Last week, we visited Kamakura with a few of Ronjie's friends from school. Kamakura is a few hours away from Hon-Atsugi by train; we got a ¥1,140 Enoshima-Kamakura train pass which allowed us unlimited rides on the train routes to & from Hon-Atsugi and Kamakura (and in between stations) for a whole day.
|snow on the mountains|
(the view of the mountains from the bus stop near our apartment)
|tulips at the Fujisawa station|
(at the Enoden line, waiting for the train to Kamakura)
|the first of many torii I would see that day|
First stop was Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura's most important shrine.
|torii on the walkway to the shrine|
|the path is lined with cherry trees|
(gusto ko bumalik dito pag sakura season na!)
|saw an Our Lady of Perpetual Help church along the way|
|rice cakes for sale along the sidewalk|
|barrels of sake|
|had to climb a flight of steps to get to the shrine|
After visiting the shrine, we had lunch in town. We tried this Chinese noodle restaurant which specialized in dan dan mein (Szechuan noodles). I didn't have dan dan mein (didn't like spicy); I had barbecued pork noodle soup, which tasted and looked like regular Japanese ramen. (Will be blogging separately about the Chinese noodle restaurant. Wait for my next post!)
|saw these Japanese pancakes for sale along the sidewalk during the walk back to the train station|
Headed back to the Kamakura station and took a ride to the Hase station, where we would be getting off to see the Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha).
|the temple grounds where the Daibutsu is located is a 15-minute walk from the Hase station|
The centuries-old Kamakura Daibutsu has a height of 13.35 meters. It stands (sits) in open air as the temple building which used to house it was destroyed by typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th & 15th centuries. The Kamakura Daibutsu is the 2nd tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan.
|for ¥20 you can enter the Daibutsu and see how it looks like from the inside|
We stayed just a while to take photos and sit a bit then headed back to the train station. Last leg of the trip was Enoshima Island. I was already tired by that time so didn't join the group anymore when they walked up and around Enoshima for the island tour. :)
But still managed to goof around on the way home. :D
|at the Katase-Enoshima station|