Trainspotting Kamakura: Cafes And Restaurants To Watch The Iconic Enoden Train | CoolJapan

Kamakura Enoden Travel Guide

It is a special sight in Kamakura to spot the retro Enoden train passing by on the streets.

For more than a hundred years, the charming Enoshima Electric Railway line (locally abbreviated as Enoden) has been transporting commuters between Fujisawa and Kamakura stations in the coastal region of Kanagawa Prefecture. Chugging along the streets with its signature green and yellow cabin, this endearing electric train line has 15 stops that pass through scenic spots and quaint local neighbourhoods.

When it started in 1902, it was originally meant as a convenient transportation mode to get the locals around the area. The Enoden still runs the same route but its cabins now carry wide-eyed sightseeing tourists as well.

This retro electric train has often appeared in TV drama shows, movies, and anime works. In more recent years, it was made popular by the anime ‘Slam Dunk’ and is now a sought-after photo-taking location!

Enoden Trainspotting Goryo Station

The Enoden train travels past the peaceful Goryo Shrine on its route.

There are many places where one can spot the Enoden train, such as within the historic city of Kamukura and along the scenic coastline of Shichirigahama.

Japanese manga or anime fans have to make a stop at Kamakurakokomae Station. Here, there is a photo spot at the railway junction that was featured in the opening of the Slam Dunk anime. Even if you are not an anime lover, the nostalgic train passing by the sprawling expanse of Sagami Bay makes for an incredible photo.

Kamakurakokomae Station

The popular train crossing photo spot at Kamakurakokomae Station is postcard-worthy.

For those who prefer to leisurely watch the train go by, there are some lovely cafes and restaurants in the Kamakura area where you can rest your feet and spend a couple of enjoyable hours.

1. Breeze Bird Cafe & Bakery

Hidden in a small alley behind the Wadazuka Station is a cosy bakery and restaurant. Located in a pretty wooden house with a garden, the Breeze Bird Cafe & Bakery is a tranquil respite from the bustling tourist crowds.

An inviting display of fluffy bread welcomes guests as they step into the calming wood-based interior. The bakery uses natural yeast and there is a wide variety of flavourful high-water content breads to choose from.

For those who are feeling more than a little peckish, they also offer breakfast and lunch set menus. Seasonal local ingredients from around the region are carefully chosen for its dishes, such as fresh seafood from the Nagai fishing port in Yokosuka City, and speciality vegetables from the cities of Miura and Kamakura.

Here, you can enjoy your meal as you watch the Enoden train busily running along the railway track. They also have open-air terrace seats at the back that make you feel like you are one with nature, surrounded by greenery and the chirping of birds.

Breeze Bird Cafe & Bakery
Address: 3-4-5 Yuigahama, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan 2480014

2. Cafe Yoridokoro

Slow down at Cafe Yoridokoro, an unassuming retro-chic cafe set in a renovated old folk house. Situated just a few minutes walk from the Inamuragasaki Station, this popular eatery draws large crowds, especially on weekends.

Cafe Yoridokoro specialises in dried fish teishoku, a type of Japanese-style set meal that includes a main dish, rice, a side dish and miso soup. Calming dark-wood panelling and wafts of delectable fried fish greet diners who come here seeking a unique Kamakura experience.

This place was created with the heartwarming concept of offering visitors a ‘trip to daily life in Kamakura’.

Diners can tuck into a sumptuous Japanese meal while admiring the cute retro Enoden train passing by right before their eyes. It is a memorable experience that allows visitors a glimpse into the daily lives of the local people and the beautiful moments of Kamakura.

Besides nourishing your soul, Cafe Yoridokoro also serves up nutritious meals with selected fine eggs and excellent dried fish sourced from the best dried fish specialty stores in the country.

Cafe Yoridokoro
Address: 1-12-16 Inamuragasaki, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan 2480024

3. MushinAn

As the Enoden train slowly pulls into Wadazuka Station, most people may not notice a little cafe located right beside the station track. MushinAn looks just like a typical residential home, except for the small red flag at the entrance that cheerily beckons visitors to come in.

Wadazuka Station

Wadazuka Station is home to a hidden gem of a cafe that sells Japanese sweets.

Beneath its simple decor is a Japanese sweets cafe that attracts many local tourists with its delectable desserts and nostalgic atmosphere. Here, you can take a little break during your train journey and recharge with some authentic sweet treats.

MushinAn serves a mouthwatering array of traditional Japanese sweets to sweeten your day. Recommended menu items include cream anmitsu (a classic dessert that consists of adzuki bean paste, fruits, and ice cream) and the jelly-like warabimochi (a type of mochi made from bracken starch, coated with kinako soybean powder and drizzled with Japanese brown sugar syrup).

They also have summer specials such as the Shiratama adzuki and a refreshing variety of flavoured shaved ice.

Large glass doors by the veranda open up to a wonderful view of the cafe's flower garden and the iconic Enoden railway line. It is the perfect sanctuary to get lost in your thoughts as you watch the world go by.

Address: 3-2-13 Yuigahama, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan 2480014