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Kamakura: City of Nature, History and Tradition

Kamakura Farmers' Market

Matsuya no Ame (candy store)

Kitchoan Museum

The historic city of Kamakura is one of the most popular tourist spots in Japan, thanks to its numerous temples and shrines. Surrounded on three sides by hills and on the fourth side by the sea, Kamakura is a sanctuary blessed with a rich natural environment. Thanks to the mild climate, the city is also known for the high quality produce grown by the local farmers. Every day, a wide variety of vegetables are on sale in the Kamakura Farmers' Market, which was set up almost 90 years ago.
David Wells is a chef who lives and works in Japan, preparing Japanese cuisine. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, David visits the Kamakura Farmers' Market, meets the farmers and talks with the chefs who like to use the superb local ingredients. He learns that Kamakura is more than just a tourist attraction - it is a place where the local people enjoy a rich quality of life.

Kamakura Farmers' Market
The Kamakura Farmers' Market has been in operation since 1928. Known to local people as Renbai, it was set up as a place where Kamakura farmers can sell their fresh produce directly to customers.
Open daily 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Address: 1-13-10 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Pref.

Matsuya no Ame (candy store)
This store stands on Komachi-dori, the busiest street in Kamakura. The specialty is traditional Japanese confectionery. The shop staff has a special way of cutting their candies to attract customers.
Address: 1-5-38 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Pref.

Kitchoan Museum
This gallery has a permanent display of approximately 30 pieces of pottery made by Kitaoji Rosanjin, a talented ceramicist and renowned gourmet who lived in Kamakura from the 1920's. The exhibits include beautiful ceramic works, which were made to complement Japanese cuisine, as well as exquisite calligraphy and items of lacquerware.
Address: 2-9-1 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Pref.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is the most important Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura. It is both the geographical center of the city and also its spiritual heart.
Address: 2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Pref.

From Tokyo Station, there are direct trains to Kamakura on the JR Yokosuka Line. The journey takes just under 1 hour. You can also take the JR Tokaido Line to Fujisawa, then transfer to the Enoshima Electric Railway ("Enoden") and travel to Kamakura along the coast.

Travel Log - Traveler:

Travel Log

Traveler:David Wells

Japan is a very efficient country. This makes living here very convenient. So convenient, that it has this way of getting everyone on a perfectly prompt schedule. This unwavering efficiency has a way of giving me this urge to just get away. What I do is just put all this aside and allow my curiosity to take control. With my love of the culinary culture our journey begins by taking you off the beaten path, to an area that if visited, I am sure that it would become one of those "unforgettable" Journeys for you as it was for me.