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Shrines and Temples in Kamakura

A breath of fresh air just a short distance from Tokyo

Once you're done with the capital of Japan, why not try an ancient one? Just a couple of hours outside central Tokyo is the tranquil city of Kamakura. Little Kyoto, as it is known, lies beside the sea and is filled with temples (65) and shrines (15). Throughout the city steep forested hillocks burst upwards, little islands of nature above the streets. This lends the place a wild and peaceful feel. I spent an extremely relaxing afternoon hiking along the wooded ridges between the major sites. Highly recommended.

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