Sankeien Garden: Old Tokeiji Sanctum
Sankeien Garden is a Japanese garden in Yokohama featuring important historical properties moved from Kyoto, and Kamakura. The reason why this garden should be given a page or two for Kamakura guidebook is because of the building originally at Tokeiji temple in Kamakura moved to this place in 1907(the sanctum was originally built in 1509). Also notable buildings at the garden include the Main Hall of Old Tomyoji temple originally in Kyoto, three-storied pagoda also from Tomyoji and is the oldest wooden pagoda in Kanto area.
- Hiking and Walking
- Historical Travel
Kamakura is an almost perfect for windsurfing offering gentle breezes, flat water, and sandy bottoms on most days, developing into advanced wave sailing sites when the winds pick up.
There are 2 windsurfing schools in Kamakura:
Seven seas (http://www.7seas.jp/)
Far East (http://www.fareast-school.com/).
There's also a surf shop: Salty Dogs (http://www.windsurfin.net/salty/).
- Water Sports
Having seen the major sights and temples in Kamakura, I decided to explore the rest of the Kamakura vicinity on the Enoden line. The Enoden line is a really scenic railway line passing through the backyards of homes before it hugs the coastline all the way to the terminal station at Enoshima. To my very pleasant surprise, I came across an attractive town called Enoshima with black sand beaches and an aquarium which I visited. The aquarium contains numerous marine species found in Japanese coastal waters and includes the research findings and collections of the late Emperor Hirohito, who was himself an avid marine biologist. There was also a seal and sea lion show which I attended.
- National/State Park
Hayama, some say the Saint...
Hayama, some say the Saint Tropez of Japan. Here the emperor has his summerhouse (heavily secured) and the bay is a perfect place to enjoy the Pacific ocean and a few lovely beaches. Here mostly the (wealthy) Japanese spend their holidays and only a handful of tourists. Only danger of this place is that you might not want to leave it anymore.
How about enjoying a Japanese Local Style weekend in Enoshima?
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- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
Nishikigoi: National fish of Japan.
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Koi, a favorite of Japanese, you often see them in the ponds of temples & palaces.
They are just gorgeous, aren't they?