The fabulous Steve and Deb gave Kent and I a chance to get out Saturday with only one child. Here she is soaking up all of the attention.
We hopped on the JR train line and headed to Kamakura. This is the train station there.
Busy shopping district
After an "interesting" lunch we decided to go check out the Shinto shrine down the street
This is the path we took which I am sure is spectacular when the cherry blossoms are in bloom
We stopped here for ice cream on the way back
Still walking. The Japanese hold that you are to take a long time to approach the gods
Super crowded. This experience reminded me so much of the great cathedrals in England. They have become tourist traps bent on making a profit.
This is where people wash before approaching the shrine
There was an elaborate wedding going on in this building
Up the steep steps to toss in coins and clap three times(we did not participate=})
Back down we go. Before you head down you can purchase a fortune. If you like the message you keep it if you don't you hang it in a tree and leave it behind
Despite the strangeness of this place the architecture is quite lovely
Oh and I got green tea ice cream that was surprisingly delicious!