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.
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.