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Kamakura 2014

The first time I visited Kamakura, it was Spring 2013 and was wet. In 2014, I came back to Kamakura, with my entire family, during its Fall season and it was a beautiful day.

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Kamakura is one of the perfect places to visit when you are in Tokyo with your old folks. Plenty of sights to see, and, even though with a good transport system, very walkable. Like I mentioned in my first Kamakura post, this time round I started the visit at the Kitakamakura Station and went to Engaku-ji, one of the top five Zen Temples in Kamakura, that was just right next it.

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As you can see, not only simply beautiful, Engaku-ji, a Japanese national treasure, is also quite large.

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After a short walk on a chilly, yet sunny, autumn morning, we reached Kenchoji. Kenchoji, another designated national treasure, is supposed to be THE number one Zen Temple in Kamakura. It was built on the side of a hill, and on top of the hill you can even have a good view of Mount Fuji.

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Prototype for comic characters such as Astro Boy and Goku, I am sure.

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Behold! Mount Fuji.

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The people that were killing me slowly during the trip. I kid, I love these people. Yeah, right. No, seriously I don’t want to kill them.

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There were enough to shop and eat as well on our way to our next stop: Kamakura Station.

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Before that, a chance meeting with Wang Zai’s long distance relatives. The owners were very friendly and doubly so when I showed them photos of Wang Zai. Could tell my dad missed Wang Zai as much as I did, or maybe even more, by the way he played with Wang Zai’s long distance relatives.

After some street food and a Tonkatsu lunch, we continued our way to Kamakura Station to get on a train to Hase-dera. We saw the figurine of a frog again. This time in a Santa Claus get up. From the pieces of information I got from googling, I gathered that frog is a play on the Japanese word “kaeru” which means return as well.

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Hase is a nice old town. We arrived at about 3 plus and it was almost sundown. Coming from a country near the equator where there is pretty much just one season, having to face the day ending at around 4 sucks. But, there I was at Hase and Great Buddha again.  The mood was just amazing.

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If you ever need to get out of the craziness that is Tokyo for a while, Kamakura is really one of the side trips I would recommend.

 

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