Kamakura 鎌倉

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The city of the Great Buddha and Zen temples

As a former Japanese capital, now a top seaside resort, Kamakura, has many historic gems to explore. Here are our suggestions for the best places to visit to find out more about the city's rich history.

Kamakura, A Zen Influence

By choosing to establish, in 1192, the political and military center of Japan in Kamakura, the shogun (war general) Minamoto no Yoritomo permanently metamorphosed the small fishing town near Tokyo.

Having emerged victorious from the long civil war between the Minamoto and Taira clans, he established the country's first samurai government, called bakufu. Then began the Kamakura shogunate (1192-1333) and Japan's long feudal era, which did not end until the middle of the 19th century. During this period saw the introduction of Zen Buddhism into Japan - led by the monk Eisai (1141-1215), founder of the Rinzai Zen sect, returning from a trip to China - profoundly changed the face of the former capital. In total, the city of Kamakura is dotted with 65 Buddhist temples.

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Our activities in Kamakura

  • Duration : 8 hour
  • Location : Kamakura
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Our tours in Kamakura

  • Duration : 13 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Tokyo
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