Travel Blogs from Kamakura
... as were the next two, until it was decided to leave the statue in the open air. Anyone interested in the statistics can find them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dtok u-in
You can see the scale of the thing from the photos and the fact that there can be about twenty people inside the statue at any one time.
We moved on to see the Hasedera temple, set on a hillside, in a small but beautiful garden. The temple itself is a ...
... I have washed coins in my pocket and the very best fortune written down. We continued along a hiking trail to the Daibutsu (Great Buddha). The trail goes for 2.5 km up hill and down dale. Lots of steps, some lovely views and despite being a little hot and sticky was very enjoyable (Jess may give a different response...) We found the Daibutsu, a huge statue! It is set in lovely grounds and is clearly a popular place to visit. We stopped and had ...
... on the dessert side of the menu. She did not enjoy her lunch. We jumped on the bus and made our way to the Kotokuin Temple which was very hot and is home to the 2nd biggest Buddha statue in Japan. It is a bronze statue of an Amadi Buddha 13.35m tall, and cast in 1252. It is hollow and we went inside it, it was really hot in there so I turned around, carefully avoiding the pools of my own sweat and left. The Buddha used to be inside a temple but because ...
... raw cabbage with toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil. It was very good. We also had rice and kimche. Kimche is like Asian sour kraut...on fire. It's served cold, but is very spicy. The kids loved all the food, except for that. But I was proud of them for trying it. We all ate with chopsticks, well, the kids tried, but ended up using forks. This place used metal chopsticks which seem more difficult to use.
After lunch ...
One distinct thing I recall while peering out the train window was seeing a bin outside one of the train stations and seeing that everyone instead of piling up the rubbish on top of the bins which in turn would cause a mess. The Japanese people put them around the bottom of the bin all standing up. I learned instantly that Japan is the cleanest country I've been to yet. There is barely any rubbish anywhere. You'll be lucky to find a can on the strand.
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