Kamakura Pictures Guide, Japan
The bronze Daibutsu, i. e. Big Buddha, leading attraction in Kamakura, constructed in 1252 and originally inside a building that was deleted by a tsunami in 1495. Photo by Sailko.
Kamakura is on the coast about an hour from Tokyo and is one of Japan’s oldest capitals but hardly even a city now), dating from the 12th – 14th centuries. This ancient and attractive town, though generally jammed with tourists, is scattered with more than 70 well-preserved Buddhist shrines and temples. Unless you have organised a tour package – which is not a bad idea considering the complexity of Japanese transport systems – you will be jumping trains.
And after temple overload you could head for Kamakura’s not very appealing Zaimokuza beach, or go west a little to. . .
. . . Enoshima beach which is also coated with grey, muddy sand but is more spacious and activity-oriented. However, to see Mt Fuji from Enoshima beach/shrine you’ll need a very long lens and a bit of height.
Another popular day trip out of Tokyo is an hour on the Odakyu line to Odawara castle, just west along the coast from Kamakura, past Enoshima beach and shrine. Grandly styled, with imposing presence and home to a small, interesting museum of classic Japanese weaponry Odawara castle is hardly a must-see but could be the first stop of a busy day viewing the mountainous and scenic Hakone province, with views of Mt Fuji to boot. Odakyu rail stations sell a Hakone Free Pass for tourists which is good for all transport, including cable cars and boats across Ashinoko Lake.