Enoshima is a very small tourist island west of the coastal town of Kamakura and just about an hour south of Tokyo.Generally people take the Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass and try to rush in both the places in a day.But we were only interested to have a casual fun day at the beach 🙂 It took us around 70 mins to reach the Katase Enoshima station after a transfer at the Fujisawa station from Shinjuku.As we followed the crowd from the station towards the beach…we saw many small shops lining the street with colourful beach play items…surf boards…mats…camping tents..and also some local snacks that seemed like smoked salted fish of different kinds.As it was around 12.30pm when we reached Enoshima,we decided to finish off with lunch first and then freely enjoy the beach.Luckily we came across an Indian restaurant !After the filling lunch we walked towards the beach.It has black sand and seemed not so clean mostly due to the crowd,being the peak ‘Golden Week’ season.Anywas we found ourselves a nice spot to settle down and enjoyed these lovely views around 🙂 🙂
And feeling the ripples…..
After a good 2 hrs at the beach we headed for the observatory..The street was really crowded with people having to stop many a times but as is characteristic of Japanese people…all was smooth and in order 🙂 We had to enter the Enoshima Shrine Tori Gate and then take the detour through some parks and paid elevators to reach the observatory.
The view from the parks enroute..
There was a long queue for the final elevator for the top of the observatory and when we finally reached there,we found it was too windy to stand without holding onto the railings ! The heavy wind accentuated the thrill of the breathtaking views further ! 🙂 🙂
We then moved on downhill towards the Enoshima Shrine with the observatory now behind us..
The Enoshima Shrine is a colllection of several shrines found around the island and dedicated to Benten, a popular goddess of good fortune, wealth, music and knowledge. Benten is believed to have created Enoshima before subduing a five headed dragon that had been terrorizing the area.
And then the way back to the station through these colourful streets…
With the blessings of the omnipresent Lord… 🙂 🙂