This was an easy and relaxing wander around the temples of Kamakura, which was Japan’s capital from 1185 to 1333. A contrasting section climbs through wooded countryside to visit the ancient Great Buddha statue. An excellent day trip from Tokyo.
- I’ll remember most the gigantic statue of Buddha
- The best bit for me was hiking up to the wooded ridge after visiting the temples
- I was disappointed that we missed the famous display of hydrangeas
- The funniest moment was Catriona being interviewed by a group of schoolgirls, or maybe the raw sausages sitting in a stone bowl held by a statue!
- I didn’t expect to eat sweet potato and green tea ice cream
- Each temple had its own distinctive character
- There are no words of warning or scary bits.
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne< Back to Japan page for links to other stories
|Location||Kamakura, on the coast near Tokyo|
|Date walked||July 2003|
|Walk type||Town and City walks|
|Difficulty||Suitable for anyone who enjoys an easy walk|
|Distance||8 km / 5 miles|
|Height climbed||100m / 350 ft|
|Time taken||6 hrs 0 mins|
|Map used||In Kamakura tourist brochure and leaflet|
|Walk source info||Brochure and leaflet from tourist office|
|Getting there||Train from Tokyo, 50 mins|
|Places to stay||Lonely Planet guide reports a youth hostel and choice of hotels|
|Other features||There are plenty more temples and shrines, the colourful boulevard, and the beach|