Visiting Enoshima and Kamakura in new year

The first sunrise of the new year at Enoshima.
New year [正月(Shogatsu)] is one of the great chance to seeing and experiencing Japanese culture and tradition. For the first 3 days of the new year, we called as "Sanganichi [三が日]" and various events and customs are performed.

Transportation

Route map of extra night train for the new year.During Dec.30 to Jan.03, all the railways runs with the holiday timetable. It is slightly different from the weekdays.

From the midnight of Dec.31 to morning of Jan.01, Enoden Line, Odakyu Line and JR Yokosuka Line / Shonan-Shinjuku Line operates extra night-trains from Shinjuku and Shinagawa to Enoshima and Kamakura area.

Here shows detailed extra train info during the midnight of Dec.31 to early in the morning of Jan.01.

Odakyu Line (From Shinjuku)

This is the most useful route to go to Enoshima and Kamakura area from Tokyo during the midnight of Dec.31 to morning of Jan.01.

Odakyu Line operates extra reserved Limited Express Romance-car train "New year Express" for every 30 minutes during 1:00 A.M. to 5:00 A.M from Shinjuku Station.
It runs from Shinjuku to Katase-Enoshima directly. The reservation is possible just before taking the train at the station.

Also extra midnight Local train runs between Shinjuku and Sagamiono for every 15 minutes, Sagamiono and Katase-Enoshima for every 30 minutes.
No Express train and direct local train between Shinjuku and Katase-Enoshima during the period. So please change train for Katase-Enoshima at Sagamiono Station.

Enoden Line (Fujisawa - Kamakura)

Enoden Line operates extra train for every 24 minutes during 0:00 A.M. to 4:00 A.M. in the morning of Jan.01, every 12 minutes from 5:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M.

JR Yokosuka Line (From Shinjuku, Shinagawa)

JR Yokosuka Line and Shonan-Shinjuku Line operates extra Local train from Shinjuku and Shinagawa to Kamakura via Yokohama in the early morning of Jan.01 for every 1 hour each.

Extra train Timetable (From Shinjuku, Shibuya and Yokohama)
Shinjuku 0:29 1:20 2:22 3:32 4:35
Shibuya 0:35 1:27 2:29 3:39 4:42
Yokohama 1:02 2:01 3:01 4:08 5:10
Kamakura 1:27 2:23 3:23 4:30 *transfer at Ofuna
Extra train Timetable (From Shinagawa and Yokohama)
Shinagawa 1:09 2:09 3:09 4:09
Yokohama 1:32 2:32 3:32 4:32
Kamakura 1:56 2:56 3:56 4:56
*Here shows major stations only.

Visiting the temple and shrine

At the night of new year in Enoshima Jinja Shrine.
"Hatsumode [初詣]" is an popular event and custom of Japan's new year, that visit and worship shrine or temple for the first time in new year.
Some shrines and temples are decorate its precincts with lanterns and curtain, mainly on first three days of the new year.

Especially on Dec.31 to Jan.1, almost of major shrines and temples are open overnight and many people visit even at midnight.
From around 0:00 A.M. of Jan.01, an event to sound 108 times of bells called "Joya no Kane [除夜の鐘]" is held at major temples. In some temples, you have a chance to sound the bell once, up to 108 first arrival to hope for.
Nakamise Street slope is crowded with people to worship the shrine even if at midnightEnoshima Jinja Shrines

One of the most crowded shrine in the area during the new year. Many people goes up Nakamise Street slope and visit here before 0:00 A.M. of Jan.01.
Entrance regulation is often enforced depending on the congestion of the precincts, it may be made to wait in the middle of the slope even if it is the midnight.

During the new year season, enter and exit way of Hetsunomiya main shrine is limited. It is possible to enter only from the Red Torii gate at Nakamise Street and unable to enter from Nakatsunomiya Square side.

Many "Chochin [提灯]" traditional Japanese style lanterns decorated in the precincts of all 3 shrines and it lighted on at the night.
Decorated precincts of Enoshima Jinja with Chochin lanterns. Decorated precincts of Nakatsunomiya of Enoshima Jinja with lanterns.
Nakamise Street slope is filled with people to visit Enoshima Jinja shrine.
Ryukoji Temple in new year.Ryukoji Temple

The biggest old temple near Enoshima Island is also popular "Hatsumode" destination for residents.
Here is possible to sound the "Joya no Kane" bell. From around 23:00 of Dec.31, the temple distribute a numbered ticket for first arrival 108 applicants.
After the Buddhist ceremonies around 0:00 A.M., you can sound a bell sequentially.
Official main gate of Hasedera TempleHasedera Temple

On Dec.31, the temple is closed once at 17:00 as usual. Then open again at 23:00.
You can visit here free for charge from 23:00 on Dec.31 to 8:00 A.M. on Jan.01.
During the night, there is a special candle illumination "Manto Kigan-e [万灯祈願会]" is held at upper precinct.

Here is possible to sound the "Joya no Kane" bell. From around 22:00 of Dec.31, the temple distribute a numbered ticket for first arrival 108 applicants at near the entrance gate.
After the Buddhist ceremonies around 23:45, you can sound a bell sequentially.
The precincts of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Here is one of the most crowded popular "Hatsumode" destination shrine not only in Kamakura but also in Japan.

The shrine is open 24 hours from Dec.31 to 21:00 of Jan.04. Entrance regulation is often enforced depending on the congestion of the precincts, it may be made to wait sometime even if it is the midnight.
Other temples and shrines
Goryo Jinja Shrine in Hase is held a festival from 0:00 A.M. of Jan.01.
Kotokuin Temple in Hase (a.k.a. Kamakura Daibutsu) is open from 0:00 A.M. to 17:00 of Jan.01.
Hokokuji Temple [報国寺](a.k.a. Takedera), Jyomyoji Temple [浄妙寺] and Kakuonji Temple [覚園寺] are closed during first 3 days from the new year.

See the sunrise

The crowd who came to see the first sunrise at the beach.
Another popular events and customs for Japanese new year is "Hatsuhinode [初日の出]" to see the first sunrise of the year.
In Enoshima and Kamakura, sunrise of Jan.01 is past 6:50am. Here we will guide some good places to see.
The precincts of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.Katase Higashihama Beach

The beach is one of the most crowded popular "Hatsuhinode" viewing spot for residents.
The sun rises from around the mountain over the sea on the left side.
The first sunrise of the year from Katase Gyoko fishermans port.Katase Gyoko fisherman's port

From the breakwater of the port adjoining to Katase Nishihama Beach is also good to see the sunrise. There are fewer people than other places.
The sun rises from over the bridge just in front of you.

You can see almost same sunrise scenery from Enoshima Bentenbashi Bridge, but here is very crowded.
Katase Nishihama Beach

Here is the only place where able to see the sunrise together with Enoshima Island.
The sun rises from just above of the sea shore on the left side.
The advantage of this place is you can see the beautiful snow-capped Mt. Fuji on the right side of the beach.
The first sunrise of the year from Katase Gyoko fishermans port. The first sunrise of the ear in Katase Nishihama Beach.
The scenery from the viewing terrace in Nakatsunomiya Square.Nakatsunomiya Square

There is a viewing terrace near "Escar (paid escalator)" entrance. Here is possible to see the sunrise above the sea.
Overview of the sea embankment near the lighthouse.Sea embankment near Yacht Harbor

From the sea embankment in the dead end of east side of Enoshima Island is able to see the sunrise. Here has a wood deck near the white lighthouse.
Sunrise from Shichirigahama Shore.Shichirigahama

Hatsuhinode is also can be seen from the seaside of Shichirigahama. The sun rises above the mountains on the left side.
Almost same sunrise scenery also can be seen in Kamakura Koko Mae Station and west side of Inamuragasaki.
Overview of Yuigahama and Zaimokuza Beach in Kamakura.Yuigahama and Zaimokuza Beach

On these cohesive beaches in the coastal side of Kamakura City is also one of the good "Hatsuhinode" viewing spot.
The sun rises from around the mountain on the left side.
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