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Located just an hour south of Tokyo by train, Enoshima is a small island (just 4 kilometers or 2.5 miles in circumference) in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Enoshima Shrine is one of the island’’s main attractions, and is dedicated to the goddess Benzaiten (or Benten), the only goddess among the Seven Lucky Gods who supposedly bring wealth. She is also considered the deity of “everything that flows,” from water to time to music. Enoshima Jinja consists of 3 shrines that are scattered across Enoshima Island.
The Benzaiten Nakamise Shopping Street leads up to Enoshima Shrine and is packed with shops selling everything from souvenirs to street food. Being an island, the area is of course known for its seafood! Famous Enoshima street foods include crispy octopus rice crackers, grilled scallop skewers, and shirasu (whitebait) dishes.
-Grilled hotate (scallops)
-Monaka ice cream
-Ika maruyaki (whole grilled squid)
-Shirasu korokke (croquette)
-Deep-fried shirasu cheese balls
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The trip from Shibuya Station to Enoshima Station takes about 1 hour by train. From Shibuya, board the rapid train toward Odawara (Shonan-Shinjuku line) and transfer at Ofuna Station. Take the Shonan Monorail to Shonan-Enoshima Station. The walk from Enoshima Station to Enoshima Island (crossing the Enoshima Benten Bridge) takes less than 20 minutes.
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