A nice and relaxing day walk in and around Kamakura!
This trip features;
- Kenchoji: A Rinzai Zen temple which ranks first among Kamakura's so-called Five Great Zen Temples and is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan.
- Zeniarai Benten: A popular shrine in which people visit to wash their money (Zeniarai means "Coin washing"). It is said that money washed in the shrine's spring, will double.
- Genjiyama Park: A small mountain park located west side of Kamakura Station. There is Minamoto no Yoritomo (源頼朝) Stature who is the first Shogun who started the Government. The park is located on the Daibutsu hiking course from Kitakamakura to Daibutsu. There are many seasonable flowers like Sakura, Ajisai and other flowers.
- The Great Buddha of Kamakura: A bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple.
- Yabusame Festival: A men dressed in traditional samurai costume display their ability to hit targets using a bow and arrow while riding on the backs of galloping horses. Three riders take turns shooting at three stationary targets which are mounted about 63 meters apart in a straight line, two meters from the track along which the horses gallop.
Another great day exploring old temples shrines and learning more about Japanese culture!