Kamakura one day tour

by Eddy - Japan Licensed Guide
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Highlights:
1) Great Buddha statue and Hasedera temple
2) Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine and Komachi street

■ Great Buddha statue
In the Kotoku-in temple near the Hase area of Kamakura, there is the Great Buddha statue.

Kamakura one day tour

The bronze statue of Amita-Budda  was erected in the middle of 13th century.  It used to sit inside the temple building, but the building was washed away by tsunami about 500years ago.  Weight approx. 121 t,     Height approx. 13.35 m,    Face approx. 2.35 m,  Eye approx. 1 m


 ■ Hasedera temple

This temple is famous not only for its Buddhist statues but also for its gardens.

Kamakura one day tour

The principle Buddhist statue is an eleven -faced Kannon Boddhisattva, which believed to have been carved from the same camphor(Shounou in Japanese) tree as the statue at Hasedera in Nara.   From the lookout platform you can see the view over Kamakura city and out towards the ocean.

Kamakura one day tour

Gardens in the Hasedera templle are beautiful. Hydrangeas are in bloom in spring and colored leaves are beautiful in fall. There are Zen gardens, too.

Kamakura one day tour

■ Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine in Kamakura

Enoshima dentetsu train  and  the  Toriigate of the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine

Kamakura one day tour

■ Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine

It is Kamakura’s most important shrine. It is dedicated to the god of war, and is a guardian shrine of the Minamoto family who originated the Kamakura shogunate in the late 12th century.
Kamakura one day tour

Votive tablets called Ema  and a pond of the shrine

Kamakura one day tour

■ Komachi street

Along the Komachi street, there are many shops selling paper crafts, sweets, kimonos, and more.Kamakura one day tour

■ About Kamakura

Kamakura is located about an hour and half from Tokyo by train. It is where the first Shogunate was established in the late 12th century. Kamakura has been the center of politics for 140 years.

Kamakura is home to many Zen temples, because Zen Buddhism has flourished thanks to the Shogunate’s special patronage. Among them, the Kenchoji temple is famous. It is the top ranked Rinzai Zen temple established in the mid-13th century. It has many splendid structures including the Butsuden hall in which the gorgeous dragon picture is painted on the ceiling. Vegetable soup called “Kenchin-jiru” is said to be originated by priests of the Kencho-ji.

 

 

 

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27 May 2018

Eddy

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