Lots of walking....and eating!
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Well, I was traveling to Yokohama for a long weekend and I read that Kamakura rivals Nikko for beauty and culture, so since I have already been to Nikko, I went to check out what all the fuss is about. First off, its about an hour ride to Kamakura from Yokohama so it is not too bad. I would strongly recommend this town, but avoid it during a Typhon (I walked in the rain for 4 hours straight, it was not fun on the train coming back). The town is literally a one road town. There are loads of coffee shops spotted all down the road and in between these shops are Temples, some huge, and others quite small.
When you get off the train there is a temple about 5 mins from the train station. It is called Engaku-ji, it was built to comemorate the lost souls, both Japanese and Monogolian during the wars between the two countries. The man that had this vision was a Zen master and he called the Temple Engaku which means The Sutra on Perfect Enlightenment. Some of the temples had many fires over the next decades so a lot of buildings are not original, but that doesn't take away from their beauty. There is a huge Main gate that was built in 1783. There are several other buildings all serving their different purposes whether through schooling or sleeping quarters or eating. They are not in use any more, but sometimes the grounds are used during ceremonies.
After this temple you walk another 10 mins and you come to another temple called Tokei-ji.
Next on down the road is Jochi-ji temple. This temple was built in 1238 and is considered one of Kamakura's five great temples. It is most famous for the 3 wooden statues in the central temple that from left to right represent Amida 'past', Amida 'present', and Miroku 'future'. The grounds are very beautiful and it is not a very big area, but very pretty.
A little further down the road is the biggest and number one temple in Kamakura, Kencho-ji.
And the last but definately not the least temple that I visited was the Enno-ji Temple. This is a very small area. It is known for the collection of statues depicting the judges of hell. Most of these statues are rebuilt from the neck down so their bodies may seem out of proportion with their head. This was because if there was ever a fire in a building the people would only take the head of a statue since this was the most important of the statue.
Well, after this I walked back towards the train station, only to stop and have some coffee and delicious at one of the many coffee shops. I was soaked, hot, sweaty, and tired, I called it a day and headed back to Yokohama.