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Excursion to Kamakura and afternoon in Shibuya

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There were only a few days left and although we had said in principle to go to Nikko and Kamakura, we decided to only do one of the two excursions. In the end we opted for Kamakura because it is closer to Tokyo.

Engaku Temple in Kita-Kamakura


To go to Kamakura you can take the train at Tokyo Station and it takes about 55 minutes. We got off at Kita-kamakura station and went to visit the Engaku temple. The Engaku-ji is a Buddhist temple that dates back to 1282 and is surrounded by many gardens and vegetation. The truth is that it is worth paying the ¥ 200 that the entrance costs.

After visiting the temple we went trekking to the Great Buddha. The road is not as good as the Nakasendo and at least it takes an hour and a half. So it is advisable to bring some water.

Goats way to go from Kita-Kamakura to the Great Buddha.

The Great Buddha (Daibutsu) is not the largest in the country (the largest is Nara), but being outdoors gives a feeling of being huge. It is said that it dates from 1252 and at the beginning it was inside a temple but a tsunami swept through the temple and the Buddha was outdoors. For 20 ¥ you can enter the interior of the statue, inside it is not anything from the other world, but not everyone can say that it has been inside a buddha. The entrance to see the Daibutsu is 200 ¥ and the schedule is from 7 to 17.30h.

The big buddha


After visiting the Buddha and tired of the previous walk we went to find a restaurant to eat, near the Hase station (Enoden line) we found a restaurant with teppanyaki where you could prepare your yakisoba and your okonomiyaki. I do not remember the name of the restaurant so I put the picture of the door.

The door of the restaurant where we ate.

Yakisoba of sepia and Okomomiyaki made by us.

After lunch and with green tea ice cream in hand, we went to visit the temple of Hase. The temple is very beautiful and has a spectacular view of the coast of Kamakura. We must also highlight the miniatures to make offerings and statues of super cute Buddhas. The entrance costs ¥ 300 and the schedule is from 8 to 17h.

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