- 0.1 Zen, Pacific Ocean and SashimiPrivate 1-day, 8-hour tour of Kamakura and Enoshima, Japan!
- 0.2 Kamakura and Enoshima
- 0.3 Engakuji Temple
- 0.4 Cold Matcha (powdered green tea)
- 0.5 Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway)
- 0.6 Enoshima Benzaiten
- 0.7 Observatory
- 0.8 Saifukuji Temple
- 0.9 Lunch
- 0.10 Draft beer
- 0.11 Shopping
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Zen, Pacific Ocean and Sashimi
Private 1-day, 8-hour tour of Kamakura and Enoshima, Japan!
Hi I’m Nobu, I like traveling overseas and in Japan, visited 25 countries!
I’m a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter of English for 8 years.
For the people who are interested in and planning trip to Japan ,
I show you hidden local information which you have never seen and heard of through books and ordinary site!
You will find unexpected fun through my articles!
Kamakura and Enoshima
I did a full day tour to Kamakura and Enoshima with a friend from Austria.
We went through Hanazono Shrine and Golden Gai before going from our hotel in Shinjuku to Shinjuku station.
We first got off at Kita-Kamakura station.
It takes only one hour from Tokyo.
Kamakura was the site of the first Samurai government in Japan in the 12th century.
There are still many temples and shrines that were built in those days, and it is a quiet town for a stroll, 180 degrees different from Shinjuku.
It’s just one minute outside of Kitakamakura
Station you arrive Engakuji Temple.
It is a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect, founded in 1282.
As you go up the stairs to the entrance, you will find yourself in a different world of tranquility.
A large gate welcomes us.
There is also a quiet pond.
The only sounds are the chirps of birds.
Cold Matcha (powdered green tea)
There is a rest area where we had cold matcha tea and Japanese sweets.
My friend from Austria liked the cold matcha so much that she asked for another cup.
There is also a Japanese garden and the sound of a quiet waterfall can be heard.
Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway)
To get to our next destination, Enoshima, we took the Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway).
This is a cute local train that goes its way through residential areas.
As you exit Enoshima Station, you will be greeted by a sparrow in a cute outfit.
Enoshima is an island far from the mainland, and is home to the Enoshima Bensaiten Shrine, which was built in 553.
Today, the shrine is connected to the mainland by a bridge and can be reached on foot.
The approach to the shrine is crowded with many people.
Bensaiten is the god of arts and entertainment, and its symbol is a Japanese biwa, a round guitar-like instrument.
At the shrine, there is an omikuji( fortune), a written with one of the following written on it: big luck , luck , small luck, or bad luck.
My friend had a ‘ luck’ omikuji! Lucky!
I wish you have a lot of luck on your 3-month trip to Japan.
From the observatory, you can see the whole Pacific Ocean.
The sun is out and it is a wonderful view.
We could not see America though!
There is a Buddhist temple on the island, and it is evident that it is a place of quiet prayer.
There is a faint smell of incense in the air.
We had lunch at a restaurant on top of a cliff with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
Looking down, we could see a rocky beach a few dozen meters below.
Also, steeplejacks often fly in front of the cliffs and try to get our food.
We toasted with beer.
After a lot of walking, then beer is the best!
I had the seafood ramen and my Austrian friend had the sashimi set meal.
We were seated on the terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the sun, which is probably the most dynamic view in Japan.
I hop my friend enjoyed the beer, sashimi, and view.
After lunch, we went down to the rocks at the bottom of the cliff and touched the Pacific Ocean.
The waves were so dynamic that it was hard to believe that we were only an hour away from Tokyo.
My friend is a fan of Japanese jeans, and we enjoyed shopping at a denim store on the approach to Enoshima.
After sunset, we headed back to Tokyo from Katase Enoshima Station.
The station is on very cute in the shape of Enoshima Bensaiten.
You can change your pace perfectly by this private 1 day 8 hours tour!!
I Nobu, one heart enjoy together!!!