Kamakura23 nov. 2014
Today, we went on a day trip to Kamakura, a city located 50 km (one hour) South of Tokyo. It is a very popular place because of its temples and shrine and as Monday is a public holiday, it was very crowded (like being at Strasbourg's Christmas Market on a Sunday :-)).
First, we visited Engaku-ji Temple which was founded in 1282. Despite the crowd, it is peaceful to walk around. We're in Japan for the second best season after the Cherry Blossom Season : the colours of the leaves are absolutely wonderful! Then, we walked to Kencho-ji Temple, which was built in 1253. There are 10 main buildings and 10 subtemples. We climbed to the top where we could see the ocean. Next, we strolled to the huge and beautiful Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, built in 1063. So many people from all ages go and pray in the temples and shrines. it is very impressive.
We jaunted in the cute narrow streets full of shops and restaurants (and people) and we tasted a few good things. Then, we headed to Kotoku-in Temple through a super crowded tramway. The temple is renowned for its "Great Buddha", a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha which is one of the most famous icons of Japan. It is massive and impressive! Jeremie kept an eye on his slippers :-)
On our way back, we stopped at Shimbashi to eat tempura (so good!!) and dumplings (so good!!).