A Short Visit to Enoshima using Enoshima Electric Railway

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Enoshima is situated just a few minutes away from Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture. You can visit most of Enoshima’s top attractions in just one day. One way to enjoy Enoshima at the utmost experience is by Enoshima Electric Railway or also known as Enoden. To use this train, you must purchase Enoshima 1-Day Pass which is sold for only ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500 for children. You can ride the train for an unlimited of time in a day and you will also receive discounts if you show the pass at any selected restaurants, souvenir shops and attractions in Enoshima. We recommend you using the ENO=PASS as it is much more affordable than paying for individual tickets.

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How to Get to Enoshima?

From Shinjuku Station, take JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line for Ofuna. Then, transfer to JR Tokaido Line for Atami. Once you have arrived in Fujisawa, you can purchase the Enoshima 1-Day Pass and ride the Enoden to explore around Enoshima and Kamakura. But, on this trip, we are going to only Enoshima.  So, where should you go first? Let’s start the journey!

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Enoshima Shrine

Enoshima Shrine is of The Three Great Benzaiten Shrines in Japan, followed by Itsukushima Shrine (Hiroshima) and Tsukubusuma Shrine (Shiga). This religious site contains three shrines that enshrined three goddesses; Tagitsuhime-no-Mikoto, Ichikishimahime-no-Mikoto and Tagirihime-no-Mikoto.

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After climbing the many steps, the first that you’ll see once you entered the shrine is the Zuishinmon gate. The gate is for visitors to rejuvenate their body and soul. If you are not too keen on climbing the steps, you can take ESCAR (Paid escalator). You need to pay ¥360 to use the ESCAR. Then, you can visit the three goddesses’ shrines which are Hetsumiya, Nakatsumiya, and Okutsumiya.

Hetsumiya, enshrined Tagitsuhime-no-Mikoto. Image Source: Travel Enoshima.

Nakatsumiya, enshrined Ichikishimahime-no-Mikoto. Image Source: Gaijin Go Japan.

Okutsumiya, enshrined Tagirihime-no-Mikoto. Image Source: Travel Mar-ker.

 Enoshima Shrine

Address: 2-3-8 Enoshima, Fujisawa 251-0036, Kanagawa Prefecture

Operating Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM

Admission Fee: Free

Nakamise Street

Entrance to Nakamise Street. Image Source: Travel Enoshima.

The main shopping street in Enoshima is Nakamise Street. You will meet this street first before you head to the shrine. Their iconic landmark is the old Torii gate which was constructed in the 17th century. This where you will spend all your money away as there are quite a number of souvenir shops and great street foods to try here. The first thing you should try is Ice cream Monaka. Sandwiched in between two wafers, the shop offers three main flavours namely vanilla, matcha and red bean.

Enoshima is famous for their whitebait bread. Combining whitebait fish and cream cheese in a small dough ball, it is best to eat while it’s hot. Other than that, don’t forget to try their tako senbei (octopus rice cracker), Shirasu black croquette, and white bean paste yokan (jelly).

Ice Cream Monaka and Shirasu black croquette.

Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden

Established by an English merchant, Samuel Cocking, this botanical garden is one of the places in Enoshima where you get to experience its tropical and horticultural side. During summer, you can see flowers like roses and camellia blooms. They also organize winter illumination event, Shonan no Hoseki from November until mid-February and seasonal flower festivals to draw more visitors to this small island.

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Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden

Address: 2-3-28 Enoshima, Fujisawa-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken

Operating Hours: 9:00AM-8:00PM

Admission Fee: ¥300 (Adults), ¥150 (Children)

Contact Number: 0466-23-0623

Enoshima Sea Candle

Technically, this is a lighthouse observation tower but it is named as Sea Candle because of its shape. This tower is just a walking distance from the botanical garden. You can visit the observation deck to enjoy the panoramic view of Enoshima Island and on a clear day, you could even spot Mount Fuji.

View of the Sea Candle at dusk.

Enoshima Sea Candle

Admission Fee: Adults: ¥500 (Adults), ¥250 (Children)

Ryuren Bell of Love

Derives from Enoshima’s popular legend, “The Goddess and the 5-Headed Dragon,” Ryuren Bell of Love can be reached from Iwaya Cave on Lovers Hill. There was once lived a five-headed dragon that had caused nothing but disasters on the island. Then, a goddess called Benzaiten descended from the sky and the dragon fell in love with her. Asking for her hand in marriage, Benzaiten refused the dragon’s offer due to his manic mischief. Then, the dragon decided to mend his behaviour and Benzaiten agreed to marry him. Their story has inspired Ryuren Bell of Love where the locals said that this place is a sacred place for lovers. They believed couples that rang the bell will have everlasting love.

Every day, couples will hike up the hill to get to the Bell of Love to put love locks on the fence. You can buy the locks which range from ¥100 to ¥400, nearby the entrance.

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Ryuren Bell of Love

Address: 2-5 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036, Japan

Admission Fee: Free

Contact Number: +81466-22-4141

Enoshima Iwaya Caves

One of the famous spots in Enoshima, Iwaya Caves has two different caves which include Buddhist statues and history of Enoshima’s culture. The two caves were actually naturally made from wave erosion for many years until they decided to open it to the public. The first cave stretches out to 152 meters long, meanwhile, the second cave is 112 meters. You can easily go from the first cave to another through an open-air corridor walkway. Inside the caves, you will find many Buddhist statues including Benzaiten and Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun, as well as the five-headed dragon. To explore the cave, you will be given a candle to guide your way around the tunnel.

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Enoshima Iwaya Caves

Address: 2-5 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036, Japan

Admission Fee: ¥500 (Adults aged 16 years and above), ¥200 (Children aged 7 to 15)

Operating Hours: 9:00AM–5:00PM

Contact Number: 04-6624-4141

Website: http://www.fujisawa-kanko.jp/

In conclusion, Enoshima Island isn’t really that big which means this trip can be completed within one day. You may purchase the pass at these locations only: Enoshima Escar Sector 1 Ticket Office, Katase-Enoshima Tourist Office, Fujisawa City Tourist Information Center, Odakyu Electric Railway stations, and Odakyu Travel offices. If you still have plenty of time, head to Enoshima’s neighbour, Kamakura to check out their ancient wonders.


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