Translated by Tomoka Aono
8 Spectacular Sights In Enoshima That You'll Want To Keep Secret
Written by Jumpei Kawashima
Enoshima is an island off the coast of Fujisawa, Kanagawa prefecture, famous for beautiful ocean views and rich seafood. Here are 8 gorgeous views you can't miss.
Enoshima is a small island off the coast of Fujisawa, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture. The island is famous for the beautiful ocean view and rich seafood such as white bait, that attracts visitors from all over.
Enoshima has numerous places from which you can enjoy spectacular views, some of which will be introduced in this article.
1. Glimpse the Whole Island from Enoshima Benten Bridge
Enoshima is connected to the mainland by Enoshima Benten Bridge, which is 390 meters in length. The Enoshima Benten Bridge is for pedestrians while Enoshima Ōhashi Bridge is for vehicles only.
From the bridge, you can see the whole of Enoshima, which makes this a place perfect for panoramic photos.
2. The Viewing Deck of Nakatsumiya Shrine
If you walk up towards the peak of Enoshima, you will see a flower garden near Nakatsumiya Shrine on the way to the top. And if you walk through the garden, you will run into a viewing deck.
From this deck, you can look across for a sweeping view of Shōnan port; on a clear day you can see all the way to Kamakura too.
3. Overlook Enoshima from Miami Beach!?
When you enter Samuel Cocking Gardens at the top of the island and turn right, you will see a coffee shop and a plaza. This is known as the Miami Beach Area, in tribute to the sister-city affiliation between Fujisawa and Miami in the United States.
From the Miami Beach Area, you can see a marvelous landscape of the coast. There are some coffee shops and benches, so you may want to take a break while enjoying the view. The admission fee for the gardens is only 200 yen.
4. Enjoy A 360 Degree View from Enoshima Sea Candle
The Enoshima Sea Candle is a lighthouse with viewing deck on the top of the island. You can take an elevator up to the viewing area.
The viewing area is constructed with circular wooden deck, which makes it possible for tourists to get a 360 degree view of the area. The landscape from 110 m above sea level is very impressive.
The entrance fee to the viewing area is 300 yen, but when you go up the stairs of the Sea Candle there is a wooden deck space you can access free of charge.
5. Lovers' Bell - Ryūren no Kane
If you walk in the opposite direction from where you came up the hill, you will find Lovers’ Hill. According to the legend, this is the place where a dragon and the Shintō goddess Benzaiten (*1) were united, and it is said that if a couple sounds the Ryūren no Kane (Dragon Lovers' Bell), they will be together forever.
*1 Benzaiten: the goddess of music and arts.
The fence has tons of padlocks, which were put by lovers hoping for eternal love. You can buy a padlock at a store near the entrance of Lovers’ Hill.
6. Walk along the Shore of Chigogafuchi
When you go down the long stairs to the opposite side of the island from Enoshima Benten Bridge, you will run into a vast rocky area. The place is called Chigogafuchi, and was created by erosion due to the waves. During low tide, you can walk on the rocks. The magnificent landscape on the shore makes you feel the power of nature.
There is also a bridge leading to Iwaya Cave over the rocky area.
During high tide, that’s where you can best enjoy the view.
7. A Hidden Spot: Nishiura Fishing Harbor
If you look carefully, you will find a small alley right next to Harumi Restaurant on the main street. Take the alley and go straight, and you will arrive at Nishiura Fishing Harbor.
The place is no longer a port, actually, but has a wonderful view, which is known only to few people. It is quiet and never crowded. By seeing the vast ocean before you and listening to the sounds of the waves crashing in, you will surely feel refreshed.
8. Shōnan Port Lighthouse with its Charming Wooden Deck
If you turn left when you reach Enoshima via Benten Bridge and walk for five minutes, you will see Shōnan Port Lighthouse, a small lighthouse on the edge of a pier.
The white lighthouse on the wood deck looks really interesting; it was designed in the image of a yacht, and it is nicknamed “the white lighthouse” because of its color.
You can take a walk on the deck while feeling the sea breezes and watching the ocean around you. It's the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll.
There are many beautiful natural landscapes to enjoy in Enoshima. Do visit the spots we mentioned here!
Enoshima Magnificent View MAP