Kamakura in 24 hours || Japan specialty coffee
An hour on the train from Tokyo is the bustling little beach city of Kamakura. If you have a couple of days in Tokyo it's advisable to quit the big city for one day & find yourself amongst the hillsides, rolling waves & historical monuments. Kamakura is the former capital of Japan & called little Kyoto. It's evident, from walking down the streets where it hails the latter name. The buildings are traditional & quaint; their front gardens beautiful, full of tree's & flowers.
When walking through the narrow streets I saw groups of girls of all ages dressed in Yukata, colours of the whole rainbow, every pattern imaginable; tailored to suit them perfectly. Their Yukata was an extension of their personalities, lively & beautiful. They enjoyed their day out in the warm spring sun with their friends, hopping from shrine to shrine, taking pictures in front of the blooming sakura.
Kamakura is the perfect place for a lazy day trip. Everything worth seeing in this city is within walking distance from Kamakura station. It is a mostly flat city, residing only 3m above sea level. There are a few hills along the coastline, boasting some good hiking trails.
The place that people gravitate towards the most in Kamakura is The Great Buddha, Amida Nyorai. Tourists & locals alike, make the pilgrimage up a tiny windy road. The Buddha stands 13.4m tall and It doesn't look light (121 t). When arriving I anticipated a big Buddha but nothing prepared me for how big it actually was. The gravity of the whole experience was relieved with laughter as I turned my head to notice the enormous Uwabaki (上履き) on the wall. His giant slippers were pinned to the wall, not that he would be needing them. However, if he decided to take a strole I anticipate it would be dangerous & catastrophic for the city of Kamakura.
During the spring time, nay all the time in Japan, I've noticed that everyone loves ice-cream. It doesn't matter how freezing cold it is, they still duck into the closest ice-creamery for a treat. When walking back from The Great Buddha I decided to follow suit. We found this Ice-creamery with the most delicious display. We gravitated towards the blueberry cheesecake & sweet potato flavours. As I took a lick of the sweet potato flavour I exclaimed "No way!" It dead set tasted like I was eating a mashed sweet potato. It was Oiishi! Next up was the blueberry cheesecake and damn I was not disappointed. It was fresh & the chunks of cheesecake made the ice cream that much more magical.
Across the road I spotted a little van with signs saying coffee. I couldn't pass it up.
I opted for the Geisha, though a little more expensive than the blend offerings, I leapt at the chance to taste the brew the man in the van was about to give me. As he brewed my filter a small crowd started to form, intrigued by his methods. The people that surrounded the van asked one another what coffee they should get, hot or cold. With so many blends on offer I could see why it was hard to pick.
The Geisha I received was absolutely superb. It was full bodied, light but it kicked my ass. It kept me awake for the partying to come that night.