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Once the capital of the Kamakura Shogunate, which ruled Japan for almost 200 years, modern-day Kamakura is now a quiet, pleasant seaside town with a wealth of well-preserved historical attractions. Surrounded by wooded hills, ocean, and a beautiful beach, Kamakura is a thriving tourist destination.
Among Kamakura's top sights are the Five Zen Temples, the oldest of which dates back to 1188; the ancient Shinto shrine of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, built in 1063; and the massive, imposing Great Buddha of Kamakura, housed within the grounds of Kotokuin Temple.
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Visit Kotokuin Temple, home to one of the most memorable sights in Japan, the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Cast in 1252, the nearly 800-year-old statute sits exposed on the side of a hill, having survived a huge tidal wave in the 15th century that swept away the temple that once housed it. It weighs 121 tons (109 metric tons), is 44 feet (13 meters) tall, with each serene eye measuring 3 feet (1 meter) wide.
Ascend the hills to Hasedera Temple, famous for its massive, 11-headed, 30-foot (10 meter) tall statue of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Hasedera offers striking views over the city and Sagami Bay.
Five Zen Temples
Take a privately guided walking tour of the city’s renowned Five Zen Temples: Kencho-ji, Engaku-ji, Jufuku-ji, Jochi-ji, and Jomyo-ji; the latter, founded in 1188, was rebuilt in the 1990s, and now hosts a rock garden and tea room, where guests can partake in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, the city’s most important Shinto shrine, founded in 1063. In 2010, the shrine grounds lost a cherished part of its landscape when powerful winds felled the 1,000-year-old, 100-foot (30 meter) tall ginko tree that stood at the steps leading up to the main hall.
Immerse yourself deep into Japan’s art and culture scene on this fascinating and fun 13-day luxury tour. You’ll tour historic landmarks in hotspots like Tokyo and Kyoto, dine on traditional kaiseki cuisine, and learn the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging, tea ceremony, or calligraphy.
Hayama Hotel Otowa no Mori
Hayama Hotel Otowa no Mori is a hideaway from the noise of the big city, just one hour away from Tokyo. The western-style hotel has an intimate atmosphere with only 20 rooms. In spite of its size, this hotel has everything â€” from an annex for wedding banquets to a French restaurant, bar, shops and sky Jacuzzi. The sophisticated hotel resembles a resort in the South of France. Each room has a sea view. Rooms are decorated with clean, white linen and are light and airy to match the oceanfront location. Guests may enjoy the luxury of eating a continental breakfast in their room with the window open, feeling the breeze from the Pacific. There are French and Japanese restaurants, which both use local fresh vegetables and seafood. Indulge in the jacuzzi under the beautiful sky, with stunning views of Izu-Oshima island, and Miura and Izu Peninsulas.
Kamakura Park Hotel
Kamakura is a popular destination, known for its beautiful beaches and numerous shrines, temples and historical monuments. At this European-style hotel, guests can soak in the sunshine and fresh sea breeze whilst relaxing in their luxury abode. Rooms are modern and spacious, decked with Italian furniture and have large, adjoining, marble bathrooms. Guestrooms include a free WiFi seating area with sofa, a wooden desk, central heating, a fridge, kettle and satellite LCD TV. The hotel serves French and Japanese cuisines. The casual cafe lounge and bar offers a space for relaxation. Kamakura Park Hotel includes several shops and sells unique local items as souvenirs.
Kamaukura Prince Hotel
This hotel is located right on the beautiful Shichirigahama beach shore, part of popular Shonan area of Sagami Bay. The hotelâ€™s 98 rooms face towards the ocean and the iconic Japanese landscape, with stunning views of Mt. Fuji and Enoshima Island. Kamakura is known for being an ancient Japanese capital, where there are various shrines and temples, including Kotoku-in. The on-site restaurants plate up Japanese and French foods, while there is also a bar/lounge to enjoy relaxing drinks anytime of day. Hotel amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, spa services, and multilingual staff. Guestrooms have large balconies, air conditioning, complimentary newspapers, desks, safes, direct-dial phones, bathrobes, bidets, makeup/shaving mirrors, slippers, and coffee/tea makers. Wired high-speed Internet access is provided. Amenities available on request include in-room massages, hair dryers, and irons/ironing boards.