Romance car to Enoshima island and the sacred city of KamakuraLet’s visit together Enoshima island, a destination which attracts lot of Tokyoites for excursion.
We will reach there by taking the famous limited express “Romance car” train from Shinjuku station, about one hour ride.
Walking through Sagami bay, you will see the island and its shrine rising on the horizon and it could make you think of the french Mont Saint-Michel.
If the weather is nice, you could admire Mt. Fuji and its snowy summit from the window of the train.
After enjoying the island of Enoshima, we will take an old tram running through the narrow streets of old town Kamakura.
We will visit some tourist spots not to be missed such as the Big Buddha Statue, Hasedera Temple, Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu Shrine and Komachi-Dori Street: a lively commercial district.
We will end this tour with feeling the atmosphere of Zen at the temple Kenchoji, ranked the first among the Zen temples of Kamakura.
Where to Go
Travel aboard the Romance Car train to Enoshima, and walk to Kamakura to discover the Big Buddha, the shrines
Meeting point is Shinjuku Station, ride on the popular limited express, Odakyu line's "Romance car" train until its terminal station Enoshima.
On getting off of the train, you will be welcomed by scent of the ocean.
Enoshima is a small island floating on Sagami Bay. This island is often compared to the French Mont Saint-Michel since the island becomes a part of the land due to the rise and fall of the tide.
There is a beach in Enoshima, from where you could admire Mt. Fuji if the weather is nice, filled with beachgoers in the summer.
Don't you feel something good will be happened when you see the collaboration between Japanese Mont Saint-Michel and Mt. Fuji?
Once you get a best shot, let's share it with Instgram.
Then cross the peir and land Enoshima island. At the top of the island, you will see an ancient sanctuary near which standing the lighthouse of Enoshima and also you will see cafes and shops along with a front approach. Enjoy the sea bleeze while you are freewheelingly walking on the island.
We will then take the old "Enoden" tramway to cross the streets and feel immersed in the old times. "Enoden" is an abbreviation for "Enoshima Dentetsu" serves between Enoshima and Kamakura. You will be entertained by the train once you get on because it runs scenic route along the sea and kissing distance from walls of conventional residents.
Take a walk on Komachi dori street, the liveliset and fashinable street in the city.
Here you will find not only trendy restaurants and shops but also traditional restaurants.
We will have lunch break at Komachi dori street.
Once we finish lunches, go and visit Tsuruoka Hachimangu temple, one of the most important temples in Japan, dedicated to the god protectors of the powerful samurais. The temple is beautifully painted in vermeil, popular sightseeing spot in parallel with Big Buddha and many worshippers visit the temple in the New Year period.
If you have plan to have an exam or a match, try to pray for battles, since the temple is now a place of prayer for the success of an exam, a contest or a match.
You will feel tensed clearn atmosphere inside the temple. Zen meditation is widely open for the public on every Friday and Saturday.
If we have spare time, let's visit Ennoji Temple in the neighborhood where "Enma King" is enshrined. Enma King is a king of hell, who judges the dead's sins comitted during the life. The king also known as "Laughing Enma" due to his expression or "man-eater Enma" as he is believed to ate a child of visitor according to a legend.
At the end of the excursion, we walk to Kita Kamakura station.
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*Meeting and/or sending service to the hotel by the tour leader are available with additional fees (each service:5000yen / 1group )