Saturday, March 31, 2007

One day in Kamagura

We took a short one day trip to Kamagura, an ancient former capital of Japan. The city is full of nice temples and crows of tourists and is about 50 km south-south-west of Tokyo (to which it is linked by the railway line to Yokosuka). We took a bus which also gave us the possibility of experiencing and actual traffic jam "japanese style".
Kamakura is now mainly known for its temples and shrines. Kōtoku-in, with the monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha, the most famous of these.

A 15th Century tsunami destroyed the temple that once housed the Great Buddha, but the statue survived and has remained outdoors ever since. Magnificent Zen temples like Kencho-ji and Engaku-ji; the Tokei-ji (a nunnery that was a refuge for women who wanted to divorce their husbands); the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine; the Hase-dera, an ancient Kannon temple; the graves of Minamoto no Yoritomo and Hōjō Masako; and the Kamakura-gu where Prince Morinaga was executed, top the list of Kamakura's most famous historical and religious sites.

1 comment:

Katsunori said...

Hi Sorin,

Glad you are enjoying Japan. And 8th April is coming soon! I will go to Tokyo on that day if you need. (I am planning to have welcome dinner for you with some Japanese friends in Tokyo.)

Can you call me to let me know what is your preferece, your plans between 9th-12nd (of course, kyoto is most welcome) etc.

my number is:
090-9059-2340

take care,
katsu.