I really love places like Enzan. Modern development has passed it over. There are no skyscrapers on the horizon. Kanzo Yashiki House opposite the JR Station, with its motley yet attractive collection of out-buildings, is evidence that at least some of the people who live in Enzan value their rural heritage. Take the time to look inside the Edo Era house - it's fascinating!
As you move away from the station area, the rural nature of Enzan becomes more obvious. You will pass bare branched grapevines and peach orchards in bloom. Big old country houses stand surrounded by large food gardens. Spring bulbs bloom under trees and beside walls. Before you reach Erinji Temple take a few minutes to admire the beautiful weeping cherry tree at Matsuo Shrine.
From Enzan JR Station to Erinji Temple is about 4 kilometers. If you'd rather cycle than walk, you can hire a bicycle from the friendly folks at Kanzo Yashiki House. There are three possible routes, so you could return a different way. Also, just a bit further beyond Erinji is another beautiful temple, Hokoji. The area around that temple is also worth exploring.
If you want to see the route I followed, the map is here.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.