Given its oceanside position, Fujisawa’s coast is home to lovely beaches where sunbathing, surfing, swimming, and beach sports are the norm in the summer. While on the mainland, admire the views of Enoshima against Sagami Bay and even Mount Fuji in the far distance. Another popular spot along the coast is Enoshima Aquarium where you can learn about marine life and observe sea turtles, jellyfish, dolphin performances, and more! Apart from these main attractions, the city is also prolific in quaint cafes and fresh seafood restaurants. After grabbing a bite to eat, walk through the streets and shop at its cute boutiques for beach souvenirs!
Aside from beach vibes, Fujisawa is also teeming with history. During the Kamakura Period, the city began as a temple town centralized around Yugyo-ji Temple, which was founded by Priest Ippen and designated as the headquarters of the Jishu Buddhism Sect. Follow a cherry tree lined road to the temple grounds and admire the harmonious blend of traditional buildings, wooden tones, and tranquil nature. The temple is also known as the birthplace of the Japanese Bon festival dance!
Later, during the Edo Period, Fujisawa became the sixth post town along the Tokaido Road, which historically connected Nihonbashi in Edo (present day Tokyo) to Kyoto. Explore Fujisawa’s post town past and culture at the Fujisawa Post Station Exchange Center, which is located near Yugyo-ji Temple. For continued learning, check out the Fujisawa Ukiyo-e Museum, which details historical events, stories, and legends around the Tokaido Road through stunning ukiyo-e works. Another notable temple in Fujisawa is Ryuko-ji, which is situated closer to the coast and known for its impressive wooden main hall and five-storied pagoda.
As you explore Fujisawa, travel in style on the scenic Enoden Line. This vintage train line is renowned for having superb views of the ocean as well as the city’s nature and traditional architecture.