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鎌倉七口, Old cut roads

- Back to the Kamakura period -


  We nowadays access to Kamakura easily by taking driving roads and railways.

  However, people in the ancient times could have only limited routes to enter Kamakura that was naturally blocked by the mountains and the sea.

  They called that village "Kamakura Castle".


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  It would be fun to take a walk through the old roads while thinking about the old travelers and Samurai who fought against the Kamakura Shogunate those days.


  There are so called "Kamakura Seven Entrances" that are the old cut roads through the mountains.  The Kamakura Shogunate perfected them for convenience.  On the other hand, they designed those roads to prevent the invasion from the enemies.


  Some of them were re-built in the modern age and we daily use them as the regular roads, the other routes remain as Kamakura Hiking Trails.


* It doesn't necessarily mean that the remaining old cut roads are exactly the same as those in the Kamakura period due to the maintenance for the degradation over time, but they are good enough to feel the ancient times.


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Cut Road


Cut road



Kamegayatsu zaka






Cut road



* Mandala Caves is in the Nagoe Cut road.


   Map of Old Cut Roads  


  It would be a good choice to get to the far side entrance first by bus and go back to the center of the city by taking a hiking trail.


Check the check box "Hiking Trail"in the map, along with "Local train & bus"for the bus routes.


Notes on Kamakura Hiking Trails

* Be sure to get out before it gets dark.

  - There are some spots where a side or both sides of the walk path fall sharply.  Some spots have the hand rail, but the others do not, so it's dangerous to walk in the dark.


* Wear sneakers, preferably hiking-boots.

 - Even if the road surface is dry as the whole, the lower places which usually run along a stream are likely to be wet with mud.

 - If there is a rainy day in the past few days, the road surface must be muddy even on a fine day.  Hiking-boots are much preferable.   Sneakers are not good enough in that case.


  Seaside entrances  


  It is said that old people took the coastal ways in addition to the cut roads through the mountains.

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