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Traveling in Kamakura

This is a sample travel journal. I rode my folding bicycle Brompton and went cycling around Kamakura.

Huge Torii of Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine


Kamakura is a bit over 50km from Shibuya, so if you push yourself, you can get there in about 2 and a half hours by bicycle. If you depart after having breakfast, you should arrive there before lunch.

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine

I came to Kamakura via National Route 1 to Yokohama, then took Prefectural Route 21 past Ookayama to climb the hill of northern Kamakura and enter the city area. Soon after entering Kamakura city, you'll find Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine. This is a place you must see. It's famous for good reason, with a very impressive main hall and a charming large staircase in front of it.

Gete of Tsurugaoka Hachiman


To head towards Enoshima, there are two routes: one goes to Yuigahama and follows the coast, and the other passes through the cutting of Gokurakuji. This time, I chose the Gokurakuji route. The station here is small, yet oddly beautiful, as it's reputed. It often appears in dramas and animations.

Gokurakuji Station of Enoden


One of my personal favorites is Inamuragasaki. There's a legend that during the attack on Kamakura, Nitta Yoshisada prayed to the gods to make the tide recede so his troops could flank the cliffs. When you see this view, it's hard to imagine horses managing it, but upon closer inspection, it seems that there used to be more sand deposited around, making it shallower.

view to Schichirigahama from Inamuragasaki

Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden)

As you proceed along the Enoden, it becomes a street-level section past Koshigoe Station. While Enoden gives the impression of a tram, actually, the street-level section is only along the streets here, with the majority being a regular railway. Still, these retro carriages are quite charming. They have quite an impact up close.

Street-level Section of Enoden


Arriving at the goal, Enoshima. It's not yet summer, but it seems the marine sports season has already begun, with many people seen enjoying surfing, windsurfing, and yachting.

Katase-higashi Beach

Afterwards, I had fresh Shirasu bowl at Enoshima, read a book while drinking Chu-Hi on the beach, and then folded my bicycle to take the train back home. Folding bicycles are the best because of this versatility.

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