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Embark on a Day of Adventure in Kamakura

by Tom Roseveare

Nestled in the serene embrace of nature, the Kamakura region of Kanagawa Prefecture offers a delightful fusion of cultural immersion and outdoor exploration. In a single day, you can experience the tranquillity of zazen meditation at Kencho-ji temple, unleash your creativity with pottery making at Takarano niwa in Kita-kamakura, and embark on an exhilarating Tenen hiking adventure in the Kamakura area. This unique day trip promises to be a memorable escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

Pottery Making at Takara Clay Studio in Kita-kamakura

Begin your day by embracing your artistic side at Takarano Niwa, a delightful pottery studio nestled in Kita-kamakura. With clay in hand, you'll mold and shape your own unique masterpiece, leaving you with a tangible, personal keepsake of your Kamakura adventure. Whether you're an experienced potter or a novice, the joy of creating your own pottery piece is an experience to cherish. A range of other experiences, like yoga, cooking and dyeing, is also available here.

Zazen Meditation at Kencho-ji Temple

Learn the art of meditation and the passage to mindfulness with a Zazen session at Kencho-ji, one of Japan's oldest and most esteemed Zen temples. Held in English during the middle of the day, feel the serene atmosphere as this centuries-old tradition transports you to a world of inner peace, under the guidance of a skilled monk. The experience is a window into the spiritual heart of Kamakura, a perfect way to align your body and mind for the rest of your adventure ahead. Check the official website for more info and booking details.

Tenen Hiking in the Kamakura Area

Following your meditation session, it's time to embrace the natural beauty of the Kamakura area. The Tenen hiking trail offers a captivating journey through lush forests, along mountain ridges, and past ancient shrines. The trail leads to the Tenen area, a hidden gem with breathtaking panoramic views of Kamakura's coastal landscape. The viewpoint is near the summit of Mount Ohirayama, and there’s a small teahouse a 2-minute walk on the eastern side.

In just one day, you can embrace the serenity of zazen meditation, unlock your creative potential through pottery making, and explore the stunning landscapes of Kamakura. This adventure in the Kamakura region is a perfect blend of mindfulness, artistry, and outdoor exploration, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural and natural treasures that this Japanese gem has to offer.

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