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Published on 03.31.2016 Looking for an island retreat in Japan? Enoshima Island could be your next destination, where it is full of tourist trappings that you would not mind checking out. Connected to the mainland via a bridge, Enoshima Island has a wide variety of attractions such as a park, an observation tower to take in the sights, a shrine for a more spiritual experience, as well as caves. On days when visibility is good, you will be greeted by stunning views of Mount Fuji.
What makes Enoshima interesting is the fact that it is divided into a yacht harbor that can be accessed via motorized traffic, while the other is a forested hill that can be explored through foot only -- although those who are tired or unable to walk can always take the paid escalators. A bunch of shrine buildings are collectively known as the Enoshima Shrine, where it will be dedicated to a popular goddess of fortune, wealth, knowledge and music, better known as Benten. Tradition holds regard that Benten created Enoshima after disposing of a five headed dragon that was a bane to all who lived there.
You would do well to purchase the Enopass, which is a combination ticket that will include admission to the island's main attractions for 1,000 yen. The Europass gives you access to the garden, observation tower, caves, and use of the escalators, not to mention opens the door to additional discounts when you want to enter the Benten Statue, the Enoshima Spa and the aquarium. Tourist information desks and the escalator ticket office is where the Enopass can be purchased.

Enoshima Shrine
Opening hours: 08:30 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Fee : Free (150 yen for the Benten statue)
Samuel Cocking Garden
Hours: 09:00 to 20:00
Closed: No closing days
Fee: 200 yen (garden), 500 yen (garden and observation tower)
Iwaya Caves
Hours: 09:00 to 17:00
(Mid/late October - February 09:00 to 16:00)
Closed: No closing days (except when the weather does not permit)
Fee: 500 yen
Enoshima Daishi
Hours: 09:00 to 18:00
Closed: No closing days
Fee: Free
Enoshima Island Spa
Hours: 10:00 to 22:00
(December to February - 11:00 to 21:00)
Closed: No closing days
Fee: 2,742 yen
No-tattoo policy enforced
Enoshima Aquarium
Hours: 09:00 to 17:00
(December to February - 10:00 to 17:00)
Closed: No closing days
Fee: 2,100 yen

What to eat:
You would not go wrong with Shirasudon (Shirasu Donburi). Shirasu happens to be the term that is used to describe juvenile, white fish which measure approximately one centimeter. Caught in large numbers in Sagami Bay around Enoshima, Shirasudon is often enjoyed at local restaurants, where they are commonly served raw. If your taste buds cannot take raw food, then Shirasudon cooked over white rice as donburi is another option. Alternatively, Shirasudon is sometimes served with salmon roe (ikura).
Getting to Enoshima Island:
From Tokyo:
Take the express or rapid express train from Shinjuku bound for Fujisawa Station. Transfer to a local train to Katase Enoshima Station.
Ticket: 630 yen one way
Duration: 65-75 minutes
Romance Car limited express trains are an alternative, and those run directly between Shinjuku and Katase Enoshima. The trip will take 60 minutes with a 1,250 yen one way ticket at a frequency of one or two hours on weekends and holidays.
From Kamakura:
Ticket: 260 yen one way
Duration: 25 minutes


Source: Happy in Japan

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