Kamakura Time!

So, a few weekends ago I had a 5 day weekend. I also had a wicked sinus infection, so we only really managed to get out of Tokyo one day. For that day, we decided to go to Kamakura!

Kamakura is an area on Tokyo bay and it has a few amazing, famous shrines and temples. We visited three of them and were quite pleased with the results:

First off, we wandered down to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, which is accessed by a quick walk through the shopping street and then simply turning right and going another block. It’ll be on your left. You’ll probably notice it.

We wandered around for a bit and looked at all the beautiful architecture and then made our way to the Great Buddha. If you want to learn more about Tsurugaoka Hamachimangu, please click here.

Here is the walk up to the temple. This is one of those places that is completely covered with people on New year's.

Here is the walk up to the temple. This is one of those places that is completely covered with people on New year’s.

There was a small mill with gates and a small shrine.

There was a small mill with gates and a small shrine.

Here is the small shrine.

Here is the small shrine.

Here's me :O

Here’s me :O

This was near the pond.

This was near the pond.

There was a pond off to the side.

There was a pond off to the side. It had many pigeons hanging out by it and it seems the area is actually known for those pigeons because a common souvenir is pigeon shaped cookies.

This as well.

This as well.

At the Great Buddha, even though I was planning for it, I was actually a little surprised by it’s size. To be sure, it’s not the largest Buddha in Japan, but it is quite large and, if you’re not claustrophobic, you can wander inside and see the structure from a different angle. Sam had already done that when he first visited Kamakura (during high school) and he also doesn’t like tight spaces, so I went alone. I was rather infatuated with the Buddha; here are some pictures:

After the great Buddha, we headed to Hasedera Temple. This place was beautiful, decorated with gardens and ponds. The temple itself is known for the small, adorable, smiling Buddhas that you’ll find all over the place.

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2 Responses to Kamakura Time!

  1. deb92024 says:

    Really enjoyed reading this one and seeing the great pictures! Glad you got to have such a lovely day! xox

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  2. Shanna Bryant says:

    oooo! I hope we get to go there!

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