Day 6 in Japan took me to the coastal seaside town of Kamakura where I visited the beach and the Great Buddha.
We left our hostel bright and early to get onto the train to get to Kamakura. Exhausted and weary from our adventures in Tokyo, we arrived on tram to the seaside town Kamakura. It literally was a breath of fresh air, chilled out and just what the group needed after being in a busy city.
We first headed to our hostel for the night called WeBase, one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in with an astronaut cat in its centre. We walked down to the beach after dropping our luggage off and it was truly beautiful. There was a sandy beach with the ocean in front of us, and it took my breath away, making me feel instantly relaxed and ready to just take it all in.
We walked through the streets of Kamakura feeling really content and happy. Next up was lunch and I thought ‘here I go again, not knowing whether I will get a proper meal. Surprisingly, Kamakura had a vegetarian restaurant on its coastline called Magokoro and it was honestly, so so refreshing to have a healthy vegetarian meal. I had the most delicious food – a sweet potato cake, with rice and a simple salad with tofu.
The Great Buddha
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a giant bronze statue of Amida Buddha which stands in the heart of Kotokuin Temple. It is actually huge, glistening in a now turquoise green state, surrounded by cherry blossom trees. We arrived with our bellies full, ready to see the statue in all its glory.
We walked around the grounds of the temple and then took the free trip up into the Great Buddha. It was incredible to see the statue from the inside and understand how the huge Buddha was built piece by piece. It was remarkable to be able to see it from a new perspective.
Our next stop was the Hasedera Temple, a short walk away from the Great Buddha. Hasedera is a temple for the Jodo sect and is famous for its huge wooden statue of an 11-headed goddess of mercy called Kannon. The temple is on a hill so you come into these gorgeous gardens first with ponds filled with some of the biggest koi fish I had ever seen. Halfway up the hill is the temple with hundreds of stone statues of babies, each symbolising the number of babies that have been lost at childbirth. Right at the top of the hill you can see the stunning views of Kamakura, completely worth the trek to the top.
The rest of our time in Kamakura was spent relaxing and catching up with ourselves. We spent our time with our group, eating good food and taking a moment to breath and enjoy being near the sea. We finished the day with a sunset walk along the coast and honestly, those views were so worth it.