Yesterday, I took the bus from my lodgings to Shingu station. Since I had several hours until my train, I went to see the Kamakuri Shrine, which was about a 15 minute walk from the station. When I got there, here’s what I saw:
Another steep-ass climb! Three different levels of this! I got about halfway up and met an Australian couple coming down. I asked if the shrine was worth the climb. She said yes, he said no. So of course, I continued upwards. And here’s what I saw:
I thought it was worth it. But it was pretty treacherous going down. I then learned that every February, they hold a festival where young men dress in white and RUN up the steps to the shrine with lit torches.