Today we headed off to a place called Hase, about an hour south of Tokyo. It has apparently had big tsunamis in the past and there were many warning signs, but thankfully the ocean stayed calm and flat!
The Giant Buddha used to be in a giant hall, but that was washed away centuries ago. It is an impressive sight in its current forested site.
Just be chance we saw a beautiful garden down a side street and after wandering closer for a look, couldn’t resist going inside to see it properly. There were lily ponds full of Koi, a 13th century bell, fox statues, gold idols, beautiful trees and a special shrine sacred to “unborn children” [stillbirths and miscarriages]. There were countless statues here, each one representing a lost child.
We had a walk on the beach; fairly grey but notable for a huge flock of crows eating huge jellyfish!
Halloween decorations are everywhere in Japan; it seems to be extremely popular.