Hachimangu & Komachi-dori or Hokokuji
Discover Kamakura ancient and modern, from 12th to 21st century
- East Exit Kamakura Station
Starting at 10am, the tour leaves the meeting point by the East Exit of Kamakura Station and heads for Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, built in the 12th century by the first shogun, Minamoto Yoritomo. Various sites on the sprawling grounds are visited, such as Taiko-bashi, the Genpei ponds, and Maiden Prayer Hall, after which tour guests climb some 60 stone steps to the Main Shrine. All the while, Peter recounts the tumultuous history of the Kamakura Shogunate which ruled Japan from 1185 to 1333. From the shrine, the tour wanders down Komachi-dori, a pedestrian street lined with shops and stalls, offering fascinating glimpses of present-day Japanese culture. Or guests may choose to go to Hokokuji Temple instead, famed for its graceful bamboo grove and Japanese dry garden.
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