When I went to every station on Kawasaki’s industrial Tsurumi Line in one day a few years ago it was expected to be a one-off but on something of a whim I then decided to do likewise on another interesting train line in the same prefecture. This time it was the Enoshima Electric Railway (also known as the Enoden Line) in Kanagawa Prefecture where the iconic yellow and green trains (or are they trams?!!) are electrically powered from 600 V DC overhead lines.
This is the order in which I went to all 15 stations…
Kamakura (EN15) – The starting point for this 10 kilometre (6.2 miles) single-track route on a hot August day last Summer, and it felt good to be back in Kamakura after a few years.
Wadazuka (EN14) – Spirits were high as I enjoyed being outside in the sunshine for the 15 minute walk to this station which is perhaps surprisingly the fourth most used station on this line.
Yuigahama (EN13) – Time to take a very early break from my main goal of the day. This station is the gateway to the spacious Yuigahama Beach where I went for a swim in the sea for the first time in over a decade!
Hase (EN12) – Back on the train track trail after a 40 minute break at the beach. This is the most modern of stations on this line having been built in April 2020. I love the tight-fit view you get of the trains riding along the single track just beyond the station with the houses and trees so close by. This station is the stop closest to Kōtoku-in; the temple with the colossal Great Buddha statue.
Gokurakuji (EN11) – 25 years ago this station was selected as one of the “100 Top Stations in the Kantō Region” by the Japanese Ministry of Transportation committee, and it seems like it is most appealing during the cherry blossom season in early Spring.
Inamuragasaki (EN10) – This was one of the last stations I’d been to on this line as back in 2018 I took a trip here to get a match-up shot of a view of Cape Inamura which was seen in ‘Shin Gojira‘ (2016).
Shichirigahama (EN09) – The approach to this station is where you can get right up close to the train tracks as you walk, cycle or drive along the adjacent road. The main building was rebuilt in 1997 which I think makes it quite modern but some may think that’s from a different era!
Kamakurakōkōmae (EN08) – This unstaffed station is surprisingly busy and is the sixth most used on the Enoden Line. It lies across the road from the Pacific Ocean and so it naturally offers great open views of the sea, and Mount Fuji can be seen on clear days too. It was also included in the aforementioned “100 Top Stations in the Kantō Region” list.
Fujisawa (EN01) – Having walked to the previous eight stations, I finally boarded a train and rode to the the end of the line and then went back and forth between the remaining stations.
Shōnankaigankōen (EN05) – Formerly known as Nishikata, this station was renamed to its present name in December 1958.
Ishigami (EN02) – This is the least used Enoden stations with around 700 passengers boarding here each day.
Kugenuma (EN04) – The station building was rebuilt in 1985 and has an underpass for getting from one side of the track to the other.
Yanagikōji (En03) – There’s no station building here, just a single side platform serving one track for bi-directional traffic which is accessed from either end.
Koshigoe (EN07) – I disembarked at this station and went to the final stop on foot via a coastal walk to the island of Enoshima itself.
Enoshima (EN06) – Once I had popped over to the island of Enoshima, I stopped off at the station to see the main building which was rebuilt in 1999. Mission accomplished! The danger is that such expeditions may well become an occasional series!
In fact there was one more on this same day as my train adventures continued a little further up the road as I rode along the Shonan Monorail which is one of only seven dangletrains in the world.
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