Who wants to go on a safari?

Who wants to go on a safari

I have always wanted to go on a real safari where I  would see wild animals roaming free! Though I still haven’t had the chance just yet, I did however get to go on a mini safari with my husband! We took a trip to the Fuji Safari Park! We got to see, lions, zebras, kangaroos, tigers and much more! It would have also been a really fun place to view Mt. Fuji but unfortunately it was a cloudy day so the overcast prevented us from seeing the mountain.

 Who wants to go on a safari?

Website:

Fuji Safari Park

Prices: 

  • Adults (high school students and older)- 2,700 yen
  • Children (ages 4 to junior high students)- 1,500 yen
  • Senior (65 and older)- 2,000 yen
  • Group prices (15 or more)- adults, 2,000 yen / children, 1,000 yen
  • Parking is free

Hours: 

  • Mar.16-Sep.30, 9:00-17:00
  • Oct.1-Oct.31, 9:00-16:30
  • Nov.1-Mar.15, 10:00-15:30

Address: 

2255-27 Fujiwara Aza Suyama, Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Postal code 410-1231
Tel: 055-998-1311 Fax: 055-998-1151

Who wants to go on a safari?

We took the trip to Fuji Safari Park through Yokota ITT (Information ticket and travel) so our cost of traveling was also included in our ticket price. Once at the park you can either enter the driving safari zone, walking safari zone or walk the animal village. The safari part of the park is not the only entertainment at the park. There is a bunny house, cat house and dog house and each cost 500 yen per person to enter. The rest of the park has all kinds of animals you can walk around and see and some even feed and pet! For a small fee you can buy pieces of food for the animals to eat! There is also pony rides and small animal petting areas!

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There were so many animals to see and even though it was a rainy day the animals still were out for us to see. Since we could actually interact with a lot of animals it made this experience so much better! Who doesn’t love petting  and feeding an animal you don’t normally get to touch?

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The park also has a big selection of locations to eat! Three restaurants, a bakery, a coffee shop and a few stands with a variety of snacks and treats. The park also has a tax free gift shop with lots of themed snacks and gifts to take home. I bought myself a carved wooden elephant made in Kenya.

Who wants to go on a safari?

After walking the park for a few hours we met up with our tour group to go on our jungle bus safari ride! The park has jungle buses that look like different animals and is basically a giant cage bus! When entering the safari zone, guests can either take their own car  free of charge or buy tickets for the jungle buses for a fee of 1,200 yen which includes feeding animals. As I had said before, there is also an option to walk the safari zone which will take you underground and through the woods, it costs 500 yen. If you are a club member of the park you can do a private ride in the rangers navigation car!

Who wants to go on a safari?

Once on the bus we received two boxes and a cup. Inside the one container was a piece of meat and the other had a piece of fruit. The cup had some kind of food pellets inside. During the safari ride the driver shares some interesting facts about animals. There are six sections of the safari zone, bears first, lions, tigers, cheetahs, elephants, herbivorous animals, and lastly the mountainous animals.

(I apologize for the quality of these next pictures, due to the rain, foggy windows, and fencing of the bus it was a little difficult to take photos.)

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First we fed some bears the pieces of fruit with long tongs! Then next we fed the lions the meat! Two lions had started to fight over the food we would give them! They fought right in front of us! Hearing them growl right there a foot away from me was amazing! I could feel the growl in my bones! Sadly the one female lion received a little gash on her head from the other and did not try to take food from us after that.

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The other animal we fed on the safari was the camels! They were more nice about taking the food then the lions! The rest of the animals we didn’t get to feed but it was such a great experience being so close to them! The only animals that were effected by the weather and we couldn’t see were the cheetahs, they are thinned blood animals so they don’t like the cold. The park also offers night safaris, where you can use night goggles to observe animals in the dark!

We had a fun filled day even if it did rain ALL DAY and I would love to go back and do it all again! Even though I have seen so many animals at zoos and other parks, it never gets old. I get excited over seeing dogs just walking down the road! Nature and animals have a special place in my heart and I cannot wait to one day see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat, running free and wild!

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Rosy Trisha Blog

© 2015 TNG

Welcome to a place of color, sweets and monsters

Welcome to a place of color, sweets and monsters

You may ask, where can I find such a fun sounding place? Let me tell you, head on over to Harajuku and have a meal at the Kawaii Monster Cafe! As soon as we walked to the front door of the cafe it was already so colorful and fun! They had lots of food and drink options while also keeping you entertained with quirky decor and monster girls!

Welcome to a place of color, sweets and monsters

Website:

Kawaii Monster Cafe

Hours: 

  • Lunch- 11:30-16:30
  • Dinner- 18:00-22:30

Prices:

Food and drink prices can be found on their website. There is a 500 yen zone charge per person when you are a smaller party sitting at a larger table.

Address: 

YM square building 4F, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Directions:

  • One minute walk from exit 5 of the Subway Chiyoda Line Meiji Jingu-mae station
  • Five minute walk from the Omotesando exit of JR Harajuku station

Just type the address of the cafe into google maps once you are at one of these stations. It will take you right to the front of the YM square building. Take the stairs or escalator up to the 4th floor, you can’t miss the giant purple walls and googly monster eyeballs!

Welcome to a place of color, sweets and monsters

The cafe accepts walk-ins and when we arrived there was a line but we didn’t have to wait long to get in. As we headed up to the doors we walked down the tongue and then inside the belly of a monster named Mr. Ten Thousand Chopsticks or Choppy for short. Once inside the belly of the monster there’s a big cake shaped merry-go round, don’t try to ride it or you will be kicked out!

Welcome to a place of color, sweets and monsters

It depends on how busy they are but you can pick which room you want to sit in! There are four rooms total, “Mushroom Disco,” “Milk Stand,” “Bar Experiment,” and “Mel-Tea Room.” We had picked the Mel-Tea room and I was not disappointed! Anyone who knows me, knows that I love anything girly, funky and colorful! The whole place was just that!

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My experience so far with these funky themed cafes has always been fun but they usually have a small menu. However, the Kawaii Monster cafe has a lot of choices! Every item on the menu was colorful and exciting! While also being exciting, the food was really delicious and the portions were a good size!

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We had decided to do a family style meal and share everything so we all could try more then our own food! By the time desert had come I was already stuffed!

Welcome to a place of color, sweets and monsters

The cafe does have a few rules for the guests to follow. One is that they ask that customers don’t walk around once seated. I wanted to follow the rules so I didn’t get too many more pictures of the rest of the cafe. I guess if you want to see more you’ll just have to check it out for yourself or wait till I go back and take more pictures!

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As you sit and eat there are Monster Girls that will walk around and visit you! Their outfits and makeup are so quirky and lively! I would love to be a monster girl and dress crazy for work!

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After we were done eating and paid our bill I had to go find the bathroom! I always try and remember to check out the bathroom in these places because they are always just as fun looking as the rest of the cafe!

Welcome to a place of color, sweets and monsters

We had got a little turned around when we were trying to find our way out. A waitress had to show us where to go! The cafe also has a little store to buy fun souvenirs on your way out! We also got to meet up with a small version of Mr. Choppy.

Welcome to a place of color, sweets and monsters

If you don’t want to make the trip to Harajuku just for the Kawaii Monster Cafe there is lots of shopping to do all around the area! You can also head over to the Meiji Shrine which is right next to the train station! If you would like more information on the Meiji Shrine check out my previous blog post about it!

The Kawaii Monster Cafe was so much fun and I’m so glad we took the time to go! I will be going back to check out the other rooms! Themed restaurants and cafes are quickly becoming one of my favorite places to visit here in Japan! Stay tuned for more of my neat adventures!

Rosy Trisha Blog

© 2015 TNG

Let’s discuss life

Let's discuss life

As of August, it was the one year mark of living here in Japan! I honestly can’t believe it has been OVER a year already that I have been so fortunate to live here. I have learned so much and met some great people so far! Everyday is an adventure and I am excited to see what I will learn next and what else Japan has in store for me!

I was sitting on my couch, planning my next trip when I started to think about my time here. A lot happens in a year even when we don’t realize it. When I first found out my husband and I would be moving to Japan I honestly cried. I drove home, called my mother and cried! I had just moved away from home and was newly married! The thought of moving across the world terrified me and I never really thought that Japan would be a neat place to live. As the time for moving came, I did get more excited and tried to be grateful for the wonderful opportunity!

After arriving in Japan, I learned it really is a great place to live! It has its pros and cons but it has been so much better than I ever thought it would be! Seeing how different life is across the ocean is amazing! Learning about the culture is so exciting! Actions we, Americans, think are bizarre, are completely normal here in Japan! I have learned to speak some small phrases but for the most part my interactions with the Japanese are nods and smiles. I do miss being able to actually hold a full conversation when I go shopping but that’s my own fault for not trying to learn the language better.

I am also coming up on my one year anniversary of getting my job, for which I am always grateful for! Not only is it a job that helps me pay my bills but it also gives me a chance to interact with some amazing locals that work with me. They teach me things about Japan that you won’t learn from just touring. I also teach them things about America! It’s always a neat experience bonding with someone from another country! Who doesn’t love having friends all over the world!

The reason for this refection of the past year is due to the fact that I am trying to find my place in the world. I don’t have a specific destination for myself yet. I do however hope to find it someday. I have to remind myself every day that God has a plan for me and right now, I am here to enjoy Japan and live my life! Over this past year as I experienced my first year away from America, I have been sad to be missing all the thing’s that are happening back home, some friendships back home have suffered in my absence, I have made and lost friends here, I learned how cruel people can be, my cat, Joy, died of old age and I lost my wonderful Grandfather to cancer. Though there has been bad things, there has also been good! My husband and I grow closer everyday! My younger sister has graduated high school, got her first job and is going to college now! My older sister is only a few weeks from delivering my niece Daisy, who I can’t wait to meet! I have made some AMAZING friends! My parents and I have a great relationship, which is very important to me! I learn new things about being an adult all the time! I started this blog!!!!! Overall I am so grateful for my life that God has given me and though I haven’t found my place yet or have done amazing things this past year, I am happy and I think that matters! I’m living in Japan, I think that is a big deal!!!

Rosy Trisha Blog

© 2015 TNG

Take a relaxing stroll at the Meiji Shrine

In day five of the six excursions I shared what I did in Yokohama to have a fun-filled day! Today, day six and the last of the blog series, I won’t be sharing what to do in a city but actually sharing my experience at one location.

Take a relaxing stroll at the meiji shrine

Address- 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557

Hours- 5:00 am – 6:00 pm

Website- Meiji Jingu

The Meiji Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his consort Empress Shoken. The grounds of Meiji Jingu is acres of forest that had been donated from the people and overseas when the Emperor and Empress passed away. For more history and facts on the shrine visit the website!

Take a relaxing stroll at the Meiji Shrine

When you reach a torii gate, it is common etiquette to bow once when entering and also when leaving. After you go through the torii gate there’s a long cobble stone path through the forest. Walking along the path there are signs to lead you around the grounds. Once close to the main shrine building you will come to barrels of sake wrapped in straw. The sake barrel are offered yearly to the Emperor and Empress by sake brewers from all over Japan. There are also barrels of wine as well.

Take a relaxing stroll at the Meiji Shrine

Take a relaxing stroll at the Meiji Shrine

Take a relaxing stroll at the Meiji Shrine

Take a relaxing stroll at the Meiji Shrine

Walking the paths through the forests was so relaxing and really worth just taking your time. The grounds around the main shrine building were so peaceful and pretty.

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We had the neat experience of witnessing a traditional Japanese wedding that was happening when we arrived.

Take a relaxing stroll at the Meiji Shrine

It isn’t permitted to take photos while under any kind of roof. If you want to see the temple and other parts of the grounds you will just have to visit and see for yourself!

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After walking the main shrine building grounds, we decided to take a stroll and find the Treasure Museum. It is also not permitted to take photographs in the museum. The museum has lots of history and personal items of the Emperor Meiji.

Take a relaxing stroll at the Meiji Shrine

Other things to visit at the Meiji Shrine.

  • Iris Garden
  • Bunkakan (Exhibition at treasure museum annex)
  • Kaguraden (Hall of sacred music and dance)
  • Shiseikan Dojo (Martial arts training hall)
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Shukueisha (Training hall for traditional Japanese Budo)

Take a relaxing stroll at the Meiji Shrine

I hope you enjoyed this blog series, Six excursions in six days! Thank you for reading and keep a close eye out for more adventures with me!

Six excursions in six days

Rosy Trisha Blog

© 2015 TNG

How to have a captivating day in Yokohama

My previous blog post, Markets, shrines and a tiger, I shared some of my personal photographs of a few enjoyable places to visit while in Ueno! Now, for day five I have another city and more thing’s to do with your free time!

How to have a captivating day in Yokohama

To start our day in Yokohama, we stopped at a mall to eat some lunch. We had some delicious tempura udon. This dish is a popular one here in Japan. It is thick wheat noodles in a broth with breaded pieces of fish or meat.

How to have a captivating day in Yokohama

After we ate, we walked along the harbor and enjoyed the view! As we walked along the water we saw the Nippon Maru Yokohama museum. It is a ship that has been permanently docked and made into a museum! There was also a small amusement park for kids. The park had some rides and lots of arcades to go and play games!

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We decided to walk to Cosmo World and ride the Como Clock 21 Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel is about a fifteen minute ride and costs 800 yen per person. While on the ride, it had started to get dark like a storm was coming. Even though it was getting dark, the view from the top was so stunning and we had a blast! When we got off the ride, we realized the park had closed the rest of its ride’s including the Ferris wheel. We had been the last customer’s to ride. I assumed that they closed down due to the coming storm.

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Only a few minutes down the road we walked to the Red Brick Warehouse. The warehouse is a historical building with a variety of shops and restaurants. Once we did some shopping, we then took a little bit longer of a walk to the Yokohama Chinatown! Even though we could have caught a cab or train, we decided to walk. It was nice walking and seeing the sights of the city.

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If you listen to me and do anything I have shared I would recommend Chinatown! It runs a few blocks, filled with all kinds of entertainment. There are lots of Chinese cuisine to choose from and shops with souvenirs.

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We had one last stop on our agenda for the day and it was right down the street from Chinatown! More shopping spots here we come! Motomachi Plaza is where we headed next. At this point in the day I was tired and ready to go home soon so unfortunately, I didn’t get anymore photo’s. The street of Motomachi Plaza is really quaint and charming but we decided we would only window shop.

Most of the day was spent sight seeing and I didn’t do as much shopping as it may seem. I love seeing all the different kinds of entertainment Japan has to offer. Every city is a new experience with new memories! We also learn so much about the culture and people each time we go out into Japan.

How to have a captivating day in Yokohama

My blog series is coming to an end! I have one last day, then its back to normal blogging. Day six will be up tomorrow! Thanks for reading!

Six excursions in six days

Rosy Trisha Blog

© 2015 TNG

Markets, shrines and a tiger

My last post was all about where to go in Shibuya to find hidden gems. Modern and traditional culture are found all over the city and it’s so neat to find those hidden traditional spots.

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Welcome to, day four of the blog series! I know, I say it about a lot of places but Japan has so many exciting cities to visit! Ueno is another one of those cities that I really enjoy traveling too. There is so much to do and all within walking distance or just a train stop over.

Markets, shrines and a tiger

Ueno park is a really pretty place to walk and just enjoy being out in the sunshine. It also is easy to get too, the main Ueno station is right next to it! Ueno park was once apart of the grounds of the Kaneiji temple but later was opened to the public as the first western style park. It is just a big walkway through the trees but along it there is a lot to see. Street performers are sometimes out doing some form of entertainment and that’s always amusing to watch. They also have lots of festivals at the park, for example, the Sakura festival during cherry blossom season. You can go and walk under the sakura trees and have a hanami party, which I explain in one of my previous blog post.

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There is a nice Starbucks at the far southwestern side with lots of outdoor seating for those beautiful sunny days. Right down the path from the Starbucks is the Ueno Zoological Gardens! I have gone to this zoo two times in the past year. The zoo is so big and has a huge variety of animals to see. I would dedicate a whole day to visit the zoo due to the size of it. Admission is also super cheap!

Closed – Mondays

Hours – 9:30 – 17:00

Admission – 

  • Adults (16-64) – 600 yen
  • Seniors (65+) – 300 yen
  • Students (13-15) – 200 yen
  • Children (0-12) – Free

For more information on the Uneo Zoological Gardens visit their website.

Markets, shrines and a tiger

Other enjoyable things to see along the Ueno park are the variety of museums, Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum for Western Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and the National Science Museum. There are also temples and shrines hidden among the trees along the walkway.Markets, shrines and a tiger

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The one shrine had an orange box sitting by the temple and it asked for 100 yen. We had no idea what it was but decided to try it out. After we put 100 yen in, a little paper fell out the bottom.

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After walking Ueno park we decided to head over to the Ameya-Yokochho market. There are all kinds of things sold; fish, meat, fruits, hats, shoes and so much more. I didn’t like the fishy smell that followed all around the market but however, I did enjoy fruit on stick!

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For the rest of the day we walked to a few other shrines and temples in the area.

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Along the Schichimen slope there is a street with lots of shops and restaurants.

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Thank you for reading day four of my blog series! I hope you enjoyed all the photos I had to share! Keep an eye out for day five of the six excursions. I will be sharing some of my adventures in the city Yokohama and what to visit while there!

Six excursions in six days

Rosy Trisha Blog

© 2015 TNG

The hidden gems of Shibuya

In my last blog post, day two of six, I shared where to go for a great shopping day and also some beautiful sights! For today’s post instead of shopping, I will share where to find some great spots to see and experience modern and traditional culture of Japan.

The hidden gems of Shibuya

 One of my favorite things about Japan is that even though the culture is always changing with the times they never forget their traditions. I could be walking in the most modern and busy city in Japan and I could still find a little shrine or temple hidden away.

Shibuya is a really exciting place to visit. People are everywhere, lots of shops, nightclubs and is a fashion district! Though it’s not a hidden gem Shibuya is very popular for its famous cross walk! As you leave the train station at the Hachiko exit, wait and watch and you will see tons of people collide as they all try to cross the huge intersection. Why this is so entertaining to watch and also cross it as well, I have no idea!

The hidden gems of Shibuya

While enjoying the shopping and sights of Shibuya also look for some of the hidden history of the area! I have three locations that I visited while in Shibuya.

1. Konnoh Hachimangu Shrine

Address: 3-5-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

The hidden gems of Shibuya

The Konnoh Hachimangu shrine is known to have housed the Shibuya clan and is also their place of worship. Some of the original Shibuya castle has been preserved on the grounds of the shrine. The history of the shrine is a bit confusing, it was really neat learning what I could.

The hidden gems of Shibuya

The hidden gems of Shibuya

I don’t understand a lot about shrines but I try to learn as much as I can since I do live here. I love looking at the buildings, they always have so much design and color!

The hidden gems of Shibuya

Across the street from the Hachimangu shrine we found another shrine! I’m not sure what the name of the place is. Taking a walk through the small charming shrine was so peaceful. I could walk through shrines and temples all day long!

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2. Miyamasu Mitake Shrine

Address: 1-12-16 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku,Tokyo

Located on Miyamasu Hill

The hidden gems of Shibuya

At first, we could not find this shrine! We walked around the same few blocks over and over. The reason for our confusion was that this shrine is built up above the street! It is literally hidden between a bunch of huge buildings. It reminded me of the house from Stuart little, the movie with the mouse! The only difference is that the shrine is up some steps and its a shrine, not a house. Anyway, keep your eyes open while looking for it because it is easy to get turned around and miss it.

The hidden gems of Shibuya

Once you walk up the steps and leave the busy street its like walking into a whole new world. The gravel was raked into perfect lines with a cement path that leads you to the shrine. It was quiet and actually different than other shrines I have been too. Shrines always have some kind of creature of animal guarding it at the entrance in pairs and at this shrine it has a pair of wolves. Seeing wolves guard the shrine is rare in Japan.

The hidden gems of Shibuya

The hidden gems of Shibuya

3. Haciko Square

Address: 2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

The hidden gems of Shibuya

This statue is of a dog named Hachiko, an Akita, who every day would go to the train station with his owner Hidesaburo Ueno. While his owner went to work at the University of Tokyo, Hachiko would sit and wait at the station till he returned home. For many years the owner and dog did this until one day Hidesaburo died. Years after Hachiko continued to wait at the train station for his owner until he died as well. This statue was made of Hachiko for his great loyalty and love. The University of Tokyo has built a statue of Hachiko being reunited with his owner Ueno.

After a long day of walking and seeing all these fun (and sad) locations my two friends, sister, husband and I all headed back to the train station to go home. We picked a bad time to catch a train. Since I ended my blog with such a sad story I figured I would share this photo of us being crowded into a train during rush hour. I have never in my life been so close to my friends and the wonderful strangers around us. Those videos and pictures you see of crowded trains in Japan, yes, they are real! Go ahead, google crowded trains in Japan and see how it is!

The hidden gems of Shibuya

Stay tuned for day four of my blog series where I will share all the fun things to do in Ueno!

Six excursions in six days

Rosy Trisha Blog

© 2015 TNG

The island of shopping

The island of shopping

In my previous blog post, day one of six, I shared just how enjoyable visiting a huge Buddha can be! This blog series is all about a few trips I have taken around the Tokyo area. Six excursions in six days! Today, I will be sharing where to go shopping!

Second largest Buddha in Japan

The island of Odaiba is absolutely gorgeous for starters. As we exited the train station we walked right out into this beautiful view. There were walking paths through the trees and along the water with a small version of the statue of liberty!

Second largest Buddha in Japan

Odaiba was originally a group of islands that were man-made during the Edo Period to protect Tokyo from sea attacks. After many years the islands were joined together and were supposed to be turned into a residential and business area. Due to the economy, the plans didn’t follow through and after some time hotels and malls started to be built.

Second largest Buddha in Japan

Odaiba has many huge malls for shopping with lots of other entertainment. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling well this day so I didn’t do as much shopping as I would have liked. I still enjoyed walking the mall and eating at a Hawaiian burger joint, while overlooking the bay! My favorite store was a cute hello kitty shop in the aqua city mall! They had lots of little hello kitty trinkets, stuffed animals, chop sticks, and even an ice cream booth in the store!

Second largest Buddha in Japan

 If you got this far in my first blog series, six excursions in six days, then I hope you will continue on this journey with me! I really enjoy sharing these memories with my readers! Day three of the blog series will be about where to go to find hidden gems in a busy city.

Six excursions in six days

Rosy Trisha Blog

© 2015 TNG

Second largest Buddha in Japan

Second largest Buddha in Japan

This Buddha isn’t the largest one in Japan? No, it’s not and I didn’t know this till after I visited the Great Buddha in Kamakura! The largest is in fact in Nara’s Todaiji Temple. Since I didn’t visit the LARGEST Buddha in Japan I guess I will just have to share my experience of the second largest one!

The second largest Buddha in Japan

Second largest Buddha in Japan

The Great Buddha is located in the Kotokuin Temple and sits at about 13.35 meters tall, which is about 44 feet for those like me who don’t know meter measurements that well. That is one huge Buddha statue!

Second largest Buddha in Japan

Hours and Prices of Kotokuin Temple

Hours – 8:00 – 17:30, closes at 17:00 from October to March

Prices – 200 yen

In Japan, I have yet to enter a temple or shrine that wasn’t well-kept. This temple was one of the first I had the chance to visit and it was beautiful! From the bottom of the steps as I entered I could already see just how big the statue was! It was a sight I really wasn’t expecting, I knew it was big but I wasn’t able to grasp just how big till I saw it.

Second largest Buddha in Japan

Second largest Buddha in Japan

At the foot of the Buddha is place to burn incense and an offering plate with fruits and vegetables. Another name for The Great Buddha of Kamakura is Kamakura Daibutsu. The statue is of Amida Buddha and is made of bronze. The statue was first cast in the year 1252 but has had a lot of reconstruction done due to weather and time wearing it down.

Second largest Buddha in Japan

This statue is actually hollow and you can pay a small fee to enter it. We had went on a very hot day so entering a giant bronze statue was like walking into an oven! There wasn’t much room to walk around and not much to see but it was neat to be able to go inside.

Statue interior times and fees

Fee – 20 yen

Hours – 8:00 – 16:30

Second largest Buddha in Japan

Second largest Buddha in Japan

After visiting The Great Buddha of Kamakura we traveled to a few local temples and shrines and for lunch I had my first Japanese meal. If we had been traveling alone and had time I would have stopped at the beach. One of the temples we visited had a beautiful view of the ocean.

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This day trip to Kamakura was one of the first I took here in Japan. I really hope you enjoyed this adventure and will stay tuned for the next five excursions I have to share over the next couple days! All exciting places to visit in the Tokyo area.

Second largest Buddha in Japan

Second largest Buddha in Japan Second largest Buddha in Japan Second largest Buddha in Japan

Second largest Buddha in Japan

If you missed the introduction to this blog series, take a look right here! In tomorrows blog post I will share where to do all your shopping!

Six excursions in six days

Rosy Trisha Blog

© 2015 TNG

Six excursions in six days

Six excursions in six days

I’m so excited to be writing my first blog series! Over the course of the next week I will be have a new trip to talk about every day! All different places to explore in the Tokyo area with new experiences! Now, some of the places I will talk about are old trips that I went on before I started blogging but most are recent.

This summer, I went home to Pennsylvania as many of you know since I discussed my trip in a previous post, Home is where my story starts! After my trip home my younger sister, Marisa joined me here in Japan! She was only here for a limited time and we had a lot of places to go in a short time! For two weeks, every single day, we traveled somewhere new! This fast pace traveling is what inspired me to write a blog series in the same fashion! So like I was saying before, for the next six days at the same time each day I will have a new journey to share! Stay tuned and get excited for six excursions in six days!

Six excursions in six days

Rosy Trisha Blog

© 2015 TNG