For the second installment of the ‘Japan picture series‘ I am taking you all on a ‘Day Trip to Kamakura’…well I’m going to show you pictures from a recent trip I took there, but I hope you will all enjoy it just as much as I did.
Kamakura is a city in Kanagawa prefecture, which is about 1hr train journey from Tokyo (Yokosuka line). It has a lot of history – which I had to do a presentation on recently, hence my interest – and it is a popular day trip for tourists and Tokyoites alike. There are lots of sights to see in Kamakura, including; Buddhist and Shinto shrines (also ‘the great five Zen temples’), bamboo forests and of course, the famous ‘Daibutsu’ (big Buddha).
We visited Engaku-ji (Kita-Kamakura station) first…
After our visit to the temple, we hopped back on the train to Kamakura station.
Kamakura is a lively city, with plenty of traditional restaurants and shops – the rice cakes here are well known and there are plenty of places to pick some up. There are also quite a few tourist-y shops too though but they don’t mark the atmosphere or city itself ;D
After a look around Kamakura we headed to see Daibutsu – you have to take the Enoshima electric railway to Hase station.
It can be very crowded, especially during the Summer and on a public holiday.
↑↑ Look at the little girl ↑↑
I think this shows just how big he is.
If you’re interested in Japanese art, like I am, then you’ll love this.
It’s really beautiful!!
You can also go inside of Daibutsu, for only 20円. However it’s only the inside of a bronze statue, with some steep stairs and a very poorly organised in-out system. So if you’re like me and don’t like being too squished then it’s probably not worth it.
But what if all that doesn’t interest you?!
Well maybe you could go surfing (Kamakura is a well known spot for it), or wake-boarding, or maybe just to catch up on your tan…on a sunny day of course ;D
So what did you think of Kamakura?
Have you been? Would you want to go?
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