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Kamakura and Enoshima autumn color viewing ( Day Hike / Japan Kamakura)

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Date:
06 Dec, 2016(Tue) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny but hazy


How to reach:
  Transport: Train
To: JR Kamakura station
* To: Enohima on Enoshima Dentetsu.
From : Katase-Enoshima on Odakyu line

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   Return by: Train, Car

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Route Details:
   8:10 JR Kamakura station
8:23 Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu shrine
10:06 Ten-en
10:18 Mt. Ohhira
11:22 Meigetsu-in shrine
12:20 Lunch near Kamakura station
* Train to Enoshima on Enoshima Dentetsu line
13:46 Enoden Enoshima station
14:20 Upper Shrine of Enoshima Jinja shrine
15:07 Katase-Enoshima station on Odakyu line

Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots. The muddy trail in Momiji-dani, at Shishimai was very slippery.
Might better have gaiters on to protect legs from dirt.

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I arrived at Kamakura station around 8:10
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I arrived at Kamakura station around 8:10
I headed toward Tsurugaoka-hachimangu shrine. There were only a few tourists on the boulevard to the shrine, which is always very crowded during the day until late at night.
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I headed toward Tsurugaoka-hachimangu shrine. There were only a few tourists on the boulevard to the shrine, which is always very crowded during the day until late at night.
I found many birds, not only pigeons but ducks and sea gulls, gathered as a man gave them bread crumb.
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I found many birds, not only pigeons but ducks and sea gulls, gathered as a man gave them bread crumb.
The well-known big ginkgo tree by the yard started to fall the leaves.
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The well-known big ginkgo tree by the yard started to fall the leaves.
There was only a shrine clerk blooming the main stone steps at this early hour.
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There was only a shrine clerk blooming the main stone steps at this early hour.
The treasure hall, which is usually very crowded, was also very quiet, so I visited it for the first time. (Admission fee is \200 ^^;) I was the only viewer while I was there.

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The treasure hall, which is usually very crowded, was also very quiet, so I visited it for the first time. (Admission fee is \200 ^^;) I was the only viewer while I was there.
I walked by a small pond by the main building toward Shishimai valley.
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I walked by a small pond by the main building toward Shishimai valley.
But I found a signboard saying there was a tomb of Yoritomo of Minamoto, who opened Kamakura shogunate government. the first Samaurai government in Japanese history in 1192. So I visited the place. It was very quiet.

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But I found a signboard saying there was a tomb of Yoritomo of Minamoto, who opened Kamakura shogunate government. the first Samaurai government in Japanese history in 1192. So I visited the place. It was very quiet.
I happened to speak with a local resident who walked her dog, and was informed there were other old tombs in the back of Yoritomo's one, so I visited them, too. But there were not as famous as Yoritomo's one.
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I happened to speak with a local resident who walked her dog, and was informed there were other old tombs in the back of Yoritomo's one, so I visited them, too. But there were not as famous as Yoritomo's one.
After a detour, I came back to my planned course and walked through a nice residential area of the old city.
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After a detour, I came back to my planned course and walked through a nice residential area of the old city.
9:30 I arrived at an entrance of the Shishimai valley, one of the famous autumn color spots in this area.
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9:30 I arrived at an entrance of the Shishimai valley, one of the famous autumn color spots in this area.
The trail was along a small stream.
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The trail was along a small stream.
As I had heard, the trail was very muddy and slippery.
I wore gaiters as soon as the trail became muddy.
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As I had heard, the trail was very muddy and slippery.
I wore gaiters as soon as the trail became muddy.
After a 20 minute walk, red leaves came into sight.
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After a 20 minute walk, red leaves came into sight.
The red kaede maples were so beautiful.
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The red kaede maples were so beautiful.
Gorgeous!
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Gorgeous!
It seemed they were a little past their peak.
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It seemed they were a little past their peak.
You may make potpourri out of these leaves. ^^)
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You may make potpourri out of these leaves. ^^)
When I came up to the ridge. I could see patch-work like autumn colors.
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When I came up to the ridge. I could see patch-work like autumn colors.
Soon I passed Rokaku toge pass.
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Soon I passed Rokaku toge pass.
They were not as many as Shisimai, the maples on the ridge were beautiful, too.
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They were not as many as Shisimai, the maples on the ridge were beautiful, too.

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I passed a clubhouse of a golf course.
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I passed a clubhouse of a golf course.
And arrived at the small peak of Mt. Taihei.
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And arrived at the small peak of Mt. Taihei.
There weren't many wildflowers I found today, but this is one of them. Thistle.
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There weren't many wildflowers I found today, but this is one of them. Thistle.
And this is one of a few fixed ropes I found today.
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And this is one of a few fixed ropes I found today.
I hope to see Mt. Fuji from the viewing terrace of Kenchoji shrine, but I couldn't because of haze.
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I hope to see Mt. Fuji from the viewing terrace of Kenchoji shrine, but I couldn't because of haze.
16 degrees and 65% might be a little hard for a clear view.
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16 degrees and 65% might be a little hard for a clear view.
Camellias seemed to be at their best.
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Camellias seemed to be at their best.
Then I visited Meigetsuin shrine.
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Then I visited Meigetsuin shrine.
This place is famous for its autumn colors. Admission fee is \300.
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This place is famous for its autumn colors. Admission fee is \300.
There is a tomb of Tokiyori of Minamoto, another famous shogun of the Kamakura shogunate government.
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There is a tomb of Tokiyori of Minamoto, another famous shogun of the Kamakura shogunate government.
This round window is a famous attraction of this shrine. Guests have enjoyed the garden through this window for hundreds of years.
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This round window is a famous attraction of this shrine. Guests have enjoyed the garden through this window for hundreds of years.
I went into the other side of the garden. It cost \500 additionally to enter this garden. ^^;)
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I went into the other side of the garden. It cost \500 additionally to enter this garden. ^^;)
The red maple leaves in the garden were really beautiful
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The red maple leaves in the garden were really beautiful

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There was a stone jizo statue in red cloths.
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There was a stone jizo statue in red cloths.

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There were several other jizo-sans.
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There were several other jizo-sans.
The first daffodils I saw for this season.
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The first daffodils I saw for this season.
Then I visited a couple of Kiridoshis, a narrow man-made path through rocks, opened in Kamakura shogunate period 900 years ago.

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Then I visited a couple of Kiridoshis, a narrow man-made path through rocks, opened in Kamakura shogunate period 900 years ago.
There were seven of them around Kamakura and this one of two, I had't visited yet.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamakura%27s_Seven_Entrances

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There were seven of them around Kamakura and this one of two, I had't visited yet.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamakura%27s_Seven_Entrances
I didn't visit Kenchoji temple, another big and famous temple,
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I didn't visit Kenchoji temple, another big and famous temple,
This is the other Kiridoshi, Kobukuro Kiridoshi. This one mostly destroyed by the tunnel here.
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This is the other Kiridoshi, Kobukuro Kiridoshi. This one mostly destroyed by the tunnel here.
There was a stone monument explaining it.
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There was a stone monument explaining it.
Then I visited Tsurugaoka hashimangu again. This time, there were hundreds of tourists around the main building.
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Then I visited Tsurugaoka hashimangu again. This time, there were hundreds of tourists around the main building.
Komachi street by the main boulevard was also crowded like streets in Shibuya.
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Komachi street by the main boulevard was also crowded like streets in Shibuya.
I stopped by a small restaurant near Kamakura station.
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I stopped by a small restaurant near Kamakura station.
This noodle restaurant is open only Mon. and Tue. borrowing the space of an Asian cafe when it is closed.
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This noodle restaurant is open only Mon. and Tue. borrowing the space of an Asian cafe when it is closed.
After the lunch, I took a ride on Enoden to Enoshima
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After the lunch, I took a ride on Enoden to Enoshima
13:50 I arrived at Enoshima station. I saw this small island many times from hiking courses, but this was the first time I landed.
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13:50 I arrived at Enoshima station. I saw this small island many times from hiking courses, but this was the first time I landed.
I could see Mt. Fuji through thick haze.
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I could see Mt. Fuji through thick haze.
I walked up stone steps to the upper most shrine.
There seemed to be a couple of escalators to the top of the small mountain.
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I walked up stone steps to the upper most shrine.
There seemed to be a couple of escalators to the top of the small mountain.
There were many tourists, including those from abroad, at the upper most shrine building.
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There were many tourists, including those from abroad, at the upper most shrine building.
I could see Mt. Fuji again from the viewing terrace at the top.
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I could see Mt. Fuji again from the viewing terrace at the top.
I walked down using the other small trail to the foot of the hill. I saw kites hovering; they are infamous attacking bento lunch boxes of tourists in this area. ^^;)
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I walked down using the other small trail to the foot of the hill. I saw kites hovering; they are infamous attacking bento lunch boxes of tourists in this area. ^^;)
I happened to find a sign saying there is a raw whitebait donburi on my way back. I couldn't resist the charm of this local delicacy and ended up having my second lunch. ^^;)
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I happened to find a sign saying there is a raw whitebait donburi on my way back. I couldn't resist the charm of this local delicacy and ended up having my second lunch. ^^;)
Obviously, a little too much, but it was nice, too.
I walked back slowly to the station.
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Obviously, a little too much, but it was nice, too.
I walked back slowly to the station.
I took a train from Odakyu Katase-Enoshima station, which connects to a train to Shinjuku at Fujisawa.
It was a little to light, but a nice hike.
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I took a train from Odakyu Katase-Enoshima station, which connects to a train to Shinjuku at Fujisawa.
It was a little to light, but a nice hike.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   I have visited Kamakura several times before, and this time I planned a light hike for viewing autumn colors. This was my third autumn color viewing hike of Kamakura, so I chose only a couple best spots and added a stroll on Enoshima island which I haven't visited before.

The autumn colors were as beautiful as I had expected, and I enjoyed two lunches, soba noodles at Kamakura and a raw whitebait donburi, over rice, too. ^^)

[Rating of the trail for middle-aged beginner hikers, like myself
* The keys used in my logs are in: http://mountrec.com/modules/diary/629-detail-455
- Required Stamina: Level 2 of 5. Even with the two walks, it was a little too easy.
- Difficulty: Level 1. There wasn't any difficult slope. The muddy, slippery slope in Shishimai might need some precaution; if you slip, your pants would be disastrous.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No problem.
- Get lost? Level 2. Signs and traces are relatively clear along the trail, but there are many branches and street walk is long, so a map, or a street map may be necessary, if you don't use a navigation app on your cellphone.
- Photogenic? Level 3. Autumn leaves in Shishimai and Meigetsu-inn were at their best. They were breathtaking.
- Come again? Level 3. Today's course was a little too easy for a hike, but I'd come back because I somewhat like this city.
Comment: I attach other reports of my hike in Kamakura, FYI.
* Kamakura; Autumn-leaf viewing hike
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1039.html
* Kamakura Hanami HIkiing w/ Mt. Rokkokukenzan, Mt. Kinubari hikes
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-826.html
* Kamakura Hiking (Ajisai, hydrangea, viewing hike)
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-658.html
* Autumn colors in temples and shrines (in Japanese)
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-372433.html

Also a youTube slide show I made after the cherry-blossom viewing hike.



The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1021555.html
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