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Inamuragasaki, Kamakura

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Inamuragasaki is a cape at the western end of Yuigahama (Beach) in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The cape divides Yuigahama from Shichirigahama (Beach) and Enoshima. Its name seems to stem from its shape, similar to a stack of rice at harvest time (an inamura). At its foot on the Shichirigahama side there is a park, the Inamuragasaki Park.HistoryBecause the ancient Tōkaidō highway passed along the sea south of this cape before heading to the Miura Peninsula, before the opening of the Gokuraku Pass Inamuragasaki was the traditional point of entry to Kamakura at the time of the Kamakura shogunate. Now crossed by a road (see photo), it used to be impassable by land and was therefore one of the natural defenses that made Kamakura an impregnable fortress.For this reason, it appears often in the historical record. It is first mentioned in the Genpei Jōsuiki because the Miura clan in 1180 crossed it twice to go rescue Minamoto no Yoritomo at the battle of Ishibashiyama. The troops didn't arrive in time, Yoritomo was defeated and the Miura had to go back the way they had come.The cape then appears in the Kaidōki because its author in 1223 passed it to enter Kamakura. Inamuragasaki is also mentioned in the Azuma Kagami, the Man'yōshū, the Heike Monogatari and the Taiheiki, although the first two call it with its old name, Mikoshinosaki.
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Where to stay in Kamakura

Given the easy access from Tokyo via a number of public transport options, the vast majority of visitors to Kamakura choose to stay in the capital and head here for a day trip. If you feel there's too much to see in one day, then you'll be pleased to find a decent selection of accommodations in Kamakura itself. Down by the sea sit perhaps the most luxurious of the crop, with sea views high on the list of desires for those who stay here. Follow the river as it snakes inland past the train station, and you'll see a good number of more standard hotels, as well as particularly budget-friendly guesthouses.
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  • Not so well known by visitors, Inamuragasaki is a quaint small Endoden stop that's right by the beach. Quiet (usually) empty beaches, some good local eateries and natural onsen, not to mention the gre...  more »
  • When weather is nice and sky is clear, ocean view having Enoshima island and Mt. Fuji together from this park is unparalleled. The color of ocean and beach sand are dark and not so beautiful as other ...  more »
  • A lovely beach a few miles away from Kamakura town its a beautiful place to hang out and wait for Mt. Fuji to clear the clouds. We relax here for a bit and after a few minutes we were lucky enough to ...  more »
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  • Small indoor bath, 2 outdoors, one hot, one cold. Peaceful place with brown spring water but not my favourite in Japan & certainly not worth the Y1,400 price. Have been to much better located for Y700
  • Absolutely amazing onsen located near the sea. There is an indoor pool, two outdoor pools and a sauna. Really clean and peaceful place.
  • Nice onsen with 4 pools and a sauna. They rent towels and toiletries. The staff speaks some english and are very friendly.
  • Black magic water in the heart of Kamakura
  • Kind of pricey at close to $15, but no entry for anyone under 18 which keeps the atmosphere nice and quiet. The water quality is great as I notice my skin to be silky smooth every time.