Head to Kamakura & Enoshima Island for a Fun Getaway from Tokyo

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A Trip to the Suburbs of Tokyo! Will Enoshima, and the rest of Kamakura, be your next destination this summer?

Whether you’re planning your next visit or you’re already here in Japan, sure you might have Tokyo all planned out, but do you know about these two spots just a short trip from the big city? Kamakura City and Enoshima are two destinations you can’t miss near Tokyo.

Kamakura is known as “The Kyoto of the East,” and is most famous for its "Daibutsu" (大仏), or huge Buddha. Run right over to Enoshima, and the area is so like Miami Beach that they're even sister cities! So a trip to the area gives you the best of both worlds. Plus, for those big fans of the manga Slam Dunk (we know you're out there!), you're bound to enjoy yourself in the setting of so many important scenes.

Let us introduce you to the must go spots of Kamakura and Enoshima.

You can get to Kamakura and Enoshima straight from Haneda Airport using the shuttle bus if you're ready to relax right off the bat. Otherwise, just catch the train over from Tokyo. To get into the heart of things you’ll need to change to the Enoden Line at Fujisawa Station, which you can take over to Enoshima station. This takes about an hour and a half from stations within Tokyo.

The question is, shall we start from Kamakura? Or shall we go right to Enoshima? The Odakyu Line will take you from Katase-Enoshima Station into Kamakura, or you can get the Enoden from Kamakura over to Enoshima Station, so it's an easy trip between the two areas!

The Enoden Line will take you through some beautiful scenery on the way in from Kamakura, but don't push it and leave Kamakura City too late. You should definitely try to make it in time for the sunset by the beach in Enoshima.

So, what are we waiting for… let’s start our tour!

#1. The Kamakura Daibutsu(鎌倉大仏殿高徳院)

Located 10 minutes away from the Enoden Line's Hase Station(長谷駅)is this gigantic Daibutsu!
This Great Buddha is a Japanese national treasure. It weighs in at 121 tons, and stretches up to 11.4 meters (37.5 ft) in height.

(Of course, if you're on a search for huge Buddhas around Japan, the biggest one made of stone is on Mount Nokogiri!)

You can pay 20 yen to get inside of the Daibutsu.

A pair of zori, or Japanese sandals, made to fit the Daibutsu.

One of the unique features of this Daibutsu in Kamakura is that you can actually get inside of it. It's definitely worth 20 yen to take a look around. You can be one with the Buddha without ever reaching enlightenment.

Kamakura Daibutsu(鎌倉大仏)
Location:〒248-0016 4-2-28 Hase, Kamakurashi, Kanagawa.  Google Maps
Phone: 0467-22-0703
April to September, 8:00 – 17:30
October to March, 8:00 – 17:00
(Last entry is 15 min before closing.)
Prices: Adults: 200 yen | 12 and Under: 150 yen
(Seeing inside the Daibutsu is an additional 20 yen.)
Daibutsu Entry Hours:  8:00 – 16:30
(Last entry 10 min before closing.)
Official Website

#2. Hasedera Temple(長谷寺)

Hasedera Temple was originally built the Kamakura Era, which means that it dates back to the 1100s! (Even more intriguing, there are legends saying that it originates from 500 years earlier than that!) It is located in a spot with a great view out front, looking out over the ocean and the whole local town.

The view of Kamakura from the observatory of the temple.

It is said that it brings you good luck to take a photo of this Jizo, or Japanese stone statue diety, and keep it with you.

From this fantastic viewpoint, during the summer you will be able to see 2,500+ hydrangeas, and during the autumn season, the area gets surrounded by Japanese Maples with leaves blushed bright red. Flower-viewing might be a big part of Japanese culture, but going out to admire the beauty of autumn leaves is immensely popular as well. There's even a word just for it, "koyo" (紅葉).

There are three jizo statues to find within the temple, and finding all of them brings you good luck! Instead of wishing you luck searching them out, we'll just say "ganbatte!" (頑張って), "you can do it!"

Location:〒248-0016 3-11-2 Hase, Kamakurashi, Kanagawa Google Map
March to Septemer 8:00 – 17:00
October and February 8:00 – 16:30
Price: Adults: 300 yen |12 and Under: 100 yen
Official Website

#3. Houkokuji Temple(報告寺)

Houkokuji is another temple nice to visit in summer. The surrounding groves of bamboo keep the area nice and cool. Of course, we mean the temperature, but it looks pretty cool as well.

The matcha costs just 500 yen.

Have a cup of tea in the bamboo forest.

The temple serves a delicious bowl of matcha with a side of wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets, in the garden of the bamboo forest.

Houkokuji Temple(報国寺)
Location:〒248-0003 2-7-4 Jomyoji, Kamakurashi, Kanagawa
Price: 200 yen for entrance and 500 yen for a bowl of matcha.

#4. The Tsuruoka Hachimangu(鶴岡八幡宮)

The jinja, shrine, that represents Kamakura!

The Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine was built in 1063 by Minamoto-no-Yoritomo, a Japanese Shogun of the time, by transferring a division of the Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine from Kyoto over to the area, creating a new branch.

Since the shrine owes its creation to the Minamoto family, the historical figures have become "ujigami" (氏神) at Tsuruoka Hachimangu, or local Shinto deities.

Omikuji are fortunes that you can find at many of the shrines in Japan.

Sometimes your fortune isn't particularly lucky, but that means you just have to tie it up before you leave.

If you're wondering how your trip to Japan is going to turn out, don't miss out on this chance to get yourself an omikuji fortune. Hopefully the results will bode well for your return trip as well!

Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine(鶴岡八幡宮)
Location:〒248-8588 2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakurashi, Kanagawa Google Maps

#5. Goryo Shrine(御霊神社)

The entrance to the Goryo Jinja Shrine is closely located to the Enoden Line. So close, in fact, that you can grab a shot of the train tracks, and the train itself, from within the shrine grounds. This shrine is also one of the parts of Enoshima famous for its beautiful views of many different hydrangeas.

This lovely shrine filled with flowers is conveniently located between Kamakura's Daibutsu Grand Buddha, and Hasedera Temple, so stop by on your way between the two spots.

#6. Kamakurakokomae Station(鎌倉高校前)

The Kamakurakokomae train station is now a fairly well-known spot in the area, since it's been attracting more and more Slam Dunk manga and anime fans in the past few years. Kamakurakokomae (鎌倉高校前) means "in front of Kamakura High School", a school that served as a model for one of the settings of the popular manga, and the high school itself has had problems with tourists forgetting that it's actually a functioning school! So, to all the Slam Dunk fans out there, instead of breaking into a high school, please enjoy this train station as an iconic spot in a beloved story.

Kamakurakokomae Train Station(鎌倉高校前)
Location:〒248-0033 1-1 Koshigoe, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa

#7.Yuigahama Beach(由比ヶ浜)

One of the top beaches around Tokyo, where many Tokyoites come to surf, swim, and enjoy the great weather. If you're thinking about renting a car and driving all around Japan, the roads along the coast also make a nice driving route to see the whole area and the beaches.

Enoshima Island in the background.

A famous surfing spot!

On top of all the fun in the sun, if the weather conditions are good, you might even be able to see Mt. Fuji accross the water!

Yuigahama Beach(由比ヶ浜)
Location:〒248-0014 4 Yuigahama, Kamakurashi, Kanagawa Google Maps
Official Local Government Website

Enoshima Gourmet #1. Shirasu-Don(しらす丼)

Fresh Shirasu-Don! A delicious delight from the local oceans. Shirasu (白子) is the Japanese name for whitebait, little fish that are usually eaten whole. The "don" in shirasu-don means bowl. In the case of dishes like this, it's a bowl of rice. Enoshima is famous for this dish of little fish on rice, and enjoying them raw is a real delicacy of the area.

Just to let you know, you won’t be able to eat the fresh shirasu from January to March, because shirasu fishing is prohibited during this season. However, you can still get cooked shirasu-don during this season, so don’t be disappointed. The little fish are pretty tasty even when they're cooked all the way through.

Mmm.. fresh shirasu with ginger soysauce.

With a view of the ocean.

Other kinds of seafood are also famous on this island, including…

Gourmet #2. Tako-Senbei(たこ煎餅)

Another snack to try when you get to the island is tako-senbei. Tako means octopus, and you might have already tried "senbei" crackers elsewhere in Japan. (There are stores like this one in Tokyo that sell huge varieties!) 
Grab one of these large octopus crackers on the way before your stroll around the island, and enjoy the chewy octopus and crunchy cracker surroundings. (Do make sure you don't end up eating in crowded areas and covering everyone in cracker and octopus crumbs. This has been enough of a problem in recent years that local authorities has set forward official rules about it.)

Come visit Kamakura and Enoshima this year!

Hope you liked our recommendations! With all the beaches and hydrangeas, if Enoshima seems like a good place to spend a lot of time, there's plenty more to do.

Take a look at a few of our related posts for more things to do around the area, or more details on places we've already mentioned, to plan your next trip to Kamakura and Enoshima.

Trip to Memorial Spot of Slam Dunk in Enoshima/ Kamakura

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    • Kyoto flourished as the capital of Japan between the years 794 and 1100, becoming a center for poilitics and culture, and to this day it's a great place for close encounters with Japanese history. The cobbled streets of Gion, the atmospheric road to Kiyomizudera Temple, Kinkakuji's golden walls and countless historic attractions, even Arashiyama's Togetsukyo Bridge―Kyoto is a place of many attractions. With new charms to experience throughout the seasons, travelers can't stop themselves from returning again and again.

    • Nara Prefecture's important history reaches back to 710, a time now called the Nara era, when it was once capital of Japan. Called "Heijo-kyo" during its time as a capital, it's said that nara was once the end of the silk road, leading it to flourish as a uniquely international region and produce important cultural properties of all kinds. To make the most of each season, travelers head to Nara Park, where the Nara deer who wander freely, or climb Mount Yoshino, a famous cherry blossom spot.

    • Osaka is known for friendly (and funny) people, but its history is nothing to laugh at, playing a major part in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's 16th century unification of Japan. Thanks to long years of economic activity, it's one of Japan's biggest cities, and Osaka's popular food culture earned it the nickname "The Kitchen of the Nation." To this day Osaka is the model of western Japan, and alongside historic structures like Osaka Castle, it also has major shopping malls like Umeda's Grand Front Osaka and Tennoji's Abeno Harukas. Osaka is a place to eat, eat, eat, with local specialties like takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and kushi-katsu, and for extra fun, it's home to Universal Studios Japan.


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      The Chugoku Region (中国地方) consists of five prefectures: Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, and Yamaguchi. In Chugoku you’ll find the sand dunes of Tottori, and Hiroshima’s atomic bomb site, plus centers of ancient history like Grand Shrine of Izumo.


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      Hiroshima Prefecture has everything, from world heritage sites to beautiful nature and delicious local cuisine, and it's either an hour and a half from Tokyo by plane, or four hours by train. Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island and the Atomic Bomb Dome, two Hiroshima UNESCO sites, are famous around the world, but in Japan it's also famous for food. Seafood from the Seto Inland Sea, especially oysters, Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, and Setouchi lemons are all popular, and the natural scenery alone is worth seeing.


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      On the other side of the Seto Inland Sea opposite Japan’s main island, Shikoku (四国) is a region made up of four prefectures: Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi, and Tokushima. The area is famous for its udon (in Kagawa), and the beautiful Dogo Onsen hot springs (in Ehime).

    • Kagawa Prefecture is on the northern part of the island of Shikoku, facing Japan's main island and the Seto Inland Sea. It's known for being the smallest prefecture in Japan, by area, but at the same time Kagawa is called the "Udon Prefecture" thanks to its famous sanuki udon. Aside from Kotohiragu Shrine and Ritsurin Garden, the prefecture's small islands are popular, and Kagawa is full of unique destinations, like Angel Road. They say that if you lay eyes on Zenigata Sunae, a huge Kagawa sand painting, you'll never have money troubles ever again.

    • Located in the most southwestern part of Japan, Kyushu (九州) is an island of 7 prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima. The island's unique culture has been influenced by Chinese and Dutch trade, along with missionaries coming in through Nagasaki's port. Modern-day travelers love the lush natural scenery and fresh food, plus the natural hot springs found all throughout the area (thanks to volcanic activity)!


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      Fukuoka Prefecture has the highest population on the southern island of Kyushu, with two major cities: Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. Thanks to growing transportation networks, Fukuoka is more accessible than ever, and so are the many local attractions. On top of historical spots like Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, travelers shouldn't miss Fukuoka's food scene, with motsu nabe (offal hotpot), mentaiko (spicy cod roe), and famous Hakata ramen―best eaten from a food stall in the Nakasu area of Hakata. Plus, it's full of all sorts of destinations for travelers, like trendy shopping centers, and the beautiful nature of Itoshima and Yanagawa.


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      Kagoshima Prefecture played a major role in Japan's modernization as a backdrop for famous historical figures like samurais Saigo Takamori and Okubo Toshimichi, who pushed Japan out of the Edo era and into the Meiji. Because of that, Sengan-en Garden is just one of many historical destinations, and when it comes to attractions Kagoshima has plenty: the active volcano of Sakurajima, popular hot springs Ibusuki Onsen and Kirishima Onsen, World Heritage Site Yakushima Island, even what Japan calls the "island closest to heaven," Amami Oshima. Kagoshima might be found on the very southernmost tip of the southern island of Kyushu, but there's plenty to see.


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      The island chain of Okinawa (沖縄) makes up the southernmost tip of Japan, which is why it's also the most tropical area in the country. Thanks to a history of independence and totally distinct political and cultural events, Okinawa has a unique culture, and remnants of the Ryukyu Kingdom are still visible all over the islands. Food, language, traditional dress, it's all a little different! It's also said to be the birthplace of karate.