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Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway

Shonan


The isolated island of Enoshima that creates Shonan’s beautiful scenery

Traveling along the ocean from Kamakura toward Shonan you’ll see an island with an observatory at the top. This island is Enoshima, the symbol of the Shonan area. It can be found in the works of the famous Edo period artist Katsushika Hokusai, and is a familiar picturesque scene from ancient times. The island has a circumference of 4km and is 60m high. You can reach the island from the mainland, visiting historical spots such as the Enoshima Shrine, built in the year 552. You can also see the Myo-on Benzaiten, one of Japan’s Three Great Shines of Benzaiten, at this shrine. On the back side of the island you can visit the Enoshima Iwaya Caves that was formed by wave erosion, completing a tour of various cultural sites on this small island.

  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo

If you’re going to Enoshima, be sure to ride the Enoshima Electric Railway

If you’re going to Enoshima, be sure to ride the Enoshima Electric Railway. The two-car local train travels along a 10-kilometer stretch of the ocean, departing from Kamakura Station and stopping at Hase, which houses the Great Buddha of Kamakura, the beaches of Inamuragasaki and Shichirigahama, Enoshima, and finally at Fujisawa. Although the train can be very crowded on the weekends, one of the pleasures of visiting this area is the swaying of the train while you breathe in the salty scent of the ocean. If you want to visit Enoshima, the closest station is Enoshima Station. The island is a 15-minute walk from the station, and it can be reached by land.

  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo

Fancy shops dot the sides of the Enoshima Electric Railway line!

The best way to enjoy a trip on the Enoshima Electric Railway is to get off at various stations. Enjoy a walk on the beach and a rest at a coffee shop in a residential neighborhood. One popular stop on the Enoshima Electric Railway is the kanmidokoro MuShinAn. This is a unique café that is actually right next to the train tracks. A kanmidokoro is a café with a focus on Japanese-style sweets. You can enjoy unique Japanese sweets such as anmitsu, a dessert of jelly cubes topped with sweet bean jam and fruits, and mamekan, jelly cubes topped with sweet beans. At this café you can gaze out on a beautiful Japanese garden while listening to the clickety-clack of the Enoshima Electric Railway. This is the only place where you can find scenery like this.

  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo
  • Enoshima and the Enoshima Electric Railway's photo

For reference

MuShinAn

  • Address
    3-2-13 Yuigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
  • Telephone
    0467-23-0850
  • Open
    10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Closed
    Thursdays

Access

Keikyu Airport Line from Haneda Airport to Shinagawa Station: 25 min.
Keihin-Tohoku Line from Shinagawa Station to Yokohama Station: 30 min.
Yokosuka Line from Yokohama Station to Kamakura Station: 25 min.
Enoshima Electric Railway Line from Kamakura Station to Wadazuka Station: 2 min.
The cafe is adjacent to the station.
Recommended season: Summer

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