Day trip to Kamakura/Enoshima – In the afternoon

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After lunch, we headed over to Hase-dera which was like a 2 minutes walk away to check out the Hydrangeas in full bloom.

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right at the admission booth, we saw the waiting time to enter the Hydrangeas garden was at least 90 minutes wait. I thought that they were joking but in all seriousness, it was really 90 minutes. Upon entering the main entrance, we climbed up a flight of stairs and given a ticket…..There was a number on it and you just wait for your turn with the crowd for your turn to enter the garden. (Tip: You can exit the shrine once you get your numbered ticket, if I had known about this I would have gotten the number and headed for lunch and be back 60-90 minutes later)

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So what did we do for that 90 minutes? We basically managed to get a bench under the cooling mist and took a nap….snacking some Japanese snacks and drinking some cool drinks in between…cos the rain stopped and the sun was out in all its glory.

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Finally, 90 minutes later our number “163” was called…and we were gleaming like these little monks in this photo.

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When your number is called, it doesn’t mean the wait is over. What it means is that you are just done with waiting in the general waiting area and now you can wait for your turn to take the steps and walk around the garden (in line with other people). One thing I appreciate being in Japan is crowd control and the courtesy of most people who would wait in line.

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Then so, finally we got to explore the Hydrangeas that were in bloom….The main variety was the purple ones.

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Another breed of the purple hydrangeas.

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Managed to take a photo of some water dews on the flowers…..

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Amidst the sea of purple and pink.

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There were some white ones too

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These are the times, we take a step back to bask in the wonders of nature amidst our concrete city lives…..breathing in the fresh floral scent with a tinge of humidity in the air.

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At higher elevation of the garden, we get to see some of the beaches at Kamakura.

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Buddha also got to hold some of the fresh flowers.

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Just a short 19 minutes train ride away, we headed to Enoshima. A small island that is very popular for tokyo people to head over to its beaches during the summer months.

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Some kind person had made some wear for the birds on the railings….

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The island is connected to the main island with a bridge……

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On the way up to Enoshima shrine, we saw a huge line for some freshly made senbei (crackers)

enoshimahThis is why everyone was trying this out, freshly made crackers with fresh seafood ingredients. Real fresh lobsters and cuttlefish were used! The seafood were flatten by pressure and heat to create these fresh crackers….Totally recommended if you ever visit enoshima.

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Sunset at Enoshima

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When dusk arrives, many cats started coming out to roam around the island. It seems that there is a small community on the island which is raising these cats as the ladies were walking around to place food at various corners of the island.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. introvertnathan
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 16:25:36

    Wow, I wouldn’t have waited for 90 minutes, but it looked like it was worth it. I’ve never seen senbei that big before. Looks delicious.

  2. Xuan-er
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 22:09:41

    @introvertjapan: hehehe, it was my first time and we already made our way there so might as well just wait 🙂 yes, it was so delicious!

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