Tokyo guzzler February 2016, part 1 – Day trip to Nihon-ji (Big Buddha)

Half term means holiday time – AGAIN! Mind you, it has been a whopping 25 working days since our last break (4 of which were spent snowboarding in the mountains at Hakuba!) It’s a hard life!

Anyway, this week we finally got around to doing a day trip we’d been planning for a while (thanks Tokyo Cheapo). We headed to Mt. Nokogiriyama on the Boso Peninsula:

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After three trains and a bus we made it to Kurihama Port where our ferry awaited us. The Tokyo-Wan Ferry crossing across Tokyo Bay lasted around 40 minutes.

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These dudes had a bag of crisps and fed the gulls. At first just a few followed the boat, but after a while there must’ve been 50 or more.

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Checking out the birds!

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They hovered effortlessly and plucked the crisps out the air with precision. “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea” – Eric Cantona. 

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Along came a big bird of prey, but the gulls weren’t phased and eventually it left empty clawed.

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And after three trains, one bus and one boat, we’d arrived in Chiba – our third prefecture of the day! 

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Not MORE transport?! How many methods can we fit in in one day?! We took the Nokogiriyama Ropeway to the top of the mountain.

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The view from the top was stunning, looking out across Tokyo Bay back up towards Yokohama and Tokyo.

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[Obligatory blog photo of Maz pretending to look through the binoculars]

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Spring is nearly here. The temperature has been up in the high teens and the flowers are starting to bloom.

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And we’d made it! This is the biggest of big Buddhas in Japan, standing at a whopping 31 metres tall. Twice the size of the Kamakura Buddha.

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It’s hidden away and not well known at all. We were virtually the only visitors there and barely saw any gaijins all day long.

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Big Buddha is watching you!

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We trekked back up to the top of the mountain to look out across the bay again.

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Stunning views (and a random man with a bonfire – or was it a BBQ?)

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This felt a little like the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon, protruding out over a vast drop to mountain oblivion.

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By now the sun was setting and it was time to get the ferry back across the bay to Kurihama Port, Kanagawa.

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No seagulls on the way back (mainly because we’d eaten the crisps we’d planned to feed to them!); just a beautiful sunset with Fuji poking its head through the haze.

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And a quick shout out for this “Magic Mushroom” air hockey machine. A good end to our day trippin’!

 

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