My dad and step mom came to visit. They spent an afternoon hanging out with their grandkids while we snuck off to Enoshima Island for a little exploring. It’s a little hilly island an hour by train due south of us just down the coast from Kamakura. The island is covered by a big shrine, some onsens (apparently with great views of Mt. Fuji on a clear day), and on the back side a series of caves. Here are some photos of our afternoon.
The road up to the shrine.
Inside the cave.
Wishes and prayers.
The island used to be home to a dragon who fell in love.
One of the shrine’s many guards.
About to ring the bell. Next to most offering boxes, there’s a bell you can ring to get the spirit’s attention so you can make sure you get credit for your donation.
The first of many stairs up to the shrine. There’s a pay escalator if you don’t want to walk.
We stopped at a little cafe and gallery near the entrance to the island.
Tons of amazing detail everywhere.
People bring locks to lock to a fence to symbolize their love (like the dragon, who fell in love and became a nice guy).
The bell of dragon’s love. It’s LOUD.
We had lunch at a little soba shop in a garden near the top of the island.
Sansai Soba – soba with mountain vegetables.
We’re getting good with chopsticks.
In the background you can see a lighthouse/tower at the top of the island.