Back to the Japan trip story!
After Tokyo, we took the train to the coastal city Fujisawa, left our bags in the hotel and rode the charming Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden for short), which is a small train with more than 100 years of operation that runs between Fujisawa and Kamakura. It was pretty cloudy that day, so I thought I was going to be able to take better photos of the train on the way back, but we stayed for longer than we thought and the only thing I got is a short video at night. Here is a picture, not taken by me obviously, from the Odakyu webpage where you can see the train along the coast:
The ride is very pleasant, and you can stop at different spots along the way for food or sightseeing. We mostly walked round the two main stops: Kamakura and Enoshima. Kamakura is a small city with a significant history since it was the capital during the Kamakura period (hence the name), so it has some beautiful temples and amazing views. We visited the most important shrine: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. You had to make your way up trough the tiny streets to get to this huge temple, which is surrounded by trees and small ponds.
We then decided to escape the crowds as people kept arriving the main temple, and my husband found in google maps a small temple a few minutes away. We walked along a tiny residential street and arrived at a tiny shrine, there was no one else there so we enjoyed a moment of peaceful rest before going back to the Enoden station. Our next stop Enoshima!
Enoshima is a tiny island connected by a long bridge to the mainland, and it has a bunch of things to do (aquarium, caves, gardens, temples, and so on). We decided to just make our way up hill through the shrine, which is actually a series of smaller shrines dedicated to fortune goddess Benten. The hike was relaxing and beautiful, between the shrines and gardens you end up at the top of the hill to find a tower, a botanical garden and a viewpoint. As the day came closer to nightfall it got chillier and chillier and we had (big mistake) left our coats at the hotel, so we decided to make our way down, have dinner on the coast and ride the Enoden back to Fujisawa.
We both loved this trip along the Enoden line, and I can't wait to go back because there's still so much left to see in those places! This was a friend of Alex's recommendation, and it is indeed a charming day trip you should consider if you visit Tokyo. I think this is long enough for today, the next part of the trip is going to be Kyoto and Osaka! Hope you enjoy my silly stories!