Being the bonny resident of Kanagawa I am, getting to Kamakura isn’t such a great feat. I remember coming here 4 years ago and vaguely enjoying it so I decided to give it another go.
Before I go on I must acknowledge that one of the main attractions, the
鎌倉大仏 (Kamakura Daibutsu), a giant bronze giant bronze statue of Buddha is one of the main reason people go here, however, I didn’t have the chance this time to check it out. I make a point of only using my own photos so I don’t want to upload here but check out this link for more info on that attraction. It is another train from Kamakura station so please keep that in mind.
When you get into Kamakura, you do get a very vague sense of déjà vu with Narita machi in Chiba, the dark browns, deliberately traditionalesc aesthetic, the main street as you leave the west exit is right ahead, starting with the Ghibli shop. Then proceeding that is a sea of Soba and Macha ice cream shops as far as the eye can see. If you’re like me and have very little interest in non-spicy food, you will get little enjoyment from this experience,
A notable point on this strip of road is the “Owl Forest“. I am a big fan of owls and enjoyed seeing them up close, however, like most western people here in Asia, there is an uncomfortable feeling in the back of your mind to how these animals are kept. They are chained to plastic trees and some show visible signs of distress. A good anthropological test is to look at the English and Japanese language reviews of the owl forest on google and see how differently English speakers and the Japanese interpret the place
The temple itself is relatively average, not quite as charming as the ones I saw in narita and omiya, great space for festivals but overall I would give Kamakura a disappointing 6/10.