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Enoshima Island: «Sea Candle» and Mt. Fuji on a Sea Day

The sea is not a novelty for Japanese people, it is a necessity. Of course it is a source of bountiful, finger-licking seafood, but most importantly, the sea is a great place to visit in summer!

We went to Enoshima on «Sea Day» (海の日), also known as «Ocean Day» or «Marine Day», read as Umi no Hi in Japanese. Actually, I had never been there before and only knew that it was a rather crowded place, popular with young people.


It turned out to be a very successful one-day trip. Enoshima is a cozy, medium-sized island, providing a gentle sea breeze which cools down the sightseers and the cats!


One of the most popular scenic spots is «Sea Candle», the lighthouse observation tower. It was built in 2003, but not all Japanese people are aware of its existence. «Enoshima Sea Candle» is definitely worth visiting to see the beautiful, 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, Izu Peninsula, Yokohama Landmark Tower and other spots!



Many people also visit the Iwaya-bashi (bridge) area at dawn to take photos and just enjoy the view of the sea and Mountain Fuji. It is an awesome experience!



Advice: In the evening there are many mosquitoes on the island, so be careful and take an insect repellant with you. Also, there are many stairs so if you are with children or elderly people, consider taking the paid escalators.



Address: Kanagawa prefecture, Fujisawa 251-0001

Access: 7 min. walk from Katase-Enoshima st.

Distance from airport: About 55 km from Haneda Airport, 116 km from Narita Airport.

Entrance fee («Sea Candle»): 500 yen for adults, 250 yen for children.

Article by Olga Kaneda

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