Ten past ten in the morning my train arrived at Tokyo station. Perfect on time to get the day trip to Kamakura going. Thetrain-ride took about an hour. One stop before Kamakura’s main station I got off the train. My first temple visit for the day. It didn’t take long before I wanted to throw my plastic bag with my coat and some drinks into the bushes. Taking that bag with me was the worst idea ever.
After attaching the plastic bag to my camera bag I entered the complex. Engakuji Temple dates back to 1282 and was build a year after the Mongolians tried the second invasion. The purpose of the temple was among other things honoring the Japanese and Mongolians who died during the war. They built the temple against the forest hills of Kita-Kamakura. The atmosphere was pleasant with all the old buildings and green hills surrounding the area. So different from most temples in Tokyo. The area was big and quiet. Lovely place to stroll around. The perfect start of my day trip to Kamakura.
Just before I reached the exit, I took the long stairway up the hill. The moment I reached the top I was happy I did it.
I thought differently while climbing the stairs! On top, I found a National treasure.
Left the temple just in time to catch the train to Kamakura station. At the station, I used a locker to get rid of my plastic bag. Four hundred Yen well spend. From there I took the tram, for three stops to my next destination in Kamakura. On my way to the Big Buddha, I noticed a temple to my left. The Buddha wouldn’t go anywhere, anytime soon.
Hase Temple (Hase-dera)
It’s said this temple got build in 736. The temple is famous for the eleven-faced Kannon, housed in the main hall. With a height of 9.18 meters, the wooden statue is one of the biggest in Japan. Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed. I already loved the entrance gate on arrival, the rest was even better, beautiful main building and a fantastic garden. Also enjoyed a local snack.
Loved this three little guys so sweet and cheerful.
But with all in a row can be cozy too, right?
I didn’t forget about my primary mission; the giant Buddha. On my way there I saw so many delicious things to eat. Stayed strong and walked on without getting some.
Great Buddha of Kamakura
Finally, I reached the grounds of the Buddha I read so much about, wondering if it would hold up against the descriptions. The great Buddha of Kamakura is one of the biggest buddha’s in Japan with his 13.35-meter height and made of Bronze. Impressive. Maybe, I used the word wow.
A must-see if you visit Kamakura
Back at the tram and three stops later I arrived back in the centrum. First ate lunch in a nice little restaurant. Too bad my knees couldn’t fit under the table. Hahaha
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is situated at the end of the main road in Kamakura. In the middle of the road, they made a great walkway with a great view of the temple. Minamoto Yoriyoshi founded this temple in 1063. Minamoto Yoritomo (founder of the Kamakura government) increased the size of the temple and moved the temple to its current location in 1180. It is the most important temple in Kamakura. Yes, there I go again. A beautiful temple, but it’s more than that. The surroundings and the atmosphere everything comes together. Would have made pictures inside however was not allowed. Wandered around the area for a while before I continued to the last temple of my day in Kamakura.
Hokaiji, my last temple for my day trip to Kamakura
The temple was founded in 1335 by order of Emperor Godaigo. A cozy little temple. Walked around the garden. The only downside: creepy spiders, and there were so many of them, brrr. Time to head back to Tokyo.
Back in Tokyo I had dinner before heading to the apartment. Ramen, dumplings and some beer.
My day trip to Kamakura was in one word; amazing