When we talk about Japan, the first thing that comes to our mind is its traditional way of life and its numerous historical places. One such beautiful coastal town in Japan is “Kamakura.”
The history recalled the town of Kamakura as the former de facto capital of Japan and known to have a maximum settlement in the nation. As we fast forward to this day, Kamakura is a tiny and straightforward village, which is known to attract many tourists from around the world. We can also call it Kyoto of east Japan.
We believe a place attains fame due to two significant factors which are due to its people and also because of its varied tourist attraction. Well, when it comes to Kamakura the people are warm and welcoming and of course, its hold a long list of tourist-attracting places that we can keep talking about on and on.
So, to make it easier for you, we have listed down the must-visit places in the quiet coastal town of Kamakura.
1) Great Buddha
When we think of Kamakura, the great Buddha statue is the first thing that pops up in our mind. This colossal statue dating back to the 13th century is made up of bronze and is 52ft high. The calm and composed figure was once best described by Rudyard Kipling as, one “May hear the soul of all the east about him at Kamakura.”
2) Hasedera Temple
The goddess of mercy is known to reside in this magnificent Hasedera temple. It has 9.18m tall wooden statue, which is known to be one of the oldest figures in Japan. This place will need just a 5 min walk from Hase station.
This is the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. Hokokuji is widely known for its bamboo grove found behind its temple. We say it’s best to have a gentle walk here with a cup of Matcha tea.
4) Hiking trails
If you want to enjoy the cultural beauty and the nature of Kamakura, then we recommended taking have 30-90 minutes hiking in the woods hills in Kamakura which connects various well-known temples.
Well, it’s evident that if you come to this coastal town, you must visit its amazing coastal area. Just take up a short train ride west of Kamakura, and you can reach the Enoshima Island which holds various attractions.