Shōgunzaka

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This post encapsulates at least three different days in three different places in Japan: Kamakura, Yokohama, and Kyoto.

We had visited Kamakura before, but never saw the giant Buddha the town is known for. The statue is impressive, and the local train that takes you there is really neat, but I’d say Kamakura has a lot more to offer — the ocean view and Engaku-ji near Kita-Kamakura to name a couple.

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Yokohama started as a small fishing village but it’s a big, big city. Together with Tokyo, which is under an hour away, they form the largest urban area in Japan. This time we just existed the train station, crossed a few bridges, passed by Nissan’s HQ, and walked all the way to the pier and back.

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Kyoto is an obligatory stop in every trip in this country. It stands in stark contrast to Tokyo, in that you have a much more liveable and graspable city. It feels a lot more human and you can feel the history all around.

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One of the goals when visiting Kyoto was to hike up to Shōgunzaka, an observation deck set in the hills on the city’s western outskirts.

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To get to the observation deck, you have to go through Chion-in all the way to the back, pass the largest bronze bell in Japan, and continue to climb through the marked trails. It took us a while, with baby L strapped to me once again, but the view from the top is remarkable. Not only can you see the city, but also the mountains surrounding it, as well as the gardens all around.

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Moi

The final shot

Hi there, welcome to my blog! I'm Filipe Varela, a designer at Automattic, and am passionate about photography and video. In this site I post photos from my journeys and daily ramblings — in sum, a slice of life. Browse through the archive or check the homepage for the latest posts.

4 thoughts on “Shōgunzaka

  1. Guida May 23, 2018

    Que bela viagem tenho feito! 😉

  2. Tiago June 15, 2018

    Adoro Kamakura, sempre que me recordo desse dia só me dá warm feelings ^_^

    1. Filipe Varela June 15, 2018

      É um sítio mesmo underrated. E nem é pelas atracções, é mesmo pelo mood…aquela vibe de vila com praia no pacífico, de inspiração havaiana. É muito bom!

      1. Tiago June 16, 2018

        Exacto, a nós também foi porque nos faz lembrar Portugal. Como não temos mar perto de nós, sempre que vamos ao mar é um pequeno acontecimento. :) Depois gostamos porque até foi muito calmo. Acho que o nosso nível de apreciação dos lugares dependeu sempre um pouco do número de pessoas.

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