Kamakura day trip

Hello, guys! How are you doing??

The weather suddenly got cold

Winter is coming on!

So How about one day trip around Kamakura area.

I would you like to recommend around Kamakura area.

About 1hour half from central Tokyo.

Kamakura is an old city with many historical shrines and temples.

First Irecommend Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.

About 10min from Kamakura station.

There is one of the 3 great Hachimangu shrines in Japan.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine lies about about 800m (half a mile) NNE of the station. The shrine was founded in 1063 by Yoriyoshi Minamoto, dedicated to the Minamoto clan's deity, Hachiman. It was rebuilt on its present site by his descendant, the founder of the Kamakura Shogunate, Yoritomo Minamoto, to celebrate his 1180 victory over the rival Taira clan. Burnt down in 1191, it was reconstructed as the shrine which survives today.

Next one is Hokokuji Temple is a small temple of the Rinzai Sect of Zen Buddhism.

Hokokuji Temple, however, is best known for the beautiful, small bamboo grove found behind the temple's main hall, which lies thick with over 2000 dark green bamboo stalks.

A few narrow pathways lead through the bamboo to a tea house where, for a small fee, you can sit and enjoy a cup of matcha teawhile enjoying views into the bamboo grove. Also located behind the temple are a series of shallow caves carved into the hillsides, which are believed to hold the ashes of some of the later Ashikaga lords.

Last one is The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 11.4 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple.

The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large Temple hall. However, the temple buildings were destroyed multiple times by typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th and 15th centuries. So, since the late 15th century, the Buddha has been standing in the open air.

Winter is around the corner.

Let’s go to somewhere!

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