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An adventure in a quaint island: Enoshima Walking Tour

Enjoy the Nature and History of Enoshima while feeling the nice sea breeze.

Overview

On this course, you will enjoy a walking tour through Enoshima, a place that many people boasts about the population and the common people from the Edo period. Enoshima is located 50 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, about 1 hour from the city center. It is a small island floating on the Shonan Coast and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The Katase coast off the mainland is famous for swimming and popular water sports such as surfing, windsurfing and SUP (Stand-Up Paddle boating). From the inside of the island you can see the Sagami Bay and the landscape of Fuji-Hakone Izu, and in the distance, you can see Mt. Fuji clearly if the weather condition is clear. Although the area around the island is only about 4 kilometers squared, there are several historic spots, historic buildings and modern cafés and restaurants and souvenir shops throughout the island. Enoshima Yacht Harbor, which became the venue of the Yacht Competition of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964, will be a competition venue for another Yacht Competition event in 2020. Since the island is 60 meters in height, there are many stairs, and you may be required to go down the 200 steps to reach Iwaya, the marine abrasion platform and the large marine cavern. It is a lengthy leg course and a good walk depending on your physical strength; you can enjoy the scenic walk.

After this gathering at Ofuna station, we will first visit the large white Ofuna Kannon statue standing on the hill near Ofuna station. Ofuna Kannon is about 25 meters in height. Its construction started as a protectorate Kannon in 1929 by voluntary initiative, but was temporarily suspended during the chaotic period before and after the Second World War and completed in 1960, 31 years later. There is a memorial monument of victims of the atomic bomb in the precincts, a flame caused by the atomic bombings is still lit up until today, and the stone ground is still kept. Ofuna Kannon is a famous major spot to other countries of Southeast Asia who believe in Buddhism, in particularly Thailand. There are lanterns with multinational names lined up around the area. The white statue is sometimes referred to as Mary Kannon from its appearance and a gentle expression.

After visiting Ofuna Kannon, we head for Enoshima by the Shonan Monorail. From the train window you can enjoy the scenery of Japanese houses built in hilly areas, and Mt. Fuji in the distance if the weather is nice.

After arriving at the Enoshima, we will cross the Enoshima Bentenbashi while viewing the “sea candle” (civilian lighthouse) which reaches 60 meters in height and start walking around Enoshima. According to tradition, Enoshima is said to have originated from the opening of a temple in Enoshima in the time of the Imperial Pathway in 672, and then Kobodaishi in Iowa in 814. The people prayed for a nursing country and built the main shrine in Iwaya. During the Kamakura period, the shogunate followed the Benzaiten. Since then it had become widely believed by the common people. In the Edo period, ordinary people seeking the benefits of the world visited Enoshima to see the god of treasure, god of artisticism, and Benzaiten. Their figures are drawn in many Ukiyo-e prints.

Enoshima Shrine is made up of three shrines (Hetsumiya, Nakatsu Shrine, Okutsu Palace) each of them with a large difference in heights. We are going to visit the three shrines by taking separate set of stairs or a fee-based elevator called Escar, but each shrine has a different spirit with unique buildings and monuments. "chinowa-kuguri" which cleanses the sins and dirt around us, "Queen Wash Dragon King" is said to have good fortune for improving your luck with money, the Nakatsumiya shrine which has a Stone Lantern created by Kabuki Nakamura and donated by Ichimura and the Okutsumiya Palace. We pass by all of these shrines while on the way to Samuel Cocking Botanical Garden and the Enoshima Sea Candle. In the Okutsumiya Palace, there is a restored picture of' Happounirami-no-kame 'Turtle' written by Sakai Houitsu of Edo-rinpa, Enoshima Shrine Ryujin. Then, if you descend down the 200 steps of stairs, you will finally reach the Iwaya marine cavern, and the marine abrasion platform which is the main attraction of this area. The open deck with a total length of 128 meters overlooks the Sagami Bay and allows you to enjoy the clear view of Enoshima. A candle is handed to each person at the entrance of the cave, and you will be overwhelmed by its fantastic scenery. You can see a part of history and culture that Enoshima first hand by walking through various exhibits and feeling atmosphere change in the light and sound around you. The masonry that is placed in the aisle has become a very valuable cultural heritage in historical and folklore sciences.

Please enjoy your time with a local guide when you visit 'Enoshima', rich in natural, historic and scenic spots.

Highlights

・Experience at first hand, the scale of Ofuna Kannon
・Enjoy the scenery from within the Shonan monorail floating above the water
・Landscape view of Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Sky Tree from the Sea Candle Observation Deck
・Local food at Enoshima Shimo streets with souvenir shops and restaurants
・Enjoying Japanese and European flowers and colorful tropical plants in the Samuel Cocking botanical garden
・A scenic view of Sagami Bay and Mt. Fuji from Enoshima Iwaya's marine abrasion platform

Note

・Please join us wearing shoes that are easy to walk in because you will walk the mountain paths.
・Tour duration can be extended at a rate of 5,000 yen per group, per hour, payable in cash.
Hotel pickup will incur an additional fee of ¥5,000 per group (for hotels in Tokyo & Yokohama area).

  Price ¥ 13,000〜(tax included)

¥13,000 for 2 adiults or more
¥16,000 for 1 adult

  Duration 7 hours(approx.)
  Hours of availability

Start Time: 9:00

  Inclusions

・English Guide
・Admission fee
・Round-trip monorail tickets
・Tax

  Exclusions

・Food & Drinks
・Hotel pick up and drop off
・Transportation to the meeting point

  Participants 1~8 people

Meeting Point

Ofuna Stastion (JR Line, ticket gate)

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