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Yokohama is the first place of my Japan trip that i paid for accomodation. haha. I was deciding between taking a day trip to Yokohama during my off day at Fujino Club or to go there after Fujino. I decided on the latter because there's just too much that i wanted to explore in Yokohama, 1 day trip will definitely not be enough. And also becasue it's slightly cheaper for me to get to Chiba for my mediation retreat from Yokohama as compared to Fujino.
I stayed at an AirB&B place titled Yokohama 8mins train/wifi shibuya shinjyuku koyasu. It's a shared room and it cost be SGD$55 for 2 nights. The place is pretty decent, with washing machine and dryer available. It's just about 5mins walk to the nearest train station (Koyasu Station), so it's pretty convenient.
I explored Yokohama area on my first day and Kamakura on my second day. There are many nice shopping area at Yokohama, i specially love the Red Brick Warehouse, i'm not sure if it's because i've been in Japan for too long, so i kinda miss some western architectual and stuff, or simply because i feel that Yokohama is such a culturally diverse place.
I explored Yokohama area mainly by foot (to save money haha). I walked from Yokohama station to Minato Mirai (25mins walk) for some shopping and then headed to the Red Brick Warehouse which was just about 10mins away. Between the above 2 location, you will pass by the ferrywheels, and also another british-like shopping and dinning place called Marine & Walk, which is also kinda cool.
The nightview of Yokohama is very pretty, just like Singapore. You can get a good view from the balcony of the Red Brick House.
I then walk another 15 to 20mins to Yokohama's Chinatown, which is one of the biggest chinatown in Japan.
Kamakura area is where you will find all the beautiful shrines and temples, as well as old street. There's so much to explore there, i wish i had more time.
I took a train to Kamakura Station and visited Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu. I love how different Kamakura is incomparison with Yokohama. It felt like i time travelled back.
I then walked about 20mins to Hokokuji Temple, the pictures of the bamboo garden attracted me there but i was a little disappointed at how small the place is. I think it cost about SGD$5 to get in.
I then walked back to Kamakura area to have a tour around the shopping streets, and then headed to Kotoku-in, where the famous big buddha statue is. It took me about 25mins there by foot. Well, you dont have to walk that much if you don't like to, there are buses available. I dont think it's that expensive. I just like to walk slowly and observe the things around me.
The Kotoku-in was the last destination on my list, but I saw on the map that it's pretty close to the sea, so i decided to continue walking down to have a look. I'm so glad that i did because it was so beautiful!
There were many other places that i wanted to see at Kamakura such as Meigetsu-in Temple, Kencho-ji, as well as Enoshima, the little connected island, but i didn't have enough time. Well, I still prefer to take things slow and relax than rushing from one place to another trying.
Yokohama is such a nice place :)