Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Komachi-dori Tour

Starting from Kamakura Station, the tour proceeds along Wakamiya-Oji Dori ("Young Prince Avenue"), built by Minamoto Yoritomo to pray for the safe delivery of his first son, and culminates at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Japan's third most important Shinto shrine, also built

by the first shogun, with stops by the giant red torii at the entrance to the shrine complex,

the Taiko Bridge that was once reserved for the shogun's exclusive use, the Genji-Heike Ponds filled with lotuses in bloom in summer, the Maiden prayer hall, and other places of interest on the sprawling grounds, including the Great Stone Steps leading up to the Main Shrine, from where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the city and surrounding mountains. 

 

From the shrine, the tour goes down Komachi-dori, the city's main tourist hub, a bustling street lined on both sides with shops and stalls, each one packed with its own colorful display of sweets and snacks (some of which are Kamakura specialities), souvenirs and novelties, arts and crafts, from trinkets to fine jewelry made by local artisans. Cafes and restaurants serve food varying from sushi to spaghetti. 

The Great Buddha & Hasedera Temple Tour

 

From Kamakura Station, the tour guests take a short bus ride to Kotokuin Temple, home of the Great Buddha, or Daibutsu, a monumental bronze statue measuring 11.4 meters tall. Cast in 1252,  this revered icon has stood out in the open air since the original temple was swept away by a tsunami in the late 15th century. Here Peter will recount the history as well as the significance of the architectural features of this national cultural treasure.  

 

From the Great Buddha, a stroll past quaint shops selling all sorts of snacks and souvenirs

takes the tour guests to another must-see tourist destination, Hasedera, a cluster of temples spread out on several levels, with beautiful traditional Japanese-style gardens, koi (Japanese carp) ponds, caves with wall carvings, and many other points of historical, cultural and architectural interest. Inside the main temple at the top stands a mysterious eleven-headed Kannon statue, said to have been washed ashore on Sagami Bay. From an observation deck, the tour guests can enjoy a sweeping view of the same bay. The tour ends at Hase Station on

the vintage Enoden Line for the short journey back to Kamakura Station.  

 

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