One of my favourite places in Japan is Kamakura, a historic coastal town surrounded by nature, just one hour from Tokyo. The best way to explore is by foot – a stroll is a great way to soak up the relaxed atmosphere, and there are street vendors offering traditional snacks by the wayside.
You can walk to Hokoku-ji, a Zen temple that features beautiful moss and stone gardens, and an enchanting bamboo forest. It’s possible to try traditional ‘Zazen’ meditation on Saturdays at Engaku-ji, which is one of the five great Zen temples.
The most famous icon of Kamakura is Kotoku-in, a Buddhist temple featuring a breathtaking 13-metre tall Buddha statue, thought to have been completed in 1252. I recommend using the short hiking track from Engaku-ji. Also don’t forget to try ‘Shirasu’ seafood, the speciality of the area!
Max became fascinated by Japan after making friends with a Japanese transfer student while growing up in Sydney, and has been living there for four years running.