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Choukouzan Hikigayatsu Myohonji

長興山 比企谷 妙本寺

http://www.myohonji.or.jp/english/ (En)

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  I like this old temple most in Kamakura because of its dignity and deep forested approach.  Myohonji is loved by Kamakura fans but it's usually very quiet.  It's recommended to visit there while feeling the calm atmosphere and walking around the large grounds with some seasonal flowers.

  That temple also has some stories related to the ancient Bushi family and a Buddhist priest called Nichiren. 

by Bonzo

(Soba noodle house)

  Myohonji is an old temple that was built in the Kamakura period.  It's one of the most Kamakura like temples in the Bushi warrior times, which is simple but has the dignity.

  That place called Hiki Valley old days is deeply forested and some streetlights turn on in the evening.  It's not the illumination but I think that the scenery of the temple halls under the every day's streetlights is also good to see. 

by Ushio

(Lidging & Eatery)

  Myohonji is located near Kamakura Station in the center of the city, but it's very quiet and surrounded by a lot of green trees.

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by ARMORIQUE

(Crepe house)

  This is an old temple built in the times of the Kamakura successor races (13C).  Entering through the front gate, you would walk along the approach in the sunlight filtering through trees before reaching the main building.

  Myohonji Temple stands in the relatively large precincts as a Kamakura temple and is very quiet and peaceful.  I would like Kamakura visitors to visit it.

  It is said that the monk who prayed for a lady ghost in the story of Onme-sama (Daigyoji Temple) met her soul on the way to Myohonji Temple.

by INOUE KAMABOKO

(Japanese foods)

 

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Roku Jizo

六地蔵

   

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  The Kamakura Shogunate executed many people while prompting the enactment of laws. Criminals were sentenced to death penalty at Monchujo (問注所, Old Kamakura High Court) that was built near the current Kamakura station westside and were killed at the execution site in Yuigahama.

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bySOU INOUE

 (Deli)

 Look at the six cute Jizo (guardian deity of children) standing quietly at a crossing of the streets.   It is regrettable if you miss them in a rush to cross the street..
  They are so famous as this cross roads is named Roku jizo cross-road.

by HAHABI

 (Ramen house)

 

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Sasuke Inari Jinja

佐助稲荷神社

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English Omikuji (おみくじ, fortune slip) is available 

 

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Shijyosan Shugenji

四条山 収玄寺

http://www001.upp.so-net.ne.jp/shugenji/ (Jp)

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  This temple is not big.  But it still has a long history and loved by the Kamakura fans for a variety of flowers in the garden.  So, it is called " Flower temple".

  It's about 10 minutes on foot from here.  Taking Enoden for one section, it's just one minute from the Hase station.  Shugenji is near Hasedera Temple.

by Feng Long

 (Chinese eatery)

  Shugenji is a very tiny, beautiful temple.  Many people know Hasedera Temple and The great Buddha as the visiting spots around here but this lovely temple also has a Kamakura History.

  We would like to recommend you to drop in at Shugenji on the way to Hasedera Temple.

by SYMPOSION

(Italian restaurant)

 

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Daizozan Sugimotodera

大蔵山 杉本寺

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Rinzai Engakuji sect Shokozan Tokeiji

臨済宗円覚寺派 松岡山 東慶寺

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   We can enjoy seasonal scenery with hydrangea and autumn leaves around the external stairways up to the Temple Gate.  It's beautiful garden and the Buddhist hall with the mountain in the back are also good to see.  

  So, I like that temple and want to recommend visiting.

 

  It's a Zen temple now, but when it was fouded in the 13 century it was a nunnery temple that had been known for hundreds of years as a place of hiding a women escaping from their husband.  Tokeiji was called Kakekomi Dera (駆け込み寺, sanctuary) those days.

by Casen

 (Wagashi cafe)

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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

鶴岡八幡宮

http://www.tsurugaoka-hachimangu.jp/ (En)

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  I go to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu for Hatsumodé (初詣, the first worship-visit in each year), since it's close from our cafe.  That symbolic shrine founded by Yoritomo Minamoto in the late 12C is always busy with many worshipers, but it becomes more lively during the New Year Holidays.

  

  There is a peony garden called Botan-en in a big bond and other seasonal views with cherry blossoms, lotus, and autumn leaves around that pond are also the great attraction of the shrine. 

by albicocca.

 (Italian cafe)

  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu placed in the center of Kamakura city is recommended as a visiting spot. You could enjoy seasonal flower viewing and some popular events such as Yabusame archery and Shizuka Dance etc.

  Founder of Toshimaya was one of the Kamakura residents who admired that shrine much and decided to make sable modelling a pigeon, the symbol of Hachimangu.

by  Toshimaya

 (Sable)

  A variety of sight seeing spots can be chosen in Kamakura.  Among them, we would like to recommend Tsurugaoka Hachimangu 鶴ヶ丘八幡宮 as the first place to visit.

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Shizuka's Dance 静の舞

  Shizuka was a girl in Kyoto, known as a good Shirabyoshi and Yoshitsune's girl friend.

 

  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu holds some events such as horseback archery and Shizuka's dance in the annual festival.

by Sangosho

(Curry, Steak)

  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu 鶴岡八幡宮 is one of the most important historical shrines in Kamakura and can be recommended as the best tourist spot that is worth visiting.

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Dankazura 段葛

by WAHINE

(Asian cuisine)

 

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu ("gu"means Shrine) was built in the later 12th century by Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder of Kamakura Shogunate.  I would recommend it to the visitors because of its large-scale as well as the Great Buddha Kotoku-in.

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byNakayama Touken

(Antique Samurai gear)

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Wadazuka

和田塚

   

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  The Enoden station's name here came from the graves of the Wada family.  They were defeated in a battle in the early 13th Century of the Kamakura period.  That is the nearest public spot from our cafe.

by Mu Shin An

 (Japanese sweets)

  A long time ago, there was a big struggle for power here in Kamakura.  Wadazuka is the grave for the Wada family who lost in the fight.  Wada (family name) + Zuka (burial mound) is now the name of the station, too.

by Fujii

 (Japanese eatery)

 

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Yoshiya Nobuko Memorial

吉屋信子記念館

https://www.city.kamakura.kana...(Jp)

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  Bungaku-kan museum is the western style and this monumental house has the Japanese taste.  It is also enjoyable to just see the exterior and photos expressing the old Kamakura life.

  It opens seasonally, so you had better check it's schedule to the Kamakura City Tourist association etc. beforehand.

by Tsuruya

 (Grilled eel dishes)

  Nobuko Yoshiya is a novelist in the middle of 20th century.  She spent her last years in Kamakura and her house was donated to Kamakura city as a gallery.

  It would be enjoyable to just see her house and the exibitions of photos of the novelists.  But unfortunately, it is open for the limited period only.

by KOKE-SHKA

(Japanese craft KOKESHI)

 

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Zeniaraibenzaiten ugafukujin jinja

銭洗弁財天宇賀福神社

(Zeniarai Benten 銭洗弁天)

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  Although I'm a Kamakura people, actually I don't go so much to shrines and temples.  When I guide friends, I will take them to Zeniarai Benten.

  Entering the entrance that was tunneled mountains, there is a cave where we wash money expecting more returns. They are all pleased when they are taken to Zeniarai Benten.

by Île Saint Louis

  (Cake)

  One of the ever popular Kamakura tourist spots is this shrine.  That is located in the middle of a steep up-hill street toward the Genjiyama Park.

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by INOUE KAMABOKO

(Japanese foods)

 

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Rinzai Engakuji sect Kinpyozan Zuisenji

臨済宗円覚寺派 錦屏山 瑞泉寺

http://www.kamakura-zuisenji.or.jp/en/index.html

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  We recommend Zuisenji that stands quietly at the foot of mountain.  That temple is a very highly ranked temple since it was founded in the end of the Kamakura period.

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by SARYO Inoue

 (Japanese restaurant)

 

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