Thick greenery appears beside the train when the Yokosuka Line nears Kamakura. Kamakura, where the first samurai government was established in 1185, is about 1 hour from central Tokyo. At Kamakura Station, change to the Enoden Line and get off at Hase Station. Then walk up the gentle slope for a few minutes. At the first intersection, you will see a big red lantern on the left. This is the entrance to Hasedera Temple.
Hasedera is a well known temple with its beautiful sea view and many kinds of flowers by season. The main Buddhist Statue is said to be carved from the same wood as the one at Nara’s Hasedera.
By the way, a walk around the precincts is quite enjoyable. You can see various types of stone statues along the way, a small cave to explore, and a walking path up along the cliff commanding a nice sea view.
There is a teahouse near the observatory. They serve rice dumplings, green tea, and some light meals.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。