Friday, March 3, 2017

#Tokyo Travel ♪ Trip to Slam Dunk's memorial spot! Trip to Enoshima and Kamakura with Hinomaru LIMO TAXI


#Tokyo Travel ♪ Trip to Slam Dunk's memorial spot! Trip to Enoshima and Kamakura with Hinomaru LIMO TAXI


First of all,
here is a latest news about riding taxi in Tokyo.
You know what?
Starting from January, 2017, 
you will be advanced to ride a taxi in a short distance. 
It is just 410 yen on the starting price. 
So about 20% increase of people riding taxi in short distance.

Don't you think it is a good service
as well as foreign visitors towards the coming to TOKYO 2020.


Okay! 
This time, we have rented a Hinomaru LIMO TAXI
to go on a day trip to Kamakura 50km away from Tokyo!

Let's go!
A trip with the sense of cultural and artistic!
Renting at taxi 
indeed helping a smoother trip,
highly recommended to family or couples!


What is Hinomaru LIMO TAXI?
Top ranked Japanese Taxi Company

Hinomaru Limousine operates taxi service, airport pick-up service, and sightseeing tour courses in Japan!  It is one of the leading taxi companies in Japan, and it focuses providing services to foreign visitors.

Although there are many different ways that you can get to your destination, sometimes you may want to have your own private moment with your friends or family while travelling. Today we will introduce you one of this comfortable and special way of travelling - "Taxi Tour" provided by Hinomaru Limousine.



- Hinomaru Limousine Taxi Service Homepage -

- Hinomaru Limousine Taxi Service Reservation Page -

- Hinomaru Limousine Optional Tour Page -
http://www.tokyo-taxi.jp/english/option/index.html


Our destination for this time is 
Enoshima ~ Kamakura
About 40-min ride from Tokyo.

Enoshima, well-known as the story of comic Slam Dunk taken place.
Of course, 
the running Enoden!


Kamakura, retain the past cultural and historical trajectory 

Kamakura is located in the Yamaguchi Peninsula in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
 It was the location of the Kamakura shogunate between 1185 and 1333.
Kamakura was the capital of Japan.

Not far away from Tokyo,
but no tall buildings, 
cool in summer and warm in winter,
Good-visit to a variety of historical sites.

If you plan on a day trip from Tokyo,
Kamakura might be a good choice. 

You can choose from a wide range of vehicles.
From small to large ones, 
just choose the ones most suitable to your needs.





This time, 
we are using Tesla Model S.


Electric car Tesla Model S
Less noise generated during driving
That is good to hear if you are having a long trip.


Touch and open!
Feel the future!


Not only electric sunroof, the seat is also very comfortable. 
The driver's seat is also equipped with 17-inch screen,
convenient for Google navigation and other services.


(Left) front box (right) rear trunk



Electric car is not equipped with the engine, 
So there are large storage space for baggage both in the front and back!
Good for shopping!

※Please note
Make reservation as soon as possible during the peak season of travel!


- Hinomaru Limousine Taxi Service Homepage -

- Hinomaru Limousine Taxi Service Reservation Page -

- Hinomaru Limousine Optional Tour Page -


For your reference,
let see our day trip to Kamakura!
Feel free to follow the same plan too!


A. Enoshima 
>> B. "Kamakura-koko-mae"  Story background of Slam Dunk 
>>  C.  "Yuigahama"  Loved by surfers 
 >> D. ”Kamakura Komachi" shopping street  (lunch) 
>> E. Starbucks Kamakura Store 
>> F. Great Buddha of Kamakura
>> G.  "Hasegawa Temple"  meet the lucky deity


Start our trip at Ueno!
You might decide where to meet
as long as you indicate the specific places with the exact address!
Hotel you stay or the nearest stations are recommended.

Get ready at Ueno Station


Oh! We met  Mount. Fuji on the way!


>> A. Enoshima
Have a ride on Japan National Route 134 


>> B. "Kamakura-koko-mae"  Story background of Slam Dunk 
Must-visit in Enoshima




Scene in the story of Slam Dunk 
Blue coast of Shonan as the back and Enoden is passing through,
isn't it romantic?

★ Kamakura-koko-mae
1 -1 Koshigoe, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken 248-0033


>>  C.  "Yuigahama"  Loved by surfers 

Have a ride on Japan National Route 134 
along the coast line of Enoshima, Shonan. 
It is crowded with surfers and all ages of people in summer.

★Yuigahama beach
4 -4 Yuigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken 248-0014




 >> D. ”Kamakura Komachi" shopping street  (lunch) 

Kamachi-dori
Main Shopping street of Kamakura
There are all kinds of delicious food!
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu (鶴岡八幡宮) is also nearby the Kamakura Station.

If you go by Hinomaru LIMO TAXI,
tell the driver the destination,
then he will friendly drop you off nearby.



Recommended food at Kamakura Komachi-dori


1.   Japanese omelet stick with whitebait (Shirasu)
240 yen + tax each
Slightly salted taste.
Fresh and simple! You would love it!

2. Melaleuca Cup of Salmon roe (Ikura) and Whitebait  (Shirasu)
780 yen + tax 
Highly recommend to seafood lovers!


Cheers~!!!


★ Hannariinai(はんなりいない)
1-5-27 Komachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0006
TEL: 0467-23-7399
10: 00 ~ 17:00
Official website (Japanese)


>> E. Starbucks Kamakura Onarimachi Store 



3 reasons to visit!

1.  Open terrace and Japanese garden
It was originally home of the Japanese cartoonist "Ryuichi Yokoyama." 
It was restored by Starbucks.
Scenery of the classic Japanese garden and swimming pool are remained.
Recommend to come and visit in spring and summer!


2. Limited Menu of Kamakura Store
Coffee and cake!
You definitely don't wanna miss it! 


3.   Premium Coffee Bean STARBUCKS RESERVE®

Limited in a small number of stores in the world.  
Small number of unique coffee beans
extracted by hands. 
Choose your favorite!
Get a bag home and enjoy it!



(Left) Kamakura Limited Dessert
Tiramisu: 500yen + tax
Apple Chiboust: 520yen + tax

(Center) Kamakura Limited Mug Cup
270ml: 2,100 yen + tax
390ml: 2,300 yen + tax
510ml: 2,500 yen + tax

(Right) Yokohama Limited Mug Cup
355ml: 1,800 yen 


★ Starbucks Kamakura Onarimachi Store 
15-11 Onarimachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0012
TEL: 0467-61-2161
8:00-21:00 / closed irregularly
 Official site (Japanese)


>> F.  Great Buddha of Kamakura

Great Buddha of Kamakura is located at the Kotokuin Temple.
Landmark of Kamakura.
A bronze statue of Amida Buddha designated as a National Treasure of Japan
with the height of about 11.4 m and Weight of 121 tons!
It is tall as a 4-story building. 
You can imagine how huge it is!



Admission is possible inside the Great Buddha.
Just 20 yen extra.
It is quite a unique chance to get inside the Buddha.
Don't miss the extraordinary and valuable experience. 



Saying that this sandals was made to match the size of the Great Buddha's foot!

★ Great Buddha of Kamakura(鎌倉大仏)
4-2-28, Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0016, Japan
TEL: 0467-22-0703

Opening Hours:
<General visit>
8:00-17:30 (April–September)
8:00-17:00(October–March)
Visitors may enter up to 15 minutes before the temple closes.
<Inside the Great Buddha statue>
8:00-16:30
Visitors may enter up to 10 minutes before closing time.
<Temple shop>
8:30-16:45 (year-round)
Admission Fee: 
over 12-year-old : 200 yen
6-12-year-old: 150 yen
Extra 20 yen for going inside the Buddha
Official site: (English)


>> G.  "Hasedera Temple"  meet the lucky deity

Main Gate
What a good picture!
Historic monuments since Kamakura Period +
Natural scenery of Kamakura
What a spectacular harmony!

1.  Kannon-do Hall 


Hasedera Kannon is worshiped here. 
It is a good-looking place to see the panoramic view of the town and sea of Kamakura.
In summer, more than 2500 hydrangeas over 40 kinds are blooming.
In autumn, beautiful maple leaves create the spectacular natural landscapes.


Wow!! A stunning view from Kannon Museum.


In the Kannon-do Hall, 
there is a Japan's largest scale wooden statue
with a height of about 9.18 m.


2. Kannon Museum 


It is a museum with the theme of Kannon Bodhisattva in Hasedera Temple,
 where you can see various kinds of Buddhist paintings and statues.

This time, it was the exhibition with a theme of 
Seven Deities (七福神).

If you are interested in Japanese Religion and Buddhism, 
it is worth to spend a visit.

Saying that 
when you lightly striking the cushion with this mallet,
 God will listen to it and come down 
* Kannon Museum 
Reception hours: 9: 00 ~ 16: 00 (Closed: 16: 30)
Admission fee:
Adult (junior high school student and above) - 300 yen
Child (elementary school student) - 150 yen



3. Meeting the lucky deity (Jizo statues地蔵)

You know what?
There are three set of Jizo statues can be found in three places in Hasedera Temple.
 If you can find them all and take pictures,
good luck will come to you.
Because of this, it is quite popular to young ladies recently in Japan.


Also, 
if you make the picture as the wallpaper of your cell phone,
good luck will come to definitely.


Wanna know where are they?
or you wanna find them yourselves?

Up to you, huh lol

For the ones who can't wait to get more luck
Here you are↓
*1st  On the rock 
Stairs to go up to Kannon-do Hall

*2nd  Inside the bamboo area
next to Kannon-do Hall


*3rd  On the rock
on the way to the walking path 


4. Sutra-writing and painting
You can experience both in Hasedera temple.

Simply, 
writing/tracing the Sutras (All Chinese)  20 mins
and 
drawing/copying the painting of Buddhas   30 mins

It doesn't matter you have faith in Buddhism or not, 
or if one's writing is good or not, 
it is the time of concentration, relaxation of your mind. 

*Available from 9:00~15:00
Fee: 1,000 yen


★Hasedera Temple (長谷寺)
3-11-2 Hase,Kamakura, Kanagawa
TEL:0467-22-6300
Opening Hours: 
 8: 00-17: 00 (March - September)
 8: 00-16: 30 (October - February)
Admission is possible until 15 minutes before closing
Admission fee: 
Adult 300 yen / Child 100 yen
Official website : (English)





How was our trip Enoshima and Kamakura
with Hinomaru LIMO TAXI?

If you are thinking to have a relax trip,
trip with family (kids and grandpa, grandma),
it is no doubt a good choice!


- Hinomaru Limousine Taxi Service Homepage -

- Hinomaru Limousine Taxi Service Reservation Page -

- Hinomaru Limousine Optional Tour Page -
http://www.tokyo-taxi.jp/english/option/index.html



 Have a comfortable and convenient journey!

Let's sum up the advantage of [LIMOTAXI] Service!

1. Door-to-door service from airport-hotel-airport
2. Door-to-door service from hotel-hotel
3. Simple and easy online reservation service
4. SMILE CALL interpretation Service Available (charged) 
5. A variety of vehicles car 
6. Optional tours Around Tokyo areas
7. No-smoking vehicles (clean and comfortable)