Sitting only 50km away from Tokyo, Kamakura is an excellent destination for a day trip.
This gorgeous little town is famous for its many temples, museums and prestigious historical heritage. Behind its beautiful beaches and delicious senbei lies, in fact, the richest of Japanese history: books often describe it as a former de facto capital of Japan during the shogunate period.
With such a pedigree, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pay a visit, and what a visit it was!
A bride prepares for the moment of her life.
I was taken by the sheer beauty of the dress, she looked like a princess from ancient times, really something amazing.
At the end of the ceremony, some tidying up of the dress.
A view of Kamakura from atop the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū (鶴岡八幡宮), the most important shinto shrine in Kamakura.
A miko (shrine maiden) climbs the stairs to the top of Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū.
A herron living in the water ponds of Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū, the fella had just fished its meal!
Two miko look at the herron in the previous image.
Pigeons rest atop one of the shrine’s roofs.
Amida budda at Kotoku-in (高徳院)
A girl protects herself from the afternoon sun in Kōtoku-in.