Kamakura is a quaint, historic town just an hour south of Tokyo by train. Dotted with beautiful temples and endowed with a casual black sand beach, Kamakura is everything Tokyo isn't. Visitors who are looking for the other side of Japan with only a day to spare will enjoy the grace and style of Kamakura.
This town is most famous for a large statue of the Buddha or the Diabutsu, although there are many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, including 5 Mahayana (Zen) temples. About 7 hiking paths also cris-cross Kamakura, so you can enjoy a bit of nature as well. While much of the architecture was originally built in the 12th and 13th centuries when Kamakura served as the capitol of Japan, many temples and shrines have been reconstructed numerous times due to earthquakes and tidal waves.
Kamakura is an easy day trip from Tokyo, and highly recommended if you do not have time to venture further in Japan. Just take the JR Yokosuka line south; you can stop at the Kita Kamakura stop and walk south towards town, or go from the Kamakura stop and head east towards the beach.
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