What to Expect
From JR Kamakura station we will walk on the famous approach to Hachiman-gu Shrine, called 'Dankazura Footway'. What makes this approach so unique is that the pedestrain's walkway was constructed in the center of the street dividing the road into two lanes. Also I will show you that the approach was made in the laws of perspective.
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine was remodeled by Minamoto-no Yoritomo, the first samurai Shogun who established the Kamakura Shogunate in the late 12th century. It had been a symbol of worship among the samurai worriers for nearly 700 years. Before going up the steps to the main shrine, visitors are supposed to wash their hands. It is quite an experience! I'll show you how to do it correctly.
You may throw coins into the offertory box, bow, clap your hands and pray. In addition, you may buy the votive tablet and write your wishes on it. Or you may just enjoy a good view of the approach and Torii gates from the main shrine. . After visiting other spots of interst in the shrine ground, let's take a bus to Hokoku-ji temple famous for the bamboo forest. There is a "Maccha Cafe" where you may drink a powdered green tea.
In Kamakura, you can't miss the Great Buddha that President Obama has visited. We take a pleasant ride on the Enoden tram to Hase station. This statue is designated as a national treasure. He has been sitting here in the open air for 600 years. He was restored 2 years ago. Now he looks cool right after his face lift.
Hase-dera Temple has many attractive spots such as the statue of 11-faced Kannon Bosatsu or the Goddess of Mercy, the wonderful view from the observation platform, the cavern called Benten-kutsu, the revolving book shelves, and the beautiful garden. There is a restaurant with a good view.
You may reach the historical heritages within one hour from Tokyo. I would like to help you experience the traditional customs and spend unforgettable moments in Kamakura. The city is situated between Tokyo and Hakone, internationally known for the hot spring, lake and the good view of Mt.Fuji. In less than an hour, you may get to Odawara station, the gateway to Hakone after my Kamakura tour.
So why not join my Kamakura tour. I am waiting for your reservation.