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13 Jul 2014

Sightseeing along the Enoden Line, Japan

Tokyo [東京]• 13 JULY 2014
The Inamuragasaki Area  
Legend has it that Yoshisada Niita could not pass through Inamuragasaki on his way to attack Kamakura City so he prayed for a low tide and threw his sword into the sea as an offering to the Sun Goddess.  

The waters then parted, allowing his army to pass through and his troops went on to defeat Kamakura City in a landslide victory.  The location has been made into a well maintained park which has an exquisite view of the coast line from Shichirigahama to Enoshima with views of Mt. Fuji and the Izu islands.

Hase Area
Kotokuin Temple, which is famous for Kamakura’s Great Buddha and Hase Kannon Temple, famous for the largest wooden statue in Japan which represents the Buddhist Deity Kannon are in this area.  In addition Kosokuji Temple is located nearby and is famous as a flower temple.  A little further along you can find Jojuin Temple which is famous for Hydrangeas.  There is also a site which is famous for a fierce battle, Gokurakujizaka Kiritoshi, this is where Yoshisada Niita attacked Kamakura City at the end of the Kamakura Shogunate.  

Kamakura Area  
The area around the east side of Kamakura Station was the scene of  downtown during the Kamakura Shogunate.  Yoritomo Minamotono built Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine and founded Kamakura City with Wakamiyaouji as its center.  As a result there are some historic sites related to Yoritomo such as Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.  There is a famous street near Kamakura Station called Kamachi Dori which contains many gift shops and restaurants and is often filled with tourists.

Around the west side of Kamakura Station there is a temple called Jufukuji, it is the 3rd temple among the five principal temples in Kamakura.  It was built where the residence of Yorimoto’s father, Yohitomo Minamotono once stood. 
You can also find Kaizuoji, Eishoji and Jyoukoumyouji temples, famous as flower temples and Zeniarai Benten Shrine, famous for washing coins with spring water with the hopes that the money will return in double.

Around Kamakura Omachi there are three temples, Myohoji Temple, Ankokuronji Temple and Choshoji Temple whose thatched roofs where first built by the priest Nichiren.  Also, there is Anyouin Temple that is famous for being connected to Yoritomo’s wife, Masako Hojyo.

Around Nikaido there is Kakuonji Temple which retains the atmosphere of the Kamakua Era.  Zuisenji Temple is famous as a flower temple.  Near Kamakura Reien cemetery you can find Asahina Kiritoshi that is representative of the seven ancient roads of Kamakura.

Near Zaimokuza you can find Komyoji Temple that is the head temple of the Jodo Buddhist sect from the Kanto area.  Also located here is Kuhonji Temple, which was one of the places that Yohisada Niita used as a headquarters when he attacked Kamakura.  The oldest port in Japan, Wagaejima, is also located here.  

Kitakamakura Area
There are many historic spots from the Hojo Era dotting this area.  Kenchoji Temple, 1st out of the Five principal temples of Kamakura and Enkakuji Temple, the 2nd temple, in addition to Jochiji Temple, the 4th temple are located here.
You can also find Tokeiji Temple, famous as a place to break off relationships and Meigetsuin Temple, which is famous as the temple of the hydrangeas, this area retains the atmosphere of old Kamakura. 

The Enoden Line runs between Kamakura and Fujisawa via 13 stations. The 10-kilometer stretch takes 35 minutes, passing through residential neighborhoods onto the ocean dotted with sails. During the week, Enoden serves as a major source of transportation for the local people. On weekends, the train is filled with tourists. Enoden provides comfortable travel for all kinds of passengers.

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