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KANTO

‘Modern Kamakura Guidebook’

KANAGAWA PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF CULTURAL HISTORY

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

The city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, is a popular tourist destination that attracts around 19 million visitors a year, many of whom visit from nearby Tokyo. It became increasingly popular during the Edo Period (1603-1867), when pilgrimages to its Buddhist sites became a fashionable pastime. It further flourished during the Meiji Era (1868-1912) after the construction of a railway network made it a more accessible holiday destination for wealthy families.

On show are are traditional artifacts and photos that document Kamakura’s history as a tourist spot, as well as a number of the area’s popular local souvenirs; till March 24.

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History; (045) 201-0926; 5-60 Minami Naka-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama; Bashamichi Station, Toyoko Line. 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ¥700. Closed Mon. ch.kanagawa-museum.jp.