JAPAN – Kamakura

Today we spent a day at Kamakura and have seen shinto and zen shrines and temples enough for the entire lifetime. Kamakura is a small city and a popular tourist destination as it offers temples and shrines and sandy beaches.

The first stop was at the Great Buddha (Kamakura Daibutsu) with a height of 13.35 meters, the second largest bronze Buddha in Japan. Well, just a big Buddha and definitely not as impressive as the Leaning Buddha in Bangkok.

Then we stopped to see Hasedera temple from which we got good views of Kamakura and that was  it!

Then Hachimangu- Kamakura most important Shinto shrine founded in 1063. It was crowded but worth a visit and it had beautiful surroundings with trees in beautiful great colors.

Our next destination was a temple with a bamboo garden. Hokokuji is a small Zen temple and behind its main hall you can find a bamboo grove with over 2000 green bamboo stalks. A few narrows pathways led through the bamboo grove to a tea house where matcha was offered.

I already had enough but we headed for yet another Zen temple famous for its garden. Zuisenji temple is located in the far east of Kamakura in the back of a narrow valley and surrounded by wooded hills, which makes it very quiet and not touristy at all. It was a long walk to get there but we really liked the old temple and its serene surrounding.

On the way from there we stooped at some two more minor temples and at some point we had more than enough. So we got back to the station and went back to Tokyo.

And we actually called a day while having another sushi feast. And it wasn’t the last one:-).

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