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IN A FEW WORDS

The beauty and peace of nature and sea

DESCRIPTION

Enoshima is a small touristic island located to the south of Tokyo, in the Sagami Bay, which measures about 4Km in diameter and is connected to the main land by a 600 meter long bridge. The island is characterized by its abundant nature, magnificent views and beautiful setting, surrounded by sea cliffs and rocks, and presents a wide variety of attractions such as a botanical garden, an observation tower, a shrine complex and natural caves.

Enoshima can be accessed either on foot or by car, as the bridge provides two separate lanes. The island's entrance is a small commercial village, formed by souvenir shops, restaurants and a spa resort, and the starting point of a staircase network which crosses the hills connecting the main sights. While all of the island can be explored on foot, escalators are also available to ascend to the highest point, for a fee of 700 Yen.

Enoshima Shrine

Free 8:30 - 17:00

Enoshima Shrine is a complex formed by 3 separate shrines located in different areas of the island. The shrine is dedicated to Benzaiten, the Shinto and Buddhist goddess of entertainment, water and music and the patron of the island. According to traditional folklore, it was Benzaiten who caused Enoshima to rise from the waters in the 6th century.

Enoshima Shrine is famous for housing an uncommon statue of Benzaiten known as the Hadaka-Benten, or naked Benten. The statue is kept in an octogonal hall at the main shrine, straight down the entrance, and can be visited by paying a fee of 150 Yen.

Samuel Cocking Garden

200¥ 9:00 - 18:00

In 1868 the Meiji government ordered the separation of Buddhism and Shinto, which caused an anti-Buddhist movement and thousands of Temples to close. As a result, Enoshima Island became available and much of the highlands were purchased by a British merchant named Samuel Cocking in 1880. Cocking used the lands to develop a power plant, a botanical gardens and a large greenhouse.

The Samuel Cocking Garden is what remains of Cocking's botanical garden, which was reconstructed in 2004. The garden features a wide variety of species and a large observation tower of about 60 meter tall known as Enoshima Sea Candle. Access to the observatory is possible by paying an additional fee of 500 Yen.

Iwaya Caves

500¥ 9:00 - 18:00

The walking pathways that cross Enoshima end at the island's southern coast, known as the "back of the island" for being in the opposite side of the entrance. Along the cliffs of this coast there are a series of natural caves named Enoshima Iwaya, which were created by approximately 6000 years of sea erosion and have been visited and venerated since ancient times.

The caves can be visited by paying a fee of 500 Yen and contain several decorations related to local folklore., such as buddhist figures, pictures and a fancy mechanical dragon which, according to a legend, used to terrorize the area. The entrance fee includes a candle lantern to help navigate the dark grottos.

HOW TO GET THERE

JR Tokyo Station

Shonan-Shinjuku Line
45 min. 970¥ Railpass

Fujisawa Statiom

Enoden Line
10 min. 220¥

Enoshima



aroundMOVE AROUND

Enoshima's access bridge is located within a short walk from Enoshima station.The island is small and can be entirely explored on foot, but visitors should be aware that most of the paths involve steep stairways. Automatic escalators are available to reach the island's highest point for a fee of 700 Yen.

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