Do you have any idea how amazing the internet works? Well, I’m an IT guy but am still amazed of how broad and smart the internet is. I have no idea about Enoshima and Kamakura at first and I only remember Google-ing places to visit in Japan near Tokyo when suddenly, Facebook is recommending places and showing me all sorts of things I need to know and go to when in Tokyo. Not sure if I make any sense, but yes! I found a must-visit area where you are surrounded with waters, beautiful landscapes, temples, food and definitely away from the hustle and bustle Tokyo and its skyscrapers.
For a brief background, Enoshima and Kamakura are located at the Shonan area which is known for their Pacific ocean beaches and attractions. Many people flock to this area as it has long been popular as the closest seaside to Tokyo. Enoshima, which was my first destination, can be reached via a bridge from Katase-Enoshima station.
But before that, let me tell you how I got there. This part of my Japan itinerary was the most stressful one because of the vague explanations I was reading online on how to get there. But to cut the story short, you can either take the REGULAR Odakyu Line or take the Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar both bound for Katase-Enoshima. I took the latter. Why? Simply because it’s more convenient and comfortable. The only difference is that when you take the Romance Car, aside from the Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass ticket, you need to book a seat and get a Limited Express ticket which is only 620yen one way. With that, you get to experience a smooth and luxurious ride on a comfy couch and you don’t need to worry if you’ll get a seat or not. So COZY!
“In Enoshima, you will find a lighthouse (called the Enoshima Sea Candle), botanical gardens, a shrine set in a natural stone cave, as well as a shrine for worshiping a sea goddess. On the shore across the bridge of Enoshima, the popular Enoshima Aquarium can also be found.”
Like most of the places I have already visited in the previous days, Enoshima is one of the walkathon series. Aside from crossing the long bridge to reach the island, you have to climb and walk your way up the hill. Good news! You can buy a ticket so you can ride an escalator going up. Bad news! It’s only one way. Without a question, I took the escalator because I needed lots of energy to make it that day! LOL!
And of course, I went to the Enoshima Sea Candle. Not sure why it’s called like that when in fact, it’s just a mere lighthouse. But later that night, I saw how lit it was and ahhh, I figured why it’s called the ‘Sea Candle.’ It’s lit with lots of colorful lights at night and it was standing like a torch in the middle of the sea. So beautiful!
Look how far I had to walk to reach this point from the far end of that bridge in the photo above! Crazy! Though I honestly did not sweat at all! LOL! I love winter!
Next stop was Kamakura. I had to walk all the way back from where I started and then follow a different path going to the Enoshima Station (Enoden Train/Enoshima Electric Railway). Had a quick stop on a fastfood chain near the station and tried their burger and fries with a matcha drink and say what? It’s hella good! Not sure if it’s just because I’m in a foreign soil and I kinda appreciate everything I try or probably I was just really hungry that time from long walks. HAHA! But then again, another loooooong walk for me! All good though, since I am loving the view wherever I go. That’s just how beautiful, clean and so welcoming Japan is! Domo arigatou gozaimasu!
“Kamakura is a historic site with 3 sides covered by hills and its front facing the ocean. The city has numerous shrines and temples including the Great Buddha of Kamakura, and its streets are filled with atmosphere from its long and venerable history and traditional culture.”
The street of Komachi is quite very busy. Restaurants and food stalls left and right. Temptations everywhere! I passed by this street since I am heading to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. Sad that I didn’t have the time to visit all the temples and the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Well, there’s always a second time to do everything else I missed out! It’s important to just enjoy every moment. 🙂
I slightly got lost when I reached the end of Komachi Street because I didn’t know where to go or where should I go. Google maps to the rescue! Found the nearest temple which is the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. This one’s really big. Big enough to consume a lot of my time or maybe it’s really my photography that’s consuming most of my time. LOL. But who can I blame? If you were in my shoes, you will definitely know how it feels like traveling solo and trying to sync it all in that you made it on your destination and ticking it off of your freakin’ bucket list. Not to mention the feeling when you successfully followed your itinerary! Major success! Thank you too, Kamakura! You are a worthy place to visit!
And you know what really surprised me at the end of this trip? The sunset! I’m an avid fan of sunset like it’s an icon. I love to think of happy thoughts and memories while staring at the sun until it fully sets in. It has some kind of power or magic that instantly makes people happy and light. I’m sure you know what I mean!! Who doesn’t love sunset, seriously? And while the sun is setting and waiting for my train back to the city, I was enjoying the Chai Tea Latte I bought near the station. This is the best I’ve tried out there! And I would honestly go back to Kamakura just to get another sip of that Chai Tea Latte.
Day Tour Itinerary (Enoshima – Kamakura)
[07:30 AM – 08:53 AM] Go to Odakyu Line in Shinjuku Station and purchase Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass via ticket vending machines or counter. Don’t forget to print and bring the Limited Express tickets.
[08:53 AM – 10:02 AM] Travel from Shinjuku to Katase-Enoshima via Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar. — Train name: Enoshima 9 (EXE4); Carriage 8 seat 8A
[10:02 AM – 13:30 PM] Walk accross the bridge to enter Enoshima. Go to Enoshima Sea Candle. Walk up to the Enoshima Shrine. Visit Kodama Shrine.
[13:30 PM – 14:12 PM] Walk to Enoshima Station (Enoden Train/Enoshima Electric Railway).
[14:12 PM – 18:00 PM] Walk along the Komachi Dori, a shopping street that goes from Kamakura to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Explore Kamakura.
[18:00 PM – 19:13 PM] Travel back from Kamakura to Enoshima, then walk from Enoshima station to Katase-Enoshima station.
[19:13 PM – 20:20 PM] Travel from Katase-Enoshima to Shinjuku via Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar. — Train name: Enoshima 84 (EXE10); Carriage 2 seat 15D
- Book your Romance Car seat here prior your trip if you decide not to take the regular Odakyu Line bound for Katase-Enoshima. And do not forget to purchase the Katase-Enoshima Freepass which entitles you back and forth trip between Shinjuku and Katase-Enoshima and unlimited hop-on hop-off in Enoshima Electric Railway.
- Make sure to take note of your departure time because it cannot be changed! Also take note of the seat and car number where you are suppose to seat.
- In Enoshima, you can avail a ticket for you to have access to their escalators. That is if you wish to save yourself from exhaustion since it’s one hell of a stairway going up.
- The estimated cost for this trip is around 5,000 Yen and it still depends how much you are going to spend for the food. That includes the Freepass ticket, Romance Car back and forth ticket, elevator access in Enoshima, and entrance fee to the Enoshima Sea Candle.