Hidden Side of Enoshima Island

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Tour code : 003006E

From JPY 6,000

Tour Operating : Throughout the Year. Please note that the Benten-maru crossing may not operate if weather conditions are not favorable.)

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Learn about the history of Enoshima and its fellow island shrine sites found in other parts of Japan from a friendly local English-speaking guide.

Trip HighLights

  • Afternoon tour to charming area rich in history and fokllore
  • Easy to get to from Tokyo

Quick Itinerary

Day 1

13:30

Katase-Enoshima StationKatase-Enoshima Station
Shopping Street leading to Shrine SitesA fine example of a nakamise – a shopping street in the precincts of a shrine – the rows of merchants selling local specialties and other goods on the old road to the Shinto Shrine island of Enoshima give this street its special character.
Nakatsumiya ShrineColorful Shrine with paintings of flowers and birds as well as handprints from Kabuki actors.
Sea Candle & Samuel Cocking GardenSymbols of Enoshima both old and new. Mr. Cocking was a merchant from London who established botanical gardens here in the 19th Century. The Sea Candle opened in 2002 and can be seen for miles around.
Okutsunomiya ShrineThe oldest of all the shrines on the island. It has a painting of an All Seeing Turtle whose eyes follow you around!
Iwaya CavesA sanctuary through the ages and said to be the birthplace of the Shinto site of Enoshima.
Short Crossing on board the Benten-maru

17:00

Enoshima StationTour ends at Enoshima Station

Sea Candle & Samuel Cocking Garden

Sea Candle & Samuel Cocking Garden

There are great views of Mt. Fuji on clear days from this symbolic Enoshima tower.

The Enoshima Tropical Plants Garden and greenhouse were named after the British merchant who established them in 1880.

Short Crossing on board the Benten-maru

Short Crossing on board the Benten-maru

Yet another institution of the Enoshima area named after that Lucky God, Benzaiten, the Benten-maru boat offers a quick voyage to see the coastal scenery and, on nice days, even Mt. Fuji. The boat can get from the rocky Chigogafuchi viewpoint right back to Bentenbashi Bridge in about six minutes.

What's Included

Entrance Fees
Interpreter Guide

What's Not Included

Lunch and drinks

Access Information

Tour Start Point Katase-Enoshima Station
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point From Tokyo Area:
About 90 minutes from Shinjuku Station.
Change of trains required at Fujisawa Station.
Tour End Point Enoshima Station
Tour End Point Map
Time Required Three Hours and Thirty Minutes (1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
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Shinto Sites on Enoshima Island

Shinto Sites on Enoshima Island

Enoshima island is a part of Japanese mythology. Benzaiten, one of the Seven Lucky Gods in Shintoism is associated with the island. This figure is a fascinating one with origins in the Indian subcontinent. Placenames associated with this kami are everywhere on this little island.

The name Bentenbashi for the bridge linking the island to the mainland comes from her name. Before this bridge was constructed, those wishing to worship at the island could only do so at low tide.

Three sister goddesses are also enshrined on this island and they each have their own dedicated shrine.

Enoshima is a great spot to see some special versions of Shinto shrine structures and objects of worship, for example a Bronze Torii Gateway, unique statues, and halls with fine kachoga artwork of birds and flowers on the ceiling.

Second Torii Gateway with symbols of Benzaiten’s association with music

Second Torii Gateway with symbols of Benzaiten’s association with music

A symbol of the Edo Period (1603 – 1868) and standing very proud and tall, this torii provides a grand welcome for visitors to the shrines.

It shares this striking vermillion color with its sister shrine at Miyajima off the coast of Hiroshima.

Sea Candle & Samuel Cocking Garden

Sea Candle & Samuel Cocking Garden

There are great views of Mt. Fuji on clear days from this symbolic Enoshima tower.

The Enoshima Tropical Plants Garden and greenhouse were named after the British merchant who established them in 1880.

Chigogafuchi

Chigogafuchi

A little rocky corner of the island – it is a favorite spot to spend a few moments admiring the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

Short Crossing on board the Benten-maru

Short Crossing on board the Benten-maru

Yet another institution of the Enoshima area named after that Lucky God, Benzaiten, the Benten-maru boat offers a quick voyage to see the coastal scenery and, on nice days, even Mt. Fuji. The boat can get from the rocky Chigogafuchi viewpoint right back to Bentenbashi Bridge in about six minutes.

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

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