Kamakura is located just 30 miles south of Tokyo. It is a popular historical destination, totaling up to 20 million tourists a year. It is sometimes known as the Kyoto of Eastern Japan since it houses many shrines, temples and other historical sights. It was Japan’s capitol for over 100 years starting in 1192.
Well, if it were only up to me, I would have loved to walk through this historic town visiting as many temples as I could. However, with a really tight schedule and a 3-year-old JB, we only focused on these three places, ①Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine(1st picture), ②Hasedera Temple(middle 3 pictures), and the ③Great Buddha(last two pictures).
①This shrine is the most important shrine in Kamakura and was founded in 1063 by Minamoto Yoriyoshi. Later, Minamoto Yoritomo who was the first shogun and the founder of the government in Kamakura moved to this site in 1180 and built a town around it.
②This shrine is known for its statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy (photography was forbidden inside the building). It has 11 faces and is the tallest wooden sculpture in Japan (9 meters tall). I love this temple because of its beautiful Japanese gardens. The setting was so calm and tranquil.
③This “Daibutsu” which literally means “Big Buddha” in Japanese is the face of Kamakura. It is 12 meters tall and is a gilt bronze seated statue. I personally like this Buddha better than the one in Nara because of its kind-looking expression. Of course, naturally my husband who used to live in Nara prefers the other one.