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 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

Kamakura day trip and attractions

Kamakura 鎌倉 was new to me. I was actually Googling for day trip out of Tokyo. You have the usual (and always popular) Hakone, Mount Fuji, Tateyama, Shirakawa-go, Jigokudani and Yokohama etc.

Those with families could definitely head to Odaiba for Disney magic!

*Do take note day trips one-way distance of 300km is very common for Japan

I was contemplating hiking in Winter too but on second thoughts, I was scared of being stuck in snow. Then I drifted to onsen “magical” towns near to Tokyo.

Finally, I was sold when I saw Kamakura day trip itineraries. The trains caught my attention. the old nostalgic Enoden, electric trams which runs along the coast line. The special Shonan ride, which is inverted, zipping across the town would be a sight!

Upon more research, Enoshima island, Big Buddha and many more Shintos and Temples await visitors. Wave surfing is super popular too, even in crazy bitter winter!

There were enough attractions to extend my day trip to an overnight stay. We can be so spontaneous when we are traveling alone 🙂

Kamakura is only 80 min South from Tokyo station to Kamakura station, and the metro is faster than driving 🙂

If you are doing day trip, chuck the luggage aside. Locker is only Yen 600.
Kamakura station is where we transit to the Enoden line, and Enoshima station is 20 minutes away.


Day trippers should grab the unlimited day rides ticket (for both types of trains Enoden and Shonan) . Go to the vending machine outside the station and press the Yen 700 ticket.  (As an estimate, one way end to end on the Enoden is already Yen 310). More details here.

If you are going to Enoshima, ticket will also gain entry to escalator (otherwise climb 30 minutes).

The station operators were not too helpful in identifying the ticket machines offering the Yen 700 tickets, and I had to trial and error.
(If you are buying the ticket, show them photo below)

I pop into Katsuretsu-an 勝烈庵 by luck. I was just trying to have lunch and it turns out to be good 🙂

Love at Yen 1800 (GPS 35.319444, 139.549167), love the cutlet, prawn and pork. Soup with clam shell was the surprise, sweet and delightful.

For train lovers, this is the Enoden train. Green electric trams, with wooden floor and they have been running since early 1900!

Running in the city along side cars, all along the coast, so Instagramable and picturesque.

View behind the cockpit, driver panel.


Enoden and Shonan video:

The colourful interior are from creative kids, very nice.

I spotted different train cabins too, all with the overhead lines. So nostalgic. Maybe I love trains more than the average folks, pardon the ravings :p

Deng1 deng1 deng1, listen to the chimes indicating barrier is shutting for incoming trains. Trains are never late!

The night trail lights from the trains presented another mesmerising sight. And I was not the only tourist chasing the trains haha.


The other special trains (or monorail) in Kamakura are the Shonan. The inverted cabins, navigating upside down in between the pillars, feels a bit like roller coaster 🙂

The shonan monorail looks futuristic, but they have been running since the 1970s.

Japanese affectionately call Shonan rides Sky Trip, well we are literally dangling in the sky. Some cool clips from Shonan website (Video link).

If you are not train fanatics, there are still plenty of attractions for your Kamakura day trip.

1) Hokokuji, better known as Bamboo temple (GPS 35.320027, 139.569238). 2km East of Kamakura station.

If you are adventurous, many of the beautiful sights are within comfortable walking distance, but expect walks up to 2 to 3km.

Kamakura map


2) I visited the Big Buddha (Kōtoku-in) instead. Nearest station is Hase Enoden station (GPS 35.316811, 139.536262).

Praying for Peace and Happiness at the Majestic Buddha. Nominal entrance fee applies,  this sight flourish with Sakura blooms in Spring!

Kamakura day trip
Kamakura day trip

3) Slam dunk manga fan anyone? Junction  (GPS 35.306669, 139.502077) is always packed with tourists, hard to avoid photo bombs. (Station kamakura kokoMae)

This station is also famous for the fabulous sunsets and view of Mount Fuji during winter period.

4) More temples, one of the most popular ones is Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū (GPS 35.326124, 139.556402). You can have a panoramic view of Kamakura from the top of the steps. Unfortunately, I ran out of time and it began to rain too. The garden compound is pretty scenic too.

For your info, many Shintos and Temples are popular and a Kamakura day trip might not capture all the sights and history.

If you have time, head to one of the oldest temples in Kamakura “大蔵山 杉本寺 Sugimotodera” (GPS 35.322718, 139.567417), photos of the moss steps are amazing.

5) To reach the above temples, you will cut through Komachi Dori street first, souvenirs anyone? More photos on Google Map site.


Spotted a short escalator on the way back, some tourists were happily posing :p

6) There is a famous pancake nearby, Iwata Coffee offers fluffy pancake for tea break, lunch or anytime (GPS 35.322637, 139551448)

For Yen 880, you get two thick slabs of pancake. Flaky texture outside, soft and moist inside, yummy. Sugar syrup overdose, I could not finish my pancake and had to tabao (takeaway).

The wait for the good pancake (30minutes!) derailed my itinerary haha, but many faithful fans do not mind waiting. Iwata has been around since 1849!

7) Woke up early to catch the Sunrise. Took the first Enoden train and headed towards Yuigahama Beach (very near to Buddha place).

Kamakura Sunrise
Kamakura Sunrise

I even ran 6km back to my budget Ryokan in cool 13 degrees!

8) Do Google for Onsen hot spots in Kamakura too. A few exclusive ones offer sea and sunset views too.

9) Enoshima Aquarium is highly rated too

10) You must visit Enoshima island if you are in Kamakura. It is criminal to miss Enoshima in your Kamakura day trip haha.

After Onsen and dinner, walk 15 minutes to Enoshima catch the sunset. You should not miss “Sea candle” landmark and beautiful illuminations at Cocking Garden.

Enoshima Christmas lights up deserves a separate post. I caught a field of tulips in 2017’s Winter 🙂

I will blog about my budget Ryokan and Enoshima island in the next post, meanwhile all photos uploaded on our Fanpage album.

kamakura photos

Kamakura day trip definitely has enough attractions to keep whole families entertained,you may catch my Japan Fun at Instagram hashtag #sengkangBabiesJapan

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

ps.. Updated Apr 2023. You might be keen to explore our 8D7N Kyushu Family itinerary too (link)