To increase your chances of seeing Kamakura at its best, avoid coming at the weekend. The rest of the time this seaside town basks in the distinctly serene atmosphere exuded by over 60 religious edifices. Kamakura, both the homeland of Zen Buddhism and a firm friend of surfers, has somehow managed to reconcile such apparently contradictory facets. Nestled between the beaches and wooded hills, hedonism and meditation co-exist in this town that was the capital of Japan from 1192 for almost two centuries.
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