What to Expect
We start the tour from the great Buddha in Kotokuin temple. The statue was originally built in the mid-13th century. This is the second largest statue in Japan with 12 meters tall and 121 tons in weight and the only national treasure in Kamakura. Hase temple is located in a few minutes’ walk from the great Buddha. It is famous for the gilded statue of Kannon-Bosatsu which is one of the largest wooden statue in Japan with 10 meters high. We have lunch at a popular restaurant near the seashore in this area.
In the afternoon, we visit Hokokuji Temple first. It's a Zen sect temple and famous for the beautiful bamboo grove. Zen Buddhism was introduced in Japan in the end of 12th century from China and had flourished here in Kamakura. And then we walk to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine on a quiet backstreet along a river. The shrine was originally built in the end of the 12th century by Minamoto Yoritomo, the first shogun of Kamakura shogunate. Kamakura had developed since then centering on this shrine. On the way back to Kamakura station, we pass through Komachi street where you can enjoy shopping for souvenirs.
Kamakura is an old city built by samurai warriors in the end of the 12 century. Its atmosphere is completely different from the another old city built by emperors and aristocrats, Kyoto. Let's find the attractions of the old city which reflect samurai's spirits of simplicity and fortitude through this full-day walking tour.