100 (167 votes)
Visited by: 395 users
 15  Jufukuji Temple
Third most important Zen temple.
User rating: 76/100 (142 votes)
Visited by: 359 users
 16  Beaches
About the sand beaches of Kamakura.
User rating: 70/100 (480 votes)
Visited by: 1027 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 1539 users):
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10.  Hakone   2478
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English Links
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Japanese Links
Kamakura City
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