Kamakura is a delightful hamlet with no fewer than 65 Buddhist temples and 19 shinto shrines. Most of there were built centuries ago when a warrior named Yoritomo Minamoto seized political power and established his shogunate government in Kamakura back in 1192. Yoritomo selected Kamakura because it was easy to defend the village enclosed on three sides by wooded hills and on the fourth by the sea.


It is said that early in the 7th century, local fishing folk hauled up a statue of the Goddess of Mercy (Kannon), and this led to Sensoji’s founding. Asakursa has long thrived as a temple town with Sensoji, at its heart. Nakamise, with almost 90 little shops on both sides of the street, is the ideal place to get Japanese souvenirs.



Located at the peak of Mt. Takao (599m), the Takao Visitor Center offers visitors information about the nature and history of the surrounding area.



Aizu is the westernmost of the three regions of Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, the other two regions being Nakadōri in the central area of the prefecture and Hamadōri in the east. As of October 1, 2010, it had a population of 291,838. The principal city of the area is Aizuwakamatsu.



Odawara occupies the Ashigara Plains, in the far western portion of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is bordered by the Hakone Mountains to the north and west, the Sakawa River to the east and Sagami Bay of the Pacific Ocean to the south.



Hakone is a town in Ashigarashimo discript in Kanagawa Prefevture, Japan. As of June 2012, the town had an estimated population of 13,492 and a population density of 145 persons per km². The total area was 92.82 km². Hakone has been designated as a Geopark by UNESCO.