The Japanese island of Enoshima is only tiny, but it’s packed with points of interest – from ancient Shinto shrines to modern Buddhist temples, and mysterious cave grottoes to hilltop viewpoints. It’s especially famous as one of the best places in Japan to enjoy beautiful sunset views over iconic Mount Fuji. The island can be reached by train from Shinjuku, Tokyo in under one hour, with travel covered by the economical Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass. Keep reading for our top tips on what to do on Enoshima Island.
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If you haven’t got a head for heights, that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on Enoshima’s gorgeous sunset views. In fact, the best place to watch dusk over Fuji is down by the shoreline, at Chigogafuchi Abyss on the island’s west coast. This is considered the most photogenic spot on the island, a plateau of flat rock jutting out into the sea which affords great views out to Mount Fuji.
For an extra spectacular Fuji sunset, visit Enoshima during early April or early September to witness a phenomenon known as “Diamond Fuji” – the setting sun lines up perfectly with the peak of the mountain, scattering the light like a precious stone.
Keep walking to reach the second cave, where you’ll be greeted by a dramatically lit dragon statue.
Header image: sunset over Enoshima Island © Karen Colon/Shutterstock