August 22, 2018

2020 On the Way: Enoshima


The island of Enoshima will host sailing in the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. A scenic getaway since long ago, Enoshima is a great place to get away from the city, relax, and enjoy some marine activities. Today, a look at this unique island.



Asahi Honten A tako-senbei (octopus cracker) shop on the road to Enoshima Shrine. Two to three octopuses are crushed under one ton of pressure and fried to create these crispy, popular treats.


Enoshima Shrine This shrine was founded some 1,500 years ago, and is made up of three halls called Hetsunomiya, Nakatsunomiya and Okutsunomiya.


Iwaya In the 6th century, the Emperor ordered that Shinto deities be worshipped in this cave, which served to start Enoshima Shrine.


Uomi-tei This restaurant with spectacular views has been in business for 140 years. Offers fresh shirasu (whitebait) over rice and other dishes that proudly offer the taste of the sea.


Enoshima Aquarium A giant aquarium that hosts sea life from Sagami Bay, including 14 types of jellyfish, which are especially popular. Is also notable for being the first aquarium to breed shirasu, a kind of whitebait, in captivity.


Enoshima Island Spa A spa on Enoshima that uses natural hot spring water from 1,500 meters below the ground. Also offers an open-air pool, beauty salon, restaurant and more.

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1) Asahi Honten
Address: 2-3-28 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken
2) Enoshima Shrine
Address: 2-3-8 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken
3) Iwaya
Address: Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken
4) Uomi-tei
Address: 2-5-7 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken
5) Enoshima Aquarium
Address: 2-19-1 Katasekaigan, Fujiwara-shi, Kanagawa-ken
6) Enoshima Island Spa
Address: 2-1-6 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken


Kinokuniya Honten (Ice cream-filled monaka)
Address: 2-1-12 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Enoshima Yacht Harbor
Address: 1-12-2 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken
IZA Enoshima Guest House & Bar
Address: 1-11-31 Kagasekaigan, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken


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Michael Keida

When did you first come to Japan?:
2007 (9 years)
Reason for coming to Japan:
I first came to Japan for one year before returning to America for graduate school. After arriving by chance in a cozy beach town an hour outside of Tokyo, I had finally found my home. Japan has taught me patience, appreciation for simplicity, and how to be a kid again.
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