Kamakura Daibutsu


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Kamakura is a small coastal city only a one-hour train ride away from central Tokyo that is loved by local and international tourists alike. The town used to be Japan’s capital city in the medieval time, and the many beautiful temples and shrines still remind of the heydays of Kamakura. Read our Kamakura travel guide that introduces the most famous sights in the town.

There are many samurai stories attached to the city’s popular sights, so if you are a Japanese history lover you are going to have a good time in Kamakura. People who like surfing or simply going to the beach also flock to the city, so there is always something going on.

  • Kotokuin Temple | Kamakura

    Kotokuin Temple | Kamakura

    Kamakura’s symbol is the big Buddha that’s located in the Kotokuin temple. It is not only a beautiful sight, you can also enter the Buddha to see what it looks like from the inside.

  • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine | Kamakura

    Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine | Kamakura

    In the very middle of Kamakura sits its most important shrine, the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine. This is the shrine of the illustrious Minamoto family. What’s their story?

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    Kamakura is only a one-hour train ride south of Tokyo, and offers plenty of interesting sights in a small area. Learn more about the central Hachimangu shrine and other cool spots in Kamakura.

  • Hasedera Temple | Kamakura

    Hasedera Temple | Kamakura

    The Hasedera temple in Kamakura has one of the most beautiful temple precincts in the area. There are many things to discover, and flower lovers will have a field day.

  • Enoshima | Kamakura Travel Guide

    Enoshima | Kamakura Travel Guide

    Enoshima is a small island right next to Kamakura, which makes it a popular additional destination for those visiting Kamakura. It is lively from spring to fall, and in the wintertime, you will find the island peaceful and quiet.