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Enoshima Island and Caves

Enoshima Island and Caves, Kanagawa-ken

Enoshima Island and CavesOne hour from central Tokyo you can ride the waves, smell the sea air and explore the Enoshima island and caves (江の島). A great day trip which can be combined with a trip to the Enoshima Aquarium. If you leave Tokyo early in the morning, you may be able to stop in Kamakura on the way back. The island is connected by a IMG_1756bridge to the mainland and can be reached by walking about 15 mins from the train station, or you can take a small boat that leaves mid bridge (adults 400 yen, kids 200 yen) to the cave side of the Island, and walk back over to the bridge side. We took the boat. Enoshima Island has a lot to see, and you should plan for about 3-5 hours. You can also see Fuji-san if the weather is clear.

Enoshima Island and CavesMy kids loved the two caves that visitors can enter. The caves are quite deep and dark, but the walkways are smooth so it is safe for even little ones. With admission, you will be given a handheld candle to light your way. Folklore states that a five-headed dragon used to live in the caves until Benten, a popular goddess of good fortune, wealth, Enoshima Island and Cavesmusic and knowledge killed the Dragon. Many of the shrines on Enoshima are dedicated to Benten for removing the dangerous dragon. In cave two there is a statue of the five-headed dragon and a taiko drum that people can hit. Along the pathways of the caves are also some lovely statues of priests.

Enoshima Island and CavesAfter spending about 45 mins touring the caves, we hiked for about 30 mins to the peak of the island. Not easy if you are carrying a toddler. There are many friendly and well fed stray cats on the island who will give you an excuse to stop and catch your breath. If you want, you can also stop and have an ice-cream or drink at many of the Enoshima Island and Cavessmall shops along the way. At the peak are some shrines and the botanical garden.

The walk down is a lot easier, and it was at this point we saw that the north side of the island has a few escalators Enoshima Island and Cavesfor which you can buy tickets. There is a pass called the Enopass (from Shinjuku adults 1,970 yen, children 990 yen) which you can buy at the Odakyu ticket office in Shinjuku. The Enopass includes: Odakyu Line train tickets (Stopovers unlimited Fujisawa Sta.-Katase Enoshima Sta.; the Free pass covers only one round trip on theEnoshima Island and Caves Odakyu Line your departing station-Fujisawa Sta.), Enoshima escalator, Enoshima lighthouse and observatory, Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden and the Enoshima Iwaya (cave).

*** Please check details before you go at the Odakyu website since information may change.***

Enoshima Island and Caves Details

Address: Enoshima Island, Fujisawa, Kanagawa-ken ( 神奈川県藤沢市江の島)Enoshima Island and Caves
Phone: (466)24-4141
Hours: March – October 9:00 – 17:00p (Time may change for summer holiday and other holidays); November – February 9:00 – 16:00
Cost of caves: High school and above 500 yen, Elementary and Junior High 200 yen
Access: From Shinjuku station take the Odakyu Limited Express Romance Car for 63 mins to Katase-Enoshima station and then walk 3 mins to the Enoshima Aquarium. From Tokyo station take the JR Tokaido line for 54 mins to Fujisawa station and then change to the the Odakyu Enoshima line to Katase-Ensohima station.
Note: Public car parking available on and off island
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