Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kamakura Ofuna
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... and it houses a magnificent, massive wooden statue of Kannon, goddess of mercy. For details see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hase-dera_ %28Kamakura%29
The temple grounds have a viewing point which looks out over the bay and is worth the climb up the 77 (I counted them) steps to reach.
As with all tourist traps around the world, there's plenty of shops, many with Western names; we even found one called 'Andy's Store'.
... before jumping on a local train not covered by the JR network. It was tiny and really felt a bit like a toy train but it took us back to Kamakura where we finally found the touristy part - lots of shops selling various souvenirs, including some pretty ordinary things and some nicer things. It is a very Japanese destination - there were not many westerners there. We walked to the sumptuous Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū shrine set in the nicest gardens ...
... close proximity to the sea the temples have been destroyed many times by typhoons, tsunamis etc....but the Buddha never broke. So they didn't bother rebuilding a temple around it so now it just sits outside. This was our favorite stop of the day. After the giant Buddha we walked to the Hasedera Temple, it was 1:30 and therefore the hottest place we visited that day. At this point my shirt was soaked through and it looked like I wet myself from the ...
... broken into smaller groups. We met a wonderful lady named Yoko-san who was a member of the Kamakura Tourism Society. She took us on a walking tour through town to a large Shinto Shrine. (Shinto is one of the main religions in Japan. You will know you are approaching a shinto shrine by the large red archways called torii) Along our walk, Daniel "had a disturbance downtown that the authorities could not contain" so I had to ask Ms. ...
... or dumps, yada,yada,yada, said another prayer and cried uncle! We could not take it anymore! We had to eat! It was now about 7pm! We left to go eat. Frankly, we were sick of vegetables and rice, but we are still in Asia. So what can we eat? Found the kids some chicken nuggets, then headed to a Udon noodle place. We had had them once before in Hawaii. They are wheat noodles that are cylindrical and thick, served traditionally in broth. We ate them with ...