Following the visit at the famous railroad crossing at Kamakura-koko-mae station, we continued taking the Enoden (江ノ電) to Enoshima.
Enoshima is a small offshore island located in Kanagawa prefecture, same as Kamakura; and since the location is so close to Kamakura, it is a place which you can visit together in the same day.
To access Enoshima, you can either take the Enoden to Enoshima station (江ノ島駅) or the Odakyu Enoshima line (小田急江ノ島線) to Katase Enoshima station (片瀬江ノ島駅).
This time, since we stopped by Kamakura-koko-mae station, we hopped back on to the Enoden and continues to Enoshima station (江ノ島駅).
After getting off at Enoshima station, start heading left towards the Enoshima Ohashi (江ノ島大橋). The bridge also has the name of Enoshima Bentenbashi (江ノ島弁天橋), from there you can clearly see Enoshima and the ocean in front of you.
If you would like to visit the Shin Enoshima aquarium (新江ノ島水族館), it is located before you cross the bridge. The aquarium is famous for showing sea creatures living in the ocean around it; it has a huge tank with 8,000 sardines swimming along with many other creatures. The main tank is a highlight of the Shin Enoshima aquarium.
On the other hand, if you cross the 389.1 meters long Enoshima Ohashi, you will be able to enter Enoshima, the island connected to the main land. Once you crossed over, you will soon see a green / blue torii (鳥居), which is the entrance of Enoshima.
After passing through the torii, you will be walking down the street called Benzaiten Nakamise Dori (弁財天仲見世通り). On this street you will find a lot of restaurants, shops, and snack shops; you can enjoy nice food and buy unique souvenirs here.
One thing that we recommend you trying is the Whitebait bread (しらすパン, Shirasu pan / Shirasu bread).
Whitebait bread, called Shirasu pan in Japanese, is a round shaped bread with shirasu (whitebait) and cheese inside, the combination is really nice! It is 250 JPY for 3 pieces.
You can also choose the shirasu croquette as well, it is 150 JPY for one piece.
Continue walking down the street, you will see a shop where there is a lot of people queuing up and waiting!
These people are waiting outside the Asahi Hoten (あさひ本店) waiting to buy another famous snack at the area, Taco Senbei (丸焼きたこせんべい). Taco senbei is a thin rice cracker (せんべい, senbei) made with a whole mini octopus; it is so thin that you can’t even believe that there is a whole octopus (タコ, Taco) in there.
However, since it is made by a whole octopus, the fishy taste may be a bit strong for some people, but it is worth trying the famous snack of the area when you visit! They also have take away packs in the store which you can bring home for friends and families.Other than octopus rice crackers, there are also rice crackers with whole shrimps or jellyfishes, it may be quite interesting to try them.
To buy the rice crackers, you will have to first join the queue.
Next, you’ll need to get a ticket from the ticket machine next to the store. It may be better to wait till you’re lined up near the machine; unless directed by the staffs.
On the machine you’ll choose what you would like to buy and pay at the same time.
Once you’re near the front of the store, the staff will ask you to exchange your ticket with another “ticket.” You will exchange this with the actual senbei later.
The waiting time is likely to be about 10 to 15 minutes, depending how long the queue is.
After the wait, the rice cracker will probably taste even better!
Since the rice cracker is really thin so it’s as if you’re not really eating anything~ but it is a interesting thing to try!
After trying the taco senbei, you can continuing heading down the street, after walking a little bit, you’ll see the entrance of Enoshima Shrine (江島神社, Enoshima jinjya) (Japanese only).
Enoshima shrine was built in year 552, it is one of Three Great Benzaiten in Japan.
Benzaiten is a nickname entrusted to Buddhism by Sarasvati, a Hindu goddess who controls the ability to talk, music, goodwill and wisdom. In Japan it was believed as a god that gives treasure. It is also one of the Seven Lucky Gods (七福神).
When visiting Enoshima, you should visit the famous Benzaiten and pay your respect to her for good fortune!
After visiting Enoshima Shrine, you can head up to the famous lighthouse, Enoshima Sea Candle (江の島展望灯台, 江ノ島シーキャンドル).
Visited 2016/07, 2016/12
Information for Asahi Honten
- Address: 1 Chome-4-10 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken 251-0036
- Access: Katase-Enoshima station (片瀬江ノ島駅), 15 minutes on foot / Enoshima station (江ノ島駅), 18 minutes on foot / Shōnan-Enoshima Station (湘南江の島駅), 20 minutes on foot
- Opening hours: 9:00～18:00, close every Thursday
- Payment: Cash Only
- Price: From 350 JPY per piece
- Website: Asahi Honten (あさひ本店) (Japanese only)
Information for Enoshima Shrine
- Address: 〒251-0036 Kanagawa-ken, Fujisawa-shi, Enoshima, 2 Chome−3番8号
- Access: Katase-Enoshima station (片瀬江ノ島駅), 15 minutes on foot / Enoshima station (江ノ島駅), 18 minutes on foot / Shōnan-Enoshima Station (湘南江の島駅), 23 minutes on foot
- Opening hours: 8:30 to 17:00
- Fees: Free to worship
- Website: Enoshima Shrine (江島神社) (Japanese only)
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