09 Mar Exploring Kamakura
We visited Kamakura!
We took the weekend to forget our busy internship and city life in Tokyo and took the train to visit Kamakura.
Kamakura (鎌倉) is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, just less than an hour south of Tokyo.
Kamakura became the political center of Japan, when Minamoto Yoritomo chose the city as the seat for his new military government in 1192. The Kamakura government continued to rule Japan for over a century, first under the Minamoto shogun and then under the Hojo regents.
After the decline of the Kamakura government in the 14th century and the establishment of its successor, the Muromachi or Ashikaga government in Kyoto, Kamakura remained the political center of Eastern Japan for some time before losing its position to other cities.
Today, Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments. In addition, Kamakura’s sand beaches attract large crowds during the summer months.
We took our Zenterns first to a Ghibli shop close to Kamakura station
We made a new friend here, he’s our youngest Zentern!
Our tour guide, Toru-san had many interesting stories to tell about the place and meaning behind every temple.Great Buddha (Kotoku-in)