Enoshima

The beach at Tokyo’s doorstep

Enoshima is a small Japanese island, only 4 kilometers in circumference, located in Sagami Bay. It is a part of Fujisawa City, on Honshu mainland, about 10 kilometers west of Kamakura and accessible by a bridge. The whole area, called Shonan, is the very touristic coast of Kanagawa prefecture and is considered a seaside resort area by Tokyoites.

The city of Kamakura, the ancient capital of Japan, south of Tokyo, is a popular tourist destination thanks to its great Buddha and its numerous temples and shrines. However, the neighboring Enoshima Island also offers interesting tourist attractions. There are two ways to reach the island: the lovely little Enoden train line that runs along the seafront or the suspended Shonan Monorail from Ofuna, which is quite fun!

Enoshima Station is a few thousand feet from the island. The path to the island goes through Fujisawa and its shopping street. Near the bridge connecting Honshu to Enoshima, skaters show their tricks on the esplanades and bikers make their engines roar. Enoshima truly deserves its resort reputation with its palm trees, tattooed people and suntanned surfers roaming shirtless. On each side of the bridge are the Kugenuma beaches, very popular with young Tokyoites for they are close to the capital. The atmosphere is indeed 'young adult friendly' with bar touts and J-pop music blaring out speakers along the shores.

For those who are not inclined to relax on the beach, dip in the water or sunbathe, Enoshima has a lot of other tourist attractions to offer. First, there is a sento/spa/swimming pool, in case you would like to avoid contact with sand. Next, a pleasant walking route allows tourists to visit several shrines and to climb up via escalators. The top of the island is occupied by Samuel Cocking Botanical Garden, somehow smaller than expected. In the precincts of this botanical garden stands the Sea Candle, a tower offering a marvelous panorama of Enoshima, the beaches and the area. Finally, the Iwaya Caves mark the end of the island.

Enoshima’s culinary specialty is shirasu, a type of whitebait served either raw or cooked with rice. Another delicacy is the Enoshima-don, a bowl of rice topped with minced sazae (a sea snail also named "horned turban") mixed with egg. Those local dishes are available at any time of the day in all of the island’s restaurants.

Finally, Enoshima’s marina will host the 2020 Olympic Sailing Regatta.

Review this place
5/5 (3 votes)
Kanpai's opinion

Enoshima photo gallery

  • Enoshima Beach Kugenuma 1
  • enoshima-3
  • enoshima-12
  • enoshima-1
  • enoshima-2
  • enoshima-5
  • enoshima-6
  • enoshima-7
  • enoshima-8
  • enoshima-9
  • enoshima-10
  • enoshima-11
  • enoshima-13

Information

Use Google Maps
Enlarge map
View the whole map of Japan

How to get to Enoshima

By train -- 24 minutes from Kamakura (¥260 / ~US$ 2.40) or 11 minutes from Fujisawa (¥220 / ~US$ 2.00) on Enoden line

About 1 hour total from Tokyo (JR lines until Kamakura)

Location unreachable with the JR Pass

Get there with a rental car

Admission

¥1,000 (~US$ 9.20) with the eno=pass combined ticket (includes: the escalators, Samuel Cocking Garden, Sea Candle and Iwaya Caves)

Opening hours

Opening hours vary from place to place, usually from 9am (10am in winter) to 6pm

How long / when to visit

Allow half a day at a fast pace, combined with a trip in Kamakura

Or a one-day trip to enjoy the whole island at a slower pace

In Japanese

江の島

Weather in Kamakura

Today
18 / 24°C
Tomorrow
13 / 19°C

Connexion internet

Stay connected with a Pocket Wifi in Japan

Japanese cuisine

Discover Japanese candies (5% discount)

Related topics

Resources

Fujisawa City Official website (in Japanese)

Shonan Nagisa Park Official website (in English)

Q&A

Kotaete

Ask a question

Travel Companions

Isshoni

Search for companions

Day trips from Enoshima (Kanto)