My sister Cathy was visiting Japan for nearly a week, and we had a great time catching up in Tokyo while she was here. Unfortunately, she’s already gone home to Australia, but on Sunday, we had a really fun, although rather hot, summer’s day exploring a few sites in Kamakura, followed by Yokohama for dinner.
I seem to have visited all of Japan’s three largest Daibutsu (Big Buddhas) in the last several months. That is, unless there’s another one out there that I don’t know about.
In order from smaller to larger, here they are.
1. Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture
Cafe in Daikanyama (www.wilsons.id.au)
My parents have come to Japan to visit, and I’ve been babysitting them around Tokyo for the past few days. I’ve tried to introduce them to some of the places in Tokyo that I frequent, and get them out and around to see some of the sights.
Japan has the Kita (North) Alps, the Minami (South) Alps, and, according to my Japanese language guidebook called “Tokyo One Day Hiking”, also has the Kamakura Alps. Of course, they’re only about 100 or so metres above sea level, and civilisation almost reaches their peaks. But, they’re forested, have some impressive views of Yokohama and Kamakura, and have lots of charming historical shrines and temples nestled in their foothills. At this time of year, the plum blossoms were starting to come out.