Friday, 9 January 2015
A day in Kamakura + seeing the great buddha/大仏! | Japan
Had another little day out in Japan! I also did another little vlog so take a look at that if you want to feel more what the place is like :) We're on winter break at the moment, so last week some friends and I headed to Kamakura (about 2 hrs by train) to see the sights, especially the Great Buddha at the Kotokuin temple. If you're interested in temples and shrines Kamakura is definitely an awesome place to visit as asides from Kotokuin there's plenty to look around. There's also a station called Hase right by the Great Buddha which will save you a walk, as we got off at Kamakura station (I believed it's called) and walked for a bit to get to Kotokuin, but it meant we passed a Starbucks haha so I didn't mind!
The Great Buddha statue is really beautiful, apparently despite being made in 1252 the statue itself has never required repairs, only the base - surprising! Also you can pay 20 yen (11p) to go inside the Buddha and take a look around which was pretty interesting.
There's also lots of shops which are fab for getting souvenirs, there's a market street by the station which was crazy busy (see the video) but there were so many things to see/buy/eat! Great for buying stuff for yourself or people at home. xx