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  • Enoshima
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    4.5
    1060 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Enoshima
    Enoshima is a tied island connected to the mainland via a sandbar. Known for its picturesque scenery since ancient times, the island is also home to Enoshima-jinja Shrine and numerous other historic Shinto shrines. Sightseeing spots have continued to accrue on the island over time, including the Samuel Cocking Garden as well as a stone monument dedicated to the 1964 Olympics. The Enoshima Sea Candle lighthouse, which is lit up beautifully at night, is a more recent addition. In times past and today, Enoshima remains a popular tourist destination visited by countless travelers.

    Enoshima Island is a delightful place to visit. On the way across you will be greeted by a large number of hawks or eagles or kites, which circle and swoop over you. This is a rare sight - up close...

  • Samukawa-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    233 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kouzagunsamukawamachi Miyayama 3916
    This shrine in Miyayama, Samukawa Town, Koza County, Kanagawa Prefecture has a roughly 1,600 history. Called Sagaminokuni Ichinomiya, its guardian deity is the only in the nation to protect from calamity whatever direction it comes from. As such, historical figures like Minamoto no Yoritomo, Takeda Shingen, and members of the Tokugawa clan worshiped there. Many visitors come for a variety of annual festivals, including the Musayumi Festival on the 8th of the New Year, the Kokufu Festival on May 5, and the Hamaorikoshiki Festival on July 15.

    This is probably most amazing but under rated shrine near Tokyo. English translation or notice are limited (none for some area) but beautiful buildings and tranquil set ups are breathtaking. Lots...

  • Enoshima Aquarium
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    4.0
    648 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Katasekaigan 2-19-1
    Nicknamed the “Enosui” by locals, this aquarium is located inside Shonan Kaigan Park. The aquarium’s beautiful exhibits, designed to evoke a wondrous undersea world, are quite popular. The spherical “Jellyfish Planet” aquarium houses 14 varieties of jellyfish lit up with beautiful lighting. Once every hour, the world’s first 3D projection mapped jellyfish show is held throughout the entire floor. Enoshima Aquarium is filled with entertainment. A school of some 8,000 Japanese sardines can be seen swimming in a giant aquarium replicating the environment of Sagami Bay. An edutainment facility, another exhibit at the aquarium maps ocean currents and presents the various sea life which visits the area seasonally.

    It’s crowed! Lots of families and students coming over and it’s great! The aquarium layout is so beautiful, made with artistic sensibilities and to be a reachable display to everyone. We made it out...

  • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yukinoshita 2-1-31
    A Hachimangu Shinto shrine which is considered the guardian shrine of Kamakura warriors. The shrine’s origins date back to when Minamoto no Yoriyoshi prayed for protection before setting out for battle at the Iwashimizu Hachimangu in Kyoto, the patron shrine of the Minamoto clan; after successfully suppressing the Northern Fujiwara clan, he built a shrine dedicated to the god of the Kyoto shrine in Yuigahama in thanks. Later, when the Minamoto clan was again ascendant after a period of waning power, the shrine was moved to its current location in the Yukinoshita neighborhood and was rebuilt as a magnificent structure befitting the leaders of the Kamakura shogunate. Connected to the samurai Minamoto clan and the famous Minamoto no Yoritomo, the shrine is still popular today and is considered one of the three greatest Hachimangu shrines. One of the shrines most popular events is the yabusame horseback archery, which is conducted each year in the spring and fall by participants dressed in traditional Kamakura period hunting costumes.

    日曜日の午後、鶴岡八幡宮にお参りした後にこちらを利用しました。お手洗いがあったのでとても助かりました。

  • Terrace Mall Shonan
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    4.0
    187 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Tsujidoukandai 1-3-1
    This is a large shopping mall at the north exit of JR Tsujido Station, via a direct pedestrian deck. The lot is 3.6 times the size of Tokyo Dome, making it the largest in the Shonan area. Focusing on fashion, the mall rich in Shonan atmosphere also offers foodstuffs including well-known Shonan gourmet options, general goods, books and electronics goods. Enjoy a pleasant breeze from the terrace, or even a movie at the 4th floor cinema.

    The mall is located directly beside the Tsujido train station. Its bright, modern and quite large. Theres a lot of variety in the shops, some local and some worldwide stores. Theres also a lot of...

  • Kotoku-in Temple (Kamakura Daibutsu)
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    4.5
    2963 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Hase 4-2-28
    A Pure Land Buddhist temple founded by the great priest Honen. The 11.3 meter tall, 121 ton giant copper Buddha statue known as the Kamakura Daibutsu, a National Treasure, is the temple’s principal object of worship and depicts a seated Amitabha. The original daibutsu was made of wood and was destroyed by a typhoon. The copper form of the current statue first began to be cast in 1252. This figure, too, was damaged by typhoons and earthquakes but was repaired each time, leading to its current excellent condition. The interior of the statue can be viewed and from here visitors can see evidence of the repairs that have been made.

    Don’t expect to much since this is a shrine but it’s a great site. Cost ¥300 to enter. Could do solo or like minded friends

  • Hasedera Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Hase 3-11-2
    Hasedera Temple is located around five minutes’ walk from Hase Station on the Enoden Line. Besides the Kannon Hall, which houses an impressive statue of Kannon (the Goddess of Mercy) with eleven heads, the temple complex also includes six other main buildings, including the Amida-do, Taikoku-do, and Benten-do buildings. Hasedera Temple is situated in one of the most scenic parts of Kamakura, and there is an observation platform with spectacular views of Kamakura’s streets and coastline. With beautiful trees and flowers that change with the seasons, the Hasedera Temple has been called “Kamakura’s Western Paradise,” and is affectionately known as the “temple of flowers.”
  • Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Sasuke 2-25-16
    Popularly known as “Zeniarai Benzaiten,” the Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine is located in the Sasuke district of Kamakura City. According to legend, the shrine was founded when, in the evening of the Day of the Snake in the Month of the Snake in 1185, Minamoto no Yoritomo was told in a dream that “If you pray to the Shinto deities and to the Buddha at this spring, peace will come to the land.” Subsequently, after the local ruler Hojo Tokiyori washed coins in the spring while praying for the prosperity of his clan, the belief spread that washing coins in the spring inside the cave would cause that money to increase. This practice is believed to be particularly effective if performed on the day of the temple festival dedicated to the goddess Benten, so the Shrine is usually thronged with worshippers on that day. The spring at the Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine is classed as one of the “Five Famous Springs of Kamakura.”
  • Shonandaira (Komayama Park)
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Hiratsukashi Manda 790
    Komayama Park crosses Hiratsuka City and Oiso Town in Naka County. It is divided into multiple areas; there is a TV tower and a rest house viewing platform in the Shonandaira Zone. The Children's Forest Zone is a good place for a barbecue, and the Asama Volcano Zone lets you get in touch with nature. It's a great spot for viewing the cherry blossoms in spring and the nightscape when the sun goes down.

    真鶴に向かったのだが渋滞が酷くて断念。 茅ヶ崎への戻り道で、思いついて湘南平へ。 40年振りかな? 展望台含めて随分綺麗に整備されてました。 南側の神奈川県民にはおなじみでも世間的にはあまり知られていない穴場かな? 海と逆側には遠く東海大の湘南キャンパスが見えます!

  • Hōkokuji Temple
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Joumyouji 2-7-4
    The Hōkokuji Temple (famous in Japan as the “Bamboo Temple”) was founded in 1334 on the orders of Ashikaga Ietoki, the grandfather of Ashikaga Takauji (the first Shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate). Visitors can drink tea in the Kyuko-an teahouse while viewing the bamboo grove. The writing table that the literary giant Kawabata Yasunari used while writing “The Sound of the Mountain” is preserved in the Hon-do (Main Hall). Zazen meditation sessions are held in the Kasho-do hall on Sundays; beginners are welcome.

    The entrance is 300¥ and if you want also green tea 900¥ in total. Not worth it. Sagano bamboo forest in Kyoto is way better and for the tea you have to wait a lot and not many places to see the...

  • Hayama Marina
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    Kanagawa Pref. Miuragunhayamamachi Horiuchi 50-2
    This yacht harbor is in Hayama Town, Miura County. Known as Hayama's marina, it opened in 1964 and was the birthplace of Japanese yachting. Many club races are still held here today. In addition, their Marina Plaza has shops and a restaurant street where you can enjoy Japanese, Western, and Chinese fare. Their Enoshima and Yujiro Lighthouse Cruises are busy with families and couples out for a care-free time on the sea.
  • Shonan Mall FILL
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Tsujidoushinmachi 4-1-1

    駐車場無料で土日祝でもスムーズに止められます。 ファッションやゲームセンター、スーパー、フードコートなどなどショップは充実しています。 子供の大好きなベビーザラス、トイザラスもあります。体験できるおもちゃスペースもあり、子どもは目を光らせ楽しそうに遊んでいました。

  • Yuigahama Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yuigahama
    A coastline facing Sagami Bay and one of Kamakura’s most famous beaches. The beach consists of an expansive and shallow shoal extending west from the Nameri River. In the summer, the beach bustles with visitors come to swim. The area was once a quiet fishing town, but with the development of public transportation in the Meiji period, it began to be visited by great numbers of people from Tokyo and other areas. Yuigahama Station on the Enoshima Electric Railway is the closest station.
  • Southern Beach Chigasaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Chigasakishi Nakakaigan 4-chome
    This swimming beach is located at the Chigasaki City Nakakaigan Beach. Looking directly out over the water one has a view of Eboshi-iwa and Izu Oshima Island, Enoshima to the east, and Mt. Fuji to the west. In the summer events such as the Southern Beach Festa and Southern Beach Chigasaki Fireworks Festival are held, and it is visited by many tourists. The Chigasaki Southern C monument, which also was featured on the cover of a popular band’s CD album cover, is popular as a spot to offer luck in matchmaking. Toilets and showers are available. During the summer, beach houses offer rentals of parasols and body boards and also sell original food items.
  • Enoshima Shrine
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    4.0
    326 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Enoshima 2-3-8
    Located on Enoshima Island, Enoshima Shrine actually comprises three individual shrines dedicated to different aspects of the goddess Benten: the Okutsuno-miya dedicated to Takiri-bime-no-mikoto, the Nakatsuno-miya dedicated to Ichikishima-hime-no-mikoto, and the Hetsuno-miya dedicated to Tagitsu-hime-no-mikoto. A statue of Benten with eight arms (which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property by Kanagawa Prefecture), and a statue of Benten with a Biwa lute, are on public display in the Hoan-den hall.

    You may choose to walk by stairs or go for an escalator (need to pay) for visiting. I would recommend to walk by stairs. The shrine is beautiful and you can see the bay, island of Enoshima when you...

  • Oiso Long Beach
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Nakagunoisomachi Kokufuhongou 546
    An outdoor pool facility adjoining the Oiso Prince Hotel in Oiso Town, Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture. There are ten varieties of pools to be found here, including a wave pool. In addition to the pools, there's bowling, golf, futsal courts, and more, and this Oceanside pool resort sees many visitors in summer.

    The storage area with lockers and shower were very clean and very spacious. But if you’ve been to waterpark in Spain or Disney world, it’s quite a different vibe. The design of the park is quite...

  • bills Shichirigahama
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Shichirigahama 1-1-1WEEKENDHOUSEALLEY2F
    This is the first “bills” in Japan, an Australian all-day casual dining experience found in the fashionable “WEEKEND HOUSE ALLEY” along Shichirigahama Beach. One can enjoy select fresh seasonal food while sitting on the terrace with an unbroken view of Shichirigahama Beach.
  • Enoshima Sea Candle
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Enoshima 2-3 (Enoshima Samuel Cocking Sononai)
    Built in 1951 as a viewing platform and lighthouse, the Enoshima Sea Candle was the first private lighthouse in Japan. The building was renovated in 2003 as part of the events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Enoshima Electric Railway. Providing sweeping views of the sun setting into the ocean and Kamakura’s nightscape from 100 meters above the sea, the tower is quite popular with visitors. At night, the Sea Candle and surrounding area are lit up, creating a wondrous spectacle.
  • Pacific DRIVE-IN
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    3.5
    96 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Shichirigahamahigashi 2-1-12
    This is a drive-in-café located on the seaward side of highway 134, in the middle of the Shichirigahama beachfront parking lot. From the terrace seats and inside, one can see Enoshima and Mt. Fuji. Opening at 8am on weekends and holidays, one can enjoy a relaxed breakfast like a true Hawaiian local. The menu features local specialties focused around Hawaiian plate cuisine, such as Kahuku’s famous “garlic shrimp plate,” with takeout also available.

    We stayed in the hotel just up the hill, and enjoyed breakfast and dinner here. The pancakes are amazing! The restaurant is open, contemporary, and plays great music—all with a casual California-type...

  • Kenchoji Temple
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    4.5
    516 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 8
    A 15 minute walk from Kita-Kamakura Station. This celebrated Buddhist temple, the head temple of Rinzai Kenchoji Buddhism, is the first of the “Kamakura Gozan” (Five Mountain Temples of Kamakura) and was also Japan’s first Zen Buddhist temple. The temple was founded by Hojo Tokiyori, the fifth shogun of the Kamakura shogunate, and the monk Lanxi Daolong. The highlight of the temple is its garden, which was designated a national Place of Scenic Beauty and Historic Site in 1932. The ancient Chinese junipers growing in front of the temple and the garden pond behind the abbot’s chamber are particularly famous for their beauty. The temple also periodically holds sutra copying and zazen meditation sessions which enable average people to experience Zen training.

    One of the main temples of Kamakura. Set in beautiful gardens with the backdrop of the mountains. Recommend. I visited it together with the nearby Tsuruagoka Hachiman-gu. The Kencho-Ji is the...

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Kanagawa prefecture acts as an extension of the Tokyo metropolis that spills over into coastal towns, most notably Yokohama city, heavily populated and known for its Chinatown and seaside attractions. Just the right distance for a day trip out of Tokyo, Kanagawa is home to some of Tokyo's most accessible beaches, including around Kamakura, best known for its Big Buddha. Visitors can also travel a little farther afield for a weekend at Hakone onsen town.

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