Photo: Enoshima, Kanagawa Prefecture

Another legacy added to Enoshima Yacht Harbor by hosting Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing competition


Enoshima Yacht Harbor was the sailing venue for Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and again this year. From July 25 to August 4, the 10 classes of sailing competitions such as RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 470, 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra17 were all returning for 2020.  Unfortunately, it was held without spectators, but there were exciting races at sea.


Photo: Women Windsurfing Class RS: X competition on July 25


August 4: Medal race of 470 Women. Mt Fuji came out from the clouds to watch.

Enoshima Island is one of the popular tourist spots included in the Michelin Green Guide. Enoshima is an island but is connected by the bridge to mainland Fujisawa City in Kanagawa Prefecture, and a one-hour train ride from the Tokyo metropolitan area. Enoshima offers a variety of attractions such as marine sports and sea bathing in summer, Enoshima Shrines, Sea Candle (Lighthouse Observation Tower), and famous caves.

When you cross the bridge, you will see a narrow street which leads to Enoshima Shrines. You can enjoy eating Japanese sweets and seafood such as Ise lobster, etc.

Photo: Fujisawa City Tourist Association

Walking up the hill, you'll see Enoshima Shrines and Sea Candle. Take in a stunning view of Mt Fuji and Sagami Bay from Sea Candle.

Enoshima Shrine

Enoshima Shrine consists of three shrines, Hetsumiya, Nakatsumiya and Okumiya, and each shrine worships one of the three sister gods.  They are called Benzaiten the god of water, god of sea and god of happiness, wealth and improving arts.

Mt Fuji and Enoshima Island (with illuminated Sea Candle) Photo: Shonan Regional Prefectural Government Center

On the other side of island, make sure to visit Iwaya Caves, the original place of the shrine where Kukai, a famous monk, used to conduct ascetic practices.  It is now famous as a spiritual power spot.


There are many tourist spots near Enoshima Island such as Enoshima Aquarium and Kamakura City. You might enjoy a two-day trip staying at a local guest house.

For further information, please visit:

Tokyo Day Trip - Kanagawa Travel Info

Discover Fujisawa

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There are many tourist spots near Enoshima Island such as Enoshima Aquarium …

Enjoy the shrines, local shops and food but do NOT spend your travel & tourist money patronizing the villainous, ‘mom&pop’ small business “private” aquariums in Japan.

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Ise Ebi is seasonal.

The cave...not caves are open if the wind and tides are low.

The small shops and restaurants are very welcoming. Long-term residents and generations.

Technically it is an island when tides are medium to high for parts of the day. At other times you can head towards the island and before the bridges, head down the stairs on the East beachside and walk to the island. Good shell collecting too.

The physical building of the aquarium looks scary due to corrosion. Inside has some neat photo ops. I really enjoy the inside area.

Kamakura or I should actually say Hase where the big Budha is is only 5600 steps down the coast and a bit inland. Before the big Budha, stop on the left and go into Hasedera. Beautiful temple grounds. Lots of temples and restaurants are available too along the way for those who love to explore. Nothing crowded these days at all. My stomping grounds. I know it well. Ask questions if you are interested.

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