Stroll along Enoshima Island and get a glimpse of Mount Fuji

Heading toward Enoshima

Heading toward Enoshima on the Sagami coastline

Bridge connecting to Enoshima

Bridge connecting to Enoshima

Mt. Fuji from the Enoshima Bridge

Mt. Fuji from the Enoshima Bridge

bronze torii gate

A bronze torii gate at a entrance of a shrine approach with many hotels, restaurants, and shops

Ebisuya Ryokan

Ebisuya Ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel) founded in Keicho Period (1596 – 1615.) The sign reads, fabulous ocean view with fresh seafood cuisine from Yen 13,650 (with dinner and breakfast per person)

vermillion torii gate

A vermillion painted torii gate leading to the Enoshima Shrine

Enoshima is a small island (approx. 4 km in circumference) on the coast of Sagami Bay about 50 km southwest of Tokyo, known as the center of the Shonan resort area. The island is linked with the mainland by a 600 meter long bridge accessible by foot or by car. Going up the hill of the island, the goddess of music and entertainment, Benzaiten, is enshrined. The island in its entirety is dedicated to the goddess, who is said to have made it rise from the bottom of the sea in sixth century.

Mt. Fuji from Enoshima

Mount Fuji from Enoshima Island

Just about another 50 km is the Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan (3,776 meters high.) The spectacular view of Mount Fuji from this area must have been quite a sight in the Edo Period (1603 – 1867) as we can see in Katsushika Hokusai’s (1760–1849) print from the series, “Thirty six Views of Mount Fuji.” Lot have changed since, but the location is still popular for its beaches and scenery among the locals and for the tourists.

Katsushika Hokusai's print

Katsushika Hokusai’s print of Enoshima from the series “Thirty six Views of Mount Fuji.”


 

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