The iconic Kamakura

10 years ago by in Travel

Sitting only 50km away from Tokyo, Kamakura is an excellent destination for a day trip.

This gorgeous little town is famous for its many temples, museums and prestigious historical heritage. Behind its beautiful beaches and delicious senbei lies, in fact, the richest of Japanese history: books often describe it as a former de facto capital of Japan during the shogunate period.

With such a pedigree, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pay a visit, and what a visit it was!

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū

A bride prepares for the moment of her life.
I was taken by the sheer beauty of the dress, she looked like a princess from ancient times, really something amazing.

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū

At the end of the ceremony, some tidying up of the dress.

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū

A view of Kamakura from atop the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū (鶴岡八幡宮), the most important shinto shrine in Kamakura.

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū

A miko (shrine maiden) climbs the stairs to the top of Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū.

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū

A herron living in the water ponds of Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū, the fella had just fished its meal!

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū

Two miko look at the herron in the previous image.

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū

Pigeons rest atop one of the shrine’s roofs.

Kōtoku-in

Amida budda at Kotoku-in (高徳院)

Kōtoku-in

A girl protects herself from the afternoon sun in Kōtoku-in.