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Enoshima has always been a popular tourist destination. It has appeared numerous times in ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock print) in the Edo Period. Enoshima is not a big island (circumference of about 4 km), but it is full of points of interest. The island offers Enoshima Jinja which is one of Japan's three major Benzaiten (Goddess of river, love, music and learning), Enoshima Lighthouse Observation Tower which is famous for its beautiful sunset and Koibito no Oka (Lovers' Hill) that is popular with couples. Besides sightseeing spots, the island has famous shirasu (baby of sardine, sweetfish or eel) dishes and various reasonably priced gourmet that is perfect for munching.
- Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa
- Contact No.
- 10-min walk from Katase-Enoshima Station on Odakyu Line
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours
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Munching on treats in Enoshima
The best way to enjoy the great food in Enoshima is ordering food to go and trying various snacks. There are shops that line the street where you can try a wide range of delicious food. Above all, the famous Maruyaki Tako Senbei (octopus cracker) at Asahi Honten is very popular. It is a striking cracker which is made from a couple of octopi pressed thinly and baked. Shirasu bread, shirasu manju (dumpling) and wafer ice cream sandwiches are very popular as well.
Enoshima Escar is an easy way to go up to the top of Enoshima. If you climb up the 254-step stairway, it would take 20 minutes. However with the Escar, it takes just four minutes! Plus you will get a nice view while ascending. By the way, Escar is not a type of vehicle, it's an escalator. The fares are 360 yen for adults and 180 yen for children (varies depending on sections).
As a symbol of Enoshima, this shrine watches over the safety of the ocean. The tori (gate) at the entrance is imposing and impressive. This shrine is especially popular with female worshipers for matchmaking. You don't want to miss the mysterious cave called Iwaya which is located in the rear of the shrine.
Ryuren no Kane on Koibito no Oka
This is a power spot for love and relationships offering a great view. The bell is situated in Tatsunogaoka Shizen no Mori (forest) that lies in front of Enoshima Jinja Okutsumiya. The legend says that eternal love is promised when a couple ring the bell and then put a padlock (sold on location) with their names on it on the fence. If you are a couple, it is worth visiting! (You can borrow a pen from the souvenir shop.)
Enoshima Sea Candle
There is a lighthouse observation tower called Enoshima Sea Candle on the island. The tower provides a stunning view from the glassed observation floor. When the weather permits, you can look over Izu Peninsula and Mt. Fuji. The sunset of Enoshima from the Sea Candle is breathtaking. (Adults-500 yen, children-250 yen)
Sea Candle Light Up
The lighthouse observation tower Sea Candle is lit up by solar power from sunset to 10:00 pm. The tower beautifully illuminates the night of Enoshima. In addition, "the jewel of Shonan" hosts various illumination events for visitors to enjoy year round.
Enoshima's Famous Shirasu Dishes
Enoshima is famous for fresh shirasu (baby of sardine, sweetfish or eel) dishes. Shirasu is a local specialty food. Since fresh shirasu is very perishable, it can only be enjoyed near a port where it is landed. A wide variety of shirasu dishes such as shirasu pizza, kakiage (kind of tempura) and shirasu-don (over rice) are offered in Enoshima.
Located right by the Enoshima entrance, Enoshima Aquarium is a popular aquarium that has displays under the theme of Sagami Bay spreading out below it. On a sunny day, visitors can enjoy dynamic shows of dolphins and sea lions against the background of Mt. Fuji and Sagami Bay. The Jellyfish Fantasy Hall has a soothing and fascinating display of jellyfish.