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You can walk the 300 m open to public and that takes about 10 to 15 minutes and costs 400 yen - if no one's there, ring the door bell at the booth next to the small temple, Josenji 定泉寺 - you're not supposed to...More
While there are many temples to visit in the Kamakura area, few have on offer an extensive maze of tunnels carved out of rock by devoted monks several hundred years ago. Combing this with a visit to Ofuna Cannon makes for a fun half-day excursion.
It's a long artificial cave made around Kamakura period(around 1192 )from Edo period where the monks prayed inside. We must go inside with the candle . A very long narrow cave full of sculpture on the surface of the wall and above head.
The passageways, chambers and carvings are impressive, especially when you realize it was created solely by using hand tools starting in the year 1200.
To get there from Tokyo you need to take the Yokosuka line. The train originates at Tokyo station, but it also...More
Caves were interesting. Take an extra flashlight as its very dark. Obscurely off the main road and no big signs out the front. No coffee shops near by. Nice garden at the front of the caves. Had shrines at every twist and turn of the...More
Taya caverns, on the grounds of Josenji temple, were carved into soft limestone cliffs by meditating monks between 1200 and 1700. Visitors are given a candle, which they affix to a special handle and light just inside the cave. There is electrical lighting throughout the...More
I had read about these caves online (do an internet search for Taya Caves to see pictures and get additional information) and thought this would be an unusual side trip on our day excursion to Kamakura to see the Great Buddha. Taya no Dookutsu (Taya...More