Kanagawa

25 Aug

Yesterday we went to Kanagawa. The prefecture to the south of Tokyo.

First we went to Kamakura. Kamakura has many temples and shrines…but is probably most famous for the 大仏 (Great Buddha) statue that is there. We didn’t visit the Great Buddha yesterday, but we’ve been to it many times before (Click here to see photo I took of the Great Buddha about six years ago.)

First we visited the 小町通り (Komachi Street).

Ghibli store

The “Iwata Coffee Shop”. It’s claim-to-fame is that John Lennon ate there when he visited Kamakura.

A toy store.

We ate breakfast at the well-known “Komeda Coffee” restaurant.

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We went to the famous 報国寺 (Hōkoku-ji Temple), also called 竹寺 (“Bamboo Temple”) because of it’s bamboo forest!

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After we left the “Bamboo Temple”, I saw this old Coke machine that sold the cola in glass bottles:

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Some turtles in a pond came out of the water looking for food hand-outs from the people. Including this スッポン (Chinese Soft-shelled Turtle):

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Kamakura has many local-brewed beers, including this 「大仏ビール」 (“Great Buddha Beer”) that I bought:

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After Kamakura, we went to Yokohama:

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「横浜中華街」 (Yokohama Chinatown)

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The Yokohama Chinatown 交番 (Police Box).

In Yokohama Chinatwon, we ate 担々麺 (spicy “Tan-tan-men” Ramen) for lunch.

A shopping mall had a dinosaur exhibit.

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Yokohama skyline.

For dinner, we ate at an 居酒屋 (Japanese “izakaya” pub).

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4 Responses to “Kanagawa”

  1. CrazyChineseFamily August 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    I would really love to visit that Ghibli store or try the local beer 🙂

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    • tokyo5 August 26, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      Come to Japan and you can do both!
      (You could also visit Yokohama Chinatown and see if the Chinese food here is the same as it is in China. (The Chinese waitress at the restaurant we went to told me that Japanese ramen is the best in the world.))

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  2. ddupre315 August 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    I loved the Bamboo forest, it was a little hard for us to find but so worth it. Did you do the tea hut in the back?

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    • tokyo5 August 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

      Yeah, that temple is off the “beaten track”. No, we didn’t join the tea ceremony this time.

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