Worth a visit because it's convenient and the walk up to the Shrine was fun for kids with many good eats. Also it's free to get in!
We came here to attend the wedding of our English niece to her Japanese fiance. A beautiful temple with so much to see and experience. The wedding was a traditional Shinto ceremony - very moving to watch. There were hawks circling above the shrine and if you climb to the top of the steps you can see right down through... More
Sometime it is difficult to appreciate a site when it is crowded with more peoples that you want to see. That was the case here..tourist and students just out of class and multiplying the number. This place was founded in the 12th century by Governor Minamoto Yoritomo. There were a great tree "Gingko" Buddha tree like, but the tree felt... More
There's no mind-bogglingly intricate wood carvings or anything, just a beautiful, well preserved, well kept, colorful Shinto shrine some 800+ years old. At the shrine's front, there is a promenade from which you can view the entirety of the complex below. Try to get there early as it can get pretty frenetic when the hoards of tourists arrive in the... More
While staying in Yokohama for a week we took a day trip to Kamakura, primarily to visit the Hase Giant Budda - and then discovered this beautiful shrine and it's 1,000 year old tree.
I happened across this shrine on the evening of August 6, 2013. There was a Japanese traditional dance performance going on, free of charge. It was a very interesting cultural aspect to watch.
In July, the beautiful lotus blossoms are blooming in the pond. There was a wedding the day we were there. The bride and groom, in traditional attire arrived via pedicab. There is a stand selling all types of charms for good health, good luck, and safety.There were some food vendors set up, and a goldfish game for the children.
The walk from the Kamakura station to the shrine is interesting. There are many small shops and places to eat along the way. I think the better quality souvenir shops though are parallel to the main shopping street. The shrine itself is interesting but very crowded with tour groups and school kids. I would not visit Kamakura specifically to see... More
I didn't find this shrine as interesting to visit as Hasedera Temple, but it's certainly bigger and the architecture is captivating, especially, at least for me, the roofing! We went in Golden Week, which was certainly a little silly as there were crowds of people from the station to the Shrine which was a ten to fifteen minute walk. People... More
Kamakura is a must day trip out of Tokyo given it takes only 50 minutes and you can use the pasmo travel cards. The shrine is very good but equally enjoyable are the shops you walk past from the station. They have quality range of items for sale, not junk tourist stuff, and some interesting foodstuffs.
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