I can’t believe it. We went to Enoshima tower but I haven’t taken a single photo of the tower itself! Anyway that is not the important point here, the landscape you can observe from the tower is Continue reading Enoshima Tower
A little piece of paradise on earth, that is what is waiting for you on Enoshima island! I think the western side of Enoshima is the nicest: it is more secluded and more tranquil than the east which has a more touristic feeling too it. In contrast, the west side gave me the feeling that time had slowed down. I was also struck by the beauty of Enoshima’s nature. After a long day under the sun, we decided to Continue reading Enoshima’s West Side
Is it your wish to escape the scorching summer heat of Tokyo? Or simply evade the frenetic lifestyle of Japan’s metropolis? Let me tell you a secret: this place is located only about 2 hours from Tokyo, on Enoshima Island! Shhhh, keep it as a secret between you and me but this site also offers a fantastic view on Mount Fuji! Don’t be afraid, get close to the water, in case of trouble, lifeguards are on duty!
The Okutsunomiya shrine is the furthest of the three shrines on Enoshima island (the other two are Nakatsunomiya and Hetsunomiya) and is easily identified by the large turtle painting on the ceiling of the shrine and its mean-looking dragon protecting a small altar curved in the rock. The Okutsunomiya shrine is in a more secluded part of the island in comparison to the two others and this way, offers a more “zen” setting.
The Enoshima Shrine consists of three shrines located across Enoshima island. The Hetsunomiya shrine is the one closest to the footbridge by which one can access Enoshima island. The shrine is located several stairways above the main street. After climbing the many stairs, visitors arrive to the blessing circle. By walking through the circle three times, the pilgrim will be blessed with good health. Also, a small pond is located on-site where coins may be washed before attempting to throw them into an offering box; a nice way to rid yourself of your impurities and test your luck! The other two shrines are Nakatsunomiya and Okutsunomiya.
The island of Enoshima makes a perfect day-trip from Tokyo and will give you a glimpse of the Japanese beach culture. From the Enoshima train station, a short walk leads to the pedestrian bridge which most visitors cross to visit the island. The bridge is an excellent location from which to take photos of the island. It is also a good occasion to study the current Japanese beach fashion of the moment. From the bridge, you can see some of the major attractions of the island including the Enoshima tower, the Enoshima island spa and some buildings part of the Enoshima shrine, partly hiding under the dense vegetation.
The Minato Mirai, translated “port of the future” in English, is an urban development project built on reclaimed land near the original city centers of Yokohama. Its landscape is indeed futuristic Continue reading Yokohama Waterfront, Minato Mirai