What to Expect
Kamakura, one hour from Tokyo station, thirty minutes from Yokohama, is the town where first Samurai capital flourished between 1185 and 1333. Under the feudal government populist Buddhism and Zen sect was spread. Many temples were built and various Buddha statues were crafted.
This one day trip takes you both popular and serene spots in the first city of Samurai including Great Buddha, Hase-dera Temple, Hokoku-ji Temple.
Great Buddha or Daibutsu, 11.4 meter bronze statue is the most iconic sight in Kamakura. You can duck inside to see how the sculptors pieced the 850-tonne statue together.
Hase-dera Temple is famous for a 9 meter high carved wooden 11-faced Kannon statue. According to legend, the temple dates back to AD736, when the statue is said to have washed up on the shore near Kamakura.
Hokoku-ji Temple or Bamboo Temple is a Zen temple established in 1334. Moso bamboo grows in the temple and forms a serene garden.