On the eastern side of Jogashima island is located the Jogashima Prefectural Park which features beautiful gardens and scenic views. Not too far to the southwest of the park, on the sourthern coast of the island, you will find an impressive piece of rock (Umanose-doumon) with a big hole in it. Starting from this unusual rock formation, one can enjoy walking along the coast all the way to the western side of Jogashima island.
On the western side of Jogashima island is located a beautiful white lighthouse. Designed by a French engineer, it is one of the oldest of western style in Japan. Sadly, the original was damaged during the great Kanto earthquake but was rebuilt in its present form. This side of the island also features a small market street where several restaurants and gift shops are located. The main attraction of Jogashima is without a doubt its beautiful coast. The many visitors who walk or fish on this side of the island are always under the eagle’s watchful eyes.
The Keikyu Misaki Maguro Pass is a special train pass that allows one to travel from Tokyo or Yokohama to the station of Misakiguchi. From there, a bus takes you to the city of Misaki, a village renowned for the quality of its tuna (Maguro), and is located at the southernmost tip of the Miura-hantō peninsula. A meal in one of the many restaurants of Misaki is included in the train pass. All restaurants are specialized in Tuna bowls (Maguro-don) or assortments of seafood on rice (Kaisen-don). When visiting Misaki, one should not miss to visit the market where lots of fish products are sold. The city is also very close to the island of Jogashima, which has a beautiful coastline.
The ticket can be bought from the Keikyu ticket vending stations with have an option to display menus in English.
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
Mitsuike park is located in between Tokyo and Yokohama along the Toyoko line. It is known as being one of the best Ohanami (Cherry blossom viewing) spots of Japan. The name, Mitsuike, means three ponds in Japanese because of the three separate ponds found in the park. It is a great place to relax and disconnect from daily city life.
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.