Japan Trip 2011 – Day 5 (Kamakura: Hase-dera)

We left early in the morning on Day 5 to travel to Kamakura.

The train car was quite empty.

Upon arriving in Kamakura, we had our first experience of the small-town feel in Japan.

The first destination was to visit Hase-dera.

On the upper section of the temple grounds, you could see the coast along with the city.

Next up is The Great Buddha of Kamakura!

10 Comments to “Japan Trip 2011 – Day 5 (Kamakura: Hase-dera)”

  1. Brett says:

    Those are some awesome pictures of Hase-dera; it looks like a beautiful place to visit. :)

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    Reltair Reply:

    That it is, although the temple grounds isn’t that big…so it doesn’t take that long to see it all. >_<

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  2. exilehero says:

    For some reason I love that “small-town feel”. It makes me feel at ease.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, away from all the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

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  3. WD40 says:

    looks like a sleepy little town, reminds me some of Gero in Gifu prefecture from the pictures. Except Kamakura is by the ocean and Gero is in a valley surrounded by lots of mountains. Either way, beautiful place to visit and slow things down.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Aww man, Gero looks like a lovely place to visit. I’ll have to go there sometime!

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    WD40 Reply:

    The place is really far out there, so there’s not much to see beside’s nature but it’s still beautiful out there. takes the majority of a day to get there by train from Tokyo.

    Tho it’s on the pricier side of things, Suimeikan is a great modern type ryokan with very nice onsen, even an outdoor one. Stayed there for 2 nite, friend had his wedding there on the 2nd nite. it’s literally right next to the train station there’s a path that goes down under the tracks and right into the front parking lot.

    Also, near the far north of the town next to the historic outdoor village museum there’s a bunch of stalls that sell stuff, and there’s an old woman who sells the ABSOLUTLY BEST Sake i’ve ever had in my life.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Thanks for all the insight and recommendations!

    I’ll definitely keep Gero in mind when planning my future Japan trips. The onsen at Suimeikan looks awesome. The ryokan I stayed at in Hakone only had indoor ones, so I want to try an outdoor one in the future.

    I’ll be sure to try out this sake when I’m there. :)

  4. Celestial Envoy says:

    Wow, I got to take a look at that place! You ever going to Yokosuka? I live there, and it’s pretty chill. You should visit the battle ship they have over there.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Nope, but I’ll be sure to add it to my list of places to visit for my future trips to Japan. ^_^

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