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Slow but very adorable train in Kamakura
Enoden (abbreviation of Enoshima Dentetsu or Enoshima Electric Train) is a little pretty train connecting between Kamakura and Fujisawa, about 10km, for 34 minutes. The average speed is only about 20km/h. They started the service in 1902.
It is very convenient to use this train for the tourists because you can reach many attractive points such as temples and shrines including Great Buddha. But that is not all. You can enjoy the variety of view from the train. If you ride on it, I recommend you to stand in the front of the carriage. It is thrilling to see outside because it runs through the narrow path between the houses. In the meanwhile it runs on the road together with cars in some areas. When it runs through the coast line, the view of the ocean is very pleasant.
You will see Enoshima Island (Japanese Mont Saint-Michel) which you can walk through using the bridge from Enoshima Station. Often you find surfers on the beach. The beaches are very crowded in midsummer.
Because of the scenery of the beach and this pretty train, it is often used as background for movies, dramas and TV commercial films.
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Take a retro-looking train for your round tour in Kamakura
Enoden is a shortened nickname for Enoshima Dentetsu, or Enoshima Electric Railway Company which started operating in 1902 between Fujisawa and Kamakura.
It runs 10 kilometers with 15 stations for 35 minutes. As it’s a single track, sometimes your train needs to wait for another train to pass by. When it was first operated, there were 39 stations, which means each station was been placed averagely in 260 meters each. The number of the stations has been narrowed down, some of which changed names and places later and organized as it is now; and only 4 stations are situated as they were originally; Kugenuma, Inamuragasaki, Gokurakuji and Hase.
Each station itself on the Enoden Line is small, but especially between Enoshima and Kamakura, almost every station has some sightseeing spots. You can start your Enoden tour from Enoshima or either from Kamakura. Enoshima is a scenic small island, which includes natural beauty and historical spots like Enoshima shrine. The seafood is nice too, as some restaurants are run by fishermen. If you start your tour from Kamakura, you’ll be visiting historical spots such as the Great Buddha and Tsurugaoka Hachiman shrine. Either way, the scenery from the train window varies widely. A part of the route goes on the road with cars like tram, also run very close to the nearby houses, and faces the ocean. During the weekends and holiday seasons, or any events such as firework displays, it's very crowded with visitors, but usually you can enjoy the landscapes from the window.
There is only one tunnel near Gokurakuji-Temple station, and it’s said to be the most difficult part of the whole civil engineering construction for Enoden. After it was completed in 1907, the train could get through the mountain, which made it possible to visit the Great Buddha in Hase area.
Not only the scenery from the train, but also the landscape including trains and the railway are photogenic. Some places were used for the settings for TV dramas or films, which draw many tourists in and out of Japan.
One tip for you: although it greatly depends on the weather condition, from the beach side near Inamuragasaki station or Kamakura Koko mae station, you can see Mt. Fuji toward Enoshima island, especially the combination of Mt. Fuji and the sunset attracts many visitors.
If you are planning to stop by more than 3 stations for sightseeing spots, you can buy “Noriori-kun”, the one-day ticket for Enoden. It costs ¥600 for adult, which is quite a bargain if you plan to stop at some stations.
Price: One day ticket (Noriori-kun) Adult ¥600 (JPY) / Child ¥300 (JPY)
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