It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

by Junichi

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Why did MINAMOTO no Yoritomo establish the Kamakura Bakufu (Japanese feudal government headed by a shogun) in Kamakura? Because it was good place to defense. Kamakura is surrounded by mountains on its three sides--the east, north, and west--except the south facing the sea. Although your guide just explain it, do you want to feel by yourself? This is a route with approaching form Kamakura-yama Mountain.

In 794 Emperor Kanmu relocated the capital to Kyoto. The place of capital called Heiankyo. The capital had been there for about one thousand years. Although the head of state was the emperor, government was controlled by noblemen. TAIRA no Kiyomori, who was a head of a samurai family, broke the noblemen controlled government and became de facto top of the government. Kiyomori's family member, they were called Heike, behaved like noblemen and didn't prepare for battles.
MINAMOTO no Yoritomo defeated Heike and established his military government in Kamakura. He wanted to remove the influence from the emperor and noblemen, so he chose the site where was far from Kyoto. At that time Kyoto was the capital and Kamakura was the site of government.

The common route to visit Kamakura using public transportation is taking JR Yokosuka line and getting off at Kita-Kamakura station or Kamakura station. Another approach I recommend is to go over Kamakura-yama Mountain. You can experience the scenes to understand why MINAMOTO no Yoritomo chose this place for his Kamakura Bakufu.

JR Tokaido LineIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.
We take Tokaido Line or Yokosuka Line from Tokyo or Yokohama to get to Ofuna station.
Yokosuka LineIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.
Kan-non Bodhisattva Statue in OfunaIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Ticket Office at Ofuna stationIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.
I'll pick you up at your hotel or let's meet here in front of Ticket Office at Ofuna station.

Shonan Monorail Ofuna stationIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.
Taking Shonan Monorail here. This kind of suspended monorail is like an attraction of the amusement park.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Get off at Shonan-fukasawa StationIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.
Wow, I was in luck seeing Mt. Fuji!

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Strawberry field near the stationIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.
Mishima Jinja ShrineIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Meoto-ike pondIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Narrow path and lots of stepsIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Kamakura-yama Mountain's Stone MonumentIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

An old style house gateIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Kamakura-yama Jinja ShrineIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

A scene from Kamakura-yama MountainIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.
You can see how Kamakura is surrounded by Mountains and ocean.

Narrow path in Kamakura-yamaIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Windy oceanIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Historical spot Inamura-ga-sakiIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Enoshima Dentetsu Train carsIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.
and Gokuraku-ji Temple Station. Gokuraku means 'HEAVEN.'

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

From here I'll take you anywhere you would like to go. Going to Enoshima to eat some good seafood.

EnoshimaIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Or going to meet Daibutus Giant Buddha.

Giant BuddhaIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Or Hase-dera Temple.

Hase-dera TempleIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

 It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Or famous Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine.

Tsurukaoka-hachiman-gu ShrineIt will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

It will fascinate you approaching Kamakura from a different viewpoint.

Or going to tranquil Zen Temples in Kitakamakura.

Sorry no photograph

One day trip in Kamakura is fun!


16 Dec 2016

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1 year ago Traveler: Lee -   Tour Guide: Junichi

Language barrier, walking infront at most of times. But his knowledge in japan history is good.
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