Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Yearly summer road trip

DSCF0021This year my wife and I drove to Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture near Yokohama. Like every year, I do all the driving but this time I wasn’t severely fatigued this time. This time, I came prepared and hopped myself up on energy drinks.

The first place we stopped at was, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Temple. It was pretty nice but we only spent maybe 10 minutes as it was incredibly hot and humid outside. I had a nice dark wet spot of sweat in the center of my polo shirt by the time we made it back to our car.

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DSCF0068The second stop on our drive was Hasedera Temple which is near the giant Buddha statue at Koutokuji Temple. Hasedera was very nice and had a large garden with a very cool natural cave next to it. The cave was very narrow with a low ceiling. I spent most of my time crouched in it while Yuko walked upright in it. The cave at Hasedera was a very refreshing break from the humidity outside.

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DSCF0070After we were done looking around Hasedera we walked about 5 minutes up the hill to the giant Buddha statue at Koutokuji Temple. What’s neat about the Buddha statue there is that you can stand inside it. The statue was made hundred of years ago and was originally enclosed within a temple but the original temple was destroyed and only the Buddha stands.

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DSCF0094Our final stop of our long drive day was at Enoshima. Enoshima is a small island just off the shoreline. There are many small restaurants and souvenir shops scattered throughout the island. By this point of the day we had been sweating like crazy but our sweating had only begun as we spent 2 hours wandering about the tall hill that sits in the center of the island.

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There were cats everywhere on this island. The poor things were abandoned here by their owners. There is a fund to neuter and spay the cats that reside on the island. I donated to it. The cats are generally cool with the tourists walking by them that they don’t even move out of the way like the cat pictured above.

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There’s an observation in the middle of the island but we were too tired to bother with it. We saw enough of the island on foot as it were.

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Half way through our walk on Enoshima we found another large series of caves to explore. These caves were much larger than the one at Hasedera. I could stand upright most of the time.

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There were some nasty bugs called Funamushi that live all over the caves. We didn’t notice them till we were leaving the caves. If we had known, we probably would have been less willing to walk through the caves. :0

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 Many Funamushi

After a long 2 hour walk through Enoshima we were drenched in sweat and very tired but our day wasn’t quite over just yet. After refreshing ourselves at our hotel we took a train to Yokohama China Town for dinner.

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It was a very long day of walking and viewing tons of neat landmarks. I am surprised my wife was ok with walking so much as she is pregnant at the moment. I think she was able to do it because we took many breaks and brought plenty of water. What a trooper.

1 comment:

  1. at least i recognized china town :D nice pics yo

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