Kamakura Daibutsu and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu in Kamakura

Kamakura was where Minamoto-no Yoritomo established the Kamakura Bakufu or military government in 1192.

It is home to many famous temples and historical sites and remains very popular with visitors. It takes just about an hour by train from Tokyo station.

In the Komachi-dori, lined on both sides with stalls, restaurants and souvenir shops.

The most famous site is the Kamakura Daibutsu, one of Japan's most often photographed landmarks.

The statue we know today may date from 1252, when a wooden temple surrounded the statue.

That buildings was swept away in 1495 by a tsunami and the current outdoor location of the Daibutsu remained.

This famous shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is located a ten-minute walk from Kamakura Station.

In the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, the extensive grounds contain many buildings but also plenty of natural greenery.

You will have to go up the long 61 steps to the Hongu.

Beside the steps is a big ginkgo tree, which is said to be over 1,000 years old.

The view from the main shrine(Hongu) is outstanding.

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