[:en]Fujisawa City, located in the south-central part of Kanagawa Prefecture and facing Sagami Bay, is the city with the highest population in the Shonan region, and has the fourth highest population (around 430,000 people) within the prefecture, right after the cities of Yokohama, Kawasaki, and Sagamihara. Out of all the cities in Japan, it has the 38th highest population.

The city has JR, private railways (Odakyu Electric Railway, Sotetsu Railway, Enoshima Electric Railway), subway (Yokohama Municipal Subway), and monorail (Shonan Monorail) stations, making it very easy to get around. It is also a city that can be easily accessed from Tokyo.

Fujisawa City is a popular beach town. There is the Shonan coast that attracts people who love surfing, as well as those who are seeking for nature and a nice place to live with good education. As a result, many people move into the city, and the population keeps increasing.

Please have a look at this promotional video “Discover.FUJISAWA” created by Fujisawa City Tourist Association.

 

 

There are various theories regarding the origin of the name “Fujisawa”.

① It is a waterside city with plenty of wisterias (fuji)

② It is the residence of Fujisawajiroukiyochika (Kamakura period)

③ It is an area with plenty of deep pools (fuchi) and mountain streams (sawa)

These are some of the most typical theories on the origin of the name.

However, it’s hard to think that Fujisawa has anything to do with “wisterias” (jap. fuji). Regarding theory number ②, it is often considered that place names come before people’s names. Thus, theory number ③ seems like the most reasonable theory, and the name Fuchisawa likely transformed into Fujisawa over time.

 

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Fujisawa City

 

Reproducing That Scene in Slam Dunk!

Kainan University Affiliated High School, that appears in Slam Dunk (a basketball-themed manga), is said to be modeled after “Shonan Institute of Technology High School” in Fujisawa City. In addition, Ryonan High School is said to be modeled after “Kanagawa Kenritsu Kamakura High School” in Kamakura City, which a city next to Fujisawa City.

 

Enoshima

Kugenuma Beach, located in the southern part of the city, has a swimming beach that was opened long time ago. It is known as Japan’s best swimming beach, with over 1.5 million visitors in 2017. In addition, Enoshima thrives as a pilgrimage site for the goddess Enoshima Benzaiten, because it is the place where Kamakura Shogunate founder Minamoto no Yoritomo prayed to Benzaiten for his victory. In 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the Shonan coast in Enoshima was chosen as the Olympic venue in sailing, and it has been chosen as the Olympic venue in sailing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as well. Even today, Enoshima is the most popular tourist site in the Shonan region, gathering around 10 million tourists yearly, with many tourists visiting the place even outside the summer and hatsumode (the first shrine visit of the New Year) season. In the coastal region of the city (Katase, Kugenuma, Tsujido Beach, Enoshima), you can do marine sports like sailing, surfing, windsurfing, beach volleyball, as well as enjoy swimming, fishing, and Enoshima Aquarium. It is one of the biggest marine resorts in Japan, and because it is a sister city with Miami Beach, Florida, it is often called “the Miami Beach of the east”.

 

Enoshima Shrine

Together with Itsukushima Shrine/Miyajima (Hiroshima) and Chikubushima (Shiga), it is one of the Three Great Shrines of Benzaiten. The entire Enoshima is also called the dragon’s nest, and it is an important place in Kanto that contains the dragon god Ryujin. Enoshima used to be an island where people did ascetic practice. When you pass the torii gate and climb the stairs, you will see “Hetsuno-miya”. It has Chinowa (a grass ring) that people who want to get rid of bad luck pass through, and a place where pink ema (small wooden plaques) are hung, which is something that is popular among women who are in love. While you visit the shrine, you can also take wonderful pictures!

 

The First Vacation Hotel in Shonan Opened in Fujisawa

 

 

The beloved old hotel “Fujisawa Hotel” has been completely remodeled into “FUJISAWA HOTEL EN”, which had its grand opening recently.

 

Every year, many tourists visit Fujisawa City, which is the starting station of the atmospheric Enoshima Electric Railway, and the access point for people who are going swimming or going on a pilgrimage to temples and shrines. However, so far there has been a lack of resort hotels.

As a response to this need, the concept of the newly opened “FUJISAWA HOTEL EN” is to be a vacation hotel.

It is the long-awaited hotel in the Shonan region. You can take it easy, have a rest and enjoy your freedom after you have had your fill of traveling in the Shonan region.

The editorial staff of Inside Local Japan, who actually stayed at “FUJISAWA HOTEL EN” and can recommend it, will talk about the charm of the hotel here.

 

①”Guest rooms” that answered the needs of different guests

The hotel has various types of rooms for various needs, such as for couples, married couples, foreign tourists, and girls-only gatherings. For example, “Room in Bath Twin with Spa Space” is a guestroom with two comfortable double beds, and a half-open-air bath where you can feel the wind passing through, “Room in Capsule Twin” is a room with two novel capsule beds, and “Japanese Modern Semi-Double” is a great room even for people who are travelling alone.

 

②“Lobby & Lounge Space” where you can feel the Shonan region with all the five senses

Products like local beer, Shonan juice, and snacks like nostalgic dagashi (cheap Japanese candies) are sold at the lounge, which has a big screen with images that have the feel of the Shonan region. The concierge service offers help, like guidance on restaurants, suggestions on places to visit, and preparing birthday cakes, to make your stay at the hotel as comfortable as possible.

 

③”Breakfast” overflowing with morning light

Until check out at 11 am, you can enjoy breakfast at Restaurand & Lounge. On the menu there is salad and soup, which allow you to enjoy ingredients that have been harvested in the Shonan region, freshly baked bread, as well as “EN-original curry”. Enjoy a luxurious breakfast on the wood deck terrace in the lounge, which overflows with morning light, while viewing seasonal flowers, like cherry blossom trees and hydrangea, along the Sakai River.

 

All of this and plenty of more things are waiting for you to discover in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

 

You can of course make a day trip to the city, but why not try fully enjoying your time in the newly remodeled hotel?

 

FUJISAWA HOTEL EN

 

Address: 12-9 Minamifujisawa, Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Tel: 0466-28-8000

Website: www.fujisawahotelen.jp

 [:ja]神奈川県南部中央に位置する、相模湾に接した藤沢市は「湘南」エリアで、最大の人口を有し、政令指定都市である横浜・川崎・相模原の各市に次ぎ県内4位(約43万人)である。全国の市では38位。

JR、私鉄(小田急電鉄・相鉄電鉄・江ノ島電鉄)、地下鉄(横浜市営地下鉄)、モノレール(湘南モノレール)の駅が存在し、交通の利便性が高く、東京からのアクセスも便利な街です。

湘南海岸もあり、サーフィンやマリンスポーツ愛好家など、良好な自然・住・教育環境を求める人たちが移り住み、人口が増加し続けている人気のビーチタウンです。

藤沢市観光協会が制作した観光案内PV「Discover.FUJISAWA」をご覧ください。

 

 

「藤沢」の地名の起源については、諸説あります。
① 藤(ふじ)の多い水辺の地
② 藤沢次郎清親(鎌倉時代)の居住地
③ 淵(ふち)や沢の多い土地
などが代表的な由来と言われています。
しかし、藤沢が特に植物の「ふじ」に関係が深いとは考えにくく、②の人名と地名との関係については、むしろ地名が先で、人名が後だとする見方が強いので、淵沢(ふちさわ)が藤沢(ふじさわ)に転化したとする③説が最も妥当だと考えられているそうです。

 

藤沢に来たら行くべきスポット

スラムダンクのあのシーンを再現!

作品中に登場する海南大附属高校は、藤沢市に存在する「湘南工科大学付属高等学校」がモデルになっているそう。また、陵南高校は藤沢市に隣接している鎌倉市の「神奈川県立鎌倉高等学校」がモデルだとか。

 

江の島

市の南部に位置する鵠沼海岸は、古くより海水浴場が開かれ、2017年は年間来客数150万人を超す日本一の海水浴場として知られています。また、江の島は源頼朝祈願により祀られた江の島弁財天の参詣地として賑わい、1964年(昭和39年)開催の東京オリンピックではセーリング競技会場(湘南港)に選ばれ、また、2020年開催の東京オリンピックでもセーリング競技の会場に選ばれました。現在でも夏季や初詣時期以外においても年間を通じ約1,000万人もの観光客を集める湘南随一の観光地です。市の海岸部(片瀬・鵠沼・辻堂海岸、江の島)はヨット、サーフィン、ボードセーリング、ビーチバレー等マリンスポーツ、海水浴、釣り、新江ノ島水族館等の一大マリンリゾート地であり、アメリカ・フロリダ州マイアミビーチと姉妹都市となっていることから「東洋のマイアミビーチ」と愛されています。

江島神社

厳島神社/宮島(広島)・竹生島(滋賀)とともに、日本三大弁財天の1つ。江の島全体が龍の巣ともいわれ、龍神をおさえる関東の要所です。かつて江の島は修行の島でした。鳥居をくぐり、階段を登っていくと見えてくるのが「辺津宮」。悪い運気を払いたい人が茅の輪くぐりをする場所や恋する女性に人気のピンクの絵馬が吊り下げられている場所など、お参りをしながら素敵な写真撮影も!

 

湘南初のヴァケーションホテルが藤沢に誕生

 

藤沢で愛される老舗ホテル「藤沢ホテル」が全面改装され、「FUJISAWA HOTEL EN」として、グランドオープンしました。

情緒溢れる江ノ島電鉄の始発駅であり、海水浴や鎌倉の寺院巡りといった旅の入り口でもある藤沢市には、年間を通じて多くの観光客が訪れていますが、リゾートホテルが不足しているそう。

そんな観光ニーズに応えて、オープンした「FUJISAWA HOTEL EN」のコンセプトはヴァケーションホテル。

湘南旅を満喫した後はゆっくりとした時間の流れの中で休息と自由を楽しめる、湘南待望のホテルです。

実際に宿泊したInside Local Japan編集部員がオススメする「FUJISAWA HOTEL EN」の魅力をお伝えします。

 

①多様化するゲストのニーズに応えた「客室」

風が通り抜ける、半露天風呂の客室にゆったりとしたダブルベッドが2台設置された“Room in Bath Twin with Spa Space”や、客室内に新発想のカプセルが設置された“Room in Capsule Twin”や、一人旅にも快適な“Japanese Modern Semi-Doouble”など、カップルや夫婦、外国人観光客や女子会など、さまざまなニーズに嬉しい部屋タイプが充実しています。

 

②五感で湘南を感じる「ロビー&ラウンジスペース」

湘南を感じる映像が流れるビックスクリーンのあるラウンジでは、地ビールや湘南ジュースのほか、昔懐かしい駄菓子やおつまみが販売されています。また、コンシェルジュサービスでは、レストランの案内や観光の提案、バースデイケーキの手配など、ゲストが快適に過ごせるお手伝いをしてくれます。

 

③朝の光が溢れる「朝食」

チェックアウトの11時までレストラン&ラウンジで朝食を楽しむことができます。湘南地域で採れた食材を味わえるサラダやスープ、焼きたてパンのほか、「ENオリジナルカレー」も頂けます。朝の光が溢れるラウンジと境川沿いの桜や紫陽花などの季節の花を見ながらウッドデッキテラスで贅沢な朝食を召し上がれ。

 

まだまだ、魅力溢れる神奈川県藤沢市。

日帰り旅行も良いけど、新しくなったホテルでゆっくりと満喫してみてはいかがでしょうか。

 

 

FUJISAWA HOTEL EN

住所:神奈川県藤沢市南藤沢12-9

TEL:0466-28-8000

URL:www.fujisawahotelen.jp[:]