If you want to enjoy “real summer” feeling close to Tokyo, Enoshima island is one of the best place to go! Enoshima is a small island at the mouth of the Sakai River that flows into Sagami Bay. The place is located about 1hour and half by train to southern part from central Tokyo. The island is approximately four kilometers, and it is linked with the opposite shore of Katase by the 600-meter-long Enoshima-ohashi Bridge.
If you have crossed the bridge, you will see some souvenir shops, hotels, cafes, and traditional restaurants on the approach to Enoshima-jinja Shrine. Enoshima-jinja Shrine was originally a tutelary shrine where the three goddesses of land, sea transport, and fisheries were enshrined in 552. Hadaka-Benten, or the naked goddess of entertainment in the shrine is one of the three most famous goddesses in Japan. In the Edo Period, the shrine was crowded with worshippers, as Enoshima Benzaiten had a number of believers at that time. Still today, of course, a number of celebrities visit the shrine to wish for success.
There are also some other tourist stuffs on Enoshima Island include the Enoshima Samuel Cocking garden, the Enoshima Sea Candle, the yacht harbor, and a cave called Enoshima Iwaya, created by approximately 6,000 years of sea Erosion.
Katase-Kaiganon the opposite shore has developed as the gateway town to Enoshima-jinja Shrine. This is the nearest beach to the metropolitan area and becomes very busy with many visitors every summer. You might have new meeting with some nice guys! You will never get bored, and for sure you enjoy great summer in Enoshima! Please check it out!