Saturday, August 25, 2012

Enoshima Island : Beach with Variety of Water Sports and Attractions



Enoshima is a small island, about 4 km in circumference, at the mouth of the Katase River, which flows into Sagami Bay in Japan. Benzaiten, the goddess of music and entertainment, is enshrined on the island. 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. Enoshima was the Olympic harbour for the 1964 Summer Olympics. Enoshima is now the centre of Shōnan, a resort area along the coast of Sagami Bay. Adjacent to some of the closest beaches to Tokyo and Yokohama, the island and the nearby coast are the hub of a local resort area. 

Enoshima Aquarium 


 
Enoshima Aquarium educates and entertains upon the aquatic life of the Sagami Bay and the Pacific There are many highlights, such as the "Big Sagami Bay Tank," in which a school (about 8,000) of sardines swim and undulate, the "Deep-sea Corner," which is making the first attempt in Japan to breed deep-sea creatures over a long period, and the entertaining shows staged by dolphins and whales. 
Fee: 
Adult 2000Yen, high school student :1500Yen, Elementary: 1000Yen, Child(3Yers above):600
Working time : 9AM - 6PM
Access
3-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
10-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 

URL: Enoshima Aquarium


Enoshima Benten Bashi 

 
Enoshima Benten Bashi Bridge was built in 1891. This is a wooden bridge of 389m in length. Befor e this bridge was constructed people used boats or piggyback styled manpower to cross between Kastase beach and Enoshima Island when the high tides occurred. 

Enoshima Yacht Harbour 


 
Enoshima Yacht Harbour is the first athletic Yacht harbour in Japan and was built for the 18th Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964. Around 1000 yachts are moored here and the harbour is alive with people who enjoy sailing . There are also other facilities like `Turban Shell Island, Tide Pool and more at the and along with these visitors can also enjoy the sight of the sailing yachts and atmosphere of the harbour. 

Access
15-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
20-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 

Bronze Torii Gate 


The bronze Torii Gate that stands at the entrance of the Enoshima was rebuilt in 1821.It is designated as the cultural asset of Fujisawa City. The names of many donors are written on both sides of the columns and this provides an insight into the extent of people`s faith in religion during the Edo Period.The God of Enoshima is drawn on the table t of the Torii. The entry through this gate takes the visitors to a busy shopping street that ends up at the steps of the Shrine. 


Grave of Kengyo Sugiyama 


The grave of Kengyo Sugiyama is a common place of visit here. Kengyo Sugiyama , whose real name was Waichi Sugiyama was a famous acupuncturist of the Edo Period(1603-1867). He acquired a high position when he was able to cure the 5th Edo Period Shogun, Tsunayoshi Tokugawa, from his illness. It is said that his techniques were given to him by Benzaiten. He donated a three-storied Pagoda to express his gratitude to the Goddess. He is known to be connected with the Goddess. 

Fukuishi 

Fukuishi , or the Lucky stone , as it is called soon after W aichi who happened to be blind had tripped over this stone he found a bamboo rode with a pine needle inside. It inspired his acupunture technique and brought him success. It is said that if you find something around this stone, you will have good luck. That is why this stone is called Fukushi Lucky stone 

Enoshima Shrine, Hetsunomiya 

 
This shrine actually consists of three separate shrines, Hetsuno-miya, Nakatsuno-miya and Okutsuno-miya . Each shrine is dedicated to one of the Goddesses of the Sea. The main shrine Hetsunomiya enshrined Tagitsu-hime-no-mikoto .This majestic building was built in 1206 by a Buddhist monk , Ryoshin, and rebuilt in 1976. 

Enoshima Shrine, Nakatsunamiya 


The shrine which enshrines Ichikishima-hime-no-mikoto, was built by Saint Jikaku in 853. It was rebuilt in 1689, and the present building completed its remoulding in 1996. Visitors will find many stone lanterns donated by Kabukiactors on the grounds which indicate the prosperity of the pilgrimage to Enoshima in these days. 
Access 
15-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
20-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 

Enoshima Shrine, Okutsunomiya/Happo Nirami no Kame 


Okutsunomiya which enshrines Tagirihime-no-mikoto and used to be called Otabisho, was the place where the Goddess resided to avoid the heat during the summer. On the ceiling of the Shrine gate you can find the picture of the Happo Nirami no Kame ( Turtle glaring in all directions). It is a masterpiece of Hoichi Sakai , artist of the Edo Period, and a curious art worker as it seems like the Turtle is always looking at you , no matter from which ever direction you watch it. 
Access
30-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
35-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 

Enoshima Benzaiten 

Enoshima Benzaiten is one of the three major Benzaiten statues in Japan .She is also popular as the only women among the `Seven Gods of Good Fortune`. People enshrined the eight-armed Benzaiten statue to pray for the victories in the battles during the Kamakura Period( 1192-1333). During the Edo Period(1603-1867), they changed the virtue of the Benzaiten and started to enshrine the two armed Benzaiten statue to pray for the improvements in artistic and musical skills. 
Access
15-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
20-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 

Kodama Shrine and Shinpei Goto Stone Monument  


Gentaro Kodama (1852-1906) who was the Viceroy of Taiwan and steered Japan to victory in the Russo- Japanese War, was established here in 1921, and people have prayed here for victories in battle ever since. This building was built of Hinoki , which was a gift from Taiwan.The Torii gate and t Komainu ( statues of the guardian dogs)were made from stones brought from Taiwan. There is a stone monument with a poem inscribed by Aritomo Yamagata (Soldier, politician) and stone from Mt.Nirei (a famous battlefield in China) on the grounds. Shinpei Goto Stone is alos found here . Shinpei Goto was a civil administrator of Gentaro Kodama whi worked in Taiwan. 
Access
15-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
20-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 

Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden  


Samuel Cocking Garden also known as Enoshima Tropical Plants Garden, is a small botanical garden on the small island of Enoshima .The garden was constructed with the theme of internationalism in relation to Mr. Cocking who built a private garden during the Meji Period (1868-1912). It featured a greenhouse (660 m²) in which he collected tropical plants. This original greenhouse was destroyed in the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake. In 2002, during reconstruction work, its brick foundation and original heating plant and boiler were discovered. In April 2003, a restored greenhouse was opened as part of the new garden. 
Access
20-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
25-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 

Enoshima Sea Candle (Observation Lighthouse) 


 
Visitors get a delightful 360- degree panoramic view of the island to the South, Mt Fuji to the West and the Miura Peninsula to the East from the observation tower which is 59.8 m high, 119.6 m above sea level. After the sunset the tower is a cascade of different colours and this is a fantastic sight for the visitors. 
Access
In the "Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden" 20-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
25-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 

Enoshima Daishi 

This is a branch temple of Koya-san Saifuku-ji in Kagoshima. Akafudo , a red faced statue in the main hall is about 6m high. Some beautiful chinese, embroidered works of the Buddhist art are on exhibit here. 

Access
20-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
25-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 

Ryuren no Kane 


Ryuren no Kane , is also known as the Bell of Dragon`s Love and was built in the honor of the legend of a heavenly maiden and a dragon with five heads in Enoshima Engi(Legend of Enoshima). Many people visit here to ring the bell and pray for eternal love. 
Access
25-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
30-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 

Chigogafuchi 



Chigogafuchi was named in relation to the story that Shiragiku, who was a servant (Chigo) of Sojo-in (temple) killed himself by jumping into his abyss. The evening glow from here on a clear day is beautiful and has been designated as one of the fifteen selected scenic places of Kanagawa prefecture. 

Access
30-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
35-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 

Enoshima Iwaya Cave 

 
Enoshima Iwaya Cave eroded by the constant waves for a long period is composed of two caves. In the cave ,the Japanese print , Ukiyoe, of Enoshima and the objet d` art of the dragon in the legend among the others are displayed withearthly music and light. 
Access
130-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
35-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 

Jakko –san Ryuko-ji 

Jakko-san Ryuko-ji is the one and only holy HONZAN (Main Temple) in the Nichiren Sect.
This was built in 1337 by Nippo-Shonin at the site of TATSUNOKUCHI execution place, which is the most well-known among Nichiren-Shonin's four difficult times (YONDAI HONAN). At the rear , visitors can spot a five storied Pagoda rising up into the air .This is the GOJU-NO-TO . There are many fascinating buildings to see like BUSSHARITO(white stupa where the bones of Buddha are enshrined), Shoro-do (Bell Tower with the `bell of longevity) and more. 
Access
7-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Sta. (Odakyu train line)
3-minute walk from Shonan-Enoshima Sta. (Shonan Monorail line) 


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