Kamakura flourished as the seat of the nation's first Shogun some eight hundred years ago and experienced both prosperity and tragedy. And it was Kamakura that gave rise to today's major Buddhist sects in Japan.
Though its glory was lost long time ago, the town still preserves the legacy of Samurai and Buddhist culture.
J&Y Tour Plans : Private Excursion to Kamakura from Tokyo
Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine has always been the center of all the activities in Kamakura since the end of the 12th century.
13-m-tall Big Buddha, constructed in the 13th century, is sitting in an open-air. He is an eyewitness of the rise and fall of Kamakura.
Engakuji-Temple ranks the second in the Five Greatest Zen Temples in Kamakura.
Silence prevails at a bamboo garden. Sipping a bowl of green tea brings you a serene mind.
Tokeiji "Divorce" Temple offered sanctuary to the poor wives who wanted to end their marriage in old days when women were not allowed to divorce their husbands. Its museum displays old documents and artifacts.
Hase Kannon at Hase Temple is the tallest wooden-made Buddhist statue at almost ten-meter tall. There's a legend behind it.

Kamakura, the Gourmet Town !
Kamakura is a great place to enjoy traditional cuisine, including vegetarian food for monks.
Souvenir of Kamakura "Dove Cookies :
Cookies in the shape of a dove, a symbol of Kamakura and messenger of the god.