June 17, 2012

Kamakura, ancient capital of samurai government

Kamakura (鎌倉) is suitable for one-day sightseeing from Tokyo. We can reach there around one or tow hour(s) by car or train from Tokyo. Kamakura was developed as a capital of government founded by a samurai called Minamoto Yoritomo (源頼朝) from the 12th to 14th centuries. Kamakura was allegedly chosen in terms of defense as it is surrounded by both mountains and sea. The samurais’ value made big influence on the culture, value, behavior pattern of Japanese. Additionally, zen(禅) was also highly developed under the samurai era and major Japanese Buddhism schools were commenced. Accordingly, there are a lot of temples, shrines, and other cultural heriatges to visit in Kamakura.
Kamakura Giant Buddha in Kotokuin
Kencho-ji (the first grade kamakura zen temple)
Since Kamakura is close to the sea, fresh seafood is also their specialty. I tasted sushi of "Gojo(五條)" , located on a hill. The interior is modern and chic. On the second floor, there are private Japanese-style rooms. The service is a bit slow and unflexible, but the taste is nice. Particularly sushi using local fishes is very fresh and tasty. After sushi, a dessert is also served. 
My rating is 2.5 out of 5. The taste itself is 4. If their service quality is further improved, my evaluation would be much better. Gochiso-samadeshita!

Gojo(五條) http://www.kamakura-gojo.com/

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