It was a beautiful clear sunny day today (although still freezing) so we decided to take a day trip to Enoshima Island. This is our 7th (!!!) trip to Tokyo, and we only just recently heard about Enoshima. We didn’t really know what to expect, except that there was a cool hanging monorail that takes you there. The plan was to go check it out, then catch the train on to Kamakura and have a look around there too.
After breakfast at Andon, we headed out into the world. First stop was Ofuna, where For morning tea we had Nikuman (steamed pork buns). So good.
Ofuna is where you catch the monorail to Enoshima. We bought our tickets and got on.
It was a really cool trip on the monorail. It goes through some windy streets and up and down mountains. Mount Fuji even poked its head out from the clouds along the way. The station at the end of the monorail track is Shonan Enoshima. There was a special viewing platform to see Mount Fuji.
We followed the crowds to a long, narrow shopping street and slowly started wandering up it. There were lots of cafes and restaurants and cute shops selling things that were difficult not to buy.
At the end of this street was an underpass that’s takes you up on to the bridge that crosses the water to take you to Enoshima Island.
Once on Enoshima Island, another cute street full of cute things awaits. It reminded us of the winding streets in Higashi-Yama, Kyoto near Kiyomizudera. Again, it was hard not to by all the things.
Then we found a Hello Kitty shop, restaurant and icecream stand. Blainie was very excited.
After a look in the shop (and surprisingly not buying anything) we decided not to go to the restaurant, but that icecream and matcha were in order. Blainie had a “strong matcha” soft serve and Steve had a matcha latte. They were good. Real good. And came with extra Hello Kitty cuteness.
Being so close to the ocean, seafood is abundant around here. We had grilled mackerel and baby sardines with rice and stuff for lunch. Delicious.
After lunch we caught a series of escalators up a mountain to some temples and the famous Enoshima Island Sea Candle.
It’s pretty awesome around, with great views. We went up to the viewing platform on the sea candle.
Then we discovered another walking path, so followed that and went down some steps and then we found the ocean and some rocks and stuff and it was really lovely.
Then we walked back across the bridge.
And caught the train to Kamakura. It was already getting late by now. We ended up spending the day in Enoshima because it was so lovely. By the time we got to Kamakura it was cold and dark.
We had a quick look around before getting back on the train to Ueno.
Curry Udon for dinner in Ueno Station.
A very big day for us. But Enoshima was really awesome. We hope to visit again.