This small island off the coast of Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, is only about 4 kilometres in circumference and is accessible via a bridge connecting it to the mainland. Enoshima is a beautiful island divided into two parts: the yacht harbour and the forested hill, both of which can only be explored by walking and using paid escalators.

There are plenty of things to do on Enoshima. It is a great place to spend the day, especially during the warmer seasons. The origin of the island goes back to the 1100s when Minamoto no Yoritomo, the Kamakura Shogunate founder, built a shrine there to pray for battle victories.

The island is now known for its beach area and its lighthouse, which are major attractions for tourists. During the Edo Period, Enoshima was a popular pilgrimage destination. The island is said to have many myths and legends about its history, but it is best to experience Enoshima for yourself and discover its secrets. Whether you want to immerse yourself in nature, visit the shrines, explore the caves, or see the lighthouse, there is so much to see and do in Enoshima.

Things to Do in Enoshima

Enoshima Sea Candle

Enoshima Sea Candle

One of the most iconic landmarks on Enoshima Island is the observation tower, the Sea Candle. This lighthouse, over 100 years old, remains a beautiful piece of history. If you head to the top of the tower, you can get a 360-degree view of Enoshima, the ocean, the neighbouring seaside towns, and Mount Fuji. The lighthouse is 60 metres high and is located at the tallest part of the island. It has both an indoor and outdoor observation area. The indoor one has binoculars for viewing the landscape or cityscape, and the outdoor one is on the highest level, offering a breathtaking view of everything.

 Address: 2 Chome-3-28 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036 

Hours: 9:00 AM- 8:00 PM

Tickets: Adults- 500 yen (Group fee- 450 yen), Children- 250 yen (Group fee- 230 yen)

Iwaya Caves

Enoshima Iwaya Caves

Formed by tidal erosion, these caves are a magnificent site and the number one religious spot on Enoshima. There are two caves underneath the island, one 152 metres deep and the other 56 metres deep. These caves were sacred sites for the Benzaiten faith but are now more of a tourist attraction. The caves are divided into two sections: cave one splits into a left and right side. The right side leads to the Enoshima Shrine, and the left side is said to go to the Narusawa ice cave of Mount Fuji. Inside the cave, there are stone statues and hanging images donated by pilgrims because of the caves’ spiritual significance.

 Address: 2 Chome Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036 

 Hours: 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Tickets: Adults- 500 yen, Children- 200 yen

Enoshima Island Spa

Enoshima Island Spa

Whether you want an all-day spa experience or just a time of relaxation after a long day of exploring, the Enoshima Island Spa is a great place to visit. This high-quality spa offers a relaxing swim, massages, saunas, good food, and more. The spa features a treatment room with essential oils and hot rocks, a massage room for full-body treatments, and various plans for different types of massages. The facility includes two restaurants and cafes, a cave with a waterfall and pool inspired by the Iwaya Caves, ten pools and public baths, a sauna, and a rooftop observatory.

Address: 〒251-0036 Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Enoshima, 2 Chome−1−6 江の島アイランドスパENOSPA

Hours: 7:00 AM- 9:00 PM

Enoshima Aquarium

Enoshima Aquarium

When visiting Enoshima, it makes sense to check out the marine life around the island. Enoshima Aquarium has fourteen different exhibits, starting with Sagami Bay, known for its immense array of marine life. The aquarium features jellyfish, otters, penguins, seals, sea turtles, and more. There is also a touch pool where you can interact with the animals and learn about them. The aquarium hosts five different shows or performances with the animals and four interactive programs. Visitors can watch a professional play, interact with marine life, or even feed them. Multiple gift shops and cafes are available, including animal-specific gift shops.

Address: 2 Chome-19-1 Katasekaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0035

Hours: 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

General Admission: Adults- 2,500 yen, High School Students- 1,700 yen, Junior High and Elementary School- 1,200 yen, Children 3+- 800 yen, Under 3- Free

Enoshima Shrine

Enoshima Shrine

Made up of three shrines, Hetsumiya, Nakatsumiya, and Okutsumiya, they are collectively known as Enoshima Shrine. Built in 552 upon the instruction of Emperor Kinmei, the Shinto Shrine was established when people supposedly worshipped a god in the Iwaya Caves. This god is said to be the guardian of marine and land transport and fishing, also granting good luck and success. The shrines were common places for samurais to visit to obtain good luck before their battles. Each shrine is beautiful and distinct, with different colours, layouts, and looks. Make sure to stop by each one to receive all the blessings from Enoshima Shrine.

Address: 2 Chome-3-8 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036

Hours: Open 24 hours

Ryuren Bell of Love

Enoshima Ryuren Bell of Love

This legendary spot on a hilltop above Cave 2 is not only known for its beautiful view of Sagami Bay. The legend of “The Maiden and the Five-Headed Dragon” is the biggest reason many couples visit this spot. The legend states that an evil dragon who lived in the sea fell in love with a woman and changed his evil ways to be with her. Couples come here to ring the bell and wish never to break up. Behind the bell is a fence where many couples write their names on a padlock and lock it on the fence. Shops near the bell sell padlocks to ensure couples can complete the ritual and secure their love.

Address: 2 Chome-5 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036

Hours: Open 24 hours

Nakamise Street

Enoshima Nakamise Street

Nakamise Street is the main street on Enoshima Island, leading directly to the Hetsunomiya Shrine. It is usually the busiest spot on the island due to the number of shops, restaurants, and ryokans lining the street. After crossing the bridge to enter Enoshima Island, you are greeted by a green bronze torii gate, marking the entrance to Nakamise Street. There are many souvenir and miscellaneous shops, as well as street food vendors. Specialities include whitebait and turban shell seafood. There is also a small alley before the Iwamotoro Hotel that leads to Nishiura Cove, a quaint area to escape the bustling Nakamise Street.

Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau

Enoshima Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau

While not a proper beach, this plateau has its own charm and beauty. It is a flat rock area where the water flows, making it a great fishing spot and the perfect place to watch the sunset and Mount Fuji. The marine plateau is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Bring your camera or phone, as it is very photogenic. It is a nice spot to wind down after a long day, watching and listening to the ocean. Whether you are alone, with a significant other, friends, or family, the plateau can accommodate anyone at any time of day or night.

Samuel Cocking Garden

Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden

This 10,000 square metre botanical garden on Enoshima Island is also the site of the Sea Candle. Completed in 1862 by Samuel Cocking, the garden has Japanese and European influences. The garden can be enjoyed year-round but is especially beautiful during the winter months when it is lit up with illumination. The garden features a variety of seasonal plants throughout the year and certain flowers that are present all year. Although it was destroyed during the Great Kanto Earthquake, the garden was rebuilt and is still preserved.

Address: 2 Chome-3-28 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036

Hours: 9:00 AM- 8:00 PM

Katase Higashihama Beach

Enoshima Katase Higashihama Beach

Although not located on Enoshima proper, Katase Higashihama Beach is right on the other side of the bridge, looking out at Enoshima. It is one of the most popular swimming beaches in the city. Known among Tokyo locals as one of the best beaches near the city, it has been a popular destination since the Meiji Era. Whether you are about to enter Enoshima or just finished a day trip, Katase Higashihama Beach is a wonderful place to unwind, swim, catch some sun, watch the sunset, or take in the views. You can see Enoshima Island, Mount Fuji, and the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. This large sandy beach is great for families with children and people of all ages.

Address: 1 Chome-15-1 Katasekaigan

Hours: Swimming is allowed from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Enoshima Yacht Harbor

Enoshima Yacht Harbor

The Enoshima Yacht Harbor was originally built in 1964 for the Tokyo Olympics as a yachting venue. Recently, a new yacht clubhouse was constructed, further promoting yachting as a popular activity in Japan. The harbour houses about 1,000 yachts, and next to it lies a fishing port, which is popular among sea fishers. Visitors can explore a marine shop for souvenirs, watch yacht racing on the weekends, climb the excavation tower, and enjoy a café next to the port. Enoshima Yacht Harbor is a beautiful spot to explore, offering insights into the various boats moored there and a chance to see the historic Olympic venue.

Address: 〒251-0036 Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Enoshima, 1 Chome−12−2 江の島ヨットハーバー

Hours: Wednesday- Monday 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM, Closed Tuesday 

Top Restaurants in Enoshima

Garb Enoshima

Garb Enoshima

Garb Enoshima features a vast menu, multilevel seating, and a rooftop area with stunning views. The restaurant serves delicious seafood, pizza, and BBQ. Depending on the level where you choose to be seated, you’ll experience a different atmosphere. The ingredients, including vegetables and fish, are sourced locally and changed seasonally.

The rooftop BBQ can be reserved in advance, offering different meat sets based on the number of people. This restaurant is perfect for any time of day and accommodates groups of all sizes, making it ideal for families or even weddings. With a great view and naturally delicious food, Garb Enoshima is a must-visit while in Enoshima.

Address: 〒251-0035 Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Katasekaigan, 2 Chome−17−23 THE BEACH HOUSE 2F

Hours: Monday- Friday 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM; 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM- 10:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM- 9:00 PM

Miami Kaishin

Enoshima Miami Kaishin

Miami Kaishin is the perfect place to enjoy Enoshima’s specialty: fresh and delicious whitebait. Alongside whitebait, the restaurant serves a variety of other seafood dishes like bluefin tuna, shirasu, and squid. The dishes, mostly served raw, highlight the freshness of the locally caught fish. If you’re craving seafood and want to try the island’s signature dish, Miami Kaishin is the place to visit.

Address: 2 Chome-17-21 Katasekaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0035

Hours: 11:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Lon Cafe

Enoshima Lon Cafe

Whether you arrive at Enoshima early and need breakfast or crave French toast midday, Lon Cafe offers a variety of delicious options. The cafe provides stunning terrace views overlooking Sagami Bay and is located inside Samuel Cocking Garden, surrounded by beautiful greenery. The Shonan-style menu includes sweet and savoury French toast, sandwiches, and soft-serve ice cream. They also serve a variety of coffee, tea, and alcohol.

Address: 1 Chome-22-12 Kamimeguro, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0051

Hours: Monday- Friday 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM, Saturday- Sunday 11:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Enoshima Koya

Enoshima Koya

Enoshima Koya is a quaint seafood restaurant known for serving same-day caught fish. Popular among locals and tourists, the restaurant’s dishes have been featured in magazines and on TV shows. The “Koya no Makanaidon,” a fresh fish rice bowl with miso soup, is a highlight. The menu includes various fresh fish rice bowls, ensuring a delicious experience no matter which dish you choose.

Address: 2 Chome-20-12 Katasekaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0035

Hours: 8:00 AM- 7:00 PM


Enoshima Tobiccho

Tobiccho is renowned for its rice bowls, offering a wide variety of fish and toppings. The dishes are beautifully presented and delicious, with set meals available to try more than just the rice bowls. The extensive side menu provides endless options to pair with your rice bowl. Tobiccho also offers takeout, perfect for those wanting to continue exploring Enoshima.

Address: 1 Chome-6-7 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036

Hours: Monday- Friday 11:00 AM- 9:30 PM, Saturday- Sunday 11:00 AM- 10:00 PM

Aloha Table Shonan

Enoshima Aloha Table Shonan

Aloha Table Shonan serves authentic Hawaiian cuisine in a charming atmosphere. The menu includes acai bowls, poke, grilled shrimp, mochiko fried chicken, and more, all made with local ingredients. The restaurant offers a delightful fusion of Hawaiian and Japanese flavours, complemented by Kona beer and views of the Enoshima coast. With friendly staff and a great ambiance, Aloha Table Shonan is a fantastic spot to visit on the island.

Address: 2 Chome-17-17 Katasekaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0035

Hours: Monday- Friday 10:00 AM- 8:00 PM, Saturday- Sunday 10:00 AM- 9:00 PM

Bar D

Enoshima Bar d

Bar D provides a relaxing environment for a drink after a day of exploring Enoshima. Located directly across the bridge on the mainland, this bar is popular for its proximity to the station. Bar D offers an impressive selection of liquor and specialises in whiskey and cocktails. Although the bar doesn’t have a formal menu, the skilled bartenders can make any drink you desire. They also serve snacks and sweets to complement your drinks.

Address: 2 Chome-8-15 Katasekaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0035

Hours: Thursday- Tuesday 3:00 PM- 12:00 AM, Closed Wednesday


Enoshima Zanmai

For a break from seafood, visit Zanmai, a popular yakiniku restaurant. Enjoy grilling your own food, whether it’s wagyu, pork, or chicken, cooked to your preference. The menu also includes rice, soup, salad, and a variety of alcoholic beverages. Loved by locals and tourists alike, Zanmai is a great spot for those craving delicious grilled meat.

Address: 3 Chome-17-25 Katase, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0032

Hours: Monday- Tuesday and Thursday- Friday 5:00 PM- 10:30 PM, Saturday- Sunday 4:00 PM- 10:30 PM, Closed Wednesday


Enoshima Umihanatei

Umihanatei is another favourite for its shirasu-don, rice topped with sardines. The restaurant offers sardines prepared in various ways: raw, grilled, kettle-cooked, or fried. The menu also includes a variety of fresh seafood like turban shell, squid, and clams. Enjoy your meal in a traditional Japanese room with tatami floors for an authentic dining experience.

Address: 2 Chome-4 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036

Hours: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Tousha Coffee and Teishoku

Enoshima Tousha Coffee and Teishoku

Tousha Coffee and Teishoku is a casual restaurant serving set meals and a variety of Japanese dishes at affordable prices. Known as a Syokudo and Teishoku restaurant, it is ideal for a quick, healthy meal. The menu includes different dishes for various times of the day, including sweets. The relaxed atmosphere makes it a great choice for any meal during your time on Enoshima.

Address: 2 Chome-6-10 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036

Hours: Saturday- Thursday 11:30 AM- 6:00 PM

Diego by the River

Enoshima Diego by the River

Diego by the River offers a diverse menu, including burritos, burgers, pasta, vegan options, pizza, and falafels. This quaint restaurant provides a taste of home while travelling in Japan. Located by the river, it offers beautiful views of Enoshima. Diego by the River is not on Enoshima Island but right across the bridge, making it easily accessible.

Address: 〒251-0035 Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Katasekaigan, 1 Chome, 13−8 2F

Hours: Monday and Wednesday- Friday 11:00 AM- 9:00 PM, Saturday- Sunday 10:00 AM- 9:00 PM, Closed Tuesday

Enoshima Treasure Cafe

Enoshima Treasure Cafe

Enoshima Treasure Cafe offers a unique dining experience with a treasure-hunting theme. Receive a treasure map and embark on a quest to find hidden treasures around Enoshima Island. The cafe serves a variety of dishes, including curry, pasta, and chicken, making it a fun and delicious dining option.

Address:  〒251-0036 Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Enoshima, 1 Chome−3−8 江の島ホテル 1階

Hours: Monday- Tuesday, Thursday- Friday 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM, Wednesday 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM, Saturday- Sunday 10:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Recommended Accommodations in Enoshima

Enoshima Hotel

Enoshima Enoshima Hotel

The Enoshima Hotel boasts a highly-rated spa, which offers discounts to hotel guests. The rooms overlook Sagami Bay and feature a mix of Japanese and modern decor. The hotel provides free WiFi, a TV, bathroom amenities, coffee, a kettle, and a fridge. Guests can enjoy the Water Pearl Show, a beautiful art display using water, lights, and fog. The hotel also has a café and restaurants serving Italian, American, Japanese, and ramen dishes. It is a 14-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Station, 16 minutes from Enoshima Station, and about 20 minutes from Koshigoe Station.

Address: 2-1-6 Enoshima, Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture 251-0036

Iwamotoro Honkan (3 Stars)

Enoshima Iwamotoro Honkan (3_)

This inn has been around since the Kamakura Period and is proud of the sustainability and history that it shows. They have the hot springs in the cave and the Roman bath that existed in the Showa Period, this inn is still here to tell the story of the island and where it came from. It is a quaint and beautiful place to stay, especially if you’re interested in learning more about the island.

In these traditionally styled rooms, you can get a beautiful view of the ocean and Mount Fuji, and they have bathroom amenities and sleepwear for guests. They have many different menu items for the restaurant at the inn, and many different courses to choose from, but this restaurant specializes in making food that is unique to the island. It is a 12-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Station, 15-minute walk from Enoshima Station, and a 20-minute walk from Koshigoe Station.

Address: 2 Chome-2-7 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036

Oryori Ryokan Ebisuya (3 Stars)

Enoshima Oryori Ryokan Ebisuya (3_)

This simple hotel is here to give you a nice, comfortable stay while on the island, with no fancy frills. With some traditional Japanese-style rooms and some Western-style rooms, you can decide what kind of environment you want to stay in. They have a large public bath, a mini museum exhibit, a lounging area, access to a small cave, a kid’s play area, and a large sotetsu in a garden.

The hotel’s restaurant serves food all day, using local speciality dishes for breakfast and dinner, with a wide array of seafood and some meat dishes. They have set meals to get the most amount of food for what you pay. It is a 14-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Station, 15 minutes from Enoshima Station, and 20 minutes from Koshigoe Station.

Address: 〒251-0036 Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Enoshima, 1 Chome−4−16 御料理 旅館 惠比壽屋

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Enoshima Living

Enoshima Enoshima Living

This inn is all about allowing your body to relax by the sea, it has a sauna for both your mind and body to relax in. It is only a minute’s walk to the beach, and they even have a surfboard rack if you are planning on going or learning to surfboard. The rooms are set up in dormitory style, so you can room with multiple people, but they also have private rooms here as well.

There is a shared kitchen that can be used by anyone, with microwaves, fridges, kettles, pots, and anything you might need. There is also free wifi, bathroom amenities, hangers, power supply, and more. It is a 15-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Station, a 17-minute walk from Enoshima Station, and 2o minutes from Koshigoe Station.

Address: 1 Chome-8-5 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036

Explore and Enjoy Enoshima Island

Enoshima Island is a beautiful place to go for a little day trip, spend a couple of days, or even stay there for an extended amount of time. There is so much to do and see on this packed island, full of culture, history, and attractions. Walk around or pay for the moving transport to explore everything from the shrines to the underground caves and up to the lighthouse observatory. Learn about the island while you discover new parts and enjoy the shows and attractions all across Enoshima.

Immerse yourself in the culture of the island by enjoying the local food as well, like the freshly caught seafood, especially the whitebait. There are a number of different restaurants and street food that sell all different kinds of food, from Japanese to Italian and Hawaiian. Enoshima Island is great at any time of year, and it isn’t too far from Tokyo so you can spend some time in both cities if you want to experience both the city and nature of Japan.

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