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August 22, 2018

2020 On the Way: Enoshima

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Further Info

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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

Others

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

Reporter

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Michael Keida

Nationality:
USA
Occupation:
Farmer/Model/Actor
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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