Our first destination was Kamakura. We headed out of the house around 9 and walked to the Yokosuka Station. We made it to the Kamakura station and walked down the main drag toward Hachimangu. This place looks much different than when we first visited in January. The trees make a huge difference!
|Kids in front of the first Torii. Garytt knocked Morgan down.|
After this shrine we decided to take a break for lunch before we continued with the rest of the tour. We took Morgan to a yakiniku restaurant. I don't know if it was the excitement of having her big sister there, or if she was comfortable eating at a place she had been to before, or maybe, juuuust maybe Mackenzie is broadening her eating horizons...the child tasted everything we had on the table!!!! It took some convincing, but Kris talked me into ordering the meat plate I was very resistant to as soon as we sat down.
From here we jumped back on the train....on the VERY crowded train...to the Hase station. I knew that the time we were going was when the Hydrangeas were in bloom (the last couple weeks of June). What I didn't know is how many Japanese people go to visit the Hydrangea parks. WOW!! We were smooshed on that train! From that station we followed the mass of people toward Big Buddha.
I never knew there were so many different kinds of Hydrangeas or that they could be so many different colors.
Garytt's green tea ice cream mustache.
Next, we made our way to the Hasedera Temple...again, VERY different than what we observed in January. The flowers were amazing!
I didn't think it was possible, but shy Mackenzie actually agreed to stand next to the lady in her kimono. And, the lady was so nice...she put away her camera and folded her fan so she could get close to Mackenzie. :)
I can't wait to see how this beautiful city looks in the fall!