Kamakura

Two years ago, I wrote a short blog post about our visit to Kamakura, a city located in Kanagawa, about 50 km SSW of Tokyo and the home of many historically significant Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. This is a full (much longer) post of our trip.

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We started our day at Kitakamura, visiting the Engakuji temple, one of Kamakura’s Five Zen Temples. The main gate had intricate wood cravings.

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It was founded in 1282 to commemorate soldiers who fell fighting off the Mongol invasion the previous year.

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We had a Saiseki Japanese lunch at a local restaurant in Kitakamakura – very yummy!

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From Kitakamakura, we took the JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line to Kamakura. Near the Kamakura station, you will find Komachi-dori, a popular (and crowded) shopping street with a large red torii gate.

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Nearby, we walked down the long, tree-lined Wakamiya-ohji street, with cherry blossoms in bloom as a bonus.

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At large red torii gate marked the entrance to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine area, where you will find a small bridge.

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You need to walk up a number to stairs to reach the main building of the shrine, where you will pass by a very old tree on your left.

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At one of the smaller shrines in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, we witnessed a traditional Japanese wedding …

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… and a photoshoot of two young models wearing yukatas near the bridge.

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From Kamakura, we took the Enoden line to Hase …

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… and a short walk to the entrance of the Kōtoku-in Temple.

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The highlight of the day was seeing the Great Amida Buddha.

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Finally, a few close-up pictures of flowers.

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