Enoshima Island

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.

The road up to the shrine.

Inside the cave.

Inside the cave.

Wishes and prayers.

Wishes and prayers.

Another lantern.

Another lantern.

The island used to be home to a dragon who fell in love.

The island used to be home to a dragon who fell in love.

A lantern.

A lantern.

One of the shrine's many guards.

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.

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.

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.

We stopped at a little cafe and gallery near the entrance to the island.

Tons of amazing detail everywhere.

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).

People bring locks to lock to a fence to symbolize their love (like the dragon, who fell in love and became a nice guy).

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The bell of dragon’s love. It’s LOUD.

 

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We had lunch at a little soba shop in a garden near the top of the island.

 

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Sansai Soba – soba with mountain vegetables.

 

We're getting good with chopsticks.

We’re getting good with chopsticks.

In the background you can see a lighthouse/tower at the top of the island.

In the background you can see a lighthouse/tower at the top of the island.

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