Some years ago my parents visited Japan for the first time, and we visited Kamakura along with my friend Take. Kamakura is one of the most popular tourist attractions near Tokyo. The place is famous because it has a huge bronze statue of Buddha. It is more than 13 metres tall and is the second biggest Buddha in Japan after the one in Nara. In the past it was inside a temple, but a tsunami destroyed the temple and the Buddha remained outdoors.

Kamakura’s Buddha

The Buddha’s flip-flops

My mom and Take asking Buddha for stuff

There is also another very interesting place in Kamakura, which is the temple dedicated to the goddess Kannon, located right beside the big Buddha. It is a temple with very beautiful gardens and with a nice view of the sea.







We went back to Shinjuku for dinner and ended up in a restaurant where they had typical food from Hokkaido (Japan’s northern island). We ate a lot of fish and seafood, and also a few dishes with cheese, a very rare ingredient in Japanese cuisine but which is quite sucessful up north. The geeky note was that, to order food, each table had its own tablet pc where you can choose what you want to have and they bring it straight to your table.

How to get there:
From Shinjuku station in Tokyo with the Shonan Shinjuku Line to Kamakura station. In Kamakura station, change to a small local train to Hase station.

  • XSportSeeker

    January 15, 2010 at 1:21 am

    In my trip to Japan I went to Nara… don’t have nice pictures because I didn’t have nor knew how to deal with a dSLR…

    Now that I know, I only wish I could go back to Japan for… a couple of years. 😛

  • kathy

    January 15, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Do you remember the name of the restaurant? I’d be very interested to go there.

  • Teen

    January 15, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Is Take carrying a purse? Is that a common thing in Japan?

  • Grenn

    January 16, 2010 at 5:54 am

    The buddhas flipflops! 🙂 This is so cute.
    I like your photos.

  • AS

    January 17, 2010 at 7:52 am

    I went to visit Kamakura too on my trip. The giant sandals were interesting to see. I didn’t actually go inside the giant statue though ^^;;.

  • neko

    January 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Yes, I would like to go to that restaurant in shinjuku, do you remember where it is nearby? or the name?
    Thanks! i like all your posts, they’re very interesting.

  • Darth Na'vi

    March 21, 2010 at 5:37 am

    No, Take is NOT carrying a purse. It’s a type of brief case. Lot of variety here in Japan for men and women. Yes, it is common and No, it doesn’t mean anything except that people here live on the trains and so have to carry a lot with them. Backpacks on trains are a pain so other methods are adapted.