The island of Enoshima makes a perfect day-trip from Tokyo and will give you a glimpse of the Japanese beach culture. From the Enoshima train station, a short walk leads to the pedestrian bridge which most visitors cross to visit the island. The bridge is an excellent location from which to take photos of the island. It is also a good occasion to study the current Japanese beach fashion of the moment. From the bridge, you can see some of the major attractions of the island including the Enoshima tower, the Enoshima island spa and some buildings part of the Enoshima shrine, partly hiding under the dense vegetation.
One of Kamakura’s landmarks is without a doubt the Great Buddha of Kamakura. This monumental bronze statue of Buddha Continue reading The big Buddha of Kamakura, Kōtoku-in temple
Hase-dera is in my opinion one of the best attraction of Kamakura. Not only the temple itself is gorgeous, its gardens are splendid as well. The temple is located at higher altitude than Kamakura itself. Viewpoints from the temple therefore offer an impressive overlooking view on Kamakura and its beach. The temple also hosts the Benten-Kutsu Cave which contains hundreds of small devotional statues in its long and narrow corridors.
Hokoku-ji temple, also sometimes called Take-dera (Take = bamboo in Japanese) is famous for its beautiful bamboo grove. About two thousand bamboo trees grow on the premise of the temple. The strength of Hokoku-ji temple is undoubtedly its forest and gardens which inspire total peace of mind. An open-air Japanese tea-house is located in annex to the temple. Traditional Japanese Matcha tea can be enjoyed while peacefully looking at the forest.
The Odawara Castle is located close to the Odawara train station (10 min walk). An armor and weapon collection is presented in the renovated inside as well as a picture gallery of other famous Japanese Temples. The view of the city and ocean from the upper floor observatory is worth the visit.