Japan 2015: Kamakura & Enoshima Highlights Part 1

1st entry for 2016!

We stayed in Yokohama for 3 nights. Apart from going round Yokohama, we also used Yokohama as a base to do a day trip to Enoshima via Kamakura as it is within Kanagawa Prefecture itself.

1st major highlight. Planned a breakfast stop @ Bills in Shichirigahama (in Kamakura) on route to Enoshima.

Some background information on Bills …… Bills originated from Sydney, and is well known to serve ‘the best breakfast in the world’ – particularly their scrambled eggs and hotcakes. Had wanted to eat at their Red Brick Warehouse outlet in Yokohama during my past 2 trips but didn’t manage to get the chance to do so. Thanks to google and various travel websites, I came across pictures of their Shichirigahama outlet in Kamakura. This is even better as the outlet looks out to the gorgeous Sagami Bay.

Little known fact – Bills Shichirigahama was the 1st Bills outlet to open outside of Sydney, and the 1st outlet in Japan as well …… whereas many would have thought their more better known Yokohama and Omotesando outlets were the 1st ones. Unlike the Yokohama and Ometesando outlets, the Shichirigahama outlet, a short 5 min walk from the Shichirigahama Enoden station, was a lot less visible …… but we managed to locate it with the help of google maps there.

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Bills has 2 sections – the family style dining section and the relaxed lounge cum bar section. As we arrived a little after 10, only the family style dining section was open – but still homely and laid back aussie-style, perfect to enjoy a slow and relaxing breakfast (whilst on holiday). Didn’t get to sit right at the balcony looking straight out to Sagami Bay, but still very nice!

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It was 1st cloudy when we sat down ….. but thankfully the skies started to clear up (otherwise our day trip to Enoshima might be ruined big time!).

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Same shot of the same couple looking out to Sagami Bay as the skies start to clear up!

Note: Touched up the photo a bit using VSCOCam before putting it on my Instagram.

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Our breakfast! We made sure to order Bill’s famous Ricotta Hotcakes with fresh banana and honeycomb butter. The hotcakes were thick and fluffy, and go really well with the honeycomb butter. And the portions are definitely bigger than what the pictures indicate 😛  …… The other dish we ordered was the White Polenta with Poached Egg, Wild Green and Smoked Bacon – sis said its a lot more normal/ordinary.

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Also, from the balcony, we could spot our next destination – Enoshima in the distance. All in all, it was a very satisfying breakfast with a gorgeous ocean view to boot! Am glad we checked out this outlet 🙂

Enoden-ed our way to Enoshima!

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The long walk across the bridge to Enoshima Island 江の島 ……

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Fantastic weather. Clear blue skies with nice white fluffy clouds ……

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Getting close to Enoshima itself. The nice building you see is the Enoshima Island Spa (Enospa).

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Enoshima Island proper!

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Shops lining up the main street of Enoshima. This is also the walk that will lead us to the 1st attraction in Enoshima – the Enoshima Shrine.

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Before getting into Enoshima Shrine proper, at the entrance, you have the option of either climbing the stairs all the way up to the Shrine itself (which is located on a forested hill). Do not fancy climbing steep stairs upwards …… so we purchased the Enopass for 1000 JPY. Crucial, the Enopass includes access to the ESCAR – which is the long escalator that will enable us to access the walking course a lot more easily 😛

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Enoshima Shrine consists of 3 separate shrines that are at various parts of the island. There’s a main shrine/building that houses the Benten statue (the patron goddess of Enoshima) but we did not go inside at all.

Some sights along the walking trail ……

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