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.
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