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Kamakura is also known for its beautiful gardens, including the Hase-dera temple garden and the Kencho-ji temple garden. These meticulously manicured gardens offer visitors a tranquil and peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and are a popular spot for relaxation and contemplation.

The city’s coastline is also a major draw for visitors, with several beautiful beaches and scenic coastal walks. Yuigahama Beach, located just a short walk from Kamakura station, is a popular spot for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. The nearby Enoshima Island also offers stunning views of the coastline and is home to several historic landmarks and attractions.

Kamakura is also renowned for its traditional craft of Kamakura-bori, a unique form of woodcarving that dates back over 800 years. The intricate designs carved into wood and lacquered for a beautiful and durable finish are inspired by the natural world, with motifs including flowers, birds, and animals. Many shops and studios in Kamakura specialize in Kamakura-bori, and visitors can watch the artisans at work and even take a workshop to learn the craft themselves.

No visit to Kamakura would be complete without a visit to the famous Great Buddha, or Daibutsu, which stands at an impressive 44 feet tall and weighs in at 121 tons. This bronze statue is located at the Kotoku-in temple, which was originally built in the 13th century. Visitors can enter the statue and climb up to the observation deck inside for a unique perspective of the surrounding area.

Whether you’re interested in history, culture, traditional crafts, gardens, or beaches, Kamakura offers something for everyone. With its unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and traditional crafts, Kamakura is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Japan.

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