Kamakura


station

We went on a day trip to Kamakura to see the Diabutsu.

It took about 1 hour by train and then required a transfer to the little town of Hase on a rickety street car.

Follow this link or click on the picture if you want to see the pictures of Hase-dera temple and the daibutsu.

The picture you see is of Hase station.

It was like stepping back in the past about 100 years.

streets

Kamakura has a busy shopping district.

kimono

And you can see all types of people here, from the traditional....

stylin

....to the modern.

He's stylin' and he knows it.

hachiman-gu

Hachiman-gu is also located in Kamakura.

It is a shinto shrine dedicated to Hachiman, the god of war.

We had been sightseeing all day in Hase and in other parts of Kamakura so we didn't get much further into the shrine than what you see here.

bridge

We did see this steeply arched bridge at the shrine's entrance.

Notice how it is barred from foot traffic? That is because it is reserved for the passage of the shogun (in other words, no one can use it any more).

Plebeians such as ourselves have to take the side path to the shrine.