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Daytrip from Tokyo / Asakusa to Enoshima Island, Enoshima, Hase and Kamakura

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Hokokuji Temple Bamboo garden in Kamakura

Today my plan was visiting Enoshima Islands, Enoshima, Hase and Kamukura. All this towns are located on the Odakyu-line so the whole trip is NOT covered by the Japan Rail Pass. But don’t worry there is a cheap Pass for 1470 YEN available to get there, the “Kamakura Enoshima Freepass”. Included is the return ticket (you can get in and off at different stations),not included are admissions fees. Buy it at the Odakyu Service Center in Shinjuku (go there by subway). Unfortunately for that trip I had to go there first from Asakusa which took me about an hour. Arrived in Shinjuku follow straigt the signs to the “west ground gate” and you will find the Odakyu station and service center. Calculate enough time to find everything and for purchasing the Pass- Shinjuku is huge and confusing!

Shinjuku west ground gate entrance Odakyu line for kamakura and enoshimo
Once boarded the train, the journey to Fujisawa (Odakyu -line) takes arround an hour. In Fujisawa you need to change the train. From that place it’s up to you if you wanna go straigt to Kamakura or if you wish to visit Enoshima Islands. I decided visiting Enoshima Islands too so I went on the next train to “Katase-Enoshima”. From Katase-Enoshima station you can already see the island and it’s about a 20min walk to the island.

view to enoshima islands and it's lighthouse

On Enoshimo Islands

I walked through the little town up to the Enoshima observation Lighthouse.The entrance fee for the lighthouse incl. the Samuel Cocking Garden was 500 YEN.

On the way to the top of Enoshima Islands

The Lighthouse on Enoshimo Island

View from the Lighthouse towards Enoshimo IslandView from the Lighthouse towards Enoshimo Island

After visiting the lighthouse I walked to Enoshima station (not Katase-Enoshima!) and went on the next train with direction Kamakura (Enoden-line) but stopped in Hase. Hase is a famous place for it’s many ice cream stalls which are really delicious. I tasted a mix of vanille and green tea. Yummi Yummi! My first stop in Hase was the Hasedera Temple (Hase Kannon). You find inside a marvelous garden, shrine and temple. The 300 YEN entrance fee for that attraction was it worth at all :)

Hasedera Temple (Hase Kannon) in Hase

Hasedera Temple (Hase Kannon) in Hase

Hasedera Temple (Hase Kannon) in Hase

Hasedera Temple (Hase Kannon) in Hase

Next stop also in Hase was the famous Great Buddha Kamakura at the Kotokuin Temple (Daibutsu) (Entrance fee is 200 YEN). If you pay an additional fee of 20 YEN you get the chance to go into the buddha itself. Was funny but you cannot really see a lot inside. But yes i was INTO the Buddha :-D

Great Buddha Kamakura at the Kotokuin Temple (Daibutsu)

A dangerous cat in Hase for sale

And finally a dangerous cat for sale next to the Great Buddha.

After Hase I boarded again the train to Kamakura and visited first the “Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine” which was about a 10min walk from Kamakura station.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura

At the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura

At the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura

For this attraction you don’t have to pay any entrance fees. For myself it was just a very quick visit because my final destination was the very demanded “Hokokuji Temple”, the Bamboo Garden which closes already at 16:00. A place on top of my bucking list. I walked about 20min from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine to the Hokokuji Temple with a short stop at “Sugimotodera Temple” (about 350m distance from Hokokuji Temple).

Sugimotodera Temple in KamakuraUp to the Sugimotodera Temple in Kamakura

Sugimotodera Temple in Kamakura

Arround the Sugimotodera Temple in Kamakura
After entering the main gate from Hokokuji Temple you find a small park.

Bamboo garden at Hokokuji Temple in Kamakura

Then, as I arrived inside of the Bamboo Garden, I found myself speechless. Such a charming place, you hear the rustle of all that bamboo trees. How I love this garden! It’s a place to stay for a day and enjoying the silence, relaxing and just think about life. This was really the top of the top’s today, the cherry on top of the cream. If I can recommend any temple for visiting, then it’s for sure Hokokuji Temple .

Bamboo garden at Hokokuji Temple in Kamakura

Bamboo garden at Hokokuji Temple in Kamakura

Bamboo garden at Hokokuji Temple in Kamakura
So after that impressive visit it was time to go back home to Tokyo/Asakusa. 2mins walk from the entrance you find a bus stop to Kamakura station. From there take the train back via Enoshima and Fujisawa to Shinjuku (from Kamakura to Shinjuku you only need to change trains at Enoshima).
All in all I enjoyed a great day with an awesome trip recommending to everyone. If you have a lack of time don’t visit Enoshima Islands and go straight to Hase and Kamakura.

SAYONARA! See you next time in Takayama!

Bamboo garden at Hokokuji Temple in Kamakura

Read here more about my stay in Tokyo/Asakusa area.

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