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2017年11月14日

Enjoy Autumn Leaves and Sunset in Kamakura

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Kamakura is a popular destination for many reasons.

It is mostly known as a power spot for good fortune.

At the same time you can enjoy nature, sightseeing

and traditional local cuisine. Even though there are

many new shops, you can have fun by discovering

something new in the traditional spots as well!

 

Recommended Route

Hase Station → Kamakura Big Buddha Statue Kotokuin →

Hasedera Temple → Yuigahama Street → Yuigahama Beach →

Yuigahama Station

 

Distance: 3,3 km

Time: 42 minutes + Time for Sightseeing

 

1. Get on the train and let’s go to Big Buddha!

Great timing to enjoy autumn leaves!♪ 

 

Even though you can walk to the Big Buddha Statue

from Kamakura station, how about taking Enoshima train

to Hase station instead?

Kamakura’s Big Buddha is not only a symbol of the city,

but also a unique national heritage Buddha statue.

Of course you can take photos of the Big Buddha statue,

but you can even enter inside of him! The entrance fee

for viewing the interior of the Buddha is only 20 Yen.

 

Kamakura Big Buddha Statue Kotokuin

4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken

Opening Hours: AprilSeptember 08:00-17:30

                        OctoberMarch   08:00-17:00

Entrance Fee: Adults 200 Yen, Children 100 Yen

When you walk from the Big Buddha statue in the direction

of the sea, you will find many restaurants and souvenir shops.

Popular in this area are the "Hase dango" small dumpling balls.

You can enjoy eating them while you are moving to the next

destination.

 

2. View of Kamakura! From the second half

of November you can enjoy red leaves special

night time Hasedera temple viewing!


Hasedera temple is a place worth to visit in any season.

It is famous for hydrangea as well as for watching red

leaves (koyo). From the second half of November there

is even special night time viewing of Hasedera temple.

Its garden is lit up, creating a magical atmosphere.


Image of Jizo (guardian diety of children) can be found

everywhere. The statues of three Jizo are known as

Ryouen-Jizo, and there are three of those statues in

the temple... Would you like to try to find them?

Maybe they will bring you good luck!


There are plenty of places to see in addition to the

main temple, such as Benten-kutsu Caves (where the

Japanese Buddhist Goddess Benzaiten and her

sixteen children are carved on the wall) and

Kannon Museum.


And from the hill where Hasedera Temple is located,

you can see both the sea and the city of Kamakura.

Just before sunset it is covered with a pink light and

looks very beautiful.

 

Hasedera Temple

3-11-2  Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken

Opening Hours: MarchSeptember  08:00 - 17:30

                     OctoberFebruary  08:00 - 17:00

Entrance Fee: Adults 300 Yen,

Elementary school students 100 Yen

 

3. Stroll around Yuigahama Street with nearly

100 shops


If you take a walk along the path of Enoden’s

Hase station → Yuigahama station → Wadazuka

station, we recommend Yuigahama Street. You will find

both old-fashioned buildings and renovated cafes there.

Each building has its own special uniqueness!

We recommend you to take a rest at the cake shop

“OKASHI0457”, which is named according to the

telephone area code.


If you feel hungry, try visiting one of the restaurants

Yuigahama Street is famous for, like the Mexican place

“FIESTA”, which offers dishes that look like art

 

4. Walking towards the seaside and waiting for sunset

After you cross Route 134, which runs along Shonan’s

coast side, soon you will arrive at sandy beach.

Local people as well as tourists come here to have a

rest at the beach. They sit on the sand and chat with

each other.


And in the evening when the sunset is about to come,

lots of people will gather here. You will never get tired

of watching the sun going down while the sea is slowly

changing its color.

 

Summary

Hase Station → Kamakura Big Buddha Statue Kotokuin →

Hasedera Temple → Yuigahama Street → Yuigahama Beach →

Yuigahama Station

 

Distance: 3,3 km

Time: 42 minutes + Time for Sightseeing

 

Map




Author of the Article: Meg Imamaki

 

Translated and modified by:  Eva Navratilova

 

Original Article in Japanese:

https://sanporge.com/2017-1030/


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