江の島 (Enoshima, Kanagawa)

Enoshima. If there was anywhere in Japan I could recommend on the spot、 it would be Enoshima. This island is a famous tourist spot in Japan. Renowned for it’s beauty, I gotta say holy shit this place can take your breathe away. You’ll hear so many different languages when you arrive here because everyone knows what a great place this is.

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Don’t worry, you won’t see any of these signs.

Enoshima is a small island connected by a bridge. You’ll see boats that ferry you (500 yen) to the island. You can walk, or even take a bus. As you approach the island you’ll see boats out on the sea, large tourist groups and couples prancing around. Once you get on the island you’ll be greeted to something Japan does best. The fusion of architecture and nature. You can eat a variety of foods including super compressed octopus cracker (たこせんべい) or the specialty Shirasu (しらす White bait fish) . Shirasu is in everything so imagine my surprise when I bit into my burger to find a small little fish head staring back at me saying “why sir, why?” It’s not my thing but I can’t waste food like that.

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Yum squishy squid into chips thing.

Anyway my journey continued by ferry to Enoshima’s most famous cave.  Iwaya cave. Entrance is about 300 yen and it takes you down to the earth to hit taiko drums for wishes and see the first shrine ever built. It’s amazing but if you’re a taller person you’ll have to watch your head.

As you head around the island you’ll be able to explore the shrines, and meet the many people, and cats that inhabit the island. You’ll be able to even pray for love at the famous temple. Enoshima Tower has an amazing view from the top. Take a look if you have the time.  If you’re looking for somewhere to spend time at when you’re in Japan, I highly recommend taking a trip here.

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You can reach Enoshima by taking the JR Line to Fujisawa. Then transferring from

the JR line to the Odakyu-Enoshima line. Get off at Enoshima – Katase.

 

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