Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu, the symbol of Kamakura, is located close to Kamakura Station. The beautiful shrine buildings painted in red are the highlight of the visit, and its extensive garden grounds are always popular with locals and tourists alike.
Hase-dera temple Hase-dera temple is located just minutes away from the shore above a hill overlooking the Shonan coastline. With its rich natural setting, the scenery is worth visiting especially during the rainy season (around June) and at the fall of the autumn leaves (end of November to the beginning of December). The statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon Bosatsu is famous for its magnificent wood craftsmanship.
Kotoku-in The 11.35m tall Great Buddha of Kamakura meditates resplendent in Kotoku-in temple, Hase. The Great Buddha is a popular highlight of many Kamakura excursions and is usually thronged with tourists and pilgrims all year round. You can even enter inside the giant cast bronze statue.
Komachi-dori Street located close to Kamakura Station is always very busy with tourists purchasing souvenirs. You can find many miscellaneous Japanese goods and stylish articles.
Purchase beautiful Japanese souvenirs in Enoshima
In Enoshima-jinja shrine, a variety of charms (Omamori) can be found. There are many different charms for good fortune, harmonious relationships and wealth, or even the health and well-being of pets. Along the shrine approach, there are shops offering Japanese traditional crafts and seafood, and you will also find a gift shop in the Sea Candle.
Enoshima Aquarium is located on the shore across the bridge from Enoshima. The exhibits such as the Sagami Bay Zone which recreates the bay of Enoshima, and the Jellyfish Fantasy Hall are unmissable.
On the island of Enoshima, there is to be found the botanical garden of a certain Mr. Samuel Cocking, a British merchant who established his unique garden in 1882. True to his Victorian times, he included many exotic tropical plants and flowers.
Enjoy the magnificent view from the Enoshima Sea Candle
The prominent Enoshima lighthouse and observatory deck called the Sea Candle is located at the center of the island of Enoshima. From the observatory deck, at a vertiginous 119.6m, splendid views of distant seas and mountains are to be seen.
Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden, 2-3-28, Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Enoshima Island Spa
Enoshima Island Spa (familiarly called Eno-Spa) is located at the entrance of Enoshima. The spa facility takes full advantage of a natural hot spring 1500m below ground, and you will find ocean view hot spring baths (onsen) as well as swimming pools and restaurants. The facility is the perfect relaxation spot after walking up and down Enoshima.
Enoshima is known for its delicious takeaway food offerings. There are several kiosks on the approach to the entrance of Enoshima where some great takeaway snacks are to be sampled. Tako Sembei (octopus cracker) or small sweet bean paste dumplings can be nibbled while you stroll around Enoshima.
AMALFI CAFFE is a popular cafe in Shichirigahama. The simple choux cream pastry using fresh eggs is a popular item.
This second branch of iL CHIANTI BEACHE located along side Enoshima Sea Candle lighthouse and observatory deck is called iL CHIANTI CAFE. From high up in Enoshima, you can enjoy magnificent views of the Shonan seas and the Sea Candle. The cafe serves pizza, pasta and hamburgers.
iL CHIANTI BEACHE Enoshima is famous for its rich seafood. The most popular local fish are young sardines (Shirasu). At the beach Italian restaurant iL CHIANTI BEACHE over 100 dishes including a pizza with young sardines can be enjoyed.
Shirasu-don using Enoshima's "shirasu" (young sardine) marine products
Marudai Sensui Shirasu-don is a donburi (a large bowl filled with rice) topped with shirasu (young sardines), which are a fry such as pilchards. Fresh shirasu-don using only shirasu caught that very morning are particularly precious, and you should make a point of trying this dish.
*Products may quickly go out of stock during the closed fishing season from January 1 to March 10 or due to bad weather.
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