Welcome to the fourth edition of the Japan Series blog posts. If you are starting here, you may like to read Welcome to the Japan Series.
After two whole days in Tokyo, enough to shake off the jet lag, we took the train out to Kamakura for a day trip. There are quite a few day trip options from Tokyo which I will look forward to doing on my next trip (I hope), but for this day, we chose Kamakura.
An hour or so south of Tokyo on the train, Kamakura is a small city but a popular destination for travellers looking for temples, shrines and monuments. The most famous landmark is The Great Buddha (鎌倉大仏, Daibutsu), the second largest buddha statue in Japan, and you can even go inside it and marvel at the impressive architecture and design!
During our day trip, we caught the electric train to Hase, the nearest stop for the Great Buddha, and then grabbed some delicious veggie food nearby. There seems to be a lot of that going on! From there, it was a short walk to the impressive Hasedera Temple, which also has stunning views over the city and coastline.
We caught the train back to Kamakura station to visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, the most important shrine in the city. This is a large shrine which has several ponds, which during sakura season were stunning. There, we were able to buy some fish food to feed the many fish, but it seemed like the pigeons were quite determined to get a mouthful!
There are a number of other sites of interest in Kamakura, but it was lovely to get out of the big city for a day and experience somewhere quite different.
We caught the train back, rather exhausted after a long day exploring, ready to pack our bags and have an early night before our 9-hour coach journey to Kyoto the following morning!