The Enjoyable Enoden Line 江ノ電でGo!

The Enoden Line, established in 1900, is a unique tram connecting Kamakura, Enoshima and Fujisawa. It runs on a single-track, and we must often wait for the tram coming from the opposite direction to pass. It goes very close to the sea along Sagami Bay, especially between Koshigoe and Inamura-ga-saki Stations. When you head toward Fujisawa and sit on the left side seats, you will enjoy the sea and Enoshima out the window. It also runs between residential districts in some parts of the line. You might be surprised to see houses just in front of your nose. see related video


Kyoto Adashino Nenbutsu-ji 京都 化野念仏寺

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji

More than 800 stone statues sit close together at Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple. Splendid autumn leaves put their arms around the statues and give them a comforting hug. The location of today’s Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple (northwest outskirts of Kyoto) was once a location used for open-air burial. As the years passed, the bones withered and scattered in the fields and mountains. A hundred years ago, locals collected the bones and buried them in this temple as a way to grieve for the dead. see more photos


Hayama Morito Beach in Summer 葉山 夏の森戸海岸

Hayama is a small town on the Miura Peninsula, Kanagawa. And it is a real retreat for both beach and mountain lovers. You can access Hayama by a 1-hour drive from central Tokyo. If you don’t drive, take the Yokosuka Line and get off at Zushi Station. Among the beaches in Hayama, Morito Beach is one that is very cozy and easy accessible. It takes about 15 minutes by bus from Zushi station (Morito Kaigan Bus Stop or Morito Jinja is the nearest stop) and a few seconds on foot.

During the summertime (July and August), there are many nice beach houses. Oasis is a 'live house' featured in this video.


Tochigi Daio-ji Temple in Summer 栃木 大雄寺の夏

Daio-ji Temple

Daio-ji Temple, situated in the northeast region of Tochigi in Kurobane, was established in 1404 as a Zen temple. A feudal lord in Kurobane, Ohzeki, became a powerful supporter in 1448 and the Ohzeki Family has continued as followers of this temple for generations. Several buildings with thatched roofs are well maintained here, and a hard-packed dirt path within the cloister, that thousands of monks have walked for 600 years, reflects their serious practices. In 1693, a high level priest from China's Ming dynasty stopped by here on the way back to his temple in Mito, Ibaraki after visiting the hot springs in Nasu. He left his precious title calligraphy, handwriting and three India-ink drawings as memento gifts. read more


Aburatsubo Seaside Walking 油壺 海辺の散歩道

Diamond Fuji

The west coast of the Miura Peninsula has some nice sunset view spots. Aburatsubo’s Araihama Beach is one of them. A nice seaside walking trail circles around from in front of the Keikyu Kanchoso hotel, through Araihama down to the beach, behind the Aburatsubo Marine Park. The course combines a walking trail, the beach, and a stretch of rock. You can enjoy boating, swimming, fishing, and just relaxing. For me, waiting for a nice sunset, the best thing is to drink beer stretched out on one of the cozy beach chairs set out in front of the Hawaiian beach house! This is also the best spot to see the so called "Diamond Fuji" - when the sun sets just at the top of Mt. Fuji, twice a year. see more photos


Hayama Issiki Beach 葉山 一色海岸


Issiki Beach in Hayama is considered to be a cool, adult beach in the Shonan area. The best time to enjoy its cozy ambience is just before the bathing season begins. People (and dogs) scatter to their own favorite spots and spend time under a clear, blue sky. There is a lawn area near the sand where you can just stretch out and feel the sea breeze. Please use the Museum of Modern Art, Hayama (Sangaoka bus stop) as your landmark, if you drive. Parking information is here (only Japanese). Or just get off the bus at Issiki Kaigan. It is a 3-minute walk from the bus stop. see more photos