Kinubari Yama and Yuki no Shita

When Minamoto no Yoritomo and his wife settled in Kamakura, they lived just east of the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, in an area known as ‘Yuki no Shita'(below the snow).  This is also where the main government for the Kamakura Bakufu was located.

Legend has it that Yoritomo and his wife Masako had the large mountain to the immediate southeast  covered with white silk in the summertime to give the appearance of snow, thereby creating a poetic respite from the heat.  The mountain to this day is called ‘Kinubari Yama’, literally  ‘silk-covered mountain’.

Today Kinobari Yama is known for its hiking trail, which offers a panorama of Sagami Bay and parts of Kamakura, with Mt. Fuji in the distance (on a clear day). Directions for the trail can be obtained at the information desk at JR Kamakura Station.