Kamakura

A day trip to Enoshima

A day trip to Enoshima

Take a day trip from Tokyo to Enoshima. The island has been a tourist escape for centuries but now is only 70 minutes from central Tokyo. Enoshima offers something for everyone; great food, caves, gardens, shrines, views history and beaches.

Benten-Kutsu cave at Hasedera

This small shrine within Hasedera temple is an example of the blending and co-existence of Buddhism and Shinto in Japan.  I’m really interested in Japanese and Buddhist history so I was excited to find this spot at our first stop in Kamakura. We visited on…

Sakura blossom at Ryoanji temple

Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) in Japan

In late March and early April the Cherry Blossom trees bloom across most of Japan.  This is called Sakura and it’s a magical time to visit.  Not only are cherry blossoms beautiful but they’re a symbol of new beginnings, of impermanence, the coming of spring…

Hachimangu

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is a ‘must see’ destination on a trip to Kamakura.  The site is historically and architecturally impressive in addition to its cultural value.   The Shrine was founded in 1180 for Yoritomo Minamoto, the first Shogun of the Kamakura period immediately after…