Japan: Kamakura

鎌倉 (Kamakura) is a former capital of Japan. It is famous for its many temples and for its 大仏 (big statue of Buddha). One can also enjoy hikes in the forest, with views of 横浜 (Yokohama) and of the sea.

Access from Tokyo city is easy

鎌倉 (Kamakura) is accessible by train, with direct lines from 東京 (Tokyo) or 新宿 (Shinjuku) stations.

Travel tips: Go to 若宮大路 (Wakamiya-oji street) during week-ends in spring; flowers are beautiful, and you may see brides and grooms in traditional garments coming back from a ceremony at 鶴岡八幡宮 (Tsurugaoka-hachimangu shrine). Also check the official web site of the city for information about events. Take a look at a for the location of temples and hiking courses.

Hikes are great and temples surprising

I went there in 2007

Please check the photos of my hike at the 天園ハイキングコース (Ten-en hiking course) in March 2007.