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Only a short train ride west of Kamakura, Enoshima (]̓) 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 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 was 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 both sides of the island become very crowded with sun bathers and swimmers during July and August, while the long stretches of beach that continue to Chigasaki in the west and Kamakura in the east are popular for surfing.

Visitors to Enoshima should consider purchasing the Enoshima 1-Day combination ticket, which includes admission to the island's main attractions (garden, observation tower, caves) and use of the escalators for 1100 yen (or 1500 yen if visiting the Samuel Cocking Garden after 5pm). The ticket can be purchased at tourist information desks or 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 and Sea Candle

Hours: 9:00 to 20:00 (entry until 19:30)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 500 yen (garden; free before 5pm), 500 yen (Sea Candle)

Iwaya Caves

Hours: typically 9:00 to 17:00
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: 7:00 to 21:00 (entry until 20:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1500-2000 yen (onsen only); 2500-3000 yen (all areas)
No-tattoo policy enforced

Love Bell

Southern coast

Shirasudon (shirasu donburi)

On the mainland near Enoshima

Enoshima Aquarium

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (from 10:00 from Dec to Feb)
Admission ends one hour before closing
Closed: Small number of irregular 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 Railway (Katase Enoshima Station near the aquarium) and the Shonan Monorail (Shonan Enoshima Station near Ryukoji Temple).

From Tokyo by Odakyu Railway

Take an express or rapid express train from Shinjuku bound for Fujisawa and transfer to a local train to Katase Enoshima, the terminal station. 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, 1390 yen, or 1340 yen if using an e-ticket) every one or two hours on weekends and holidays.

Odakyu Railway also offers the Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass, which 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 1640 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.

Hotels around Kamakura

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      Set less than 1 km from Yuigahama Beach, Guest House Irodori Kamakura offers 1-star accommodation in Kamakura and has a terrace. With a shared lounge, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, a 24-hour front desk and organising tours for guests. At the guest house, all rooms have a desk. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. An Asian, vegetarian or vegan breakfast is available every morning at the property. At Guest House Irodori Kamakura you will find a restaurant serving Japanese cuisine. Vegetarian and vegan options can also be requested. The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at this 1-star guest house. Zaimokuza Beach is less than 1 km from the accommodation, while Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is a 19-minute walk from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 41 km from Guest House Irodori Kamakura.
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