A solo trip to Kamakura is not just about finding a brief moment of peace. Travelers can also follow the old railway to find memories of the past.The trip to Kamakura was purely impromptu.
Kamakura is not far away.
It is only an hour on the Odakyu Line away from the highly populated, crowded Tokyo.
I bought the train ticket, and there I was in Kamakura.
Like I said, this is the brilliance of traveling alone.
Kamakura is Tokyo’s back garden.
Despite the large crowds of tourists, quiet locations are always available in places further away from the crowds.
For example, Hollywood Road in Hong Kong is quiet in the morning.
Yet, make a turn around the corner and walk past a street,
There is the busy Central right before your eyes.
It is almost like traveling from one space into another.
Not so much as a big city,
there is only one railway connecting several small stations together.
Every station is unique in its own way.
The railroad occasionally passes by residential areas, trains on the narrow railroad seem to be closely aligned to the residential homes, thereby making a unique picture.
Alright, now I actually want to tell you about my discovery in places far away from the crowds.
I arrived at Shichirigahama Station, where I smelled the ocean scent.
Actually, I came here to see Mount Fuji.
I heard that it’s possible to see Mount Fuji from the beach.
Hence I stayed at the beach for an hour,
watching a child burying another child in the sand;
and a stray dog following children everywhere;
But I did not see Mount Fuji.
A strong, healthy senior who spoke fluent English walked up to me and said:
Hey you want to see Mount Fuji?
Looks like today is not a good day!
Yes, it was not a good day.
Would I come back here again? Maybe not.
A miss is a miss, there is always another choice.
Do you know about the animation Slam Dunk?
The beach that the train passes by in its opening title is located at Kamakurakōkōmae Station.
I do not have a particular impression about this animation.
But looking from the railway platform is an endless ocean view.
It is my dream view to watch trains passing by on railroads every day, in a place where I can also see the ocean.
Next, I arrived at a mini train station named Gokurakuji Station.
It is built by fairly exquisite wooden architectures.
It was also selected as one of Kanto’s top 100 train stations in 1999.
I planned to take a break.
I sat on the bench and listened to the sound of insects chirping, and absent-mindedly watched the arriving and departing trains.
It felt kind of similar to the train station in my hometown Malaysia.
The hometown train station is my most familiar place.
However, the night before I left for school in Singapore after high school graduation was full of mixed feelings.
My journey set out from there, with no timetable to go back.
How many people have parted ways and reunited at the ancient Gokurakuji Station?
I looked at the map and decided not to take the train.
Why not walk from this station to the next.
There were not too many travelers like myself, perhaps only one or two.
I held a camera in my hands, and the locals turned a blind eye to my presence.
Children continued to play and adults carried on with their usual conversations.
Perhaps they have become accustomed to seeing tourists.
I spent an hour on a bridge, waiting for trains to enter and exit the tunnel in a toy-like fashion.
Occasionally doing nothing at a time like this does not feel too luxurious.
The final stop was Kamakura Station.
There were quite a few temples around, but they did not make a profound impression on me.
I quickly browsed through them.
There were a lot of tourists, whom I still chose to avoid.
Don’t forget, I intended to stay far away from the crowds, at least temporarily.
After strolling around for an entire afternoon,
I returned to Enoshima Station.
I walked into an empty café to drink some iced coke and grabbed a sandwich.
I drew in a last breath of Kamakura air and wandered off the complex railway for a while, before I left Kamakura.
JL told me everything about Kamakura.
I listened to JL without making any interruptions.
The railways and train stations JL described sounded so interesting to me.
I like railways – especially the moment when trains or trams roar by.
Railways carry the dreams of my past.
And I do not think too much about the future,
I only try my best to collect more railway memories.
As mentioned above, Kamakura is not far away from Tokyo.
It can be reached by taking the Odakyu Line at Shinjuku Station.
Here are the tips for loungers to get to Kamakura from Shinjuku.
Victor Tai | Freedom is a Right
- CameraCanon EOS 3
Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM II
FujiColor Superia X-TRA 400
- LocationKamakura, Japan
- Other Language繁體中文