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Kamakura, the former political capital of Japan, is an enchanting melange of history, spirituality and culture

Photo Credit: Anita Rao Kashi

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By Team Lounge
Published Mar 05, 2024

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The Hase-dera temple is one of Kamakura’s three most important temples

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Kamakura is a maze of narrow lanes with pretty houses sitting cheek by jowl with some 80 temples

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There are hundreds of statues dedicated to Jizo, the delightful, baby-faced deity who is the protector of women, children and travellers

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From the 12th to the 14th century, Kamakura was the reigning city of Japan, after which the power centre moved to Kyoto

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The picturesque Hachiman-gu Shinto shrine, dating to the 11th century, is dedicated to the deity of martial arts

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The Kotoku-in temple, home to the Great Buddha statue or Daibutsu, is one of the most recognisable Buddhist temples in Japan

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At its height, the city was a bustling centre for not just politics but also culture, arts and religion

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