Shonan Village is situated close to major recreational areas with many tourist attractions.
To reach most locations you first have to take the bus (or a taxi) back to Zushi Station,
which takes about 20 minutes. Do not hesitate to ask us about more details for the destination of your interest.
We will also provide a more detailed guide of local attractions at the registration desk.
Free English city guides can be booked via the following services:
Kamakura Visitor's Guide: http://www.city.kamakura.kanagawa.jp/kamakura-kankou/en/
Guided tours in Kamakura and Yokohama (English): http://www.ksgg.org/index.html
We also plan offer to optional workshops such as making Japanese Pottery or Confectionary. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested. A concierge to arrange optional programs for accompanying persons will be at your service at the registration desk.
Kamakura will be the destination of the official excursion. But you can also opt to visit this beautiful town again on your own.
Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments, but also small shopping streets
with typical Japanese goods. Here you can enjoy the atmosphere of an old Japanese town surrounded by mountains and the sea.
Taking your time to hike to one of the smaller temples close to the mountains will lead you trough paths of lush green.
Be aware that many temples close at 4 pm.
Kamakura is only one station away from Zushi station by train.
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Enoshima island and surrounding
Enoshima island is a small offshore island in the Sagami bay. You will be able to spot the island from the Village Center complex looking west.
At the island you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of Sagami bay, visit the Enoshima-Shrine and a botanical garden.
But even if you do not set foot on the island itself, the surrounding area offers attractions like the Enoshima Aquarium or a vast sand beach,
which attracts hundreds of surfers every year.
From Zushi station you first take the train to Kamakura (which is only one station away). From there you walk over to the Kamakura station of the Enoshima Electric Railway Company. Here you board a small train which brings you to Enoshima station along the scenic coastline. The overall trip from Zushi to Enoshima station takes around 35 minutes. The walk from the station to Enoshima island (or the other attractions) takes around 15 minutes.
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Yokohama is the largest city after Tokyo (as per overall population) and has a rich history as port town.
Today, the old port area has evolved into a large recreational area with parks and shops.
There are also plenty opportunities for shopping and entertainment close to the main station.
From Zushi station you take the train directly to Yokohama station. The trip will take about 30 minutes. From there you can either enjoy the shopping and entertainment opportunities around the main station or opt for a short trip with the subway, which brings you to several attractions of the port area. Some locations of interest are summarized below.
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Near Minato-Mirai station
The observatory of the Yomohama Landmark Tower, which is the tallest build in eastern Japan, presents you a fine view over the whole city and the port. On clear days you can also see Mt. Fuji. Close by you can find the Yokohama Museum of Art and the Port Museum including the Nippon-Maru ship (a preserved sailing ship). Entertainment opportunities are for example the popular Cup Noodle Museum and the Cosmoworld entertainment park.
Near Nihon-Odori station
The Red Brick Warehouse of the former pier was redesigned as a shopping mall including restaurants and an event space. Not too far away you can reach the Osanbashi Ship Terminal, a modern architecture landmark featuring a 24h observation deck with view over the city and the harbor. From there you can take a stroll through the Yamashita Harbor Park, where on the south end you will find the NYK Hikawa Maru ship, a preserved ocean liner for a visit. Also ferries will take you on a cruise around the harbor from there.
Near Motomachi-Chukagai station
Besides access to the Yamashita Harbor Park, you can visit Yokohamas iconic China Town, which is one of the largest Chinese districts in the world. Here, you can enjoy a quite different and lively atmosphere with many restaurants and specialized shops. Further to the south begins the Motomachi shopping area with foreign residences of merchants (which you can visit) and a famous Christian cemetery. Here you can learn about the history dating back to the 18th century when Japan opened to international trading and cultural exchange.