Eno Shima

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  • Day4

    Enoshima Island

    July 14, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    We were up at the crack of dawn. Packed up the bag and left it in the hotel for the morning. We had yummy Western breakfast at a place called bills close to Shichirigahama station (they don't refill your coffee they way they do in the states…very sad about that.) Then off to Enoshima station to walk around the island.

    Kamakura and Enoshima are beach towns, with loads of surfers, SUPs, a few dragon boaters and an obsession with Hawaiian things. We walked through the town of Enoshima over to the pedestrian bridge to the island, and then around the island, which has loads of shops and restaurants, a shrine (of course) a lighthouse (referred to as a sea candle) and some caves. Tons of stairs and loads of walking, and at 9 in the morning we were dripping sweat.

    A couple of things I have noticed so far about the Japanese:

    * they linger over their meals like the French. I love this, there’s no wolfing down food in a rush.

    * they are absolutely petrified of the sun. We have been walking for 2 days through Heart of Darkness heat; this is a tropical climate. The Japanese (especially the women) wear hats, long sleeves (sometimes separate sleeves like kids wear in baseball), gloves, scarves over their neck/chest, long pants or leggings under dresses, and carry umbrellas.

    * we are the only Westerners in most places we go. What few Westerners we see aren't American. If course at the hotel this morning Toby was wearing a UT shirt and a guy asked if we were Texans…they were a family of Americans with Japanese ties.
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  • Day2

    Cat's Island

    April 18, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Moving along, we walked to 江之島,the island is famous for having more cats than people living on the island. Kids were super excited, um... at first.
    After we landed on the island, we started to worry, the island was quite big and 1,000 cats?! Um... this would be a long hide & seek game.
    Kids started to complain about seeing more dogs (people walk their dogs on the island) and that it should be called dog island.
    Other than not able to see the cats, we had no complains, the place is beautiful. A nice stroll up & down the hill was enjoyable.
    We enjoyed Apple mango soft ice cream at the top... and so as the floor as someone got too excited and ran with the ice-cream! No worry. We shared!
    On the way down, we finally saw some cats hiding in their secret chamber!! We saw 2 and then spotted another one. Zoe called it Lulu like...
    Then on the way we were able to see a few more and we went into a tea house that feed cats. Under the tree we watched the catd eat and enjoyed our green tea!!
    Volunteers came around sun set to feed the cats! So we saw more! They are big & really really cute!!
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  • Day11

    Day 11 - Yokohama & Enoshima Island

    April 6, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We woke up to a hazy day. No chance to see Mt Fuji. So we decided to day trip to Enoshima Island. We caught the local train south to Ofuna, arriving at 9am. From here we transferred to the Shonan Monorail for an exciting 15min journey to Enoshima 310¥. The monorail is top hung, and an interesting way to travel. The kids called it the rollercoaster train.

    At Enoshima it was very windy and a bit hazy. We walked from the monorail station to the bridge and across to the island. The caves were closed due to damage from the typhoon and therefore the enopass one day ticket was not available. So we walked up all the stairs through the narrow streets ( where a guy in a merc squeezed through) to the top of the island. We paid the 500¥ to go into the gardens and up the sea candle observation tower. You could feel the tower sway in the wind. The view was ok for the hazy day (another place we may have been able to see Fuji from if it was clear). We chose to ride the monorail back to Ofuna again.

    Here we jumped on a train to Yokohama Chinatown, we found a place to each lunch. Not a bad set meal for 800¥, but the waitress serving us was the coldest person we had met so far. Anyway Chinatown was not really our scene so we headed for the waterfront. The Garden Necklace was on again, but not as good as last years. We walk out to the pier and onto the walkway/park that adorns the roof of the cruise ship terminal, the wind was strong. It was then a 1km walk back to Kannai station, and only 5mins to Yokohama arriving back about 3pm.

    Just after 4pm we headed out to Yodabashi so the kids could get some vending machine toys and others on the toy level. Then it was off to Don Quixote for Jason to get his alcohol to take home. We got back to the hotel at 7:30pm all very tired.
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  • Day6

    Enoshima bicycle half day trip

    July 7, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    For today we rented ourselves some electric bicycles from our hostel and drove, together with a pair of extra batteries, out along the coast to the little island of Enoshima. Known for its temples & shrines we walked up and down lots and lots of stairs of the central hill while striving through the shrines.

    On the other side we got pleased with a pretty nice coastline and some swim & jump chances inside a natural pool flood directly with clear and clean sea water.

    Meeting over there also a very nice family of a Canadian, married to a Japanese woman and her father which invited us to eat later on at their Cafe back in town.

    So we had already a great exchange at the pool and indeed met them again later on at their cafe where we had some more chats and in the end got in the end even invited to have the food & drinks for free!

    Being first a little suspicious if that much friendliness can really be true, I had to realize pretty fast, that we are not in South East Asia anymore. In Japan, most people, seem just to be friendly by nature.
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  • Day10

    Enoshima (cont’d)

    January 7, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    We walked around the island and ate a rice snack that comprised of a prawn placed on a hot plate and then a ladle of rice flour mixture and then the two are compressed together and heated until the rice flour dries to a thin crepe like consistency. Delicious 😋
    We also visited some of the temples on the island as well and our tour guide was Mumi (pronounced Mummy) and she was great company.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Eno Shima, 江ノ島