Тhe first time I stopped in Kamakura accidentally when I chose the wrong train to get to the naval base in Yokosuka, it was a few years ago. Тhat time I did not read anything about Kamakura, but even then I noticed that there are a lot of travelers in the city who are visiting some local attractions. Аlready in 2016 I specifically arrived in this city, knowing that you can see there.
(鎌倉市 Kamakura-shi) is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Although Kamakura proper is today rather small, it is often described in history books as a former de facto capital of Japan as the seat of the shogunate and of the Regency during the Kamakura period. Kamakura was designated as a city on November 3, 1939.
The route from Tokyo to Kamakura by JR train takes about 50 minutes.From Tokyo from Shinjuku station on the JR Shonan Shinjuku Line we reach Kamakura station.
We did not even turn on maps on the phone - just went along with the whole flow of visitors who left the train at the station.
The ancient rulers of Kamakura patronized religion and art, invited famous Chinese monks. Now in Kamakura there are 176 Shinto and Buddhist temples, many belong to the Zen school.
From the main street, we turn to a small street that rests on the gates of the temple of Hase-Dera, founded in the 8th century. The whole complex is built on a hillside with a beautiful view of the sea.
After passing through the gate, we find ourselves in a traditional garden with a pond
Daibutsu is a statue of the Great Buddha. This is the second largest statue in size in Japan, the largest Buddha sits in Nara.
On the territory of the temple complex there are a lot of ponds of various shapes.
pond Manji in the form of swastika
In the hall of Kannon-do is the largest (9 meters) statue of the goddess Kannon, carved from a camphor tree. This goddess of mercy and love, in addition to the main head, has 11 additional heads, each with a different facial expression, which indicates her ability to listen to different types of people. To photograph it is forbidden.
In the complex Hase-dera is a temple-cave Benten-kutsu, where you can get to and get out only by bending low, and you should walk there crouching. At the entrance there are red gates-tori
Inside the cave is very dark to shoot almost impossible.There's a small statue of Benzaiten with eight hands. Benten is the only woman of 7 gods of luck in the Shinto Pantheon. It embodies music, learning, art, speech.
it's hard to stay there for a long time. Especially with my height I had to constantly walk half-squatting or bending almost to the waist.Go outside.Near there is an excellent recreational area and a survey of the surroundings.
The mountains surrounding the city do not allow to penetrate here to strong winds, so here is a very good, stable climate. But the wind blows on the sea, as they want, as a result of which all year round lovers of water sports come here, mainly yachting and windsurfing.
Тhe seashore was chosen by crows and eagles of which there is a very large number.
Turn on Google map navigation we went on the road leading from the beach to the railway station.
Оn the way come across a lot of different grocery stores,so if you want something to drink then you can do it here.