Kamakura is a prominent coastal town less than an hour south of Tokyo, with dozens of Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines. Once a political center of Japan, when Minamoto Yoritomo chose the city as the seat for his new military government in 1192. Today, Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers sand beaches that attract large crowds during the summer months.

Buddha at Kamakura