Fujisawa is in the central part of Kanagawa Prefecture. It faces Sagami Bay of the Pacific Ocean. It has three major topographical features, the island of Enoshima to the south connected to the Katase shoreline area by a road bridge, and two rivers, the Hikiji and the Sakai, which run north-south. Fujisawa had an estimated population of 432,053. It has warm current of Sagami Bay ensures a pleasantly comfortable environment with warm winters and cool summers that attract many people to visit and enjoy the comfortable temperature and also the beautiful nature it has. Like other others city in Japan that face many urban problem, Fujiwasa also had the same issues too. In order to meet the needs of the urban problems such as global environment, information oriented society, internationalization, the low birth rate, and the ageing of society, Fujisawa is continually improving upon the environment and a solid welfare system for its citizens, while standing as the progressive center for the Shonan area.
1. Scenic Areas of Japan Included in the Michelin Green GuideFujisawa is one of the tourist spot that rewarded the Michelin Green Guide. The place that get this reward is Enoshima. Enoshima since long ago had been an island that is full of legend, history, and faith for the locals as well as all around Japan. During the summer months in particular, the beaches along the Shonan Coast are a popular destination for many young people. From the beaches and flowers, to the many festivals, there are lots of attractions which can be enjoyed throughout the year. With these all bless that Enoshima has, Fujisawa gained popularity with the nature and this city even selected as the venue for sailing competition during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Therefore all champion for Olympics will enjoy and experience the beauty and more relaxing in competition it self.
2. Fujisawa Where Delicious Grape GrowFujiminori is the grape symbol of Fujisawa. This variety of grape in one of the unique grape aside of Kyoho grape. Fujiminori is a very large grape and it has weight around 26.5 gram per piece with dimension 32 x 34 mm and shape round like an egg. It has beautiful color blackish purple and easy to peel off. With the big size, it has a sweet taste and juicy, the flesh of grape is not fibrous at all and feel so soft on your tongue. The combination of sweet taste, aroma, and the flesh are very delicate and fill your table with heaven of grape immediately. So if you want to taste this big grape, make sure you visit Fujisawa and the farm as well. If have limited time, you can found them in fruit store also. You cannot taste the sweetness anywhere else but in this town.
3. Sustainable Smart TownFujisawa town now in the developing process of sustainable smart town, which involves private and public sectors. The main feature of this project is that building an actual smart town with 1,000 households. which is not simply aiming to develop a town underpinned by advanced technology based infrastructure, but also a town based on actual lifestyles. The aim of this development is to support the sustainable evolution of the town itself with the actual lifestyle based innovation can bring and hopefully continue bring the energy in every aspect of people’s lives in terms of energy, security, mobility, wellness, community and also in emergencies. Maybe one you visit Fujisawa, you will amazed how innovative the town is and you helpful the environment for the daily base life, and maybe it might make you want to live in this town as well.
Fujisawa Tourist Spots
1. EnoshimaEnoshima has been a destination for shrine worshippers since the Kamakura Period (1,185 – 1,333) and during the Edo Period (1603 - 1867) what became known as the Enoshima Pilgrimage became popular, Tokugawa Ieyasu even said to have believed in Enoshima's spirituality with energy flows to the Iwaya Caves from Mt. Fuji make the power of Enoshima Shrine and Caves the strongest spiritual site on Enoshima. It also has famous legend about the Goddess and the 5 Headed Dragon make the site today famous as a spiritual site for marriage. So no wonder there are a lot of site that you can see for its faith and spiritual and as well as the you can gain the natural beauty site that kept as it is for examples aquarium for marine life, Iwaya Cave, the shrines, the harbor, the beach, and so many thing and that you can visit and enjoy for this Michelin Green Guide site.
2. Ryukoji TempleRyukoji Temple is Nichiren Buddhist temple located in Fujisawa. It was built in 1337 by Priest Nippo. The location was originally used for the execution. In 1271, Priest Nichiren was just about to executed here due to his outspoken critic of the Kamakura Shogunate, but he was survived. Later, Nippo the students of Nichiren, found out that this is the sacred spot because Nichiren survived from the disaster. The 5-storey pagoda, which is the only orthodox wooden building of its type in the prefecture, as well as the temple's main building, are both regarded as amongst the top 100 pieces of architecture in Kanagawa. The pagoda look magnificent and beautiful. In front of the main hall of the temple, there is a statue of him stands in the courtyard.
3. Yugyoji TempleYugyoji temple, is a beautiful representation of Old Japan that you don’t have to battle the crowds of Kyoto or Nikko to see. Fujisawa began life as the temple town of Yugyo-ji Temple, and was called "Totakusan". Identified as one of the “100 Most Scenic Places in Japan,” Yugyoji also has an important historic and religious significance. Yugoy-ji was founded by Saint Ippen, and was the head temple of the Jishu Buddhism Sect. Saint Ippen way of bringing great hope to suffering people bring the joy from their heart and by flow filled with renewed spiritual vitality. This was become the expression to Odori Nembutsu when the circle of people rejoicing in this grew and grew. This dancing prayer is thought to be the source of what is today known as the Bon Festival Dance. This dance is well known all over Japan and become one of the world famous of Japanese culture. During spring, "Irohazaka Hill", which is the cherry tree lined road leading to the temple, creates a beautiful tunnel of cherry blossoms. In autumn, the 21-meter tall Ginkgo tree, which is a designated natural monument, is also spectacular.