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Monday, 4 May 2009

Kamakura: Hokoku-ji Temple

Hokoku-ji Temple, or sometimes known as the Bamboo Temple is actually off the list of my travel guidebook. However, I was told by my friend Tap about the beautiful bamboo forest there. So, I went off the beaten track to look for it in Kamakura.

It seems that the bamboo forest there is more popular than the temple itself.

Most visitors went straight to the bamboo forest before visiting the temple building. I was one of them.

The ambiance inside the bamboo forest was so serene that I felt peace of mind when I was in it.

Even some part of the ground was filled with green during my visit.

Along the trail, I saw a floor-standing lantern covered in moss. It was just so out-of-this-world kind of appearance.

At the end of the trailed, I was so overwhelmed by the intricate layout of this bamboo forest. There is even a viewing terrace for visitors to sit down and appreciate the forest in detail and at their own pace.

Well, a visit to a temple is not complete without visiting the temple building.

So, I paid respect to the host there.

After that, I was on the trail again to the other part of Kamakura.


Mojo said...

I don't think I've ever seen bamboo that tall before! Utterly amazing. And the lantern is surreal... But something I'd expect to see in a place like that.

stan said...

those bamboo shots are amzing - sorta reminds me of Lord Of The Rings - w an oriental twist. :)

Maria said...

I felt peaceful just by looking at them. Lovely photos! Happy WW.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I love the upright shots into the forest. Quite amazing green color.

Liza said...

Wonderful pictures! I like the bamboo shots, it looks so serene.

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