Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hiking in Kamakura and Enoshima Island...

The mirage of a cafe during our hike...

Amanda, Christina, and I taking a relaxing break
 Amanda, Christina, and I went hiking out in Kamakura.  It was perfect day out and a relaxing hike in the hills above the Great Buddha.  The best part of the hike was stumbling upon a small cafe in the middle of the forest.  So of course, we felt obligated to stop and get a drink!  While Amanda enjoyed a local beer in a Budweiser Christmas Stein, Christina and I had a delicious fruity drink.  I would love to go back there, but I'm not sure if I would be able to find it again...

Walking over the bridge leading out to Enoshima Island
After the hike, we ventured out to Enoshima Island, a short train ride from Kamakura.  Most of the island was destroyed by the tsunami after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923.  There is a famous picture of a large tidal wave from the tsunami with a view of Mt. Fuji in the background that was created after that event.
Mt Fuji can be seen on clear days from the harbor.  Sadly, it was overcast the whole time we were there.  The island is full of little shops and vendors lining crowded narrow streets.  We hiked up the many stairs to the top of the hill with the uniquely-shaped lighthouse.  We didn't get much time to explore the islands gardens or caves, so I will definitely be making another trip back!

The narrow streets of Enoshima... very
crowded in Japanese-fashion

Enoshima lighthouse
A local Japanese lady making a Japanese staple snack...
grilled corn with soy sauce!!  DELICIOUS!

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