Wednesday, July 11, 2007


DON'T drive to Kamakura from Tokyo if you can help it. Take the train.

I hadn't visited the Daibutsu since I was a kid, so it was nice to see him again. As temples go though, it's a bit stark. The Buddha is the only thing there really, and though he is impressive, there's only so much staring you can do. Then you can pay the extra 20 yen to go inside. Hey! He's got windows in his back! Ventilation! Cool! Makes the whole thing seem like a giant nesting doll.

More rewarding is Hasedera, right down the street. Lovely gardens and nice temples with more do-dads and stuff to poke around. The major highlight is the cave, which is very Goonies-esque, and filled with interesting nooks and crannies.

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