Kamakura Half Day
- "In this tour, you will visit ancient capital, Kamakura. Kotokuin is a Buddhist temple that enshrines Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Kamakura), a colossal copper image of Amitabha Buddha (national treasure). With a height of 11.4 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple. The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall. However, the temple buildings were destroyed multiple times by typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th and 15th centuries. Thus, the Buddha has been standing in the open air since 1495. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is Kamakura's most important shrine. It was founded by Minamoto Yoriyoshi in 1063, and enlarged and moved to its current site in 1180 by Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder and first shogun of the Kamakura government. The shrine is dedicated to Hachiman, the patron god of the Minamoto family and of the samurai in general. The deified spirits of the ancient Emperor Ojin who has been identified with Hachiman, Hime-gami and Empress Jingu are enshrined at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Komachi Street spreads from the rotary in front of Kamakura station to the north toward Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine. According to legend, it started as a market opened in front of the shrine. Today, the street is lined with over 250 restaurants, boutiques, fancy cafes, Japanese-style sweet cafes, and stores selling souvenirs and sundry articles unique to the ancient city."
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