从东京去镰仓,只需要不到一小时的车程,从东京站或新宿站搭乘火车,极为方便。由于是假日,火车上人很多,即使是买了‘绿色车票’(有点像头等舱的感觉,就是多付些钱,人少些),人还是很多,有人还是一路站着到达镰仓的。

我很喜欢坐在火车上的感觉,看着那些高楼大厦一点点消失,取而代之的是矮小的日式房子,一片片绿色和田园,令人心情愉快。

在火车上就已经决定镰仓会很多人,到了这个地方,才知道一半东京人大概都选择了这个地方来游玩。大街小巷到处都是有人,餐厅,咖啡店都要排队,不好。。。

镰仓是一个小小的沿海城市,以其著名的寺院和大佛著名。地方虽小,却拥有数十座大大小小的寺院。时间有限,我们只选择的最著名的长古寺和大佛寺参观。长古寺子火车站步行,大概需要30分钟,也可以搭乘公交车,但是步行更有趣,还可以看看当地的风土人情。一路上,瓜果蔬菜店,服饰店,小工艺品店令人眼花缭乱,比起东京的商店,这里的商品更个性化,更有趣。不时还能看到一些样子很古老的日式庭院建筑,很漂亮。

 

长古寺依山建造,是一个观音寺庙。游人虽多,但秩序井然。进入寺院,顺路标一路前行,路过精心修理的花园,顺山而上,可以到半山观看海湾美丽的景色。天气已经很热,我们可以看到已经有人在海里冲浪,玩帆船。海滩上的人也很多。长古寺的一些具体介绍,可以访问器网站:www.hasedera.jp,上面有中文介绍。这个季节来这里,真的很美,山上一片绿色,间或看到一些五颜六色的野花,令一路的攀岩也很有趣。

从长古寺出来走大概300米左右就是大佛寺,我个人认为没有必要参观。这个大佛的面相不是很慈祥的面相,奇怪。

回火车站的路上,我们选择了安静的小路。一路上,我们惊喜的发现当地的居民住房竟是那么的美丽与安静。在大佛寺附近的居民区,每家每户的住房都个性十足,精心修理的花园里各式花朵怒放争艳,日式盆栽也随处可见,有些庭院更是小桥流水,卵石铺路,我想应该是很有钱的人家吧。这个区域美丽静逸,非常适合居住。

镰仓,一个美丽古老的城市。希望下次还能来。

 

 Today we went to Kamakura.

To get to Kamarkura, we took the Shonan-Shinjuku Line from Shinjuku Station, the ride was a little less than an hour. Since it’s still Golden Week holiday, the train was completely packed. It didn’t take long for us to figure out that the entire train of people had the same idea of visiting Kamakura like we did.

The ride was still pleasant, the moment when we left the sight of the concrete jungle, the beauty of nature and smaller towns jumped right through.

The Kamakura Station was so crowded, but still well organized as ever. From the Station, tourists could take public bus to the famous temple or big Buddha. We decided to walk there, to explore the place a bit more.

 

The place is very cute. The streets are narrower, full of local clothes shops and arts & crafts places. Cafe and restaurants dotted along with the walk ways giving passer-bys plenty choice for proper meal or just a cup of coffee and break. On the way, we found this very old looking bank, with ‘Bank’ signed written in English, I was wondering if that was one of the first banks opened up when nearby Yokohoma opened up to foreigners early last century. There are quite a few ice cream shops around the temple area which were really popular, the hot weather definitely helped.

 

Kamakura Temple is situated on the hill, overlooking the bay area. The temple area is huge by Japanese standard, containing a main hall where the Goddess of Mercy is seated, and some other smaller halls. It is beautifully laid out, the garden, although manicured finely, it is smartly blended into the surrounding nature, it is just so right. From top of the hill, we could see the beach area. The shallow area were decorated by sail boats and surfers. Seeing ocean after six months made me feel a bit ‘home-sick’. The weather was just so gorgeous, the blue sky and deep blue ocean, life is good.

After the temple, we went on to see the ‘Big Buddha’. But was a bit disappointed. The Buddha was not a happy-looking one…

One the way back, we took the back streets to avoid the crowds, and surprisingly discovered the true beauty of this little town – the local residence area. Just one block behind the busy main street, that is where locals live. Those streets are wide enough for only one car to pass. All houses here are in superb shape, with manicured-to-details gardens. You can see the true Japanese houses here, with old-looking gate, peddled path ways, garden decorated with bonsai trees……it is so Japanese. The whole area is peaceful, beautiful, and in harmony. It’d be nice to live in this area, we could help wishing.

Kamakura is a nice place, it is definitely worth a second trip. Next time we are gonna check out the beach area in summer!