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Only a short train ride west of Kamakura, Enoshima (江の島) is a pleasantly touristy island just off the coast but connected by bridge with the mainland. The island offers a variety of attractions, including a shrine, park, observation tower and caves. Views of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed on days with good visibility.

Enoshima is divided into a yacht harbor accessible to motorized traffic and a forested hill which can only be explored on foot (and paid escalators) and contains most of the sights. Several shrine buildings, collectively known as Enoshima Shrine, are found around the island and are dedicated to Benten, a popular goddess of good fortune, wealth, music and knowledge. Benten is believed to have created Enoshima before subduing a five headed dragon that had been terrorizing the area.

An interesting aquarium and some of the closest beaches to Tokyo are located on the mainland just off Enoshima. The beaches on either side of the island can become very crowded with sun bathers and swimmers during the summer holidays in July and August, while the long stretches of beach that continue to Chigasaki in the west and Kamakura in the east are popular surfing spots.

Visitors to Enoshima should consider purchasing the Enopass, a combination ticket that includes admission to the island's main attractions (garden, observation tower, caves) and use of the escalators for 1000 yen. The pass provides additional discounts on admission to the Benten Statue, the Enoshima Spa and the aquarium as well as on purchases at dedicated shops and restaurants. The Enopass can be purchased at tourist information desks and the escalator ticket office.

On Enoshima Island

Enoshima Shrine

Hours: 8:30 to 16:30
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free (200 yen to see the Benten statue)

Samuel Cocking Garden

Hours: 9:00 to 20:00
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 200 yen (garden), 500 yen (garden and observation tower)

Iwaya Caves

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (until 16:00 from mid/late October to February)
Closed: No closing days (except when the weather is very bad)
Admission: 500 yen

Enoshima Daishi

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free

Enoshima Island Spa

Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (Mar to Nov), 11:00 to 21:00 (Dec to Feb)
Admission ends one hour before closing
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 3175 yen (1965 yen for entry after 18:00)
No-tattoo policy enforced

Love Bell

Southern Coast

Shirasudon (Shirasu Donburi)

On the mainland near Enoshima

Enoshima Aquarium

Hours: Vary, typically 9:00 to 17:00 (from 10:00 from Dec to Feb)
Admission ends one hour before closing
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 2500 yen

Ryukoji Temple

Beaches

Getting there and around

Enoshima is served by three train and monorail lines, each of which has its separate station: Enoden (Enoshima Station), Odakyu Railways (Katase Enoshima Station near the aquarium) and the Shonan Monorail (Shonan Enoshima Station near Ryukoji Temple).

From Tokyo by Odakyu Railways

Take an express or rapid express train from Shinjuku bound for Fujisawa Station and transfer to a local train to Katase Enoshima Station, the terminal station on the line. The entire one way trip takes 65-75 minutes and costs 640 yen. There are connections every 10 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, Romance Car limited express trains run directly between Shinjuku and Katase Enoshima (60 minutes, 1270 yen) every one or two hours on weekends and holidays.

Odakyu Railways offer the Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass that includes a round trip ticket between Shinjuku and Fujisawa and unlimited use of Enoden trains between Fujisawa and Kamakura and Odakyu trains between Fujisawa and Enoshima. The pass is valid for one day and costs 1520 yen. It is a good value if you also visit Kamakura, but it does not pay off if you visit Enoshima alone.

From Tokyo by Japan Railways (JR)

Take the JR Tokaido Line from Tokyo Station or the JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line from Shinjuku Station to Fujisawa Station (45-50 minutes, 990 yen) and transfer to either the Enoden (10 minutes, 220 yen) or Odakyu Railway (7 minutes, 160 yen) for Enoshima. Alternatively, get off at Ofuna (40-45 minutes, 820 yen) and transfer to the Shonan Monorail for an exciting ride to Enoshima (15 minutes, 320 yen, stand or sit at the front of the car for interesting views).

From Kamakura

The one way trip between Kamakura and Enoshima by Enoden train takes 25 minutes and costs 260 yen. There are trains about every ten minutes.

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