Enoshima has been known as a tied land and loved by tourists as a sightseeing spot for a long time. Enoshima area includes not only Enoshima itself but also Katase and southern part of Kugenuma, which are on the opposite shore of Enoshima. Enoshima is one of the best scenic spot in Shonan area, and you can enjoy historic landmarks designated by Kanagawa prefecture, scenic spots, and 100 landscapes of Japan.
Since Enoshima is close to Kamakura where there are a lot of shrines and temples, many tourists explore both areas in one day as a set course. However, we recommend you stay Enoshima and enjoy from lunchtime till sunset. At Enoshima shrine, you can feel and learn spirits and history of Japan.
At Enoshima Aquarium, you can enjoy watching a dolphin show seeing Mt. Fuji at back. Enoshima has too many sightseeing spots to explore in a short time, so please make sure that you spend a whole day and enjoy yourself in Enoshima.
- 5th Enoshima Iwaya Caves
- 4th Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau
- 3rd Samuel Cocking Garden
- 2nd Enoshima Aquarium
- 1st Enoshima Shrine
1. Spot Ranking in Enoshima area
5th. Enoshima Iwaya Caves
Enoshima Iwaya Caves located at the innermost area of Enoshima is formed by long-aged erosion of waves. There are 2 caves, one is Iwaya No.1(152m of length) , which is said to be connected to the underground of Mt. Fuji. The other is Iwaya No.2(56m of length) , which has the legend of dragon god. Not only the inside of the cave, but also there are an open space (128m of length) where you can see the whole view of Sagami Bay, Mt.Fuji, and Hakone/Izu area.
This cave used to be an object of faith as it was said to be that a god called Benzaiten appeared when Kobo Taishi visited this cave, and also Minamotono Yoritomo visited to pray for winning battles.
When you walk through the inside of this cave with a candle, you will be surrounded by the mysterious atmosphere.
You will also be able to meet the dragon god waiting at the innermost of the cave. There are lights and BGM inside that make the cave more beautiful. While you are walking through the cave, you will see some exhibitions about the history and culture of Enoshima. Enoshima Iwaya Cave is open from 9:00-18:00 in Sep, 9:00-17:00 in Oct, 9:00-16:00 during Nov to Jan, 9:00-17:00 during Feb to Mar. *In case of Typhoon or bad weather, the cave will be closed or opening hour may change. The admission fee is 500 yen for over high school students, 200 yen for elementary/junior high school students.
To get to Enoshima Iwaya Caves: from Katase-Enoshima Station of Odajyu Enoshima Line, walk for 30 minutes.
4th. Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau
Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau is an open shore having a flat and wide rocky stretch. The name is derived from Chigo no Shiragiku of Kamakura Soshoin Temple, who jumped into the sea and killed himself because of the love for a man.
The view of sunset seen on the other side of Mt. Fuji and waves splashing whenever it washes the shore together are so splendid and chosen as “50 selection of picturesque sceneries in Kanagawa”.
Until you reach to the area where Enoshima Iwaya Caves and Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau are located, there are steps and rocky stretch so you need to walk up and down. If it is difficult to walk to get there, there is a sightseeing boat called “Benten-Maru”, which makes a round trip between Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau and Enoshima Bentenbashi Bridge.
To get to Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau: from Katase-Enoshima Station of Odajyu Enoshima Line, walk for 30 minutes. Or, from Enoshima Station of Enoshima Electric Railway, walk for 40 minutes. Or, from Shonan Enoshima Station of Shonan monorail, walk for 40 minutes.
A parking lot inside the island is also available. A sightseeing boat “Benten-Maru” operating irregularly depending on the weather and waves condition. The passage fare is 400 yen for over junior high school students, and 200 yen for over 6.
3rd. Samuel Cocking Garden
Enoshima sea candle is located inside of Samuel Cocking Garden, and is a light station which is a symbol of Shonan. The observation room in the light station is located at the 101.5m above sea level, so there is no obstruction to the view from there. You can enjoy the panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, Izu Peninsula, Hakone or Mt. Tanzawa. The outlook of this light station is like a candle standing on a hill in Enoshima sea.
The light station has a light up in different colors depending on the season, and when they have a event, they have a light up show with the combination of music. Since this light station have both inside and outside observation room, and they have a events regularly, many people love to visit this place throughout the year.
There are restaurants, cafes or gift shops around this area, so you can spend relaxed time in Enoshima. To get to Enoshima Sea Candle, you need to go up to the top by Enoshima Esker, a pay escalator, or several hundred steps of stairs. At the top, you can enjoy not only Enoshima Sea Candle but also LONCAFE, a famous French toast cafe, or Samuel Cocking Garden.
If you would like to buy a set ticket, it includes Enoshima Esker, Samuel Cocking Garden, and Enoshima Sea Candle with 750 yen for adults, and 370 yen for kids. Enoshima Sea Candle is open from 9:00-20:00 (last entry: 19:30), 7 days a week. The Enoshima Esker is operating from 9:00-19:05. The admission fee is 300 yen for adults, and 150 yen for kids. The Esker costs 360 yen for adults, 180 yen for kids.
To get to Enoshima Sea Candle: from Katase-Enoshima Station of Odakyu Enoshima Line, walk for 20 minutes. Or from Enoshima Station of Enoshima Electric Railway, walk for 25 minutes. Or from Shonan-Enoshima Station of Shonan monorail, walk for 26 minutes. A parking lot inside the island is also available.
2nd. Enoshima Aquarium
Enoshima Aquarium is located right before you go across the bridge to Enoshima. You can enjoy ”the Big Tank of Sagami Bay” which shows the ecology of Sagami Bay, or a dolphin show where you can also see the Mt. Fuji while watching the show.You cannot miss the fishes that could be seen only in Sagami Bay, and deep-sea fishes.
In addition, there are seasonal events held throughout the year, and you can enjoy “space of jellyfish”, a 3D projection mapping in a fantastic atmosphere or a dolphin show which the dolphins are jumping and making a great splash. Enoshima Aquarium is open 7 days a week from 9:00-17:00 (last entry) during Mar to Nov, open irregularly during winter season.
The admission fee is 2400 yen for adults, 1500 yen for high school students, 1000 yen for elementary/junior high school students, and 600 yen for over 3.
To get to Enoshima Aquarium: rom Katase-Enoshima Station of Odakyu Enoshima Line, walk for 3 minutes. Or from Enoshima Station of Enoshima Electric Railway, walk for 10 minutes. Or from Shonan-Enoshima Station of Shonan monorail, walk for 10 minutes. A parking lot near the aquarium is also available.
1st. Enoshima Shrine
Enoshima Shrine is a shrine where the temple is located several different places inside of the island, and the Benzaiten of 3 sisters are enshrined. Enoshima is also well known as “home of dragon god”, a place to worship of dragon god in Kanto area.
“Hetsumiya temple” where the 3rd-born daughter is enshrined is known for having a luck with money, so if you visit here, make sure to wash your coins at the Zeniarai Pond.
When you walk inside of the precincts of Hetsumiya temple, you will see a octagon shaped hall called Hoan-den. There, Myoou Benzaiten, a god of music entertainment, and Happi Benzaiten, a god of luck who has weapons in her 8 hands.
“Nakatsumiya temple” where the second-born daughter of Enoshima Shrine is enshrined, is known as a god of beauty. It is said to be that if you visit, you will be demanded by people and get the energy of success. When you walk to the innermost of this temple, you will see a statue of Fudomyoou (Aka Fudou) named Enoshima Daishi. This statue is 6m in height, and most biggest inside-placed statue in Japan.
“Okutsumiya temple” where the first-born daughter is enshrined, and is known as a god of cutting the evil fate. If you come with your boyfriend/girlfriend, make sure to walk through under a Torii (an archway) separately.
Besides Okutsumiya temple, there is another temple called “Wadatsumiya temple” where the dragon god is enshrined. Since there is a legend about the love between dragon god and Benzaiten, this temple is known as a temple of marriage (matchmaking). To get to the temple at the top of the mountain, you need to take the Esker, a pay escalator, or a long stairs.
To get to Enoshima Shrine: from Katase-Enoshima Station of Odakyu Enoshima Line, walk for 20 minutes. Or from Enoshima Station of Enoshima Electric Railway, walk for 25 minutes. Or from Shonan-Enoshima Station of Shonan monorail, walk for 26 minutes. A parking lot inside the island is also available.
2. Getting to Enoshima station from Kamakura station
From Kamakura Station, take Enoden line go to Enoshima. It takes 25 minutes from Kamakura.
Getting to Kamakura station from Tokyo
3. Kamakura area list
Zaimokuza – Omachi area
Kamakura station area
Kita Kamakura area (Northern Kamakura area)
Inamuragasaki – Shichirigahama area
Hase – Yuigahama area
Kanazawa Kaido area