There are a multitude of things to do when you live in Tokyo. But every so often, it’s nice to get out of city. An easy day trip from Tokyo is Enoshima.
Enoshima is a small island off the Shonan coast, about 70 km from Tokyo. There are a number of ways to get there. Not having a car, we chose the train.
Specifically, the Tokaido Line from Shinagawa Station to Ofuna, then the Shonan Monorail to Enoshima. It’s about an hour and a half ride in total, at a cost of just under 2000 yen, round trip.
Exiting the monorail at Shonan-Enoshima Station, it’s a short walk to the Enoshima Bentenbashi Bridge that connects the island with the mainland. The bridge is often crowded with people walking to the island. On a clear day — like today — there is an amazing view of Mt. Fuji. That sight alone is worth the trip. But there is much more ahead on the island.
After exiting the bridge, there are the ubiquitous souvenir shops and restaurants all leading uphill to the first of three Enoshima shrines. The Shinto shrines are a gathering place for worship, and a place of beauty and interest for those not of the Shinto religion.
The walk up and around the island is a pleasant one, but be ready for some steep steps up and down. In addition to the shrines, there is the Enoshima Samuel Cocking garden, and the Enoshima Sea Candle (Observation Lighthouse). While near the top, a small cafe offers visitors tako senbi – a light cracker made of Octopus that is a popular snack on Enoshima. The idea of an Octopus cracker may be a stretch for some Westerners, but give it a try– it is actually quite tasty.
Steps leading down the mountain take you to a vantage point offering a spectacular view of Sagami Bay. Normally, the Enoshima Iwaya Caves are open to visitors. A recent typhoon caused damage, and the caves are closed for repairs.
Looking around Enoshima makes for a pleasant and interesting day — a great day trip from Tokyo.