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.
We started our day at Kitakamura, visiting the Engakuji temple, one of Kamakura’s Five Zen Temples. The main gate had intricate wood cravings.
It was founded in 1282 to commemorate soldiers who fell fighting off the Mongol invasion the previous year.
We had a Saiseki Japanese lunch at a local restaurant in Kitakamakura – very yummy!
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.
Nearby, we walked down the long, tree-lined Wakamiya-ohji street, with cherry blossoms in bloom as a bonus.
At large red torii gate marked the entrance to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine area, where you will find a small bridge.
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.
At one of the smaller shrines in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, we witnessed a traditional Japanese wedding …
… and a photoshoot of two young models wearing yukatas near the bridge.
From Kamakura, we took the Enoden line to Hase …
… and a short walk to the entrance of the Kōtoku-in Temple.
The highlight of the day was seeing the Great Amida Buddha.
Finally, a few close-up pictures of flowers.