Enoshima and Kamakura are popular destinations for both domestic and international travelers in Kanagawa, Japan. The area has a unique mixture of beach culture and traditional culture. Travelers will enjoy visiting traditional Japanese temples and shrines that flourished during the Kamakura Period while also visiting beautiful beaches with great landscapes. In this article, you’ll find useful travel tips to maximize your adventure using the local train, Enoshima Electric Railway, in Enoden.
Enoshima Electric Railway, Enoden
The history of Enoden and its incredible sceneries
When you are on the Enoden at some areas, the train travels between very narrow residential areas, very close to houses, giving a surreal experience that you do not usually have when riding other trails around Japan. On the contrary, at some areas, the view from the train all of a sudden opens up to an incredible view of Sagami Bay, so you will be constantly entertained by simply taking Enoden from Fujisawa to Kamakura from one end to the other. The truth is, some people simply visit to ride this train, and it is their ultimate travel goal.
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Get a travel guide in your own language
On top of train signs, you can get the area guide in English. At Shonan Fujisawa Concierge, found at Fujisawa station, you can find travel guides of Enoshima as well as Kamakura in English along with some other languages. Hopefully having these language options will help to guide your adventure in Enoshima and Kamakura more easily. Most of the temples, shrines, and other touristy areas along Enoden also have traveler’s guides in English, so do not be afraid to ask for one when you are visiting.
Get your Enoden items
For example, the travel information center found at Fujisawa station called, Shonan Fujisawa Concierge, carries many souvenirs from the Shonan area, including local snacks, local artist’s creations, and other Enoden goods. On top of the Shonan Fujisawa Concierge, there is one mini shop right in front of the Enoden station that is fully dedicated to Enoden goods. At these places, you can find such items like Enoden socks, logos, cups, stuffed animals, and miniature trains that would be great gifts for those who like Japanese trains. Surprisingly, these are not only for children, but those who like trains appreciate having these as souvenirs even they are adults.
Explore Enoshima and Kamakura with Enoden
When international travelers visit Japan, many are surprised to find how reliable, convenient, and clean Japanese trains are. People are also impressed by the quality of the bullet train, Shinkansen. Enoden, though, provides you with a different experience from that of other trains because of where it runs. With a rich history dating back to 100 years of connecting people from Fujisawa to Kamakura, it runs through very unique residential areas, beaches, and historical towns. It is a small train, intimate in size, and an incredible experience for those that are visiting Tokyo. You’ll definitely want to venture out to this area to take the Enoden.
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