Komachi dori street, way to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu in Kamakura
Kamakura is a great Buddhist city, home to many shrines and temples with histories extending into the middle ages.
Komachi-dōri street, located just outside the east exit of Kamakura Station, is lined with old stores, souvenir shops, and Japanese restaurants. It’s an indispensable stop on any trip to Kamakura, visited by many tourists each year.
When it was first established, it started as a random collection of locally-oriented shops, but as times changed it has been introduced as one of Japan’s leading tourist areas, frequently appearing in television and magazines.
Komachi means “small town”; Kamakura also has an area called Ōmachi, or “large town”. At the time when they were named, Ōmachi was the more populous and lively of the two, and Komachi was small by comparison.
”Dōri” means “street”. And so, the street in the smaller Komachi became known as Komachi-dōri. These days, sightseers and religious visitors enjoy sampling the food as they stroll down it on their way to Tsurugaoka Hachimangū.
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