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Miami Beach and Samuel Cocking Garden in Enoshima

You don’t need to go to the US to visit Miami Beach – just head to Enoshima. This island will provide you a perfect marine climate and incredible summer memories.

Miami Beach EnoshimaFujisawa City in Kanagawa Prefecture, where Enoshima Island is located, is sometimes called the Miami of the East. In March 1959 it was officially named by Fujisawa City Council as a sister city of Miami.

Although not as beautiful as the real one, Miami Beach of Japan is also great!Samuel Cocking EnoshimaSamuel Cocking Garden (Enoshima Tropical Plant Garden) in Enoshima can offer you beautiful views in any season. There are a lot of flower festivals held throughout the year, including the Rose festival. In summer, however, there are mostly rather humble flowers to appreciate: Marigolds, Verbena, Petunia, San Patience etc.

Miami Beach EnoshimaMiami Beach EnoshimaSamuel Cocking was an Irish-born British merchant who arrived in Yokohama in 1869, shortly after the “Opening of Japan”.

There is actually not much left of the original greenhouse that Cocking planted in Meiji Era, although it covered 660 m². After the Great Kanto Earthquake there were no traces left. In 2002, when reconstruction work began some parts of the greenhouse were discovered. The greenhouse was considered one of the wonders of Japan.

Miami Beach EnoshimaSamuel Cocking EnoshimaHowever, the Samuel Cocking Garden of our time is a garden that shares space with Enoshima Sea Candle (light house observatory) and other attractions.

Miami Beach EnoshimaMiami Beach Enoshima

Next to the Norfolk Island Pine we discovered a squirrel sitting quietly on a branch.Samuel Cocking Enoshima

Fujisawa city also has sister cities in South Korea (Boryeong), Canada (Windsor), and China (Kunming).Samuel Cocking Enoshima

Inside the Enoshima Chinese pavilion is very beautiful.Samuel Cocking EnoshimaThe mediator of affiliation with China allegedly was Nieer, the composer of the Chinese national anthem. He was born in Kunming, and unfortunately died in Fujisawa. Kunming is a capital of Yunnan Proving, a city that Links Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar. It is the center of politics, economy, culture, and trade, and is often called a Spring City because of its mild climate.

Samuel Cocking Enoshima


Address: Kanagawa prefecture, Fujisawa, Enoshima 2-3-28

Access: 7 min. walk from Enoshima Station on Enoden line

Distance from airport: About 55 km from Haneda Airport

Entrance fee (not including a visit to «Sea Candle»):  200 yen for adults, 100 yen for children

Official website (only in Japanese): Samuel Cocking Garden

Article by Olga Kaneda

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