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Autumn Leaves in Kamakura – Kotokuin Temple

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on November 23, 2013

More photos from my trip to Kamakura the other week. I visited the Kotokuin temple, famous for its 11th century great buddha statue, the big buddha of Kamakura. The city of Kamakura is also in essence the quintessential Japan. It has everything (except rice paddies): the ocean, temples, mountains, shrines, caves, culture, history, shopping, trains, winding old streets and a much needed intensive does of nature.

The Kotokuin temple has two parts, one garden part and one main courtyard where the big buddha is. Most people tend to spend time the big buddha and miss the other parts which might not have anywhere near as much drawing power as the statue. But there are a few things to see, not least (in this season) being the wonderfully red momiji, or Acer Palmatum, or Japanese maple as it is most commonly known in the west. It is the essential autumn tree in Japan. You can really have an autumn fair, an autumn postcard, serve an autumn meal or wear an autumn kimono without making some sort of reference to the momiji. Think of it as the sakura (cherry blossom) of the autumn!

Kotokuin temple is a nice longish walk from Kamakura station (you’ll need a good sense of direction or a map) or a quicker walk from Hase station on the Endoen. It is easy to combine with a short trip to the Yuigahama beach to get a nice view of the Pacific Ocean as well!

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  1. Marie said, on November 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

    What a beautiful day it must have been! Is that a lotus statue?

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    • tokyobling said, on November 25, 2013 at 2:33 am

      It was gorgeous! Autumn usually is on the south coast of Japan. (^-^) I think it is a lotus, but I am not up on my buddhist imagery studies right now… (^-^;)

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  2. outforalonglunch said, on November 25, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I hope Kamakura in December will be just as nice!

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    • tokyobling said, on November 25, 2013 at 2:33 am

      Thanks for the comment! It probably will – and even slightly colder! (^-^)

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  3. Joe said, on February 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Love these photos. May I have your permission to share the black and white Buddha in profile shot with one of my facebook groups?

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