is an old seaside town in west-end of Kamakura City and known by letter
of Minamoto no Yoshitsune [源義経] (half-brother of Minamoto no Yoritomo [源頼朝]
the founder and first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate)"Koshigoe-Jo"
Koshigoe Shopping Street that is in between Ryukoji temple and Koshigoe
Station is interesting place especially for photographers. A standard train
and cars run along with the same road, the scene which is seen only here
There are some good restaurants and shops in this area.
Between in front of Ryukoji temple and Koshigoe station, Enoden train runs
the center of the shopping street along with cars and people.
Caution! Do not enter the yellow zone of the road when the train is approaching.
A variety of shops and restaurants are lined up on both sides of the street,
and the train run through the center of the street.
There is no other place in Japan where a standard train (not a tram) and
a car run on the same road, and it is really rare sight able to see only
here in this Koshigoe Shopping Street
There are many warning sign that says "Attention to the train"
on the utility poles that stands along the street.
Another rare and popular sight (even if it is rare sight for Japanese too!)
in Koshigoe is local traditional festivals are often held on the street
During these festivals, you have a great chance to see very unusual and
unique scene that traditional floats and the train line up on the same
Festivals that take place on the street are as follows.
Especially, the period of the largest and the most exciting festival in
the area "Tennosai
that takes place on 2nd weekend of July, the street is filled up by people
and train operation suspend while a short period.
Festival is interrupted when the train approaching, people who joined
the festival make the way for train on the other festival.
Then, the train has gone, the festival resumed on the road and railroad.
Probably it is rare sight and also good opportunity to experience the Japanese
From a small bridge in front of Koshigoe Station, You can see Enoshima
Island. And you can go to the seaside Koshigoe Beach
[腰越海岸], if you go this riverside road.
Koshigoe Beach is connected able to walk along seaside to Katase Higashihama
and further to Enoshima Island. Here is also good place to see the sunset
and evening seaview.
When you go the coastal road to the left towards the sea, there is Koshigoe Gyoko
fisherman's Port [腰越漁港]
. There are several seafoods restaurants around the port, and visitors
makes a long line mainly on the weekend and holiday.
From 10:00 to 12:00 on 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, The morning fish market for public is held here. (Only on the middle of March to December, not on Jan, Feb, Aug and first half of March.)
At the end of the pier of this Koshigoe Fisherman's Port, there is a good
viewing deck that faces to Enoshima Island and able to see beautiful sunset
together with Mount Fuji or evening seascape.
There is a small mountain next to Koshigoe Gyoko fisherman's port. If you
go to the direction, you will find a shrine. Here is Koyurugi Jinja Shrine
The shrine is also known for the destination of Mikoshi parade of Tennosai festival
that held in July.
Dashi [山車] wooden floats that used on the festival are usually stored inside of the building at the left of Torii gate.
- [Opening Hours] Open throughout the day
- [Admission] Free
- [Movement with wheelchair] Impossible
The shrine was built during 1185 to 1189 originally.
Nitta, Yoshisada [新田義貞] prayed here for the victory before war with the
Kamakura Shogunate government in 1333, and donated for rebuilding the shrine
after demolished the government.
There is a dragon-shaped faucet like the one in Enoshima Jinja Shrine.
From the viewing hill near the main shrine building, it is possible to
overlook Koshigoe Gyoko port and Enoshima Island from here.
The origin of Tennosai festival is the statue of Susanoo no Mikoto, the
god of the shrine was lost because of the shrine sank into the sea in high
waves. Then, a fisherman lived in Enoshima picks up the statue in the sea
and enshrined. Therefore, Mikoshi (portable shrine) parade of the
festival means homecoming of the god.
A few minutes walk from Koshigoe Station, there is a small temple just
back of the railroad crossing of Enoden Line.
Here is Manpukuji Temple [満福寺]
the most historical place in Koshigoe.
- [Opening Hours] 9:00 - 17:00 (5:00 pm)
- [Admission] 200Yen for the museum (Free for precincts)
- [Movement with wheelchair] Possible
- Official Site
This temple was built by Gyoki (a Buddhist monk, became first "Daisojo"
highest rank of monks in Japan) in 744 (Nara period).
This is the place where a letter of Minamoto no Yoshitsune [源義経] (half-brother of Minamoto no Yoritomo the founder and first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate)"Koshigoe-Jo" [腰越状] written.
Since the actions of Yoshitsune during Genpei war, discord occurred between
the brothers and Yoshitsune was refused return to Kamakura. He was stayed
here with his servant Musashibo Benkei [武蔵坊弁慶] and wrote a letter to Yoritomo
to try to solve misunderstanding.
There are many objects related with Minamoto no Yoshitsune and Musashibo
(* Koshigoe-Jo letter was written by Benkei for Minamoto no Yoshitsune.)
At left side of main building, there is a stone statue of Yoshitsune and
Benkei. Also a wood carving panel of the same scene is displayed in near
the roof of main building.
Benkei is writing a letter on the left side, Yoshitsune is sittingon the
In addition, the draft of "Koshigoe Jo" letter and more are displayed in a museum.
Not only inside the temple but also in the precincts, there are 2 stones
displayed at both side of main building which Benkei sat on(left), and
picked up and played(right).
Benkei has a number of legend in Japan as the owner of superhuman strength,
these items are regarded as the proof of legendary, too.
After being refused to return to Kamakura, Yoshitsune was to be pursued
from the Kamakura Shogunate government as a criminal. Suicide in the Tohoku
region at the end of escaping various areas of Japan and finished the 31
years of his life. And Benkei who followed Yoshitsune until the end has
been told that defended his master Yoshitsune and died in the last battle.
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