Beautiful Enoshima Island

You must visit Enoshima Island (江の島) if you are in Kamakura (鎌倉). It is 2 hours south of Tokyo, I have blog about Kamakura day trip out of Tokyo, visit our Kamakura itinerary too.

I will share more about my Kakiya Ryokan in this post. It is a budget homestay, but cosy and with a “personal” onsen too 🙂

40min (train and walk) from Kamakura Station.

From Enoshima station, walk 15 min across the bridge. 90% of the folks will walk across, a few will drive. You might wish to selfie with the famous Enoshima station mascot “birds”.

Take a slow stroll after dinner to Enoshima, or go early and enjoy an Onsen soak, Mount Fuji (only during Winter period) and sunset view. When night falls, Sea Candle is like a shining beacon (literally).

Sea Candle is the lighthouse look-alight structure. It will be illuminated in the evenings.

You might wish to be romantic and catch the sunset along the waterline too. I was alone, and trying to catch the outline of Mount Fuji (below photo right side)

Infact, Kamakura is famous for Mount Fuji and beach (or Enoden train) backdrops. Many Instagramable corners, checkout the hashtags #Enoshima and #Kamakura !

After the bridge, you will see this Torii gate,  get ready to climb (maybe about 300 steps) and there are plenty of slopes.

Enoshima Island
Enoshima Island

If you have bought the 700 yen all-in Enoden Shonan rail ticket (previous Kamakura itinerary post), you get to enjoy a complimentary escalator ride (you are welcome).

Otherwise, the 30 minute climb will let you enjoy the sea breeze and chilling atmosphere. Beautiful sceneries all around, Enoshima is alluring both day and night.

Elaborate landscaping, and a super relaxed cat.

Enoshima Winter Illumination starts from end Nov to early Feb. I am not sure whether the garden is illuminated during other seasons. (do visit Instagram hashtag #Enoshima for latest updates, there is a resident cosplay player too)

It was blooming with tulips when I visited in 2018 Feb.

Stunning colourful tulips every corner!

Pay Yen 300 for Cocker Garden entrance, this is not inclusive of Sea Candle climb. I thought the Winter illumination “gardens and lightings” are mesmerising enough, no need to pay and climb the lighthouse.

Magical! Love the lightups!

The lighted corridor proves irresistible for many couples, so romantic, so fascinating!

Enoshima Cocking Garden

I am very impressed with this setup. Think Gardens by the Bay’s  Christmas setup in Flower Dome,  Enoshima is easily two times bigger.

I stayed at Kakiya Ryokan (GPS 35.309393, 139.491292) for my Kamakura 2D1N trip. I had booked Kakiya through Booking.com for $67 then (Get latest ryokan update here )

Although budget Ryokan, it has tatami flooring to keep you warm. Ryokan even comes with a free Onsen for your use (need to reserve 30 minutes-slots beforehand).

Kakiya Ryokan is ideal for walking to and fro from Enoshima.

Kakiya Ryokan

Take note Ryokan is just next to Enoden train track. Light sleepers might hear the soft rumblings of passing trains.

Super friendly hosts, who are ever obliging.

I could not remember whether breakfast is inclusive for the room. I doubt so, as room rates are already so cheap. Please top up and get delicious Breakfast and Lunch! The fish and anchovies are really yummy.

My simple bedroom.

You can soak for 30 minutes in their “bathroom” Onsen, an longer if no one has booked a slot after you 🙂

I enjoyed the exclusivity and solitude.

As Kamakura is next to the sea, residents are trained to evacuate during a Tsunami. There is a life jacket in my room #IFeelSoSafe

Day or night, Enoden charms.

This ends my charming 2D1N Kamakura itinerary. Do visit all the photos of Enoshima Island and Kamakura on our Fanpage album.

Kamakura and Enoshima Island is suitable for both couples and families, find out more about Enoshima Island from this link.

enoshima Island
Kamakura photos

Do pop by the other 2018 Japan posts too:
Tokyo Diy itinerary
Gokart Maricar in Shibuya!
Sento or Onsen
Kamakura Family Itinerary
Enoshima Island

Gu Ma Jia CNY dishes

We were invited to a Chinese New Year food tasting session at 姑妈家 Gu Ma Jia.
Yes, our reunion dinner and Cny dishes was in December 🙂

Healthy and nutritious, Gu Ma Jia recipes are known for less msg, less oil and salt.
But the home-cooked style food is always delicious.

 

First Lo Hei 捞魚生 for 2019.

Refreshing, crab stick and abalone. All Cny dishes need to come with a Lo Hei.
I am sure the mood would be even more festive nearer to Feb 2019 🙂

We love the Lobster Cold Platter ($138).

Cny dishes
Cny dishes

The platters come with fresh salad lobster, smoked duck, clams with onion. There is something for everyone.

The presentation whets our appetite, where should we start first.

Sweet and Sour Grouper with lychee.

Deep fried, crispy surface and tender meat. The lychee was an interesting mix. Crunchy dish, we could not stop munching.

Mrs comment that the sweet and sour sauce might have overpowered the fish taste.

Flaming Pork rib

This is one of the signature dish at Gu Ma Jia.  The entry sure was exciting, with flames burning hot!

Juicy and fragrant treat.

Assam Fish Head

This might be the most famous dish at Gu Ma jia. Spicy and Sour at the same time, we all love the assam gravy.

Although we were perspiring we just could not help but keep scooping the delightful gravy. I can savour this dish paired with white rice. Yummy.

Super fresh!

Enzyme drink to cool us down. This is a speciality healthy dessert from Gu Ma Jia, some of the benefits are :

-Relieve constipation and cleanses the digestive tract
-Detoxify and revitalize body cells
-Lower cholesterol level

The enzyme are extracted from fruits (combination of pears, papaya and apples), there is a tinge of vinegar in the concoction.

Each glass of goodness cost $5.80.

Yuan Yang Kai Lan

Hard to chew the stalk, just enjoy the “leaves”. Crunchy texture.

Claypot sesame oil chicken

Ideal for Mums (and Dads) undergoing maternity phase. The ginger and sesame broth really titillates our appetite.

I felt nourished, just by looking at the broth.
This is definitely my comfort food, and I had at least three bowls!

Herbal chicken, with a lot of ingredients.

Cooling 雪蛤

Finally desserts, not sure whether English name is Frog egg (xue3 ge2).
Refreshing and cooling, but kids did like the “jelly” texture.

They are missing the good stuffs.

Chinese New Year is just two months away. If you are shortlisting for reunion dinner venue, Gu Ma Jia might be a good recommendation.

D0 RSVP your Chinese new year reunion dinner with Gu Ma Jia today.
Call 6285 2023, this are some more Cny dishes and reunion menu for your consideration.

ps.. we were invited to feast at Gu Ma Jia.