Summer Trip: Enoshima

My last travelling trip in Japan was going to Enoshima during the summer in August 2010. Enoshima is home to some sandy beaches closest to Tokyo and Yokohama. There were several places to go in Enoshima, like the shrine, cave, the sandy beach, etc. We went to Enoshima by train. The gate of the station was quite different since it was shaped like a shrine, unlike many other train stations in Tokyo or Yokohama.

Enoshima Station

Enoshima Station

The first place we visited was the Enoshima Shrine and then the observatory. They were located up quite high up and visitors could go there by taking the stairs or taking the cable car. We went up there by stairs. It wasn’t really a particularly long way up anyway. Inside the shrine we saw some people going through a big circle. It was said that it could bring some good luck for people who walked through there.

Stairs to Enoshima Shrine

Stairs to Enoshima Shrine

Going through the circle for good luck

Going through the circle for good luck

There was an observation tower in the Samuel Cocking Garden. Visitors could go up the observatory and see Fujisawa.

Fujisawa from the observatory

Fujisawa from the observatory

Visitors could buy various ticket for different set of places they could enter in Enoshima. I bought an Eno-Pass for 1000 Yen which included the ticket for going to the observatory and using the elevator. Buying this kind of Eno-Pass was definitely cheaper than buying the ticket one by one if you plan to visit several places.

Eno-Pass

Eno-Pass

The next place we visited was the Iwaya Caves. Visitors could go inside the caves since there were already paths designed for visitors in the caves. There were two caves there, one contained Buddhist statues while the other one was dedicated to the legendary dragon that used to terrorize that area.

Iwaya Caves

Iwaya Caves

There was also swimming beach at Enoshima. Since it was summer, the beach was crowded, many people played on the beach.

Swimming beach at Enoshima

Swimming beach at Enoshima

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