The Closest Beach Town to Tokyo: Kamakura


 With my mother and my brother in town for a few days, we decided to go to one of the best locations for a day trip outside Tokyo: Kamakura!


Kamakura is a very charming place filled with pretty knick knacks and lovely town scenery, not to mention a lovely beach. It is most well known for being a famous location for Buddhist temples and beautiful hiking paths.


There are dozens of temples around the town, one of which contains an incredible graveyard of monks and notable figures.


Each grave is individually ornamented with a beautiful stone and lovely fresh flowers.


There were also some more specialized grave sites, such as this humorous and charming beer and cigarette offering.


Regardless of the individualization, each grave was kept swept and manicured to emphasize the beauty of the stone statues.


Each grave is incredibly beautiful and mysterious, thoughtfully incorporated into the surrounding nature.

IMG_7390The bamboo forest was breathtaking, especially with the light breeze. We visited on a perfect spring day.


The sakura trees were blossoming throughout the entire neighborhood!


My family and I went through some incredible hiking paths, where we were able to see a view of the Pacific through the trees!


The main event was certainly the Daibutsu at the kotoku-in temple. Weighing approzximately 93 tons and measuring at almost 14 meters high, this statue is a monumental bronze sculpture of the Amida Buddha.


It was incredible to behold.

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