Experience Japan's spiritual realm as you visit ancient temples, and historical Shines. Surrounded by mountains on three sides and the open water of Sagami Bay on the fourth, Kamakura is a natural fortress. During the Heian period it was the chief city of the Kanto region, and from the 12th through 14th centuries the Minamoto shoguns ruled Japan from here under what is known as the Kamakura Shogunate. Kamakura a popular tourist destination and often called the "Kyoto of Eastern Japan" for its vast number of historically significant Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and historical Kotoku-in, with the monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha.
The day starts with a tour of Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine, the most important shrine in Kamakura. Originally built in 1063, near Yuigahama, it was dedicated to the Emperor Ojin. Minamoto, the founder of the Kamakura shogunate, moved it to its present location in 1191 and invited Hachiman, the god worshipped popularly among warriors, to reside there and guard the government. Next, we stroll along Wakamiya-oji, famous for the hundreds of cheery trees that line it, and climb the 61 steps to visit the Senior shrine, constructed by Tokugawa, the 11th Tokugawa shogun. After visiting the Hachimangu Shrine we enjoy a superb view of Kamakura and the sea from Hasedera Temple before taking a short walk to visit the symbol of Kamakura, the Great Buddha, which is 11.312 meters high and made with 121 tons of copper, the second largest Buddha statue in Japan.