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Enoshima Island: A Day Trip Enjoying Beach, Cat Island, Sea Candle, Sunset

by Ryu_C@RakuRakuJP

Day Trip Itinerary in Enoshima

Kamakura and Enoshima are among the many scenic spots in the suburbs of Tokyo, one of the most convenient transportation spots. If you start from Shinjuku Station, it takes about an hour to take the Odakyu Electric Railway to get there. In addition, Kamakura and Enoshima also have different shrines, Buddhist temples, and coastal scenery. At the same time, they are also places suitable for enjoying sunsets, shopping, and enjoying different delicacies. Therefore, many people will arrange to visit Kamakura and Enoshima on the same day.

However, Enoshima is actually the same asKamakuraThe same, it is a place where one-day trips can be arranged, and it is a place worthy of in-depth sightseeing.

For example, go to Enoshima to visit cats, pay homage to Enoshima Shrine, and then enjoy the sunset at the beach and visit rock houses. These attractions alone are enough to arrange a half-day itinerary. You can also arrange to have lunch at the restaurant above Enoshima, buy shrimp cakes in the shopping street, and then go to the observatory of the Enoshima Tower Sea Candle to enjoy the scenery of the entire Enoshima, then visit the exhibition under the Enoshima Tower Sea Candle, and finally take the The Odakyu Electric Railway returned to Tokyo to complete the entire Enoshima day trip itinerary.

Of course, you can also condense all the attractions of Enoshima into an afternoon itinerary, and then arrange shopping and enjoying roadside snacks on Kamakura Komachi Street in the morning. However, a full-day itinerary will become very urgent, so how to allocate time for the two attractions depends on what experience you want to get on this day.

Map of Enoshima, a tourist attraction in the suburbs of Tokyo
Although the area of Enoshima is not very large, it is enough to arrange a day trip. (Click to enlarge the picture)
One-day trip to Enoshima, a scenic spot near Tokyo
Seaside scenery, cats, shrines, and shopping streets are all special attractions of Enoshima. (Click to enlarge the picture)

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Visiting cats on Enoshima

It is said that there are many cats living on Enoshima, and the number is almost 200. However, based on the experience of actually visiting Enoshima many times, whether you can meet a cat that day depends on the mood of the cat.

Because most of the cats on Enoshima roam freely, rather than being raised by specific owners. So when you arrive in Enoshima, whether you can meet cats and how many cats you can meet depends on when you arrive in Enoshima, whether the weather is sunny or cloudy, and which range you plan to meet in Enoshima cat.

Enoshima cat

To put it simply, the places where Rongying meets cats in Enoshima are mainly near Enoshima Benzaiten Nakamisetong Shopping Street, Enoshima Sea Candle, Dragon Love Bell, and Enoshima Shrine Okutsugu. Perhaps it is because some stores prepare food for cats, so the chances of pre-ordering cats on both sides of Enoshima Benzaiten Nakamisetong Shopping Street and Dragon Love Bell are higher.

In addition, there are weather factors and the time to visit Enoshima. Because cats on Enoshima like to bask in the sun, it is relatively easy to meet cats outside the shop on sunny days and warmer afternoons. For example, from the Enoshima Benzaiten Nakamisetong Shopping Street all the way to the Miharu Pavilion and Uomi Tei next to Zhijibuchi, you will easily encounter a few cats sleeping on the side of the road, or "patrolling business" between different shops. , to levy feed on the store.

But one thing to note is that when you come to Enoshima for sightseeing, you don’t need to bring feed to Enoshima for cats to eat. Because cats are the owners of Enoshima, and they are also mascots that attract tourists to spend. All shops and residents in Enoshima will feed cats regularly, and they also know clearly about each cat's preferences and physical condition. So when you visit Enoshima, it is enough to buy a few pieces of shrimp cakes for yourself.

Enoshima Cat Haunted Enoshima Benzaiten Nakamisetong Shopping Street
Enoshima Benzaiten Nakamisetong Shopping Street is one of the places where it is easier to meet cats. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Enoshima attractions map
Within the entire Enoshima, it is relatively easy to meet cats. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Itinerary of attractions in Enoshima

Although the area of Enoshima is not very large, there are many scenic spots that can be visited.

When you walk to Enoshima from Enoshima Bridge at Katase Enoshima Station, you will first arrive at Enoshima Benzaiten Nakamisetong Shopping Street. On both sides of the shopping street, there are many restaurants that offer Enoshima’s special product – sashimi dishes. There are also several restaurants that specialize in seafood dishes, and small shops that sell a large piece of shrimp cakes – たこせんべいあさひ Main Store. If you haven't eaten lunch yet, you can also eat something before you officially climb the hillside of Enoshima.

After passing Enoshima Benzaiten Nakamisetsu Shopping Street, go up the stairs and you will arrive at Enoshima Shrine. If you don't plan to visit Enoshima Shrine, you can turn left to the observation deck of Enoshima Sea Candle.

Enoshima AttractionsEnoshima Shrine
Enoshima Shrine is the gateway to different attractions in Enoshima. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Going up from the torii of Enoshima Shrine, first you have to climb a lot of steps to reach Enoshima Sea Candle. If you don't want to climb the stairs, you can also consider buying a package ticket for the Enoshima escalator for about ¥400. Or you can directly buy the Enoshima one-day package ticket for ¥1500, which includes the escalator package, Enoshima Tower Sea Candle admission ticket, Enoshima Tower next to the Botanical Garden ticket, and Enoshima Rock House admission ticket.

As long as you buy a package ticket, you can directly use the escalator to reach the top of the mountain. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Take the escalator to Enoshima Sea Candle, you can consider boarding the observatory first to enjoy the scenery of Enoshima, or wait until sunset to board Enoshima Sea Candle. If you plan to visit the seaside area of Enoshima, that is, the two scenic spots of Chijigabuchi and Enoya Rock House, you can get there as long as you pass through the road of Oiwa Road. At the same time, there is also a restaurant that specializes in selling traditional food in the middle of Oiwa House Road. If you are interested, you can buy a small amount and then go to Zhierzhiyuan.

Although the Enoshima Sea Candle is not very high, it is possible to see the boundless sea view. (Click to enlarge the picture)
From the Enoshima Sea Candle, you can reach the seaside attractions of Enoshima through Oiyanya Dori. (Click to enlarge the picture)

After walking through Oigawa Dori, you will pass two restaurants, Uomi-tei and Jianqing-tei. As long as you keep going, you will reach the two scenic spots of Zhierzhiyuan and Enoshima Rock House. After visiting these two attractions, you can return to Enoshima Sea Candle. You can consider boarding the observatory to enjoy the sunset, or have a cup of coffee at the coffee shop under the Sea Candle in Enoshima.

Enoshima Chigogafuchi Sunset View
Zhierzhiyuan is a very suitable place to sell sunset scenery. (Click to enlarge the picture)

To sum up, if you plan to come to Enoshima to visit cats, you can visit all the above-mentioned scenic spots in Enoshima at the same time, and arrange a 6-hour itinerary to visit slowly. In addition to arranging time for shopping and eating, it is probably a complete Enoshima day trip itinerary.

Transportation to Enoshima

Because Enoshima is very close to Kamakura, the transportation method to Enoshima is actually similar to the transportation method to Kamakura.

To Enoshima by Odakyu Electric Railway

For example, you can start from Shinjuku Station, take the Odakyu Electric Railway from Shinjuku Station to Fujisawa Station, then transfer to the Odakyu Line to Katase Enoshima Station, and finally cross the Enoshima Bridge from Katase Enoshima Station, and then you can walk to Enoshima.

The above transportation methods are suitable for the itinerary that only visits Enoshima. If you plan to visit Enoshima and Kamakura at the same time, the total transportation cost of buying a Kamakura-Enoshima one-day transportation package will be cheaper than paying for each trip independently

Odakyu Electric Railway Kamakura Enoshima train route map
From Shinjuku Station, take the Odakyu Electric Railway to Enoshima. (Click to enlarge the picture)

To Enoshima by JR train

If you would consider going to Nikko, Karuizawa, these suburban spots in Tokyo, you will also buyJR TOKYO WIDE PASSIn other words, as long as you take the JR train from Tokyo to Kamakura Station, and then purchase a one-day Enoden ticket, you can go to Kamakura and Enoshima for sightseeing at the same time within one day.

In addition to the JR Tokyo Wide Area Pass, there is another ticket that is worth considering. that isHakone Kamakura FreepassThis one features 3 types of train tickets for Odakyu trains between Shinjuku and Enoshima, tickets for Enoden trains, and transportation tickets for the Hakone area. Within 3 days, you can take these 3 kinds of transportation in Enoshima, Kamakura, and Hakone unlimited times. It is very suitable for those who plan to travel from Enoshima and Kamakura to Hakone to stay in a hot spring hotel, and it is also suitable for some travelers who want to save more transportation budget.

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Recommended activities in Enoshima

For those who do not intend to spend time arranging Enoshima trips, bookGuided sightseeing tour with guidewill be the most convenient. Because these sightseeing tour groups all start in Tokyo, and then arrange transportation for you to go directly to Enoshima and Kamakura, and also arrange a full-day sightseeing itinerary for you. To put it simply, as long as you book this kind of sightseeing tour, all you need to prepare is a camera and a full-day trip to Enoshima and Kamakura.

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Where to stay in Enoshima

Compared with Kamakura, there are fewer hotel options near Enoshima. So if you plan to stay in a hotel in Enoshima after sightseeing in Enoshima, it is better to book a hotel near Kamakura Station.

next to Kamakura stationHotel Tosei Cocone Kamakura,Kamakura Seizan, orKamakura Prince HotelWait, there are some accommodation options with good reviews. Although the location of the hotel is not next to Enoshima, it is not very far from Enoshima. It takes about 30 minutes to take the Enoden from Enoshima Station to Kamakura Station.

Where to stay in Kamakura Kamakura Seizan
The accommodation option next to Kamakura Station – Kamakura Seizan in Kamakura Aoyama. (Click to enlarge the picture)

In addition, you can book a hot spring hotel room in Hakone and a business hotel room in Tokyo while booking the Kamakura accommodation plan, and there may be additional discounts!

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For many cat lovers, Enoshima is the easiest place to meet cats. So it is worth spending a little more time sightseeing in Enoshima. For those who come to Kamakura and Enoshima for the first time, we will suggest that you spend a day visiting the main attractions of these two places, and then arrange an in-depth sightseeing itinerary when you come to Kamakura and Enoshima next time. I believe that such an itinerary will allow you to experience the Shonan coast from different angles.

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