A residential area spread out in the inland of Katase Beaches, but there
is an old and historical place Ryukoji temple.
Here is only enter a little inland from the seaside, but the atmosphere
so called as seaside town is not felt, except that there are many seafood
There are many good restaurants, bakery and interesting shops in this area.
Katase Town is the gateway to Enoshima Island and there are 3 stations
of different railways.
[江ノ島駅] of Enoden Line and Shonan-Enoshima Station
[湘南江ノ島駅] of Shonan Monorail are located in inland approximately 10 minute walk
And another one is Katase-Enoshima Station
[片瀬江ノ島駅] of Odakyu Line that located in near Katase Nishihama Beach.
This biggest station in the area was well-known for its interesting red-colored
shrine style building. That is said that imitated a shrine or Ryugujo palace
(undersea palace that appeared on old tale "Urashima Taro").
However, this one of the iconic building of Enoshima is gone already and
the new station building opened in 2020.
There are many decorations inside and outside the new building, such as goddess, dragons and creatures related to the island.
There are some shops and restaurants in front of the station, such as Hawaiian
style burger shop "KUA'AINA", seafood restaurant & cafe &
bar "Nekonchi [ねこん家]", western food restaurant "Katase Shokudo
Subana Street links mountainside and beachside, and also 3 stations in the town. Because
of it is major route to go to Enoshima Island and Katase Higashihama and
Nishihama, so the street is busy and crowded by tourist.
Sweets shops, bakery, restaurants, souvenir shops, accommodations and so
on are lined both side of the street.
It will be fun when you look carefully in the step at the street.
You can find some interesting plates buried in the road surface and rare-shaped
Ditch cover is relief of wind surfing.
Some plates drawn ancient travellers to Enoshima and others drawn surf
boards to indicate direction.
If you walk the road that lies between stations of Enoden Line and Shonan Monorail, you can go to the direction to Ryukoji Temple and Koshigoe.
After a few minutes walk, you will see a big gate on your left.
This is the well known historical and a holy site for Nichiren Sect (one
of the major Buddhism sect in Japan), Ryukoji Temple [龍口寺]
- [Opening Hours] 9:00 - 16:00 (4:00 pm)
- [Admission] Free
- [Movement with wheelchair] Possible from the right side slope
- Official site
When you visit the gate and look up the ceiling, you will find a dragon.
Also you can find another dragon at the roof of main building. The temple's
name "Ryuko" means dragon's head.
In the local old legend, a dragon which lived in this neighborhood ends
life, and it became a mountain that is behind the temple.
There was the head of dragon in this place. Old name of the area "Tatsunokuchi"
also means dragon's head.
The road that faces of the entrance gate of Ryukoji Temple is known by
Enoden train passes through with the sharpest curved railroad in Japan.
Also here is used at the time of local festival as a meeting point of "Mikoshi"
(a portable shrine) and "Dashi" (traditional wooden festival
float), and it is known that cherry blossoms are seen in spring.
Originally, there was a prison here during Kamakura era. In September 12,
1272 Buddhist monk Nichiren (the founder of Nichiren Sect) was imprisoned
by Kamakura Shogunate for having misunderstood his book with government
At the midnight of following day, he suddenly condemned the death penalty
without an investigation by the Kamakura Shogunate government.
Approximately 2:00 am, just at that time the punishment is attempted, suddenly a bright light flew from the direction of Enoshima Island. The officials who saw it were scared and trembling.
For this reason, the punishment for him has been canceled permanently and
he was freed.
Later, one of Nichiren's disciples built a temple here, is become current
The cave that was used as the prison have been preserved in the precincts
of the temple.
- Do you know?
- How to worship at the temple
Stand at in front of offertory box.
First, throw a coin into the offertory box.
Next, Fold your hands and bow. (Do not clap your hands!)
Finally, Recite a wish in your mind.
The event that to be derived from this story "Tatsunokuchi-Honan-e
has been held on September 11 to 13 every year.
Manto Nerikuyo festival held on the evening of September 12 is the climax
of the festival. Precinct has been covered with exciting dance having "Matoi"
flag and loud drum and bell sounds at the event night.
In the precincts of the temple, there is a 5 storied wooden tower (called as "Goju no To" in Japanese).
And there is a white stupa on top of the mountain.
It is possible to see the island from here.
This old temple is a venue of "Tatsunokuchi Take-toro
" summer illumination event that is held on the 1st Saturday and Sunday
On 3rd sunday of every month, there is an antique market held in the precincts.
Opposite from Ryukoji Temple and across the road and railroad, you will
find a shop that the train is embedded in the wall.
This shop is known by "Enoden Monaka
"[江ノ電もなか] (Monaka is sweet red bean paste sandwich) manufacturer "Oogiya"[扇屋]
Japanese sweets shop.
This embedded train was operated in Enoden Line during 1970 and 1990.
At the right next door to the shop, there is a popular ice cream shop and
cafe "The Market SE1". So it is like a "Sweets Corner"
that you can taste the sweets of the West and Orient here.
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