Hotel Kamakura Mori
1-5-21 Ko-machi, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, 248-0006, Japan
More about Kamakura
Behind the Daibutsu
View from observation platform - the Sagami Bay
An inexpensive plaec to stay in Kamakura
My wife and I are planning to stay in Kamakura for a night and we would like to stay in a hotel with some privacy and security. We would like to have the name of the inexpensive hotels.
Re: An inexpensive plaec to stay in Kamakura
The following are inexpensive Kamakura hotels with English info.
This one is a bit more expensive.
The following websites are to inexpensive Kamakura hotels which unfortunately do not have English info.
Travel Tips for Kamakura
Japanese dolls (Ningyo)
Buying for Japanese souvenir is not cheap. There are lacquer ware, samurai sword, silk kimono you will seldom wear, nicely wapped food gifts. But Japanese dolls is nice souvenir to get.
The size, quality and price ranges. Each district will have their own costume and designs. A Japanese doll is good decor at home or office. So shop around and buy it immediately for you may not see the same design at a different town.
Before Entering a Buddhist Temples in Japan
1. Clean yourself
In front of temples and shrines, you will often notice a pond filled with water. It is for washing your hands. Since temples and shrines are sacred places, they usually "clean" themselves before entering. There, you'll find a ladle. Draw some water with it to wash your hands, rinse your mouth and spit it. If you do not know how to do it, follow what others do. But please, DO NOT DRINK IT... the concept is to "clean" ourselves not to quench our thirst!! hehe :)
2. Ring the bell & make a wish.
At Shinto shrines, there will be a small donation box sits below a long red & white rope which leads to a bell. There, you toss a coin into the offering box and pull on the rope to ring the bell, which is to make the gods hear you, make a wish. Bow and clap loudly twice then bow again.
3. Burn the incense.
At some temples, visitors burn incense (osenko) in large incense burners. When you buy a bundle of incense, light them, let them burn for a few seconds, put them into the incense burner and fan some smoke towards yourself as the smoke is believed to have healing power.
Having seen the major sights and temples in Kamakura, I decided to explore the rest of the Kamakura vicinity on the Enoden line. The Enoden line is a really scenic railway line passing through the backyards of homes before it hugs the coastline all the way to the terminal station at Enoshima. To my very pleasant surprise, I came across an attractive town called Enoshima with black sand beaches and an aquarium which I visited. The aquarium contains numerous marine species found in Japanese coastal waters and includes the research findings and collections of the late Emperor Hirohito, who was himself an avid marine biologist. There was also a seal and sea lion show which I attended.
The Hasedera Temple is the main temple in the Kamakura area. It has been known as the 4th station among the 33 holy places in the Kanto region. In the Kannon-do Hall is a 9m 11-headed statue of the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy - destined for enlightenment and representing compassion, mercy and love.
Great Daibutsu - OPEN AIR BUDDHA
This is the second largest Buddha in Japan (the only bigger one is found in Todaiji temple in Nara). It's a bronze statue and 13.35m tall.
It was cast in 1252 and used to stand inside a temple but in 1495 a tsunami washed away the temple but the buddha remained at its spot and since then it stands in open air.
Its found at the ground of the Kotokuin temple. Admissiom is 200yen plus another 20yen if you would like to enter inside the statue.
7am - 6pm (April - September)
7am - 5.30pm (October - March)
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