If you are out watching the fall leaves in Kamakura, you should definitely make it out to Enoshima. The colors of the sunset with Mt. Fuji in the backdrop are said to get deeper as fall marches on. The Enoden Afternoon Pass if available from 1pm, so why not make use of it to explore Enoshima. You can enjoy the sunset and beautiful starry sky at a great deal.
A real deal !! Enoden's Afternoon Pass
For those headed to Enoshima take advantage of Enoshima Dentetsu’s Afternoon Pass which you can use after 1pm. Why do we recommend that? That’s because you can take any train in the Enoden line all you want and it includes perks to enjoy Enoshima.
“Afternoon Pass” Adults 1000 JPY children 500 JPY The pass includes the following; - You can get on or off at any part of the train line (normally adults 580 JPY/ Children 290 JPY) - Enoden Escar ride (normally adults 350 JPY/ Children 170 JPY) - Entrance to Samuel Cocker Garden (normally adults 200 JPY/ Children 100 JPY) - Entrance to Enoshima Sea Candle observatory tower (normally adults 300 JPY/ Children 150 JPY)
Just adding up all of those for an adult it’s a savings of 430 JPY. The pass is available to use from 1pm so in the morning taking a stroll around Kamakura would be a great way to spend that time. Once the time rolls around take the Enoden and you can get off at all the stations of interest to you.
Still love Mount Fuji
When you are looking at scenery and Mount Fuji pops into view you can’t help but say “Oh look Mt. Fuji”. The beauty from any angle is truly spectacular and still fascinates people long ago as well as today. You can see Mt. Fuji from Enoshima with Sagami Bay in the forefront.
When the sun is going down the seas take on a calm orange hue. Your heart is stolen by Mt. Fuji peaking over with all its beauty.
The view from the mountain top
Getting to the top of the mountain on Enoshima, you have to climb stone steps for roughly 20 minutes each way. From the station you’ve walked 15 minutes already and adding another 20 minutes of climbing 200 stairs is a bit tough on the body. We took the Enoden Escar! It is basically an escalator that goes all the way up to the top of the mountain in around 4 minutes.
For those of you who say “a sight is only as good as the effort put in to see it”, rest assured, the Enoden Escar only goes up, so on the way down you get to take the stone steps down with Sagami Bay at your feet.
The golden road leading to the sun setting on the ocean is truly romantic. Make sure to come here while the sun is setting.
Enoshima fall and winter sunset times approximately Nov. Dec./ 4:30pm, Jan./ 4:40pm, Feb./5:10pm, Mar./5:40pm
Enoshima Sea Candle
At the highest point of Enoshima island is “Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden” built on the remains of the vacation home of the English trader Samuel Cocking. On the grounds is an observatory made to look like a candle the Enoshima Sea Candle, where you can 360 degrees around you 100m above sea level.
When night falls it is lit up with 7 different color LEDs.
Light up time From sun down to 10pm *entrance to Samuel Cocking Garden is closed at 7:30pm
Candle night fantasy
Currently at Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden alongside the Sea Candle there are roughly 5000 candles that are lit for the “Shonan Candle 2012” event. It is fantasy filled night spectacle.
Every year between December and February at Samuel Cocking Garden they have a light show called the “Jewels of Shonan” (Shonan no Houseki). Last year’s show was highly acclaimed and recognized in October of 2012 to be one the big three light shows of Kanto region. A must see event this year as the winter comes.
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