A must-visit hidden gem for a one-day trip in Kamakura is the Kamakura High School Front Level Crossing (Slam Dunk Level Crossing), which is the iconic level crossing where Sakuragi and Haruko meet in the opening song of Slam Dunk. Every year, it attracts millions of Slam Dunk fans from all over the world. “Coach, I want to play basketball!” and “I’m a genius!” These two classic lines spoken by Sakuragi Hanamichi are unforgettable for every boy who loves to play basketball. When you visit Shonan Enoshima, you cannot miss the Kamakura High School Front Level Crossing, which is the perfect spot for Slam Dunk fans to take photos and leave their memories as Sakuragi Hanamichi and Akagi Haruko.
I have compiled information on transportation options to Kamakura High School Front, accommodation suggestions, and the best times to take photos. I hope every Slam Dunk fan can capture their own classic photos and memories at this level crossing!
The iconic scene of Slam Dunk’s Railway crossing is located at the Kamakura High School Front Level Crossing near the Enoshima Kamakura Station.
A one-day trip to Shonan Coast and Enoshima cannot be complete without visiting the super popular Kamakura attraction, the Kamakura High School Front Level Crossing. Before 9am, there are usually not many people at the level crossing, so you can easily capture the complete Slam Dunk scene with the Enoden train passing by without being blocked by others. We recommend staying at a hotel in Fujisawa the night before, as it only takes 15 minutes on the Enoden train from Fujisawa to Kamakura High School Front. After taking photos, you can continue your one-day trip to Shonan.
As a fan of Sakuragi Hanamichi, it’s also a must to wear the Shohoku No. 10 jersey when visiting Tokyo! I still have morning practice to attend, where my left hand is just for assistance, and I’ll shoot 100,000 free throws.
Be ready with your camera when boarding the Enoden train. As soon as you arrive at Kamakura High School Front Station, you can immediately see the level crossing. Rush forward to secure a good spot, and once you reach the level crossing, you’ll see Akagi Haruko walking to the left, Sakuragi Hanamichi walking to the right, and photographers positioning themselves to the right as well. Find your spot and get ready to capture the perfect shot!
When you arrive at Fujisawa Station, remember to purchase a one-day pass for the Enoden train (Noriorikun) or the Odakyu Electric Railway’s Enoshima-Kamakura Free Pass.
There are various one-day passes available for transportation in the Kamakura and Enoshima area, including:
- Odakyu Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass (1,640 JPY for adults, 430 JPY for children)
- Noriorikun One-day Pass for Enoden (800 JPY for adults, 400 JPY for children)
- Kamakura-Enoshima Afternoon Pass (1,210 JPY for adults, 610 JPY for children)
- Kamakura Free Kankyo Trolley Ticket (900 JPY for adults, 450 JPY for children)
Taking Photos at Kamakura High School Front Station
Remember to come early in the morning to take photos to avoid backlighting. Before 9 am, there are not many crowds, but after 10 am, tourists from Shinjuku, Tokyo, and Yokohama will start competing for spots with you. In the afternoon, the sun sets in the west, making this place completely backlit. Therefore, on the itinerary of a one-day trip to Enoshima, it is recommended to start with Kamakura High School and then visit Enoshima, and have lunch in Kamakura.
Enoshima Island DayTrip Itinerary
- Start at Fujisawa Station
- Stop at Kamakura-gakuenmae Station for a photo of the Slam Dunk train crossing the railway crossing
- Visit Inamuragasaki Park in Kamakura for a view of Mount Fuji depicted in ukiyo-e prints
- Take a picture with the Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura
- Stroll through Komachi-dori shopping street and visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura for traditional Japanese street food
- Head to Enoshima Island and visit the observation tower for a panoramic view of Enoshima at sunset and night view.
The sound of the bell at Kanagawa High School in Kamakura is addictive. For friends who love taking photos, be sure to discuss the photo-taking schedule with your travel companions. No one likes a grumpy face running through the rest of the itinerary. Trains run every 10-15 minutes, so there’s no need to wait for the next one.
If you’re still discussing with your travel partner about whether to stay in Fujisawa or not, just show them the above photos. There really aren’t many people around at 9am, and staying in Fujisawa is the perfect choice for your trip!
The Slam Dunk scene at Kamakura High School Station
To capture the perfect spot for the Slam Dunk anime scene at Kamakura High School, it’s important to time it right with the passing of the Enoshima Electric Railway train. The best shot we got was actually taken by a friendly neighboring tourist who kindly shared it with us. We felt a bit embarrassed wearing Shohoku High School jerseys while taking the photo, so I apologize if I accidentally appeared in your photos or videos.
The opening theme song of “Slam Dunk” is “Men of Destiny”, and Sakuragi Hanamichi is seen at a railroad crossing.
Transportation options to get to Kamakura High School Front Station
Take the train from the first station at Enoshima, Fujisawa towards Kamakura and Hase direction, which takes around 15 minutes. Be careful not to take the train bound for Katase-Enoshima station, otherwise you will have to walk to the Enoshima station and continue on.
Take Enoshima Electric Railway to Kamakura High School Station
To purchase the Enoshima One-day Pass, there are three types available and you can refer to the comparison of the four types of Enoshima Electric Railway One-day Pass:
- The Enoshima One-day Pass: allows unlimited rides on the Enoshima Electric Railway and Odakyu lines between Fujisawa and Katase-Enoshima stations.
- The Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass: allows unlimited rides on the Enoshima Electric Railway, Odakyu lines, and other participating transportation in the Kamakura-Enoshima area.
- The Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass with Haneda Airport Access: same as the Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass, plus access to Haneda Airport using the Keikyu line.
It’s recommended to choose the one that best fits your travel plans and budget.
Transportation from Shinjuku to Kamakura High School.
Take the Odakyu Line (blue OH logo) from Shinjuku to Fujisawa station, then transfer to the Enoshima Dentetsu Line (green logo) to Kamakura High School. The journey takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, and costs around 860 yen. Of course, you can also take JR to Fujisawa, but I think taking the Odakyu Line and transferring to the Enoshima Dentetsu Line is the most convenient and time-saving option. You can also purchase the “Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass” which includes a round trip between Shinjuku and Fujisawa, and unlimited rides on the Enoshima Dentetsu Line, which can save you a lot of transportation costs.
Google Maps navigation from Shinjuku to Kamakura High School
Transportation from Tokyo to Kamakura High School.
Take the JR Tokaido Main Line directly from Tokyo Station to Fujisawa. The journey takes 45 minutes and costs 990 yen. From Fujisawa, transfer to the Enoshima Electric Railway. The JR Tokaido Main Line stops at various stations along the way, including Shinagawa, Kawasaki, Yokohama, Totsuka, and Ofuna.
Kamakura High School Front Station, Shonan Coast.
If you have enough time, you cannot miss the Shonan coast. The Kamakura High School Station is right in front of the coast, and you can take even more photos by going down the stairs across the station. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics sailing race will be held on this coast, and you can already see many sailboats running on the sea. (Remember to press the traffic signal button to cross the road.)
That small island in the distance is Enoshima, and the structure on top is the Shonan Sea Candle “Enoshima Observatory”. The most beautiful sunset can be seen from there, so be sure to check the Tokyo sunset time and seize the moment.