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Kamakura, Shonan, Yokosuka

The Shinto Ritual of Yabusame at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura (Autumn)

Yabusame is a type of traditional Japanese archery in which a rider on a running horse shoots arrows at a target. At Kamakura's Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine, Yabusame events are held in the spring during the Kamakura Matsuri and in the autumn at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Reitaisai festivals. As an event where the 800-year-history of samurai can be felt, it attracts a lot of people.

Enjoy the hydrangeas at Kanagawa Prefecture’s Meigetsu-in Temple!

Japan’s rainy season may be coming up, but there’s still plenty to look forward to! While June is generally wet and muggy, it’s also when varying colours of hydrangea begin to bloom beautifully all over Kanto. If you’re looking to see the flowers in all their glory, we suggest heading to the history-rich city of Kamakura, which was once the capital of Japan.

The Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri

All around Japan, Tanabata Matsuri, or "Star Festivals", are held in July. In Hiratsuka, Tanabata Matsuri started as a commercial promotion, but now its decorations are so gorgeous that it's said to be the best in Japan!

Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura’s Hall of the Great Buddha, Kotokuin)

The Great Buddha in Kotokuin, Kamakura’s Hall of the Buddha, has become a symbol of Kamakura.
The first thing that draws your attention to this Great Buddha is the sheer magnitude of its size.
The Great Buddha in Kamakura is 11.312 meters tall and weighs 121 tons. Its view is slanted downward, as if the Buddha is observing the people that visit.