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In the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa, which is not far from the capital, tourists can visit a relatively not big city – Kamakura. Tourists from all over the world enjoy arriving here because of a big number of historic landmarks and monuments, many of which are very old. Moreover, a mild climate and an amazing location in a forest area make Kamakura one of the best resort cities in Japan. Minamoto no Yoritomo was the founder of Kamakura. In 1180, this shogun and his army came to this part of the country. Minamoto was impressed by the beauty of the area and its spectacular forests that looked like giants protecting this place. He decided to settle in this region and build a residence here. Initially, he built a fortress that could protect him from enemies. Minamoto used the surrounding forest as a guard. This is where the Japanese bakufu government was working as well. The Kamakura Shogunate existed until the 30s of the 14th century. After its fall, the shogun’s residence became abandoned, and the settlement slowly became an ordinary village. When the Meiji period started in 1868 with the reign of Emperor Matsuhito, Japan ended its self-isolation policy and started developing into a first-world country. Approximately at the same time, numerous Japanese artists and writers paid their attention to Kamakura. They were impressed by the beauty of the place and were praising its nature and landscapes in their works. The Japanese village became popular in the country. … Read further

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Kamakura sightseeing

In 1928, a museum opened in Kamakura. The main aim of this establishment was to preserve the unique art and crafts of the country for the next generations. The collection of the Kamakura Museum of National Treasures is very big and contains roughly five thousand different items including sculptures, paintings, and various craftworks made by local artisans. Nowadays, the building of the Kamakura Museum of National … Open

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A taxi can be an alternative to renting a car. Billing here is not per kilometer, but per every 280 meters. The minimum cost of this lap is 82 cents. Furthermore, for every additional 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the journey, you will need to pay another 80 cents. If you need to get from one region of the country to another in the shortest possible time, you can take advantage of domestic air travel, represented by airplanes, as well as helicopters. Sea transport is used to travel between the islands of Japan, which are located in the southern part of the country. You can also get to the neighboring states on ferries and on cruise liners to undertake an unforgettable adventure. … Open

Overview of festivals and celebrations in Japan

The cherry blossom festival “Hanami” enjoys the love of the Japanese who are extremely sensitive to the process of observing flowering trees. Sakura blooms lasts for only a few days and when the cold comes, the flowering period lasts only a few hours. In addition to natural beauty, the locals see a profound meaning in this, which consists of the fragility and transience of human life. Sakura’s blooming begins at different times in different cities. Officially, the beginning of the holiday is announced when the first flower blossoms in the trees near the ancient Buddhist shrine of Yasukuni in Tokyo. This usually occurs in the middle or end of March. … Open

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