When Tokyo becomes too much of a city to handle, hop on the train to Kamakura. This lovely city is perfect to recharge your batteries.
As I mentioned earlier, Tokyo was a tad bit overwhelming for me. I just couldn’t handle any more traffic, concrete and massive crowds. So we decided to take a break and escaped to Kamakura for a day.
Initially we went there to go see the bamboo forest. But then we discovered that there was a hiking course leading up from Kita Kamakura station to the great buddha (Daibutsu). So we got off one stop earlier than expected and took the road slightly less traveled.
I truly recommend the Daibutsu Hiking Course. It’s such an energising walk. We were lucky enough to walk the path on a warm, sunny spring day. But on a rainy day, you might want to skip this hike. Because the steep parts can get very muddy.
In Kita Kamakura’s station, they told us the hike would take us about 3 hours. But we arrived at the Kōtoku-in after a mere 1,5 hours. I wouldn’t have minded a longer walk. But was glad to be surrounded by nature nonetheless.
The Diabutsu is quite the sight! Truly worth the trip from Tokyo.
My favorite things to do in Kamakura
- Take the Daibutsu Hiking Course
- Stop on the highest point of this hike to spot Fuji mountain
- Go to the beach and get your sandwich stolen by a hawk