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For a summer getaway from Tokyo, there's no better than Enoshima.

Ranked among the 100 Best Sceneries of Japan and with a landscape immortalized in the woodblock prints of Katsushika Hokusai (the artist behind the famous Great Wave painting), Enoshima has been doing the whole tourist attraction thing for centuries.

While fame comes with a price – you’ll be sharing the island with crowds year-round – Enoshima really does offer a little bit of everything to everyone.

From beaches to surfing, scuba diving to scooter-riding, you can also experience ancient spiritual sites, seafood restaurants, and colorful streets lined with souvenir shops for an altogether brilliant day out.

Seaside resort in Enoshima

Enoshima is the forested island in the distance, linked to the mainland by a short bridge. There are some nice beaches in the surrounding area that run along the popular Shonan coast.

Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway)

A train of the Enoshima Electric Railway (or Enoden) arriving at Enoshima Station.
Only a train ride (optionally on the scenic Enoden) away from its sister city Kamakura, Enoshima is accessible by a long bridge that links the tiny island to Sagami Bay along the Shonan Coast.

Turn left from Enoshima station and follow the picturesque path towards the seashore, lined with boutique cafes, shops and terrace restaurants. At the other end, before the bridge to the right, you’ll find an oceanside hub of restaurants and bars.

Walk across the bridge and spot beach bums busy catching rays, surfing and swimming. Below the bridge on the approach to the island, gangs of bronzed jet-skiers hang out revving their engines like a literal Tokyo Drift.

Shirasudon on Enoshima, famous food of kanagawa japan

Enoshima is famous for shirasu or whitebait. You can try it raw, cooked, on ramen, pizza, pies and even in ice cream.

On Enoshima, fishermen patiently wait for the day’s catch for sale to local restaurants, and the island is brimming with the freshest “fruits of the sea” – famously, a small baby fish called shirasu that can be eaten either raw or cooked.

Putting a local spin on tempura, pizza, and even ice cream, those in the know first try the fish over rice in a Shonan signature dish called shirasu-don.

Non-beach-goers can head to Enoshima Shrine (established in 552 A.D.), dedicated to the sea deity Benzaiten – often thought of as the goddess of love. Three smaller shrines exist in and among the hilly pathways that wind through the grounds, where you’ll also stumble on some rather breathtaking lookout points, lawns for picnicking and crumbling clifftop restaurants with wooden terraces leaning out over the ocean.

"Enoshima Island, Japan - June 7, 2008 : many love padlocks hanged in the park area of famous Enoshima Island"

Enoshima is a popular spot for couples who come to pray for luck in love, hanging an ema (wooden prayer tablet) or attaching a padlock to the railings in the shrine park.

A family-friendly attraction is Enoshima Aquarium, which has rotating educational exhibits featuring native fish caught from the Sagami Bay. Those ready to take a dip in hot water should venture to the day-spas – fully equipped with onsen baths. Some even have an ocean view with Mt. Fuji as your backdrop.

Other attractions include the Samuel Cocking Garden, a botanical garden founded by British merchant Samuel Cocking in 1880, the Enoshima Sea Candle, a lighthouse observation tower that is also Enoshima’s unofficial landmark, the Iwaya Caves, once a religious sanctuary for practicing monks, and Benzaiten-Nakamise Street – the best place to walk and sample the local snacks of Enoshima like tako senbei (octopus rice crackers) and Japanese sweets stuffed within clam-shaped wafers.


A train of the Enoshima Electric Railway (or Enoden) arriving at Enoshima Station.

Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway)

Round, round, get around…


Things To Know

Kamakura-Enoshima Pass

JR East sells a one-day Kamakura-Enoshima Pass that allows visitors unlimited rides on the JR, Enoshima Electric Railway and the Shonan Monorail. The cost for adults is ¥700 and children ¥350.

How To Get There


2 Chome-3-21 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken 251-0036, Japan

By train

There are three ways to access Enoshima via rail: 1) Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway) to Enoshima, 2) Odakyu Railways to Katase-Enoshima Station, or 3) Shonan Monorail to Shonan-Enoshima Station.

From Tokyo, if you want to ride the Enoden take the JR Tokaido or JR Shonan-Shinjuku line from Shinjuku to Fujisawa then transfer to the Enoden to Enoshima. If you’re taking the Odakyu line, you’ll need to transfer to a local train to Katase-Enoshima (not the Enoden). To experience the Shonan Monorail, take one of the JR lines and get off at Ofuna to switch to the monorail to Shonan-Enoshima.

Where To Stay

Enoshima Hotel
  • 1-3-8 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa, 251-0036 Japan
  • ¥26,100 - ¥39,300
  • 4.06/5 (75 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
Guesthouse & Bar Iza Enoshima
  • 1-11-31 Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa, 251-0035 Japan
  • ¥3,900 - ¥15,600
  • 3/5 (31 reviews)
  • 1.2 km
Hotel Ao Kamakura
  • 3-1-7 Koshigoe, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, 248-0033 Japan
  • ¥30,300 - ¥101,700
  • 4.71/5 (13 reviews)
  • 1.5 km
Akitaya Annex
  • 2-12-20 Koshigoe, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, 248-0033 Japan
  • ¥6,000 - ¥12,000
  • 1.5 km
  • 2-10-30 Koshigoe, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, 248-0033 Japan
  • ¥8,000 - ¥32,000
  • 4.25/5 (40 reviews)
  • 1.5 km

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