I imagine it’s crazy during Obon holiday, but a weekday visit to Kamakura in the summer is relaxed.
A day trip to Kamakura to visit a Hitachi environmental strategist turned up many delightful wildlife within Tokyo’s commuter shed. Hasedera Temple has an amazing garden on a steep hillside with views of the ocean. Several types of dragonflies were there, including this amazing red one.
Sunning themselves on lotus leaves were turtles.
Outside the temple, I was startled to see a swallow’s nest above a convenience store entrance. The young birds seemed unperturbed by people or commerce.
Equally ubiquitous were hawks, circling, squawking and apparently endangering beach picnics.