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Enoshima is a small island located off the Shonan Coast in Kanagawa Prefecture that is loved for its beautiful beaches, unique attractions and views of Mount Fuji. With easy access from Shinjuku Station and being just a few stops away from Kamakura; it makes for wonderful addition to a trip south of Tokyo with the Odakyu line.

Leaving Odakyu’s Katase-Enoshima Station and before crossing the 389-meter Enoshima Ohashi Bridge which leads to the island, you can see marine life up close at the Enoshima Aquarium. It is in Kanagawa Prefecture Kaigan Park which is just a 15-minute walk from the station. The aquarium includes a Sagami Bay Zone that focuses on the natural sea life found in the waters south of the Shonan area between Kanagawa and Shizuoka.

After crossing the Enoshima Ohashi Bridge to the island, visitors will find themselves surrounded by restaurants and stalls selling delicious local produce and souvenirs. Here you can try some of the local produce such as whole-octopus rice crackers, white-bait croquettes, fresh local seafood served grilled or as sashimi, and even freshly baked white-bait cheese bread! There is a large selection of eateries on the island to choose from with savoury and sweet options to suit everyone’s tastes.

After lunch, travellers can enjoy exploring the island where they can visit Enoshima Shrine, walk through the beautiful Samuel Cocking Botanical Gardens and see the Enoshima Sea Candle Lighthouse overlooking Sagami Bay. Every winter there is a special illumination event held in the gardens around the lighthouse where you can enjoy the beautiful view with loved ones.

The perfect place to end the day is at Enoshima Island Spa (Enospa) – Enoshima’s only onsen and spa facility where you can wind down in the mineral rich waters pumped from 1500 meters below the ocean surface. It features multiple heated pools, 15 types of rejuvenating hot spring baths, as well as other rest facilities and cafes where trying the Enoshima Coffee ice-cream is a must! All the outdoor facilities are pools with a view of the bay – where on a clear day – you can see Mount Fuji!

Odakyu Electric Railway offers the ‘The Enoshima-Kamakura 1-Day Pass’, a discounted ticket which provides a round trip from either Shinjuku or Fujisawa to Katase-Enoshima. It also provides unlimited rides on the Odakyu Line between Fujisawa Station and Katase-Enoshima Station and unlimited rides on the Enoden line between Fujisawa Station and Kamakura station. It also includes special discounts at temples, local attractions and restaurants in the area.

The Pass is available for purchase at Shinjuku Station from the Travel Centre located at the South and West Exits, and at Fujisawa Station you can purchase it from the ticket counter or ticket machines. For more information, please visit: https://www.odakyu.jp/english/passes/enoshima_kamakura/