Tuesday morning greeted us with a bright blue sky and warm temperatures - it felt as if we had been transported into a different country... Perfect conditions for our excursion to Kamakura!
We walked to Tokyo station which is only 20 minutes from our hotel. It turned out that finding the right train and ticket is quite easy and we were soon on our way. The train ride takes about an hour to the south.
Olivier had been here several times, as a child and adult, and he first guided me to the Great Buddha statue, one of Japan's most famous sights.
Special mirror selfie
At the temple entrance
The statue is quite impressive, also considering all the work that went into making this big work of art.
Expensive fruit donations
The heat screams for ice cream! Color coordinated, please.
Wonderful buildings and very well kept trees! But then, that's normal in Japan, they are obsessed with shaping their trees.
Wash your hands before you enter
Kawaii little statues
The swastika is quite popular here in religious sites (as it is in India).
Little statues as donations asking for protection of unborn children
The main building holding a big golden statue of Kannon
There's also a lovely view over Kamakura.
The art of gardening
Walking up the hill - and watching the surfers!
Happy god of harvest - touch him for good luck!
Trimming trees is serious business
A model of perfection
Entrance of a cave temple for goddess Benzaiten
Various ways to pray and ask for favors: light a candle...
...donate a tiny statue...
Historic guest house
Studying the waves
Interestingly trimmed tree
Walking up to our third and last temple: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine
Here's how it works: throw a coin - bow - clap two times - pray a little - you're done
Monk collecting the coins from the box at the end of the day
Walking down, past the monks' buildings
Walking down the street with cute little shops
Instead we went looking for a restaurant and ended up eating a mountain of tempura (deep fried vegetables and sea food).
Then we went back on the train and pretended to be locals by sleeping during a good part of the ride to Tokyo!
It was like walking through a food museum.
Yes, Halloween themed sweets...
If you prefer seafood, there is plenty.
You thought that Kit-Kat is just a chocolate bar? You are apparently wrong!
This chestnut cake must be REALLY good at this price!
It was probably a good thing that the rest of the store was already closed... By 9 PM we left and walked over to the hotel to get some rest after all that walking.