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KAMAKURA

Soak up the sun while paying a visit to "Big Buddah".

With numerous places to see, Kamakura is a place you can visit over and over.This being the peak season to see hydrangea and iris, be prepared for it to get a little crowded.

-The Charm of Ancient Kamakura
In 1192 Kamakura was transformed from a small fishing village into a city where politics thrived when forces led by Minamotono Yoritomo overturned the Heike clan and the Kamakura Shogunate was founded. This ancient history still lends Kamakura its old world atmosphere today with ancient structures and artifacts still intact.

-Heading Out
From Tokyo, you can reach Kamakura by either Odakyu or JR lines.
This time we took advantage of the Enoshima/Kamakura Free Pass. Good for one day, it allows you to get on and off the train freely going in either direction on the Odakyu line (from Fujisawa to Katase-Enoshima, and also includes the entire Enoden line, from Fujisawa to Kamakura).By presenting this card at participating attractions, you can also receive all kinds of freebies.

-Enoden Train
The Enoden train covers 10 kilometers of track running from Fujisawa to Kamakura Station, completing the route in 34 minutes. Looking out the windows, the scenery changes from residential to a magnificent view of the coastline. The carriages themselves are pretty cool too -60s retro!

-Kamakura
On the train yet again. As we've been on and off the train, using it so much, we can really see how much this Free Pass is working in our favor.After getting off at Kamakura, we set out for Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, where we find a wide and stretching path called Wakamiya Oji. This is the road that the devout travel to meet the shrine. What used to be the center of action, the place of the Kamakura Shogun can be seen on the eastside of the path. There are numerous shops selling kamakura-bori, a local craft of carved and engraved and lacquered wood. If you are interested in having one of your own, we suggest you go to the Kamakura-bori Kaikan to familiarize yourself with the art first.
Go straight along Wakamiya Oji and you will come to see the red torii gates. marking the entrance of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.
Speaking of which, Kamakura, a town of countless temples and shrines, has a long tradition of pottery and earthenware, as those seen in the tea ceremonies and traditional parties. Pottery from the kilns of all areas countrywide flooded the daily lives of selective collectors in this area.
Kamakura pottery shops offer a selection from all over the country, pottery which craftsman pride from Hokkaido all the
way to Okinawa.

-Kita Kamakura
It is impossible to see everything Kamakura has to offer in just one day. But if there's one place you shouldn't miss, that would have to be Kita Kamakura (North Kamakura) with the ancient traditional atmosphere of the ancienttown experience still lingering here.

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