A detour to the entry of 長谷寺 Hase-dera, which I will need to visit properly one day.
After exploring further, taking in the sights, more matcha 抹茶 ice cream and the frequently fun routine of taking photos for strangers and having the favour returned in kind, I looped back through the side streets to the station.
The Daibutsu 大仏 from a closer vantage. The statue is of Amitābha Buddha and was likely built in 1252, the replacement of an earlier wooden version that was destroyed, along with its hall, by a storm in 1248.
Back to the station via some of the side streets, then to the west end of the city on the Enoshima Electric Railway 江ノ島電鉄.
Stepping off the light rail service, the streets were busy with those seeking the best cherry blossom sights under the increasingly ideal sunshine.
As I walked inland to the Buddhist temple of Kōtoku-in 高徳院, I noted footpath signs with escape directions to use in the event of a tsunami 津波, something that's a serious concern for the seaside town. In fact, the temple's Daibutsu 大仏 (“Great Buddha”) was once covered by a building, but it was washed away by the tsunami 津波 of 20 September 1498. The statue has stood in the open air for the 520 years since.
Around and up through a small run of vermilion torii 鳥居 to Maruyama Inari Shrine 丸山稲荷社, where I chatted with another solo traveller, then down and across to the other side and Shirahata-Jinja Shrine 白旗神社, pictured here, hiding in the forest's edge.
After the third of the great torii 鳥居 leading to the shrine, the road opens on a large compound fronted by bridges and twin ponds. The park is dotted with structures, ending in a grand staircase that leads to the main shrine on the hill, backed by trees.
A tonbi トビ (black kite) coiling overhead. They're fearless and fearsome, with a reputation for snatching food from people in scary-looking swoops. The food stalls that lined the entry to the shrine grounds were being surveilled closely.