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Kamakura Travel guide
Kamakura : Michelin's recommendations
To increase your chances of seeing Kamakura at its best, avoid coming at the weekend. The rest of the time this seaside town basks in the distinctly serene atmosphere exuded by its 65 Buddhist temples and some 20 Shinto shrines. Kamakura is both the homeland of Zen Buddhism and a firm friend of surfers, somehow reconciling such apparently contradictory facets. Nestled between the beaches and wooded hills, hedonism and meditation co-exist in this town that was the capital of Japan from 1192 for almost two centuries.
Tourist attractions Kamakura : Things to see and do
2-7-4 Jomyo-ji 2-7-4 JPN - Kamakura
The tranquility of the Zen temple of Hokoku-ji is enhanced by its isolated location, which spares it from the hordes of tourists. A teahouse as tiny as a dollhouse provides the ideal spot from which to look at the Buddha sculptures as well as the for..
Kamakura-kaido JPN - Kamakura
Founded in 1285, Tokei-ji temple was Japan's first nunnery and its residents enjoyed unusual privileges for several centuries. They obtained from the shogun the right to divorce at a time this was still deemed an unreasonable demand from women. The s..
JPN - Kamakura
The long and formal approach progresses along a promenade lined with cherry trees and punctuated by blood-red gates. Rising up on its esplanade at the top of a flight of stairs is the Shinto Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Temple, dedicated to the god of war,..