Kamakura is one of the lovely cities near Tokyo that can be covered by a day trip. What makes it interesting is that it has a nice small beach and is full of temples since the city was the capital of Japan between 1185 and 1333. These facts make the city very attractive for tourists and even for Japanese people.
Renting bikes in the city center is a great option to be able to see all the temples, since they are spread throughout the city. We preferred walking instead, because there were only a couple of temples we wanted to see, and we wanted to be more flexible to take pictures along the way.
Our first visit was to Kōtoku-in temple, and I was extremely excited to see the Great Buddha (Daibutsu). It was huge; 13.35m (43.7 feet) height and 121 tons. It was built in 1252 and situated in a big building. When this building was destroyed by storms and a tsunami, they decided to keep the statue outdoors. Since 1495 the Great Buddha has been sitting here.
The city was very green, and the roads we were walking through were full of beautiful houses. While following the path I noticed a sign “YYossYY – open” on a piece of wood with attractive typography. I was very curious about it, so I followed this direction. I ended up at a small wooden house! I was afraid to enter in the beginning, since I had no clue what was in there, but I did enter. When I entered I realized that it was a small jewellery workshop of this brand, and they were also displaying and selling the items they create. I fell in love with the cutest UFO in the world (actually universe), and bought it for myself.
Kamakura is a destination worth visiting from Tokyo, especially if you are interested in temples. I am sorry that we couldn’t make it to the beach, but I have added it to my “next time in Japan” list.