Enoshima 江の島

During my yearly trip to Japan, once in a while, Danny Choo‘s boss takes me out to different areas of Japan. This year she took me to Enoshima, which is about 45 miles south west of Tokyo, pass Yokohama, in the Kanagawa Prefecture. To get there you can take the Yokosuka Line (JR) south towards Kamakura Station, then take the local train, Enoshima Electric Railway Line.

Enoshima (江の島?) is a small offshore island, about 4 km in circumference, at the mouth of the Katase River which flows into the Sagami Bay of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Administratively, Enoshima is part of the mainland city of Fujisawa, and is linked to the eponymous Katase section of that city by a 600-metre-long (2,000 ft) bridge. Home to some of the closest sandy beaches to Tokyo and Yokohama, the island and adjacent coastline are the hub of a local resort area.Wikipedia

When you get there, you’ll walk through a small town. Very cute, something you’d see from an Anime. Head towards where the wind is blowing from, and you’ll see a bridge connecting a small island. Prepare to walk up and down lots of stairs. Enoshima is filled with temples, shrines, stairs, and food. Lots of food to replenish your energy.

Walk pass the bridge and you’ll start to smell the ocean, and grilled seafood. Did I mention cats? There are a lot of stray cats hanging out in the island. They’re well behaved too, so well behaved, the restaurants around the area don’t mind them at all. You could be sitting down while eating, and a cat will laydown next to you. That’s a plus if you love cats.

The trip takes up an entire day and can be exhausting because of the stairs. You don’t really need to bring snacks and water, the good ole Japanese vending machines are everywhere. A lot sites to see, shrines to visit, and food to eat in the small town of Enoshima.

A piece from 2014 Japan Trip Day 5