Enoshima is the perfect place to visit as a day trip from Tokyo. On the island visitors can expect to find many small shops, a spa, a tower called the Sea Candle that overlooks the ocean and cities in the distance, the Samuel Cocking Garden, a cave, and so much more. The island also gives visitors spectacular views of Mt. Fuji on clear days.
During the winter season, the Samuel Cocking Garden and Enoshima Sea Candle are lit in a beautiful array of illuminations. I was lucky to have a chance to visit the festival recently and share my experience with you.
You enter the grounds through the Samuel Cocking Garden. The garden has over 20,000 tulips, which are lit up at night and provide a beautiful sense like spring during the winter. The tulips usually bloom mid-December.
Visitors are free to roam the grounds of the garden and by the Sea Candle tower. On the grounds there is a tunnel lit up with 60,000 lights and chandeliers. It’s truly an amazing experience to walk through. The vast fields of lights by the Sea Candle Tower sparkle as visitors walk by.
Whether you enter the garden at night or during the day, visitors are free to go to the top of the Sea Candle Tower. I was able to go up before the illumination started and see the sunset and get great views of Mount Fuji.
At 5:00pm there is a countdown before the illumination starts. It was great to see everyone’s reaction to the spectacular light-up of the Sea Candle Tower and the Samuel Cocking Garden.
In addition to the illumination, there are various events and live music that will be held on the grounds. You can find out more information by visiting the event website below.
You can easily access the island by taking the Odakyu Fujisawa Line from Shinjuku Station and transfer to the Odakyu Enoshima Line at Fujisawa Station. The trip should take just over an hour from Shinjuku Station. In addition to Enoshima Island, visitors can also spend time in Kamakura, which is a popular tourist destination. It’s possible to spend a couple days exploring both Enoshima and Kamakura.
This event is great for visitors as a way to experience the holiday season in Japan. It’s a great place to visit for families and, for couples, it can be a bit romantic as well. The trip outside of Tokyo is definitely worth it!
November 26, 2016 to February 19, 2017
Lighting Starts at 5:00pm and last entry is at 7:30pm.
Location: Enoshima Sea Candle and Samuel Cocking Garden
Closest Station: Katase-Enoshima Station, Odakyu Enoshima Line
Price: ¥500 to access the Samuel Cocking Garden and Sea Candle, ¥1,000 for a day-pass to all of Enoshima’s attractions, including escalator access.
Website (Japanese): http://enoshima-seacandle.jp/event/2016/shonannohouseki/
For more information → http://www.odakyu.jp/english/destination/enoshima_kamakura/