Yesterday I was out on the Carryme researching a route for a possible new Yokohama Rides and Rentals bike tour(on Carrymes) of nearby Kamakura. Thought I would share a few pix I took along the way.
I bagged the bike in Yokohama Station and took the train 20 minutes to Ofuna Station.
From Ofuna station I biked 15 minutes along a river and through a big rice field to my off- the-beaten-path destination, Taya Cave. A bit removed from touristy Kamakura which requires a hike from the station, hard-to-find Taya cave is usually overlooked by travellers to Japan even though, the hundreds of meters of hand dug tunnels and wall carvings built by monks from 1200-1700 are every bit as awe inspiring as the Big Buddha(Daibutsu) located 8 miles down the road in Kamakura.
The photo inside the cave was taken last year - since then they don`t allow taking photos. I think they don`t want the secret to get out any more than it has!
After Taya, I re-traced my path back to Ofuna Station and then headed south for about 3 miles down to Kita-Kamakura where the incredible temples Engaku-ji and Kencho-ji are located.
Climbed up and over a small hill and tunnel on the way to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu in Kamakura. The shrine was built in 1063 when Kamakura was the capital city.
Took a break at a Starbucks near Kamakura Station that was originally the home of a famous manga artist. Sitting outside by the pool is especially nice.
Frome there, I rode another couple miles down to the town of Hase where I caught a glimpse of the Daibutsu through the entrance gate (didn`t want to pay to go inside - been there done that). The photo is from one of those times I went in.
A short distance away is Hasedera Temple from which you can enjoy some spectacular views of the beach. (But again I didn`t go past the entrance. Same reason.)
Finally the Carryme on the beach in Kamakura where I enjoyed a Sapporo before riding the short way back to Kamakura Station.
Here`s a map of my route: