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    Kamakura's Hasedera sculptures

This morning, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you by train (one hour) to the coastal town of Kamakura - the former de facto capital of Japan as the seat of the Shogunate during the Kamakura Period (1185 – 1333). At that time Kamakura was the largest city in the world - today it is a pleasant small, sleepy seaside town with numerous temples, shrines and other attractions. 

With your guide, you will visit the following temples: 

  • Hokokuji Temple, also known as ‘Bamboo Temple’ due to its stunning garden featuring over 2000 bamboo trees.
  • Jomyoji Temple, one of the Five Great Zen Temples in Kamakura
  • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamkakura’s most important shrine dedicated to Hachiman, the patron god of Samurai.
  • Engakuji, one of Eastern Japan’s most famous Zen temples
  • Meigetsu-in Temple, also known as the ‘Flower Temple’ due to its garden of beautiful hydrangeas.
  • Tokeiji Temple, a former nunnery which is home to the Suigetsu (water moon) Kannon, said to be the most beautiful Kannon statue in Kamakura.

After the tour is finished, your guide will bring you back to Kamakura station where you can board the train back to Tokyo. You'll be out for the full day