We planed to wander through the historic temples for our day trip to Kamakura, to get away from the busy streets and hurried pedestrians in Tokyo, and Kamakura seemed to be the place for a real holiday. I thought I would just walk around the trails between temples, enjoying the leisure day here, but Kamakura has more than venerable temples, when the train passed by the sparkling ocean, I was utterly blown away by the beauty of Shanan’s coast, I was pretty sure this was the place for our holiday, Kamakura(鐮倉) and Enoshima (江の島) were just the places to visit.
Below I would give you an overview of the day trip we did while we were there.
To start, make sure you have The Kamakura-Enoshima Pass or The Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass, both of the tickets allow you to travel from Tokyo to Kamakura round trip, if you want to see more temples than just The Great Buddha and Hasedera temple, I recommend you to buy JR EAST’s The Kamakura-Enoshima Pass, so you can get off at Kita- Kamakura station and walk around the cultural town to Kamakura. Or else, Odakyu’s The Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass is enough, and it’s CHEAPER.
See & Do
Kamakura: Kamakura station is the downtown of Kamakura area, the long main street toward the venerable shrine is lined with traditional shops, local food restaurants, this is definitely the place to buy traditional Japanese widgets and snacks.
Hase:Wandering the Hase is pretty much a prerequisite of being in Kamakura, historic buildings and temples, a place filled with traditional culture.
kamakurakokomae: Since I glimpsed the sparkling ocean on my way to Kamakura at kamakurakokomae station, I have fallen in love with this Pacific coast. Standing on the hills near the station, we saw the classic train passing through the railroad, throughout the crossing is another view of the ocean, waves roll over, stretching to the beach, leaving white foam that sparkles under the sun light.
Enoshima: My favorite part about Kamakura, I love to call it the sapphire Shonan. You can reach the island via a bridge from the shore, and visit shrines and watch the sunset on the island.
Dried whitebait rice bowl: With the Pacific Ocean at Kamakura’s back door, it’s no wonder that seafood abounds in the local fare, a bowl of whitebait rice is locals’ famous meal.
Jellyfish rice crackers/ senbei(丸焼きたこせんべい): I was quite curious how might a jellyfish taste like, so I chose the jellyfish senbei even though the lobster senbei and octopus senbei were so appealing to me, and to be honest, the flavor was kind of weird that I felt I was eating some salted crackers which taste very oceanic.
Kamakura Station: In front of the Kamakura station are two roads paralleled to each other, leading us to the venerable shrine of Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu, both roads worth exploring, with lots of different shops selling local snacks and some traditional crafts.
A lovely shop in front of Kamakura station where lots of Japanese students come for traditional stuffs and handkerchiefs.
Along the main road to Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu, where a historic shrine stands, many Japanese come to visit with respect and faith.
On the way to Hase temple, the atmosphere here was filled with history and traditional culture.
The reason I love to be in Shonan area, sunshine, ocean and full of energy.
Kamakurakokomae is the part I love Kamakura about.
My fresh seafood lunch: Dried whitebait rice bowl
While walking on Enoshima, it was like I stepped onto the island made for cats.
Cats just sit beside us.
The food stand that served jellyfish rice crackers/ senbe
Not only jellyfish, also lobster senbei.
The staff put the seafood on the iron plate, and pressed with high temperature to make the senbei, so the whole shape of the octopus will appear on the cracker.
My jellyfish senbei, can you see the two jellyfish on it?
The shrine on the island.
We loved everything about the island, especially the ocean.
When the sun shone over the traditional houses and Pacific ocean, the reflect of brilliant yellow, orange colours was no doubt a gift for the villagers of the island.
Enoshima Lighthouse Observatory
On the way for the ocean sunset.
People sat on the rocks waiting for sunset.
The coastal landscape makes the violent wave, was very strong waves and like a natural gift.
We stayed until the sun went down, and wandered the way back, the shrine looked especially solemn at night.
Beautiful Night scene of Enoshima Bay
The year of 2014 seems to have more lightning than ever.
Non-stop lighting for one hour.
We walked back to the bridge to photograph the lightning.