THE BEST PLACES OF KAMAKURA IN THE SEASON MOMIDZI
Kamakura is a beautiful historical city in Japan, where you can come at any time of the year, although the peak tourist season is expected in the spring and autumn period. Here you will find many exciting landscapes, impressive monuments of history and culture, Buddhist temples, and autumn foliage will make these beauties even more picturesque. It doesn’t matter if you make an autumn trip to Japan to admire with colorful leaves or for another purpose – the stunning views of the motley red and yellow Kamakura trees will in any case make your heart flutter with delight. This journey will undoubtedly exceed your expectations and will leave an impression for life. In this article, we present a list of interesting autumn sights of Kamakura, framed by bright shades of red, red and yellow foliage.
Kamakura is one of the most famous historical cities in Japan, popular as a tourist destination for day trips from Tokyo. The city is surrounded by mountains from three sides (in the north, east and west), and from the south to the sandy beaches of Kamakura, the vast Pacific Ocean rolls in its waves. Kamakura is also home to many beautiful Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. As you can see, vast spaces open up before us to explore this pearl of traditional Japanese culture and architecture!
So, let’s explore the colorful autumn colors of a wonderful city.
BEST TIME FOR LOVING AUTUMN LEAVES IN KAMAKURA
Judging by the Japanese forecast for the fall foliage of 2017, the momiji season in Kamakura is at the end of November – mid December. However, the peak of this season can not be determined with greater accuracy. If you are planning to buy an autumn tour to Japan, then perhaps a trip to Kamakura should be planned for early December to maximize your chances of admiring the colorful foliage.
The climate in Kamakura is mild, and autumn is very sunny, although due to the proximity with the ocean there are cloudy and windy days. The change of seasons dramatically affects the appearance of the city. Unlike the nearest places known for its autumn leaves, such as Nikko and Hakone, deciduous trees here begin to turn yellow a little later. Therefore, Kamakura comes alive with flashes of multicolored paints only at the end of November, and this beauty rests on the branches until mid-December.
PLACES FOR LOVE IN AUTUMN LEAVES IN KAMAKURA
It is impossible to list all the places where you can admire the autumn leaves. Instead, we have compiled a list of the best, most beautiful and famous sights that can be walked around in one day. The beautiful city of Kamakura will be waiting for your visit when you can finally see all this magnificence with your own eyes.
1. TEMPLE KOTOKU-IN
The statue of the Great Buddha in Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu) is located in the Kotoku-in temple. The bronze statue of Amita Buddha is one of the most important symbols of Japan along with the legendary Mount Fuji, sakura and cranes. The height of the statue is 13.35 m, its scale is amazing. The Japanese government granted Kamakura Daibutsu the status of a National Treasure. Ginkgo trees and maples growing around her reach the highest point of their beauty between the beginning and the middle of December.
Red maple leaves and golden ginkgo leaves create a wonderful background for photos and annually attract thousands of tourists to the Great Buddha. Surrounded by blazing autumn crowns, the statue looks truly monumental. In addition, the Kotoku-in temple is a sacred place for many followers of Buddhism, so during the visit treat it with due respect and esteem.
2. TEMPLE OF HASE-DERA
Hase-dera is a Buddhist temple of Kamakura and in combination one of the best shrines in the Kanto region. Here you can admire not only the fiery red leaves of maples with the onset of autumn, but also the flowering of hydrangeas in the rainy summer season. The temple is famous for the wooden statue of the eleven-headed goddess Kannon, representing the image of mercy in Shinto culture. Unlike Kamakura Daibutsu, this statue is not carried into the courtyard of the temple, which means that in order to see it, you need to go to the main hall of the temple called Kannon-do.
When visiting Hase-dera, pay attention not only to the architectural ensemble of the temple, but also to the gardens lying on its territory. Parks, koi fish ponds, Buddha statues – all this in the frame of autumn leaves will open up in your eyes in a new way. Walk around the temple to feel the beauty of the current season. We recommend a walk along the path to the main hall (Kannon-do), since it is framed by beautiful maple leaves. If you are going to stay in the temple before dark, be sure to admire the beautiful view of the illuminated foliage.
From Khase station you need only 5 minutes to get to the temple. Also on the way from Kotok-in to Hase-dera signs are installed to help you navigate on the way.