Kamakura Day 2d: The streets of Kamakura

We decided two temples would be enough for the day, so we visited the quaint little shops in this ancient town.

Plastic ninja ornaments!

This is a tiny little shop that sells all things cat.

Who can resist not buying something to take […]

Kamakura Day 2c: The Kotokuin (Big Buddha) Temple

From the Hasedera (Great Kannon/Kuan Yin) Temple, we walked to the Kotokuin Temple where the famous Dai Butsu (Big Buddha) statue is.

This majestic bronze statue of Amida Buddha stands at about 43 feet tall.

Don’t forget to wash your hands before you enter!

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Kamakura Day 2b: The Hasedera Temple

This is the grand entrance into the Hasedera Great Kannon Temple.

Entrance is only 200Y per person (cheaper than the Neko Maru Cat Cafe!). Really, visiting these places is so reasonably priced.

Wash your hands before going in!

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Kamakura Day 2a: The trip down by train

The Kamakura trip was not exactly on our itinerary since the journey would take 1.5 hours one way, but since we already managed to cover all three Hachikos on Day One, we decided we’d spend one day at Kamakura instead of Tokyo city.

If possible, I did want to see the famous Dai Butsu (the […]

Tokyo Day 1f: Ueno Park

Ueno Park is one of the best tourist spots for the viewing of Sakura and we were lucky we stayed right there!

Look, there’s a black-and-white cat!!

Picnic under the sakura trees. They camp all day, overnight, and throughout the weekend!

There […]

Tokyo Day 1e: The Neko Maru Cat Cafe

I had earlier googled, read reviews and the Neko Maru Cat Cafe seemed to be one of the best cat cafes in Tokyo.

By sheer luck, it was located just 6 minutes away from our hotel.

So we walked there after dinner. But we couldn’t find it until we stopped at another hotel and the […]

Tokyo Day 1d: The Meiji Shrine

After visiting Hachiko at Shibuya, we took another train which led us to the Meiji Jingu or Meiji Shrine.

Located in the heart of the city, but once you enter, it is an entire forest!

Meiji Jingu Shrine is built in the traditional nagare-zukuri style with Japanese cypress. It is the largest […]

Tokyo Day 1c: Hachiko at Shibuya Station

From the University of Tokyo, we walked back and we passed by the Hongo Sachome Station, which is the recommended stop if you were to take the trains to visit Hachiko and the Professor. But we walked all the way back to Ueno, feeling a sense of triumph that we found the correct gate […]

Tokyo Day 1b: Visiting Hachiko and the Professor

After visiting the real Hachiko at the museum, walking around Ueno Park and the temple, our next stop was Hachiko and the Professor at the University of Tokyo. This statue was unveiled on 8th March 2015, 80 years after the passing of Hachiko and it shows an excited and happy Hachiko greeting Professor Hidesaburo Ueno […]